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Q: Digital video to VHS ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Digital video to VHS
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: jmhines123-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 28 May 2002 06:32 PDT
Expires: 04 Jun 2002 06:32 PDT
Question ID: 18468
I have a Sony digital video camera.  How do I transfer video from that
camera to my analog VHS.

Also, I have some digital video that is now stored on my home computer
– how can I transfer that to VHS?
Subject: Re: Digital video to VHS
Answered By: cobrien-ga on 28 May 2002 08:36 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi there!

Although I would be able to give a more detailed answer if I knew
exactly what type of camera you were using, I can provide you with
some information.

In general, transferring Digital video from a digital video camera to
analogue VHS requires an S-Video and an AV cable.

These connections are fairly standard on digital video cameras.
Connect both the S-Video and AV cable to the camera. For transferring
Digital to VHS, the S-Video IN and Audio IN connections are connected
to the video, the S-Video OUT and Audio OUT connection are connected
to the camera. Insert the recorded movie cassette into the camera.
Then insert the unrecorded cassette into the VCR.

Begin Playback on the camera, and start recording on the VCR. 

‘Most digital cameras have a composite or coaxial out that you can
connect directly to a VHS VCR. If you aren't going from a camera to a
VCR, then it gets more complicated. You'll need a video card that has
a video out connection. They are pretty common because of consumers'
desire to play games on the big screen at home.’

‘The camera can also be connected to a VCR with a mini jack/RCA (red,
yellow and white) cable. This single cable allows for video to be both
imported to the camera (which converts it to digital) from the VCR and
exported from the camera (which converts it to analog) back to the

With regards to your question on transferring video from your computer
to VHS, this depends on two things – the system you are using and,
once again, the camera.

If your camera has a DV-in connection, you can effectively use your
video camera as a VCR.

Colin Barrett, What Camcorder, February 2002, says: 
‘You might have noticed that an increasing number of DV and Digital8
camcorders support what's called DV-in. Basically, it means that the
camcorder can be used as a VCR (and is therefore subject to higher EU
import tariffs) which is very handy if you need to make a digital
clone copy of a recording or you want to save your edited video back
to tape in your camcorder. A great many camcorders with comprehensive
analogue outputs like S-Video, Composite Video and Stereo Audio can
also support analogue input recording, too. The latter is very useful
as a means of copying older video footage on VHS or 8mm to DV or D8
prior to digital editing.’

If not, you might want to take a look at software. This article takes
a look at the various digital editing packages that can be used to
export back to Digital Video tape – this in turn can be transferred to
VHS using the method outlined above.,aid,15824,pg,1,00.asp

If you are using an iMac and have iMovie on the system, this link
gives a tutorial on how to export digital video from a computer to
DV-tape or VHS.

The section that applies to your question is headed: Exporting your

This site also includes some information on the iMovie method:
‘When you're finished, you take a look at your production, while it's
still in the computer. If you want to do any further tweaking, it's
still easy to do. Otherwise, though, if you like the looks of your
production as it is, it's ready to "print." You "export" your
handiwork back into your camera over the same FireWire connection. And
thanks to that connection, your iMovie program has allowed your
computer to take control of your camera so that it records your
production onto tape (make sure you've put a blank tape in your camera

Other links:,2997,s=1590&a=24813,00.asp

Hope this helps! If you need any further clarification, or this
information is not what you were looking for, let me know and I will
take another look it.

jmhines123-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Great information.  Saved me a ton of time.

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