vhs to dvd – Manhattan Video Grabber, 2017

There’s a good chance you have stacks of VHS and camcorder tapes full of birthdays, weddings and recitals just waiting to be watched. Unfortunately, analog tapes lose their quality and deteriorate over time, and you risk losing those precious memories. You can preserve your captured life events and recorded shows with VHS to DVD software. The Manhattan Video Grabber is a capable video to DVD device that comes packaged with the user-friendly Honestech VHS to DVD 3.0 software.


VHS to DVD 3.0 guides you systematically through the video conversion process, and after capturing your video, you can edit out unwanted footage and add extras like transitions, text and effects to the video. With this software, you can even add customized menus to your DVD. Honestech VHS to DVD software is one of the top VHS to DVD software available. Version 3.0 is easy to use, and is a good choice for beginners and people who don’t want to delve too deep into the video editing process.

The Manhattan Video Grabber comes with the standard yellow/red/white RCA composite connectors, as well as an S-Video connection. The capture device plugs into any open USB 2.0 port and does not require an external power source to operate.

You should be able to capture video from any device with AV ports, as this capture device has standard RCA connections. This means you can convert your VHS tapes, camcorder Hi-8, VHS-C tapes and any other content from an analog A/V source like a DVR or game console. The capture device also includes an extra RCA cord, so you don’t have to worry about purchasing one.

While the VHS to DVD 3.0 software itself is easy to install, installing the device can be tricky. Unlike other VHS to DVD software capture devices, you may have problems trying to get your computer to recognize the device at first, especially if you plug in the device before the drivers are installed. We recommend having the user manual handy before you start installing and encourage you to follow all of the instructions meticulously for the best results.

Once you complete the device installation, the process of converting VHS to DVD isn’t hard at all, and the software performs flawlessly. The Manhattan Video Grabber’s capture device has a little button on it that allows you to precisely control when the capture begins and ends. You can also use snapshots taken from the video in your DVD menus for a little extra fun. When the video is complete, you can choose to save it in formats compatible with uploading to Facebook, YouTube or any of your favorite mobile devices such as MP4.

This software is compatible with Windows 8, 7, Vista and XP, but doesn’t support Mac operating systems.

Fortunately, Manhattan has a few different support methods you can use to try to solve any issues. An in-depth user manual with several images shows you exactly what you should be seeing during the installation process. The manual does a good job in compensating for the complicated installation process. Manhattan’s website also has a knowledgebase area with a FAQs section. Unfortunately, Manhattan does not offer a direct contact phone number, but a technical support form is available on their website if you need personalized assistance.

Overall, we are impressed with the user-friendliness of the included Honestech VHS to DVD 3.0 software and the screenshot capture options. However, the difficult installation process of the capture device is a real drawback, so if you are not patient enough to take the time to install this device, then you may want to try a different VHS to DVD converter.