Originally Posted by bozey45
What is the best unit for transferring VHS to DVD? I have a Philips that will do that but it records DVD's in a useless format for uploading to places like Facebook and Youtube. These are still obtainable on Ebay but I need to know the opinion as to the best unit I should get. Having to convert a DVD to some other format for uploading is ridiculous.
During a ten month period in 2007 I transferred 5,200 home-recorded VHS titles to DVDs using up to seven 2005/2006 model year Panasonic DVD VHS/DVD Recorders supplemented by two circa 1996 Toshiba VCRs, some of which were running up to eighteen hours per day, six days a week.
If I were to take on such a large project today I would use Panasonic EH series or Magnavox 2xxx or 5xx series HDD/DVD Recorders. I would transfer the VHS material in "real-time" to these recorder internal hard drives, edit/divide the material and then high-speed dub the material to DVDs.
I don't find the standard DVD format to be "useless." My home-recorded DVD archive currently has more than 13,000 DVDs.
Facebook and YouTube do not use the standard DVD format.
There are a number of computer software programs that will convert DVD video into other formats. I use Roxio Easy Media Creator 9 (a version from 2006) to convert standard DVD video into other formats. I have limited experience converting video for uploading to Facebook (two videos) and YouTube (one video).Edited by DigaDo - 9/11/13 at 9:52am