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How Do I Copy VHS/Cassettes/Records/CDs

Friday, March 10th, 2017 by | Filed Under: Hardware & Peripherals

I get this question in one form or another all the time. How do you copy old VHS tapes to a digital format? Home movies? Cassettes? Records?


The answer is fairly similar for all of these items. Moving your movies/recording from VHS and cassette is especially important because magnetic tape does not have an especially long shelf-life. If you’ve got a tape more than 10 years old, it could literally go at any time.  While you can often replace moving and music, you won’t be able to replace your wedding video or your kids’ first steps or that cassette recording of your late grandpa.


The answer to all of these questions is a media converter device that connects to your PC via USB and then plugs the audio or video cables into the device you need to record from. Now, I’ll warn you – this can take some time to complete. You’ll have to play that tape, record, or CD in real time. For some things, you might as well buy a copy. But for important things, it’s really worth it. And it’s not like you have to do much while it records.

~ Cynthia

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