Saving those VHS memories
Subject: General Tech | March 21, 2006 - 12:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Digital Grabber has posted a thorough guide to saving all those old VHS camcorder movies. Chances are that they contain memorable moments that you were hopign to treasure forever, with a bit of work they will last a while longer. At least they will survive the extinction of the VCR.
"The problem is consumer VHS tape isn't be best format to use for long-term storage. Every time
you play one of those tapes you wear away part of the image, you scratch the video, you destroy
small portions of the memories. If you haven't played those family celebration tapes for years
you may even be in for a rude awakening. The magnetic film may have aged and the images have
disappeared. The coating may mysteriously peel away or flake off when the tape is played. The
memory images are suddenlyâ€¦simply memories. Signs of video quality degradation can become
apparent after five years and even sooner if the tapes aren't stored properly."
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