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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