How to Get Your Old Home Videos onto the Computer

 

How to Get Your Old Home Videos onto the Computer

While I am writing this post, sorry sisters, I am dating us. Yes its true, our home videos are on VHS still. I have been wanting to put my old home videos on the computer for a long time now for two reasons.  One, because there is only one copy, I wanted to make sure that my family all have a copy of those important life moments. Two, I want to protect it by having it in multiple households and something that the dog can’t get to.

There are businesses that will do this for you, but I learned that I can do it myself!

Through research, the most simple way to do it is to get the Elgato Video Capture Cord and included software. This cord/software will allow you to record from any VHS, DVD, Camcorder or other device to your computer or even straight to YouTube.

Turn VHS home movies to Digital Files

Think of all the high school music videos and pranks you could upload with this Marie!

This video was helpful in seeing exactly how it is done.

Next, while I still am feeling ambitious, I want to scan in all my baby pictures with a Photo Scanner.

For your viewing pleasure. Weren’t we cute?

Scan

Do you have old videos that you need to do this with?

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  1. 1

    Bonnie says

    Hi! I have been looking for something like this for a while! Do you know if it will record old VHS movies, like Disney or other professional movies? I have a TON of VHS that I just want to convert to DVD for my use, but I can’t find one that will do it! Thanks!

    • 3

      greggT says

      No, commercial videos output a special signal that TV’s can understand but that cannot be recorded on consumer equipment like this. You’ll get a picture that shifts throughout the frame and is not viewable. Sorry.

    • 12

      Ali says

      I don’t actually know where they sell them, you could go to their website and see if they have a “find a retailer” but if you look at the link above, it’s on a pretty good clearance.

  2. 13

    MeMeMommy says

    I have the Dazzle, it comes with a program that you can edit your videos! I love it! I actually have converted most of my Grandmother’s home videos from VHS to DVD, I have most of them done!
    I am interested in seeing if this cord works out too!

    • 16

      Tracey says

      That’s what I need too. We did the little Sony Handy Cam tapes and the thing broke before we could stick them on anything else. :(

    • 17

      Don says

      Radio Shack did (at one time) sell a device in which you could place a mini-cam tape and then play it through
      that device VCR, just like a VHS tape. Hope this helps.

  3. 18

    Milenda says

    I have been using TVWonder for years. It does the same thing but uses the coax cable to hook up instead of patch cords. I can then use my computer as a dvr for any of the tv shows too as my vcr is hooked up to the computer.

  4. 19

    Mike Moore says

    Where you able to save the video of Laurel and Marie on the trampoline where Laurel was two and bossing Marie around. Its a tragic video, but one that should be saved so the world can know the tyranny Marie has had to put up with lo these many years.

    • 20

      Marie says

      Tragic is right! I only wish I had video footage of a certain uncle splattering spaghettios all over the kitchen as result from obnoxious little nieces. Talk about tragic!

  5. 21

    Wanda says

    Thank you for the info on the Video capture advice. I wish I had known about this before Christmas because I ordered a machine from the States to Canada & it was over $500.00 :( I have not tried it yet so I hope it works well.
    Thx. again!!

  6. 24

    Rasha says

    Thanks! That was a great instructional video……some of it was hard for me to see, but it sounded good. I have LOTS of videos to transfer from when kids were born, when they were small, etc. Would LOVE to get this set up. Putting it on my radar for future and will not have to pay those high transfer fees. Then I can do it for other people’s home videos too and let it pay for itself! :) Thanks for sharing!

  7. 26

    Cheryl says

    Any idea if this or something else works for home videos on an 8mm reel?(not the little cassettes)

  8. 30

    Chalene says

    Not ALL commercial VHS movies have the copy blocking signal … most of the newer ones do..but many of the old ones that we can’t find any more can be digitized at home. Sometimes it is in real time but that’s ok if they can be preserved. As long as folks aren’t trying to make a profit on it, there should not be any problem.

    • 31

      Ali says

      Thanks for your comment Chalene. If readers are copying anything but home movies, I recommend that they research the laws:) We don’t want anyone getting in trouble.

  9. 32

    Kelly says

    I used this to convert ALL of my commercial videos to DVDs. Because you connect this to the actual VCR it converts what is being played to digital and is now on your computer and then you can burn to DVD.

  10. 33

    Declan oreilly says

    For folks who want to convert the old sony handy cam videos on cassette (the mini one) , you would have to hook up the RCA jacks to the camera itself and then hit play. That out puts it to the computer , that has the capture software running.

    Declan

    Ps email addy is all lowercase , iPad not giving me the option for the correct case.

  11. 34

    Granny says

    We bought one of the older Elgato video devices, maybe, 6 years ago for our grandsons and they use is ALL THE TIME for capturing ‘game play’ from their Wii. I had no idea that I could use it for VHS conversion to my Mac. This is a great idea. We have old VHS tapes of their mother as a child, her wedding, etc, now I can have them forever without paying a fortune to have them converted.

  12. 35

    Josie says

    wow thank you for this. i make compilation videos for families and they always want to include their old home videos but there on vhs so this will be perfect

  13. 36

    Shannon says

    Several years ago, my parent’s house was completely destroyed by fire and we lost years of family pictures, slides, and videos. Ever since, I share family photos with as many members as possible. Once she became more computer adept, my Mother kept saying, “I’ll scan all the photos and slides someday,” but she never did. (My sister and I offered to digitize the photos and slides many times, but my mother always insisted that she wanted to.”)

  14. 39

    says

    Someone ask where to get it? When I clicked on the RED name of the product it took me to Amazon, yes they have it.

    There has not been a product yet, that I have not found on Amazon.

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