The best way to convert VHS-C to digital without a camcorder is through a VHS player with a VHS-C cassette adapter.
This is an easy fix and you don’t have to spend much to take this route.
But before we go into that, let’s take a quick look at the VHS-C tape format.
Anything Special About VHS-C?
The C attached to VHS doesn’t denote anything superior.
The C means Compact. So, VHS-C stands for VHS Compact or Video Home System Compact.
In other words, it’s the smaller version of VHS. Everything else about it is the same as VHS – from tape width to video resolution.
VHS-C, developed by (Victor Company of Japan) hit the market in 1982.
VHS-C can be said to be a bigger version of Video8, which was then its main competitor.
The dominant format then was, of course, VHS.
While Video8 can’t be played through a VHS player, with VHS-C it’s possible as will be explained below.
But then VHS-C has a rather limited play time – from 30 minutes to 60 minutes.
It has a horizontal resolution of 240 lines.
VHS-C to Digital Equipment
The VHS-C to digital equipment needed are a VHS-C playback device (camera or player) , a video capture device and a computer with video capture software (usually comes with your video capture device).
VHS-C to Digital Process
Connect your video and audio out from your video camera/player to your video in and audio in of your video capture device. You’ll need, composite or RCA cables.
Power on your computer and launch the video capture/editing software.
If you’re using the video capture software that came with your video capture device, follow the instuctions in the manual.
Then power onyour VHS-C camera/player .
Press Play on your VHS-C camcorder and at the same time start your capture through the software.
VHS-C to Digital without a Computer
If you don’t have a functional VHS-C camcorder then you can undertake video capture through a VHS player with the setup mentioned above.
For this you would need a VHS-C to VHS adapter.
With this adapter, you can slot your VHS-C tape into it and pop it into a VHS player to capture video to your computer.
This is the standout advantage of having a VHS-C tape compared to an 8mm tape which you want to convert to digital.
For an 8mm tape, if you don’t have a functional camcorder, you would have to buy an 8mm video player, which is costly compared to a VHS player, available for much, much, cheaper.
Where to Source for VHS-C Adapter
Of course you can’t find new VHS-C adapters as the VHS format is practically dead. You can source for one through eBay or Amazon or your neighborhood thrift store.
Check out the Best VHS-C Cassette Adapters.
Copying VHS-C to DVD
If you would like to copy your VHS-C to DVD, you can do it through two ways.
If you have a DVD recorder, then you can connect your VHS-C camera or player to the recorder, insert a blank DVD in it and start recording.
The second option is through computer video capture as explained above. After capturing video and storing it as a digital file in your computer, you may proceed to export is as DVD.
Most video editing programs have burn-to-DVD as an export option.
For this, you must have a DVD+/-RW drive in your computer.
VHS-C to Digital Service
If you have only a tape or two to convert to digital, you could check out the neighborhood analog to digital conversion service.
This would save the money of sourcing for almost-obsolete equipment and setting them only to store them away after the conversion.
VHS-C to digital conversion service offer quality conversion with their high-end equipment and you can rest assured you’ll get your converted video in your preferred digital video format.