Guest author Soledad Buznego shares tips on how to digitize your VHS family videos!
KonMari tackles sentimental items (such as photos, memorabilia, heirlooms, etc.) as the last category of the tidying festival, because when you reach to this point you have already honed your spark joy sensibility and are in a better position to decide whether an item will serve a good purpose in your life. By the time I did my tidying festival -I have to be honest- I didn’t check these cassettes (shame on me! I know) but mainly because I had forgotten they even existed and because they were not 100% mine, they were my whole family’s.
I knew my project would mean bringing my entire family history back into the 21st century: making them easy to watch, easy to share, and easy to store. So, how did I digitalize my VHS memories? Here’s the recipe that worked for me:
1. The actual cassettes (I had both little ones and the large ones)
2. A working VCR (I didn’t own one but was able to get it at one of the Goodwill Houston stores for around $12 – totally worth it + supporting a good cause)
3. A video capture tool – I ended up choosing the brand "elgato". It was very user-friendly. Whichever brand you end up choosing, just make sure it has the USB port to connect to the computer + the 3-colored cords to connect to your VCR.
4. (Optional) A VCR cassette adapter (if you have the little cassettes as I did)
5. A computer – with a working USB port
*Note: I used the "elgato" video capture tool, so these instructions are specific to that program and my devices. The same general format should be applicable to other programs and tools.
1. Install the software program that comes with the video capture tool onto your computer.
5. Once done, you will have the chance to trim your video before it’s completed and saved into an .mp4 format into your computer.
6. Once saved, feel free to categorize your files so that it is easier to find your memories. I categorized mine into years>events (yes, they are in Spanish as my whole family is in Argentina).
Soledad Buznego is a certified KonMari Consultant who uses her degree in educational psychology to help people set personal goals and tidy their homes! She loves guiding people and providing the support that they need for every step of the journey towrads leading a more joyful life. Learn more at her website: https://injoyorganization.com/
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