This is a small version of our video that has been showing on the giant screen at Local & Live 2017 in Calverley Grounds, Tunbridge Wells. An annual event to showcase young artists in and around the Tunbridge Wells area we were lucky to be given the opportunity to have our video showing during the Festival.
The BBC has reported “RIP VHS” that this month will see the last videocassette recorder (VCR) produced in Japan. It’s the end of an era for those of us who grew up, setting up recording schedules and coming home to find out that you had not put a tape in the unit! There was always the chance that someone would tape over your favourite show see my Family Guy post for what not to do to your wedding video!
Now might be a good time to think about moving all those old images off of VCR and onto DVD or Blu-ray as VHS tapes are getting on a bit and deteriorating sitting in their cupboards lost and forgotten. VHS Tapes have a limited shelf life and if you remember recording something back in 1990 it’s already 26 years ago! The more you play a VHS tape the more likely it is to degrade and loose quality so it may well be a good idea to move the images off whilst they are still recognisable.
I’ve just had the pleasure of delivering a number of transferred VHS videos to a customer. What was nice was to hear that the only moving pictures of his late sister were on one of the videos we transferred and he would now, once again, be able to see her. A while back we were delivering a project where we had transferred some old cine film to DVD. We sat through the “première” and suddenly our customer said that there were pictures of his dad, young and thin as he remembered him. He hadn’t seen the film for perhaps 40 or more years.
It really makes our work turn from “just work” to being a privilege when you can bring back these memories to share again from old cine films, videos or still photographs.
VHS tapes can easily be damaged and as we’ve discussed in an early post, they have a limited shelf life. If you are sitting on any old VHS or Camcorder tapes perhaps now is the time to consider getting the images transferred to DVD or Blu-ray?
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It was one of those memorable episodes of Family Guy where Peter Griffin casually slipped into the conversation with his wife Lois that he had recorded “soft porn” over their wedding video!
Accidents can happen and no doubt the Griffins, like many of us, only had one copy of that “special day” video. I’m not saying that your husband, partner or wife will actually record over it but it could happen. You may not be so lucky as Peter Griffin, you may end up with Ant & Dec, the X Factor or, heaven forbid, Strictly Come Dancing interspersed with “I do” or the Best Man chatting up the Bridesmaids.
Why not ask us to transfer your video to DVD or Blu-ray before someone records over or throws out your video and at the same time, get a few extra copies for safe keeping? We promise not to record a TV programme over your special day video temptingly hilarious as that may be. I also promise not to be wearing green trousers and a white shirt whilst transferring the images, how’s that?
You can reach us by calling 0333 011 8514 or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can use the video enquiry form. For a full listing of the services you can go to our Video Transfer web page. Whatever you do, contact us now before that treasured video gets broken, taped over or damaged.
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We clearly have a vested interest in wanting you to convert your VHS and other video tapes to DVD and Blu-ray, after all, it’s what we at unlock my past are set up to do. However we were asked recently about how long VHS and similar video tapes last. Of course this is a loaded question; what if you hardly watch the tapes and they are kept at an optimum temperature etc? They’d be good for many years. If they were played a lot and stored in extremes, subject to dust and dirt ingress and mishandled then the time would be a lot less. This is common sense but we tried to find something a little more concrete.
We found the following which seemed to nicely sum up much of what you can find out on the Internet
“Lifespan of Magnetic Tape Media
At the other end of the spectrum are consumer formats like VHS, which start to degrade within 10-25 years. Most of the video tapes manufactured in the 1970s and 1980s tend to be more durable than the thinner and cheaper tapes that flooded the market in the 1990s and are still sold new today. There are also various grades of VHS tape, from standard consumer, to advanced consumer, to professional and broadcast grades; the particle density and tape perfection being the primary discrimination between the grades.
The older a tape gets, the more likely it will face problems like oxide shedding and tape-eating bacteria. The replay count will also affect the level of degradation.
VHS tapes owned by consumers and recorded in the 1980s-1990s should last another 10 years on average. There is no need to rush them into transfer. But now is the time to start. They are approaching the end of the life cycle. Take your time and do a good job. There is no need to worry about doing it fast, as they are not rotting apart on the shelf while you “waste time” reading this page.
When it comes to commercially-available movies and shows, just go buy yourself the official DVD release, if one exists. It’s wasteful to try and convert these items. Save self-done transfers and transfer service work for the more precious home movies and other rarities that may have been bought or recorded through the years.”
The article above was sourced from http://www.digitalfaq.com/guides/media/longevity.htm
It seems generally accepted that tapes begin to degrade between 10 and 25 years. A tape recorded in 1990 is now 25 years old and so now is a good time to start to consider transferring to DVD or Blu-ray as the quality isn’t going to get better and there are other considerations too. One might be space, just look at the difference in size between a DVD or Blu-ray disk and a VHS Cassette. You can also budget for transferring your tapes doing them a few at a time as finances permit and starting with the oldest ones first.
We have a range of services to suit each pocket from direct transferring from VHS to DVD to editing and enhancing. As the article says “There is no need to rush them into transfer. But now is the time to start.” we are here to assist you and can discuss your requirements and perhaps scheduling these over a time to suit your budget and the age and importance of your tape library? Call us on 0333 011 8514 or email us on email@example.com or fill in our video enquiry form.