Many people have home movies that are stored away in a safe place. The explosion of video cameras meant everyone could film family events and holidays and keep the memories forever. This article explains how to preserve those precious memories.
Whenever we record things today we tend to do so in a variety of ways. For example many of us whip out our smart phones and record short films and other events. We can then instantly share them on social media and with friends and family. We also have cameras that can record video, not to mention small camcorders that can practically fit into the palm of your hand. They’re certainly not hard to carry around with you nowadays.
However things were not always this simple. If you wanted to film family events several years ago when camcorders first became available, you would have needed strong arms to hold the camera up for the length of time required. These were hulking brutes and while this primitive technology did a good job, it was not always user friendly.
That doesn’t mean you would want to get rid of those memories though. If you ever recorded family events and occasions over the years, there is a good chance you still have plenty of old video recordings of these events. You may even have kept an old video recorder so you can still view these tapes. Indeed some people have evenings of nostalgia where everyone gets together and has a laugh at the old images and fashions captured on video.
However, those video tapes will not last forever. Video tapes do end up degrading eventually, and we have all experienced the nightmare and frustration that comes from a video player that chews up a tape. When this happens it can damage the delicate tape or wreck it entirely. It is one thing to lose a copy of your favourite television programme, but quite another to lose the only copy you have of a family wedding or your child’s first birthday party.
In this situation you can see how important it is to take good care of your video tapes. It makes sense to transfer them from video to DVD too, as this will put them in a modern format that is much easier to use. It will also preserve your videos for time to come, instead of running the risk they will become damaged or fail.
There are lots of services around that transfer old video to DVD for customers. They are affordably priced and you may even get a special deal if you have several video tapes to transfer in this way. Look round your local area but don’t discount looking online as well. You can find out more about the options available to you when you have a collection of videos you would like to preserve long into the future.
Make sure you approach a specialist though, as this is a job you want done properly. Someone with experience will be able to preserve the image in its best possible form, and give you back one or more DVDs depending on how many video tapes you had to transfer. All you need to do then is to store the DVDs safely and enjoy them for years to come.