How to Convert VHS-C to Digital Format

By Quinten Plummer

Preserve your VHS-C tapes by backing them up with digital versions on your computer. Converting VHS-C tapes into digital files is simple and can be very rewarding--you can make as many copies as you desire, and you can even edit the digital version of your VHS-C tapes with computer video-editing tools. Don't let your videos corrode and lose even more quality. Find out how you can convert your tapes to digital format.

Things You'll Need

  • VHS-C camcorder Computer (with video capture card) 3.5 mm to RCA A/V cableRCA to 1/8 inch adapterVLC player

Step 1

Insert your VHS-C tape into your camcorder and cue the tape up to the place you'd like the recording to start. Plug the 3.5 mm end of the 3.5 mm to RCA cable into the 3.5 mm RCA audio/video port on your VHS-C camcorder.

Step 2

Plug the yellow RCA end of the cable into the yellow RCA video port on your computer's video capture card. Match the red and white ends of the 3.5 mm to RCA cable to the red and white ports on the RCA to 1/8 inch adapter, and then plug the 1/8-inch end of the adapter into the "Line In" port on your computer's sound card.

Step 3

Download a copy of VLC Player (see Resources), install it and then open it.

Step 4

Click on "File," located in VLC Player's top-left corner, and then select "Open Capture Device." Next to "Advanced Options," select "Stream/Save" and then click on the button labeled "Settings."

Step 5

Check the "File" box, and click "Browse" to choose a location to store your converted VHS-C video. Press "Play" on the camcorder, and then click "OK" back in VLC Player to start recording.

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