At first we were a little wary of the VHS 2 DVD Wizard software package. Their website reminds us of one of those “As Seen on TV” ads with a blog-type setup and a lot of customer comments on the home page. But we contacted the company for more information about their software, and they contacted us within a day and answered our questions. We were completely sold when the software arrived in the mail and we were able to test it. The transfer process works great. If the software had more features and output options, it would have ranked higher in our reviews of VHS to DVD software.
To completely install the VHS 2 DVD Wizard, you must complete four different steps: install Microsoft .NET 2.5, install Microsoft DirectX 9, install Video Card Driver and install VHS2DVD Wizard. Each step requires its own specific steps – this isn’t a plug and play type of program.
Once the software is installed and you’ve restarted your computer, it is quite easy transfer VHS to DVD. Simply connect the video capture device to your computer via a USB port and then connect the AV cables to a VCR or camcorder. Then the video capture process is as simple as a click of a button.
The VHS 2 DVD Wizard is somewhat lacking in the features department. Although you can edit your captured video, the editing options are limited. You can clip video, but there are no options to add transitions and DVD menus or edit the sound. When you're burning to a DVD you can add clips in a specific order, but it would be nice to be able to include smooth transitions, too.
You can convert VHS and 8mm (Hi8) tapes to a DVD or save the captured video as an MP4, MPEG-2 or WMV file. Once the video has been converted, you can watch it on any of your favorite mobile devices or save it to your computer. Once the VHS to DVD software has saved a video file, you can upload it to YouTube or Facebook or edit the video in a video editing software of your choice.
VHS 2 DVD Wizard has some of the best help and support options among the VHS to DVD software we’ve reviewed. On their website you’ll find frequently asked questions and a support email. However, our favorite support features are the included user manual and step-by-step installation video. We strongly suggest watching this video before you begin installation. The installation steps are pretty self-explanatory, but a few steps aren’t as intuitive as we would have liked. There is no phone number to call VHS 2 DVD Wizard’s manufacturers for questions, but we feel the included FAQs, installation video and user manual should be enough guidance. A 60-day warranty is also included.
After you take the time to install the VHS 2 DVD Wizard, you will be able to convert your collection of VHS tapes in no time. Unfortunately, the video editing options are limited, so if you want professional finishes to your video, you'll need a separate video editing application.
The video capture process is very user-friendly.
This software has limited video editing options.
Conversion is simple, but you can't add any professional finishing touches.