The choice may not be easy, but it is simple. All videotape degrades with age. From climate, accidents, tape players eating the tape, flooding - we've seen it all. When it comes to figuring out what to do - converting videotape to digital
comes down to: 1.) convert it today, 2) throw it away, and 3) convert it later at future prices.
Choice #1 can put this task behind you forever - whether it is videotape to DVD or videotape to digital
- once this is done - you never have to do it again! You can watch your files on TV, computer, upload them to the cloud, share them via youtube, usb, etc.
Choice #2 means that you throw away all memories on VHS, Hi8, or miniDV videotape - forever. The upside - you clean up storage and it is cheaper. The downside is you no loger have the memories or the choice to see them again - forever.
Choice #3 is a decision to store the tapes longer - and maybe lose them to the dangers listed above - and pay tomorrow's prices, afterwich you revist Choice #1 and Choice #2 in the future.