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Why Transfer 8mm tapes, VHS tapes, Hi8 tapes, and MiniDV tapes to DVD ...
Let's face it, videotapes deteriorate. Over time, videotapes lose their magnetic signal and quality. The color of your memories deteriorate due to the friction between the VCR head and tape, and the tape grows brittle and eventually breaks – even when sitting on a shelf! Especially troublesome is a climate like St Louis, with wild temperature and humidity levels, which wreak havoc on the materials that make up video tapes.
How Long Do Videotapes Last?
It is tough question and one a question that many forget to ask. So the answer is not definite, however
In as little as 8–10 years, tapes can suffer deterioration, and total life expectancy is less than 20 years. A tape frequently shows a lower quality of picture crispness just after 5 years. Popular belief has always been that the information stored on videotape is permanent. Magnetic tape (cassettes, VHS and camcorder tapes) has allowed us to document and replay our history. Nevertheless, magnetic media has a very limited life span, and your priceless sounds and images will soon be lost forever!
The truth is, videotape is not forever. Unlike movie film — which can last for decades — videotape is far more fragile. In fact, no magnetic recording medium is permanent
Facts About DVDs:
1. Digital is the standard for the 21st century.
2. DVD video and audio quality is superior to video tape.
3. DVD video quality will not deteriorate, no matter how many times it is watched.
4. A DVD may last 100 years or more.
6. DVD’s are sealed and have no moving parts (unlike tapes).
7. DVD’s are easier to handle, use, and store.
8. DVD’s can be copied without loss of signal, digitally.
9. DVD’s can be played on home computers with DVD drives and on most DVD players.
10. DVD’s allow quick access to specific scenes. Instead of fast forwarding to a specific spot in your video, a DVD lets you skip right to a specific point, bypassing all of the video in between.
11. One of the best things about DVD is the quality of the video. While a normal VHS tape only offers 200-300 vertical lines of resolutions, a DVD allows a full 480 lines of resolution. This means that your picture is sharper and more detailed.
So why does videotape deterioration happen?
Well, there are three main parts to a videotape:
1. physical plastic tape
2. magnetic particles (iron oxide), which contain the video and audio
3. The "binder," which is glue that holds the magnetic particles to the plastic tape.
These particles act like tiny bar magnets and are changed into patterns when the tape passes over an electromagnet during the recording process. When the tape is played back, the patterns are picked up by a playback head and become the video image. Over time, the binder glue weakens. When this happens, the magnetic particles lose their adhesion to the tape.
FACTS ABOUT VIDEO TAPES:
1. Video quality deteriorates each time you watch.
2. Video quality will deteriorate after 10 years, even if you do not watch them.
3. Your VCR can destroy your tape when it malfunctions.
4. Analog videotape (from the 20th century), like VHS tapes, will not last as long as digital tape.
5. Digital tape is better, but it has an expected useful life of only 20 years if stored under ideal conditions.