Video Converter

Turn your old home movies into computer video! Supports VHS and VHS-C, or bring your own S-Video/RCA enabled player.


Elgato Video Capture

Using Elgato Video Capture, you can save your memories for future generations and even share them on YouTube or Facebook! The process is easy and requires only basic computer skills, like using a mouse and saving files. The Reference Librarian is available for assistance.


  • The library’s VCR setup can convert VHS and VHS-C tapes with no additional equipment.
  • If you have another type of tape, you will need to supply a video player that can play it. The player must have RCA (red, yellow, and white cables) or S-Video output. Ask a librarian for more information.
  • Once you’ve finished converting, you will have a video file that can be saved anywhere.
    • USB drive or other portable storage
    • Online storage: email, Google Drive, iCloud, etc.
    • Use Windows Media Player to save (“burn”) your video to a DVD
    • Upload directly to social media: YouTube, Facebook, etc.

Using the Converter

The Digital Media Lab computer, including the photo scanner and video converter, is available by reservation. Additional time is available for people using this computer for scanning/converting projects.

A Reference Librarian will be available to get you started and answer questions. The equipment for playing VHS-C is held at the Reference Desk. Please ask a librarian for assistance.

Managing Your Time

  • If you are converting a 1-hour home movie, it will take a little over 1 hour to convert. Please plan your day accordingly.
  • You must be present while using the converter.


  • You may not convert copyright-protected media like feature films or television shows.


  • The converter will record whatever appears on the screen, exactly as it appears on the screen. For example, if you press Rewind on the VCR, your final product will show the video rewinding.
  • You can start and stop the recording whenever you like.
  • You can trim the beginning and end of your video clip (useful for removing the blue play/stop screen).

Potential Damage

  • We have not had a problem, but the library cannot guarantee the safety of your tapes and cannot be held liable for any damages. If you are concerned that your VHS tape might be damaged, consider taking your tape to a professional service that offers a safety guaranty.