Transferring your video tapes to DVD is fairly simple, but there are a few things to be aware of before getting started.
Test your VCR before playing your home movies – If it has been a while since you have plugged in and played your VCR then you will want to first test it by playing back a tape that does not have any value to it. Test the machine for playback, fast forward and rewind to make sure it is not going to eat your home movie memories.
Make sure and use the correct DVD recordable disc format – If you have a newer DVD recorder then it will be more forgiving and will accept most DVD recordable formats, while older DVD burners and recorders will require a particular DVD format. An example of these would be –R, +R or RW (rewritable). Make sure and check your owner’s manual to see what format is acceptable for your recorder.
You will have to play your tapes – No matter what type of transfer system you use to convert your videos to DVD, you will have to have a VCR to play them from. If your VCR or camcorder is no longer available to play them, you will need to find one. A good source for used VCR’s would be Craigs List, yard sales, Goodwill or other community newspapers. When purchasing any used VCR or camcorder bring a tape with you and test it to make sure it works.
Have hard drive space available on your computer – If you are transferring your video to DVD through your computer you must calculate the amount of hard drive space that will be required. One hour of video takes up 13 gigs of hard drive space.