The only saving grace keeping this device on our list of the top 10 VHS to DVD converters is its wide range of compatibility with other software and overall ease of use. The device is fantastic; you’ll have no problems using the converter itself with almost all generic video capture or editing software.
The Gigaware VHS to DVD converter is an interesting case; on one hand, the hardware is the definition of plug-and-play ease of use, while the software is a massively unstable, unworkable mess. The converter device itself can be used with almost any system and almost any piece of software. The included software makes Windows ME look user friendly. If the software even performed parts of its job well, this product would rank much higher on our matrix. As it stands, however, we can’t recommend this converter because of the horrendous software that comes with it.
The software included in the box alongside the Gigaware VHS to DVD Converter is the ShowBiz DVD 2 application from ArcSoft. By any standards, this software is subpar. It suffers from numerous problems, including poor performance, limited functionality and overall poor design. Fortunately, the hardware portion of the Gigaware VHS to DVD Converter is not proprietary to this particular software application.
You will find a coaxial input as well as component and composite inputs along with the VHS to DVD converter upon purchase. The VHS to DVD converter is capable of playing-back MP3, JPEG, WMA media contents and there is a universal remote control for ease of navigation.
|Method for Converting VHS to DVD||How the VHS to DVD Conversion is Done||Equipment Needed|
|Direct with a VHS/DVD combo player||The combo player does all the work.||
|VHS player to DVD recorder||Connect the VCR to a DVD recorder.||
|VHS to computer using an analog-to-digital adapter||Use an analog-to-digital adapter to connect the VCR to a computer. Once the video is on the computer you can share it online or burn it to DVD.||