PROS / This converter is easy to use and compatible with a large variety of third-party capture software.
CONS / You can only export video files in three formats, other converters we reviewed have up to seven options.
VERDICT / Roxio VHS to DVD 3 Plus is a versatile converter that is easy to use and produces high-quality results.
True to its name, Roxio Easy VHS to DVD 3 Plus makes converting VHS tapes to DVD simple. It’s compatible with nearly every type of video capture and editing software, but capturing video is particularly pleasant with the included Roxio conversion software. The surprising ease of use, compatibility and broad range of features earn this converter our Top Ten Reviews Silver Award.
Capture & Customize
Like all the best VHS to DVD converters, Roxio Easy VHS to DVD 3 Plus has options for both composite and S-Video inputs. This device connects to any available USB 2.0 port on your laptop or desktop, while the composite RCA connections connect to your video device. As long as your device has composite outputs, the Roxio VHS to DVD 3 Plus can capture video from it. And you can use the hardware with any other program capable of recognizing and converting from analog devices like your VCR.
One particularly interesting and useful feature in the Roxio software is its ability to convert vinyl records to CDs and MP3s. Assuming you have the correct hardware, Roxio Easy VHS to DVD 3 Plus lets you breathe new life into your old LPs. You can then use the software to burn CDs or export the music as MP3s. There is also an option to create CD labels and organize your home movies with the Roxio software.
The Roxio Easy VHS to DVD 3 Plus software has options to directly burn from a VCR to a DVD or to transfer VHS tapes to your PC. If you choose to save the video to your PC, you can upload the digital copy to YouTube. You can also transfer the digital copy of your VHS tape to mobile devices like the iPhone, iPad or Sony PlayStation Vita. You can also record most copyrighted material with this converter, which is handy for movies not available on DVD.
Once you’ve captured the video on your VHS tapes, Roxio Easy VHS to DVD 3 Plus gives you several options to customize and personalize it. The video-editing module of this software gives you the ability to cut away unwanted footage and to add effects, transitions, titles and credits to your project. You can even bring in outside audio to add to your video project. Which is great if you want to add background sound or music to your converted footage. You also have the ability to build your own DVD menu and add chapter breaks so your audience can have the same experience they’re used to from a commercially produced DVD.
During our testing phase, we converted a 40-minute videotape and burned it onto a disc. It took this VHS to DVD converter exactly 40 minutes to accomplish this task, which is because it has the ability to capture, convert and burn videotapes to a disc simultaneously. Only one other program in our review has this ability. So if you want your videotape to be converted as is, without any modification, Roxio Easy VHS to DVD 3 Plus is an excellent choice that saves you a lot of time.
Our video experts found that the quality of the newly burned DVD was among the best of all the VHS converters we reviewed. There was some distortion around the edges and some digital blocking issues, but on the whole, this product creates a high-quality conversion that won’t distract your audience from the show.
You can also use this software to create stand-alone video files on your computer. You can choose to export your converted videos as MPEG1, MPEG2 or MP4 files. These video format options are fine as far as they go, but other programs we reviewed allow you to export in up to seven different formats.
The program also allows you to optimize your converted videos for playback on specific devices like a computer or iOS and Android devices. You have the option of uploading your videos directly to Facebook and YouTube. These are great options that allow you to tailor your conversion for the audience you want to share it with.
Help & Support
There is a large selection of help options at Roxio.com. It has a large library of FAQs and knowledgebase articles that can answer most questions you might have about the conversion process. But if it doesn’t, you can leave a comment in the user forum or submit a support ticket with your question for the customer service representatives to respond to later. You can call the customer support line or open up a live chat with a customer service representative for instant help.
Roxio Easy VHS to DVD 3 Plus is a versatile tool that you can use with a variety of software and operating systems, and for an assortment of functions. This is a user-friendly VHS converter to preserve your videos and produces high-quality results.