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Digitizing Old VHS Tapes | Diamond VHS to DVD Unboxing and Review

Digitizing old videotapes is a PROCESS. In case you can’t tell, I am from the analog generation. And so I was long before digital. My friend and I decided to digitize his bunch of VHS and decided to bring them in the present. 
In this video, we’re gonna do an unboxing and review of the software program that I found. I used the Diamond VHS to DVD system to digitize a couple of boxes of VHS tapes. 

Inside the box you can find the ff.:

  1. VC500 – a remote control that comes with RCA and S-Video inputs that uses a USB 2.0 interface
  2. AV Muti Cable
  3. Quick Installation Guide and Installation CD

Software Installation

Installing the software can be done either using the Diamond CD or by downloading the software from the link provided in the manual. When I tried to install the driver, I encountered some technical errors so I did some turn around such as installing the other items until it worked.

Software and Hardware

Opening the program will lead you to the PowerDirector 12, choose the Full Feature Editor. Now that the software is ready, we need to prepare the hardware too. A VCR is needed in order to do all the digital to analog deal. Start connecting the male cords to the hardware and connect the other side of the male cords to the controller that has the USB drive which will go right onto the computer. Once correctly connected, a blue light comes on in the remote control.

Put the tape in the VCR until it is ready to play. Make sure that on your laptop the software is ready too. Inside the software, once you click “capture” it’s detecting devices to which in this case is the VCR. Anything that’s happening on the VCR, is visible in the software.

Push the “record” then “play” button in the VCR to start recording and “stop” once you are done all the way to the intended part of the video. A pop up will appear asking for the file name.

You can decide where these are gonna be saved, in my case, I saved them to my external hard drive. You can save the file in a MPEG or AVI format and gets the option to choose from the different file resolutions. A new file will appear inside the software showing your captured video.

The steps are very simple you just need to have your VHS tapes, hardware, and the software to make the digitizing possible. I hope this review would be helpful when transforming your old VCR tapes to digital. Check out my new channel – RACING REWIND – for races from the 90s and if you like this blog, check out my other unboxing blogs too.