How can I digitize a bunch of VHS tapes?

Episode 996 (17:43)

Pat from Oceanside, CA
Toshiba DVR620 DVD/VHS Recorder

Pat has about 200 VHS tapes and 8 Tracks that she wants to digitize. Leo says that there's probably a good chance that many of the tapes will be so degraded, they'll be unwatchable. She could convert them or pay to have someone to convert them, but why bother when most of what Pat has recorded off the cable box is now available to stream from Netflix or Amazon Prime? That would require an internet connection and a Roku box though, or better yet, she could get an iPad. It also may just be cheaper to buy the movies you've recorded on DVD.

If she still really wants to convert them, she has to remember that 200 tapes, 2 hours per tape, would be 400 hours of converting. She can buy a VHS to DVD recorder, which will probably be the easiest way to do it.