VHS formatting has been around since the late 1970's, and even the very best quality tapes can only have a lifespan of around 15 years if they are kept well. Beyond this, your video or audio will start degrading, losing its audio and picture qualities. The tape will develop gaps and before long, your memories will be gone forever. However, you do not have to fret. You can actually preserve these precious memories in other formats.
Chances are you are having a DVD player at home, right? If you do, then all you need to do is convert VHS to DVD. You can do this on your own or get a professional to do it for you.
The DIY Option
There are equipments that you can acquire and use for converting your videos. Generally, you will have to get a computer and some software to achieve this. Some software may even allow you to edit the footage while others will simply burn your videos straight to the DVD format. In addition, you will need a cable to transfer audio and video outputs from the VCR machine. Alternatively, you can connect your VHS player to the DVD recorder in order to do direct recording without involving a computer. However, the greatest challenge with this option is the initial investment cost that can be quite high. In addition, the output may not be of high quality. And this is where the professional route comes in.
The Professional Option
Entrusting your videos to a professional who has the skills and equipment to handle video to DVD transfer is a very wise idea. Yes, you will pay a fee for this service; however, you can be sure that you will get a professional service. In addition, you can have the peace of mind that your videos will be on safe hands. Better still, a professional will have the latest and best equipment for quality conversion and can also include the option of dividing your videos into scenes.
No matter your route of choice, converting old VHS to DVD format or camcorder tape transfer is becoming increasingly crucial these days. With VHS technology dying out, fewer people will be able to enjoy old movies. Worse still, your tapes can wear out over time hence resulting in lose of precious memories.