Common Problems Transferring VHS Tapes to DVD

Having problems transferring VHS tapes to DVD? Many processes enable you to transfer your old VHS tapes to DVD, including combo units, DVD copier software and professional services. Look out for these common problems, and consider them when you're selecting a VHS-to-DVD transfer method.

Hardware compatibility issues.
While many VHS-to-DVD solutions are virtually foolproof, sometimes you'll experience problems with hardware compatibility. Before you select a VHS-to-DVD transfer method, research the hardware you're planning to use. Do other people report issues with hardware compatibility? Is the hardware compatible with your operating system and DVD copier software? Before you buy any hardware, make sure it works with your system and that you can find technical support in the event that you have trouble.

Software compatibility issues.
Related to hardware issues, software compatibility issues can cause a host of problems in the DVD copying process. If you buy hardware and then look for DVD copier software, make sure the software you buy is compatible with the hardware you're already running. The tricky part about DVD copying software is that it must be compatible not only with the VHS input device, but also with the DVD recording unit.

The best DVD copier software is the kind that comes bundled with hardware because then you know you won't face software compatibility issues. However, if you do have issues, try reinstalling the drivers for your VHS input device and your DVD recorder.

Software settings issues.
Even if all of your hardware is functioning correctly, it's common to run into software settings issues. Some programs with advanced functionality offer too many options, and they may require you to select obscure settings to get the DVD copier software to function properly.

Look for software with an intuitive interface, and make sure you understand what the selections do before you make them. Don't start the recording process until you're certain you have all of the correct boxes checked and settings selected. If you need help on a specific topic, research it, as not making the right selection can ruin your DVD recording.

Make sure everything is plugged in.
This one may seem obvious, but you'd be surprised by how frequently something comes unplugged when you're moving it around and you don't notice. If you're having trouble with VHS-to-DVD transfers, check to make sure everything is still connected. Also, if you have multiple inputs and you need to designate an active input, make sure you select the appropriate input.

Problems with media.
Finally, even if the hardware and software are all functioning correctly, you could still run into problems with media. Make sure you choose the correct media to work with your DVD recording device. If you have a DVD-R recorder, use DVD-R media. If you want to playback the DVDs in a stand-alone DVD player hooked to your television, check to see what media your DVD player supports. Even if the DVD recorder supports it, the media is useless if you can't play it back in whatever device you choose.

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