There they sit. Shelves full of memories. Your beloved VHS tapes—which have captured everything from your wedding day, that once in a lifetime vacation to your grandchild’s first steps—could soon be deemed unwatchable. According to a recent report by NPR, analog videos (or VHS) are rapidly deteriorating in a problem known as Magnetic Media Crisis. In essence, the magnetic layer that stores and records sounds and images is losing its magnetic properties—ruining any chance of replaying those treasured memories.
This is an example of film deterioration.
VHS tapes only have a life expectancy of 20-30 years, depending on how you store them. Time may be running out, but fortunately, there’s still a way to save your VHS tapes. The solution? Transfer them into a digital format.
The process is really simple. You can buy a VHS-DVD combo player or an analog-to-digital video adapter and download software to your computer. If you aren’t that savy with technology, you can also take your tapes to Walmart, or Costco to take advantage of their film- and VHS-to-DVD, Blu-ray, and digital transfer services. Time is ticking. Stop procrastinating and make a move to save your old home memories. If you don’t digitize your tapes now, they may be gone forever.