Technology marches ever onward and, as it does, it
carries us right along with it. In the early 1980 s, as VCR s dropped in price
and appeared in more and more homes, there was a sudden mass appeal for people
to have their old Super 8 home movies converted to video cassette. Video tapes
last far longer than film and it just made sense to convert those old reels into
a more watchable and compact format. People brought their movies of their baby s
first steps, birthday parties, and weddin gs and turned them into video tapes.
Not long after that, video cameras became cost effective for people to buy and
those old super 8 cameras and projectors went the way of the dodo. People began
using video tape for everything and the Holiday video was born.
Technology has shifted yet again, folks. You may have noticed less and less
video tapes at your local Blockbuster store. The medium is becoming extinct,
replaced by DVD. Guess what? It s time to convert yet again. DVD discs last far
longer than video tape, offer higher quality picture and sound, and can run
longer than video cassettes. By converting your Holiday videos to DVD you can
ensure that the memories you saved will last even longer.
The process of converting your Holiday video to DVD is not complicated, but to
do it yourself you will need some special equipment. Obviously you ll need a DVD
recording device and a way for your VCR to connect to it. If you have a DVD
burner on your computer, you re halfway there. You will also need a way for your
VCR to interface with your computer. Most computers do not come shipped with a
way to do this. You ll need to install a TV card on your computer that has
inputs that match your VCR s outputs. Most TV cards do have both RF and A/V
Next you ll need to record the Holiday video onto the
computer s hard drive. You may need special software to do this if your TV card
didn t come with any bundled.
Sony s Vegas Video is a good one, but there are a
number of different titles available. Keep in mind that the video will take up a
lot of drive space. In order for the video to be placed on DVD it will have to
be in an MPEG format. Your video recording software should be able to save it
this way. Once that is done, it s simply a matter of using your DVD burning
software to transfer the video onto a DVD disc that you can then watch on any
DVD player. The software will have instructions for doing this. Once the process
(which can take some time, be warned) is complete, viola! Your Holiday video is
now on DVD and can be enjoyed forever.
If you don t have or can t afford the equipment and software to follow the
preceding steps, fear not. There are companies that can take away all of the
hassle and transfer your Holiday videos to DVD for you, for a price. Whichever
method you choose will have the same end result and you ll be enjoying your old
Holiday videos and other home movies on a new format that s built to last.