Did you know that your videotape is actually erasing itself?
Videotape is composed of several different layers of materials. For both older analog and
newer digital videotape, consumer or professional formats, the end-result is the same.
Videotape breaks down, loosing information, virtually erasing itself over time. Tape also wears
each time it is played. It can be damaged if run through a player that has not been properly
maintained and can be erased when placed next to electronic or magnetic equipment. It is
also getting harder to find reliable working playback units for many of the older formats. As of
spring 2008, JVC stopped making the last professional VHS player/recorder and Sony will
shortly stop making the last 8mm video format player/recorders.
Today's technology means longer lifespan, greater convenience, and more use.
Digital video disk (DVD) is not affected by a magnetic source and will not wear with use if
handled properly. If the right disk media is properly burned, labeled and stored according to
accepted professional practices, DVD media has a conservative estimated lifespan of 20+
years. DVD is a practical choice to store both your family video and corporate reference video
for easy viewing. For media library archiving, digital media file is a popular archival format
offering easy access, higher quality formats for editing and restoration, quick and easy
migration to future technology and sharing across a networked platform. When combined with
the proper indexing information and/or metadata, digital media file is a powerful resource tool.
First, some important thoughts on conversion of videotape to DVD...
The common assumption made by most people is that DVD disk media, video conversion
equipment and methods are all basically the same. From small startup companies with little
or no experience to national discount retail and pharmacy chains, even companies that offer
"all-in-one" units that a consumer can buy, there are more and more options to convert
videotape to DVD. The sad fact is, we receive more calls every month from people
experiencing problems with their DVD's, after doing their own conversion, trusting a "discount"
chain or an inexperienced company to do a proper conversion. Issues range from generally
poor conversion quality, mild to moderate disk errors (skipping or hesitation during playback),
to severe issues including disks that lock up or don't play at all after only a year or two. If a
disk has been physically damaged, the average client never had a backup disk made and their
video is lost. Even if you don't use PCS to convert your video, below are the basics you should
look for when choosing a reliable service for a proper conversion that lasts. text.
Your videotapes have a limited lifespan.Convert them to digital to last a lifetime.