Across from the hold section, there sits a shiny iMac. It's got a bunch of goodies. But we want to let you know the one that can benefit the most people with the least amount of time to learn: turn your home movies into DVDs with the Elgato Video Capture application.
There's a VHS player attached to the iMac. You put in the your wedding video, you child's 1st birthday party, that trip up to the White Mountains, or whatever you happen to have. Then you launch the Elgato app, go through a few screens and start to copy the movie to the computer. One word of wanring here, this copying takes place in real time. So if your movie is 15 minutes or 150 minutes, you've got to spend that amount of time at the computer.
Once the trip down memory lane is complete, you need to burn that newly copied movie to a DVD. For that we've got an external DVD drive for you to use. Right click the movie you just created from the Movies folder on the desktop and select burn. Fortunately, this happens a wee bit quicker than the first copy. Depending on the length of the movie it could take a little bit of time but it won't take at long as the VHS copy. Once the burn is done, pop out both the original VHS and the newly minted DVD and you're good to go!
It's that simple. The thing you need is time. Well, that and some headphones. It's recommended that you bring your own so that you can verify the Elgato app is capturing the audio as well as the video. If you don't have any headphones, we've got you covered. For $1.50 you can purchase a pair from us. Just visit the main desk.
I know I said the process is simple, but we've got the step-by-step instructions for you here: http://www.wilmlibrary.org/sites/all/themes/Wilmington/images/VHS%20to%20DVD%20Procedure.pdf. If you forget to print out a copy before making the trek to the library, don't worry, we've got a copy printed out by the iMac itself. Should you run into any problems, just let us know and we'll lend a hand.