Magnetic tapes – that's what your VHS, 8mm, Digital8, MiniDV tapes are – have a shelf life. Digitize them before it is too late. Today, transferring tapes to digital format is so easy, there's no excuse to wait. There are several options available. Which option you choose depends on what you wish to do with the video after you transfer it. Follow this simple flowchart:
So the 3 main options are:
Option 1: Transfer Tape to Finished DVD
Most people choose this option because itâ€™s the easiest and quickest. You drop off or mail your tapes and you get back a finished DVD. You can specify a DVD title when you place your order but once you get the finished DVD, you cannot edit the video to add transitions, music track, etc. Most people donâ€™t want to bother with editing and are happy enough with the thumbnail scene selections provided on the DVD menu. Pop the DVD into a player, ship it to grandma and everyone has a good time watching and reminiscing.
Learn more about transferring Tape-to-DVD and how to choose a reliable company to hand over your precious tapes.
Option 2: Transfer Tape to Digital File Service
If you are reading this blog, you are interested in video editing. You hate watching unedited raw footage. You are about creating cool, watchable video stories. This option may be for you. It is for folks who want to transfer their tapes to digital files so they can import the digital files into their video editing software to trim, add soundtrack, transitions, or to incorporate into other video projects.
Learn more about how to transfer your tape to digital files.
Option 3: Capture Tape to Computer by Yourself
This is for the serious hobbyists. They want to transfer the tapes into their computer themselves. Theyâ€™ve got the time, the interest, and the money to invest in video capture device, cables and computer ports. Or, they have a lot of tapes to transfer and investing in the hardware to do it may save them money in the long run.
Learn more about this option of setting up your own video transfer â€˜mini labâ€™.
Whichever option you choose, the most important thing is to do it. Donâ€™t procrastinate any longer. .
Do tapes last forever?