Conversion of VHS cassettes is in real time.
A 90-minute tape will take 90-minutes to convert. Please allow additional time to save your project to your external hard drive or to burn it to a DVD.
Check your Personal Session Manager for the amount of time you have left at the VHS transfer station before you start your video transfer: make sure you have enough time to complete your project before your session ends!
Remember, if you need to step away from the computer, click on the image of the clock and select Lock PC. This will prevent anyone from trying to access the computer while you aren't sitting there. When you return, you will need to ask staff for your sign-in number and password to unlock the computer. Minimize the Personal Session Manager box again to continue working.
NOTE: Make sure you have enough time left in your session to complete another transfer; if your session time has run out and there is someone signed up after you, you will have to cancel the transfer and come back another time. Check your Personal Session Manager for the amount of time you have left at the VHS transfer station before you start another video transfer!
NOTE: NO files are kept on this computer after your session ends and you are logged off of the computer. Don't forget to burn or sync the video to save your project before you log off!
Close the Elgato and Windows Media Player windows on the computer and after ejecting your VHS cassette, turn off the VCR. Log off of the computer by clicking on the image of the clock on the taskbar at the bottom of the screen. Click End Session. Remember to take your originals, your DVD, flash drive or external hard drive with you!
Burn to a DVD: You will be able to play your movie in a DVD player or DVD drive on a computer.
Sync to a Device: The video will save in a data format that will play your movie on a computer or other portable electronic device.
When finished, to complete your session at the Memory Depot, close the Windows Media Player and Elgato windows on the computer. After ejecting your VHS cassette, turn off the VCR. Log off of the computer by clicking on the image of the clock on the taskbar at the bottom of the screen. Click End Session. Remember to take your originals and your new DVD with you!
When finished, to complete your session at the Memory Depot, close the Windows Media Player and Elgato windows on the computer. After ejecting your VHS cassette, turn off the VCR. Log off of the computer by clicking on the image of the clock on the taskbar at the bottom of the screen. Click End Session. Remember to take your originals and your flash drive or external hard drive with you!
• A session at this transfer station is a maximum of 3 hours. It takes time to trim and save your video to a DVD or another device. We recommend that you do not attempt to record any videos that are longer than 2 1/2 hours.
You can select a lower resolution to make the file smaller but you may be sacrificing the quality of your transferred video recording. See the Other Features Tab for more information.
• Movie length = Approximate amount of storage space needed:
10 minutes = 178 MB
30 minutes = 535 MB
1 hour = 1 GB
1 1/2 hours = 1.6 GB (845 MB for lower resolution)
2 hours = 2.1 GB (1.1 GB for lower resolution)
2 1/2 hours = 2.6 GB
• It is recommended that you do not use Fast Forward or Rewind to scan through old video cassettes. The cassettes can break or "get eaten" by the VCR. To limit this possibility you can simply rewind to the beginning and record the entire video. You can worry about trimming (or editing) at home after the video has been captured.
• Label the DVDs and the VHS tapes that you have finished burning so you don't get confused as to which ones you have completed!
You probably won't need to but you can adjust your preferences before transferring your video. Click on the Preferences button. A smaller box with three tabs will appear. They are titled General, Video and Audio.
• General allows you to select the location in which to save (use the default location of the Videos folder on the C: drive; you will transfer the video to your device later in this process) and a checkbox for High Resolution (deselecting the high resolution will create a smaller file but the quality of the recording will be diminished).
• Video offers sliders to adjust for Brightness, Contrast, Saturation and Hue.
• Audio has a single slider for Audio Gain if you think you need to make adjustments to the sound.
If you wish to change the aspect ratio, you can do so on the Connect Video screen. VHS cassettes were generally recorded at 4:3 to fit the standard TV screen. DVDs are more commonly available with a widescreen option, 16:9. If you try to covert 4:3 aspect ratio to 16:9, it will stretch everything horizontally. Press play on the VCR. [You can switch up and back between the 2 options and watch the video in the viewing screen to see which aspect ratio looks best for your VHS cassette.]
When you have made your selection, click Continue until you get to the screen with the red Start Recording button; click the button to begin recording.