VHS to DVD Transfer
Grainy video, like all video, is a simple format that can be converted to almost any disc or digital format through common computer technology. The only thing that separates grainy video from other types of footage is that once it is placed onto a DVD the video noise will become more apparent. This is not avoidable, but it can be reduced in certain situations.
Video Capture Before Conversion
Video Editing Program
Capture the footage with non-linear video editing software such as Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere. Once the footage is captured through the standard process you can break up the clips and arrange them as you would with any post-production process. Here you can begin to use video filters to aid in polishing some of the grainy footage. You can use things like noise reduction, color correction, and other video filters and video generators to try to bring the footage up to standard for DVD.
Export and Compress
Export the footage from your non-linear video editing software using a video compression program of some sort, though many non-linear editing programs will have an associated compression program. Here select an MPEG-2 codec for the video, or a different codec that is preset for DVD authoring. The MPEG-2 codec is a smaller compression option that is perfectly designed to transfer onto a digital disc format. Try to use the largest compression size possible to reduce further degradation of the video footage.
DVD Choice and Care
Burn the DVD file to a high quality DVD disc, and if Blu-ray is available in your DVD authoring software and DVD burner then this will be a great choice. The higher the quality of the DVD disc the better the footage will look and last over long periods of time. Make sure not to write directly on the DVD as this will degrade the disc, and to store it away from strong light or temperatures.