How do I convert DV video tape to a digital format for storage?

Jon Coffey November 10, 2011

What is the best way of converting DV video tape to digital, for computer or dvd storage?

    November 10, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Hello, most times it depends on having the right connections from your camera to computer.  Your camera may have s-video, firewire, rca, hdmi connections.  If you want to get the best quality video possible, hdmi and firewire are the way to go.  If those connections are not available, the next best quality can be obtained with s-video.  The disadvantage with s-video is that you need another cable for sound.  And the last option would be using rca cables: yellow(video) red and white (sound). 

    If your computer has firewire connection, you are set.  You just connect camera to computer and you can capture the video to hard drive.  If your computer doesn't have those connections and you can only use rca or s-video, then you would need to get a capture card to transfer video to computer. 

    Regardless on what connection you use, it is better if you capture the video from camera to computer, because in that way you can edit the video to your liking and save it to a format suitable for dvd.  With regards to capturing software, you can use the software provided with the capturing card or software included in your system like Windows Media Player.  Of course there are several free software you can use to capture the video.  If you are saving video captured to .avi, you can use virtualdub to capture video to computer, and once video is captured, you can edit it with same software too. 

    If you are using Vista/windows 7, you can convert the edited video by using Windows DVD Maker.  If you don't want to use movie maker or don't have it installed, there are several free options that can be be used.