How to Prepare for Video Transfer Success


Importing your VHS tapes to a new format can be a scary process. Do you burn to DVD?  Convert to digital video files?  Scrap the whole project and build a protective fort out of your tapes? Figuring out the best option for you and your precious family memories isn’t easy, especially if you’re inexperienced with video transfer terminology or software.

Don’t panic though, because we’re here to help. We’ve compiled three simple tips from around the web that can help make your video transfer process a little easier, and a lot less stressful. Here they are, in no particular order:

Talk to a Professional

You don’t have to have your videos converted by a professional, but it’s still a good idea to speak with one about the transfer process. An experienced video transfer expert can outline potential pitfalls, recommend software and hardware, and give you ideas as to how to put the whole thing together. Never underestimate the helpfulness of good information.

Separate the “Keepers” from the “Rejects”

Digitizing your home movie collection can cost hundreds of dollars because of the sheer amount of it.  It’s like taking 20 years of drycleaning to the store and paying one bill for it.  Take the time to separate out what you want to keep and what you don’t.  If you no longer have a player, call the store to see if you can view your tapes first. Play it Again Video offers free viewing with no obligation.

Understand your Options

It’s always good to know what options are available.  We’ve created videos to help you explain the various options available:

– Should you transfer your tapes to DVD or to an external hard drive? 

– Transfer one tape to one DVD, or combine tapes into one DVD?  

Repair a broken tape myself or give it to the professional?  

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Turning your old collection of VHS tapes into an easy-to-store library of DVDs or to an external hard drive may feel like a chore, but it’s a worthwhile investment for your family legacy.  When you think of it, you’ve done the most difficult time consuming part – recording the memories.  Now you just need to preserve them. 

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