I have a pretty sizable VHS collection amassed over the years. It's hard to believe that the VHS copy of FLUBBER starring Robin Williams pictured below is 21 years old (!). So when I saw this article on The Verge entitled "How to make digital copies of your VHS tapes" I was definitely interested to learn more!
It seems like a pretty straightforward process that requires a VCR (definitely need one of those - luckily, they're still sold on Amazon among other places), a USB-to-composite video converter, and a computer with a USB port (unfortunately my Macbook Air doesn't have one, but I'm sure I can borrow a computer if needed to get this off the ground).
The process does take time - you're essentially watching the tapes in real time, taking them to a digital file format so you can preserve them and share them and even upload them to YouTube. There's nothing like an original vintage movie trailer!
Or the ability to see TV shows as they originally aired with their partner commercials, similar to what the Internet Archive is trying to do with the 40,000+ tape collection of Marion Stokes.
I'm excited to try this process out for myself: if you've tried it, I'd love to hear more about it!