How to Convert VHS-C to a Computer

By Brent Watkins

The VHS-C format was introduced in 1982 as a means of reducing the size of VHS camcorders. The smaller cassette provided a less bulky solution for home video enthusiasts who demanded more portable video cameras. The VHS-C format recorded on the same basic tape format as VHS, but in a smaller shell with shorter recording times. Converting those old compact VHS (VHS-C) camcorder tapes to modern digital media files will help preserve the video for years to come.

Things You'll Need

  • USB TV tuner with external video inputs
  • 40 to 60 gigabytes of available disk space
  • RCA audio and video cable

Step 1

Install the software supplied with your USB TV tuner. This software will copy the required drivers so that your computer will detect and configure the USB TV tuner when you plug it in.

Step 2

Plug the TV tuner into an available USB port on your computer.

Step 3

Plug your VHS player or camcorder into the external video inputs provided by the TV tuner hardware. Use an RCA audio and video connection cable. Plug the connectors in matching the yellow, white and red color coding on the connection plugs.

Step 4

Open the recording software supplied with the TV tuner and select the appropriate RCA or S-Video input from the TV tuner video inputs.

Step 5

Use the TV tuner recording utility program to designate the folder on your hard drive where you want the converted video files stored.

Step 6

Insert the VHS-C tape into the camcorder or VCR (using the VHS-C adapter). Press "Play."

Step 7

Click the record button in the TV tuner software. The TV tuner will now convert the video from your camcorder or VCR to a digital video file format on your computer.

Tips & Warnings

  • Recording large amounts of video may require an additional hard drive. Digital video files may be large, which is why it's safe to have at least 40 to 60 gigabytes of available storage. Consider using an external USB hard drive if you plan to have a large library of digital video files.