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Our company does a great deal of work digitizing VHS footage for transfer to DVD, flash drives and hard drives. Generally speaking, VHS follows the rule of “garbage in, garbage out.” Some minor improvements can be made, for example correcting levels and perhaps minor color correction and sharpening, but for the most part what you see is what you get. The VHS format was quite low resolution and the tapes degenerate over time. Digitizing will not improve them.
You say you’ve transferred the VHS to a flash drive. It’s best not to compress the digital files for best quality. When you capture the VHS it will probably come into your editing software as an AVI file. For best results, leave it as an AVI file. If you must, use Handbrake to compress it as an MP4 file.