We have been transferring video tapes in-house for 25 years. We transfer several video tapes weekly of all different formats. One question we are frequently asked, which video format should I choose, a playable DVD or a digital file?
My opinion is both because a playable DVD can be quickly played on your living room TV and the digital file can be saved in several locations and accessed from just about anywhere. If the DVD is lost or damaged you have the digital file for backup. Also, by having the digital files in several locations such as your home network storage device, Dropbox, YouTube, iCloud, OneDrive to say a few, you have a better chance of generations down the road being able to locate and see the videos. Its fun looking back at old videos and reminiscing and seeing how quickly the world changes.
There is no right or wrong way to have your old video tapes converted, it’s just a good idea to preserve your old video tapes before they crumble away and your past will become forgotten. We can create just about any type of file for those tech savvy individuals that have specific parameters. If you can’t decide between a playable DVD or USB, throw your questions our way and we will be happy to help you decide what will work best for you and your situation.