Reasons for digitising VHS tapes

Converting old VHS tapes to digital format - Convert old video tapes to digital - Digitising old videos

Short for Video Home System, VHS tapes were an ideal way to capture home videos in the 1970s to the late 1990s and elevated the television and movie businesses. Nowadays, it seems like the only purpose they serve is as items of nostalgia to many collectors around the world. VHS tapes have a life expectancy of 20-30 years, and as we have just entered the year 2020, many experts have expressed the need to convert to digital to preserve memories from the past. Digitising video tapes will ensure that your stored footage will not deteriorate and save you from the stress of recovering it all before it’s too late

Why do VHS tapes degrade?

VHS tape degradation - VHS degradation

You might be wondering how why do VHS tapes degrade? This is because of the loss of the magnetic properties of the magnetic layer of the tape that records and stores sound and images. For example, if you live in a tropical or rainy climate, humidity in the environment can turn into moisture and absorb into the binding and delaminate the tape. Humid storage conditions can even result in mould, a chemical reaction that would slowly break down the VHS tape past the point of repair. Think of the special events like weddings, baby tapes, family gatherings during Christmas and birthdays that were carefully documented and are absolutely irreplaceable. By converting footage into a digital format, you can seamlessly and quickly store your memories in a safe and accessible place. 

To secure your VHS tape memories, you can purchase a VHS-DVD combo player, or an analogue-to-digital video adapter and download software on your computer. In essence, you’ll need a VHS player, the analogue converter for your computer, and a DVD drive. This will make digitising video tapes easy. You can even store tapes from each event on separate USBs or external hard drives to make your newly converted digital collection more organised. If you have other analogue tapes like 8mm, MiniDV, or audio cassette tapes, you can follow the same conversion procedure with players specifically for those tapes. While the DIY option is possible, taking your tapes to a professional can provide many benefits and potentially be a lot less stressful.

If you prefer a more comprehensive approach to convert your VHS, 8mm, MiniDV or audio cassette tapes, you can bring them to a professional. Although a DIY approach can be more cost-effective, you are at risk of damaging your tape even further without the right equipment and expertise. The Digital Service can repair and restore damaged or mouldy tapes, and convert them into the highest quality digital file. Best of all, it is 100% risk-free.