It’s always fun to pull out the old home videos and reminisce, especially on occasions when the family’s together. What wonderful moments to see and experience again your children’s first steps and first words. Then there are the videos full of laughs, your kids shenanigans and even some of your own caught on tape.
Those home movies are great! Unfortunately, every time you pull them out they seem to be a bit more worse off than the last time you watched them. Even more unfortunate is when you pull that one special video that you hold in reserve for special times and you find that it no longer works.
Don’t let that happen to you! Transferring those old home movies to DVD will save you a lot of heartache.
Here are five reasons you should consider turning your videos to DVD:
Technology – Technology is always changing. VHS/VCR tapes and players are a thing of the past. VCR’s are less common in homes, as most people have traded their VCR for DVD players. Even in the marketplace it is becoming more difficult to find players for this kind of media.
Heat & Moisture – Heat and moisture can cause mold on VHS tapes, and both are great enemies of VHS. This form of media is not designed to be long lasting and even kept in ideal conditions may only last a maximum of 15 years.
Age – Home videos are far too precious to lose. However, that is what happens with many even when you do take good care of your videos. Additionally, each time a VHS tape is played the tape is run across a head to be played, and this in term deteriorates the tape, making each consecutive playback weaker.
Convenience – Most VHS tapes hold up to 2 hours of recording time, however they take up more space and cannot be easily copied to share with others, unless you have a dual deck unit or 2 sets of equipment in order to play back and record at the same time. Whereas, with DVD’s, you still have the same 2 hours of video and they are convenient in that you can make copies much more easily without the need of extra equipment.
Storage – VHS tapes are bulky and cumbersome in this day and time. Some people have so many home movies and videos that they literally have shelves and shelves covering every wall just to have storage space for their videos. However, with DVD’s you can store your entire collection more easily in binders and leave your walls free for other things.
One great feature of transferring your videos to DVD, is that DVD’s have the option of splitting your videos down into scenes. This allows you to take a variety of different scenes from varying times and place them onto one DVD so you can have them in one place to choose from – such as a synopsis of birthday events or special holidays over the years.
Just remember that over time videotapes lose quality, and may eventually be unwatchable due to deterioration, or even tape failure. The best way to preserve those memories is to transfer your home movies to DVD. If you have not converted your old home movies to DVD, it is possible that your tapes may already be seeing the effects of deterioration. So, don’t delay any longer, save those precious memories and transfer your home movies to DVD today.
Guest post by Jim Gregory
Filed under: Genealogy World
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