Saving those VHS memories

Subject: General Tech | March 21, 2006 - 12:13 PM |

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 suddenly…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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