By Jamey Nordby - October 18, 2019
Have you found a stash of old videotapes in your basement or attic? Are you thinking about converting the tapes to DVDs? You might want to do it sooner rather than later. Videotapes will not last forever. The longer you wait before carrying out the conversion process, the less chance you have of preserving your memories intact.
There are a number of factors that can affect the lifespan of a videotape. First, it will depend on how you handle it. Second, it will depend on how you have stored it. The two primary components that affect film preservation are humidity and temperature levels. If your film has come in contact with very low or high humidity, it could have incurred some damage. The same goes for extreme changes in temperature. This is why it is always recommended to store film media in an environment that is climate-controlled. Sadly, this is not always possible. Many people store old tapes in their attics or basements. Both of these areas are subject to humidity and variations in temperature. Therefore, acting quickly to guard against potential damage is vital.
Even if your videotapes are safe in an environment that is climate-controlled, you should still convert them to digital. No film is eternal. It will begin to deteriorate over time, and you could end up losing those memories forever. After just 15 years, your film will begin to deteriorate. This causes degradation in video and audio quality. Of course, that does not mean that the media is ruined. You’ll only begin to spot that the pictures are lower quality, or the coloring is somewhat muted.
Film ages because of temperature changes and moisture exposure. These factors cause the base layer of acetate to degrade slowly over time. The decay in the color means that images appear to be excessively blue or red. The original colors will worsen over the years. Eventually, the quality will have deteriorated so much that it will be extremely noticeable.
When the acetate in the film decomposes, a vinegary smell may occur. This means that the acetate acid has gotten through to the film base. When you notice this occurring to your videotapes, digitize them immediately. This will ensure that you have preserved your media before they have deteriorated completely.
Here at Reborn, we’re experts at digitizing all your precious memories so future generations can enjoy them. If you’re wondering about converting tapes to DVDs, contact our friendly team today. We can offer you the advice you need and begin the process of preserving those tapes. Even if your videotapes have already experienced some deterioration, we can often digitize them anyway. Thanks to the technology we use, you can be confident we’ll be able to save the tape’s content. That will allow you to relive all those special celebrations and happy times again and again for years to come.
By Jamey Nordby - June 21, 2019
Unfortunately, videotapes degrade and deteriorate over time. No matter how well you store them or how carefully you handle them, deterioration will occur. Videotapes weren’t really designed for long-term storage. The magnetic tape can start to deteriorate just five years after you make a recording. If you want to protect your precious home movies, the answer lies in converting tapes to DVD in Denver.
Some people don’t realize the urgency of digitizing their old videotapes. They leave their movies in the attic or basement for years. Unfortunately, if they leave them there too long, they will decay, and people will lose them forever. If you want to be sure future generations can enjoy those films, convert your film to DVD now.
There are five causes of videotape deterioration:
This process removes the magnetic charge from the videotape. The magnetic particles store the information on the videotape. If they get within close proximity to a magnet or exposed to high temperatures, the particles will become demagnetized. This will severely affect the transfer quality of the videotape.
Videotapes have a binder layer. This directly contacts the videotape player during use. Unfortunately, the binder layer may absorb water. This results in a phenomenon called “sticky shed syndrome.” The tape will become unplayable. It can also damage the video player should you try to play a videotape with this problem. Humidity will also promote the growth of fungus. Since outside particles will cause the tapes to lose the information, the fungus can be very damaging. It is vital to get the fungus professionally cleaned off the tapes before you try to play them.
Over time, the magnetic particles lose their charge. This causes the film color to become weaker. The digitally transferred copy will, therefore, have poor color quality.
Each time you play the videotape, there will be some level of quality loss. Although at first, you won’t notice it, over time, the video will have an obviously poorer quality. The less often you play a videotape, the better its quality will be.
If machinery is old or poorly maintained, dirt and dust will accumulate. The result will be wear and tear and scratches on the tape’s binder layer. It might even lose its magnetic charge. As a result, you could lose the information on the tape.
Always store your videotapes in an environment that is cool (around 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit).
Store your videos in an environment that is dry and has a 30 percent to 40 percent humidity level.
Avoid any swings in humidity and temperature.
Store your videotapes in a dirt-free and dust-free, sealed container.
Converting tapes to DVD in Denver is the only true way to preserve home videos. Here at Reborn, our digitizing service will guarantee that we will preserve your precious memories forever.
By Jamey Nordby - September 12, 2018