Ever since I stowed them away, with every intention of reliving their glory, my stacks of old VHS tapes have been clamoring to live on in the digital age. Now, their dreams of immortality have new wings. Ion has released VCR 2 PC
which is, as it’s name suggests, a VHS player that outputs thru USB to a Windows machine running XP or Vista. Not only can it record tapes directly to DVD, but it can also record any analog NTSC source, digitally, by using the RCA inputs in the front of the player. So even analog camcorder tapes can be transferred to DVD, assuming my camcorder still works.
Finally, I can free those original Star Wars VHS tapes, the ones without the crappy digital enhancement, from analog purgatory - along with the all the embarrassing home movies of school plays and summer vacations. Actually, on second thought, I may just stick with transferring the blockbusters. Hopefully your home movie moments caught for posterity aren’t as ego bruising as mine.
Oh, and once the movies have been transferred it’s not trash, VCR 2 PC hooks up to the tele too, using composite AV output. VHS lives on!