Many families carefully archived their important life events on video tape. Whether it was an old 8MM reel-to-reel or the more modern digital 8 recorder, we surely all have memories of a family member/historian with a camera perched on their shoulder, begging everyone to say “Hi” to the camera. Weddings, birthdays, holidays and family reunions were commonly recorded to tape so we could remember every precious detail.
Now, we have a stack of those tapes and no idea what’s on them. The equipment necessary to view them isn’t made anymore. Did you know VHS players stopped being manufactured in 2016? Our clients are often hanging onto the tapes hoping for a solution so they can find out what memories are locked inside and enjoy them again. The sad part is the lifespan of video tapes is estimated to be 15 years. Once it’s gone, it’s gone forever.
If you’re feeling anxious, thinking about your own pile of video tapes, I want to let you know there is hope! You can convert some of your video tapes to digital with a little sleuthing and some relatively inexpensive equipment. If you have VHS tapes, you just need a VCR and an analog to digital converter (we’ve experimented with the Diamond VC500) along with a computer that accepts the input of the converter (usually USB 2 or USB 3). You may not get Hollywood quality results but you will get your memories off the tapes and that is a big win!
If you don’t have equipment that reads your tapes or you have older media, like 8MM reel-to-reel, you may need the help of a professional. At Photo Gym we work with you to find a way to get your most important memories digitized with plans that fit your budget. Let us know how we can help!
Whatever you do, do something to save your families precious memories before it’s too late. If you need help getting started, email us to Schedule a Personal Training session to find out how to do it yourself or let us do it for you!