About the VHS-C tape

When introduced in the early eighties, the VHS-C caused an upheaval in the consumer-grade camcorder market. Based on the same format as the already hugely popular VHS, the smaller VHS-C tapes could be used to record film and be played back in a typical VCR using an adapter. This development also played a part in the decline of sales for the bulkier Betamax format. Sadly, the VHS-C fell victim to the tides of time and the speed of surging technological advancement. VHS-C tapes fell into obsolescence and were replaced by more compact Mini DV tapes, DVD and ultimately memory card camcorders.

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How can I preserve my VHS-C memories?

Despite their relative outdatedness, you may still have dozens of VHS-C tapes taking up space and collecting dust around the home. If so, there is no better time than now to convert your VHS-C tapes to digital and DVD. The video footage on VHS-C is stored on magnetic tapes which can degrade by 20% in as little as 10 years. Eventually, your old VHS-C tapes containing your priceless memories could soon lose a great deal of their quality or vanish completely. The sooner you transfer your VHS-C tapes to DVD and digital the better. By converting your VHS-C tapes to digital and DVD, you could free up some extra space in your cupboards or declutter the garage while feeling safe in the knowledge that your tapes will degrade no further, and that your memories will be protected for many more years to come. Conversion of VHS-C tapes to DVD and digital allows you to re-watch and relive your VHS-C tapes on your computer, laptop or mobile, so you can take your cherished memories with you wherever you go!

The best way to convert VHS-C tapes to Digital and DVD

Going through decades of footage and individually digitising your VHS-C tapes to digital, DVD and USB yourself can be painstaking – we fully understand that it’s probably not what you want to do in your free time. Converting your VHS-C tapes or old photos with EachMoment removes all the hassle out of this process. Preventing time taking its toll and degrading your footage by transferring your VHS-C tapes to digital is too easy to pass up. If you have any VHS-C tapes or any old formats like VHS that you’d like preserved on DVD or digital which are accessible on your smartphone, TV and computer, we will collect your old photos and tapes from your doorstep, convert them to digital and return them to you in one of our Memory Boxes.

Cleaning the tapes

Before converting the tape to digital, it is essential to deep clean VHS-C tapes using a two pass wet/dry method. Dedicated machines such as a ‘TapeChek’ do exist, but are hard to come by with many having been bought up by professional digitisation laboratories and broadcasting studios. At EachMoment, every single tape is assessed and cleaned on a case by case basis using bespoke tape cleaning machinery. ‘Cleaning tapes’, a common consumer-grade method of tape restoration, are also available for VHS-C tapes, but are renownedly unreliable and can often damage tapes even further.

Equipment

When converting VHS-C to digital, it’s essential to use regularly-serviced, broadcast-quality Video Cassette Recorders (VCRs). Domestic standard players are likely to chew up your tapes, destroying the precious memories forever. VCRs are not perfect machines and are susceptible to mechanical faults. These problems can cause the scan lines of a video to not sync correctly with the rest of the frame, resulting in a distorted image. You may have experienced this issue for yourself if you have ever tried to copy a tape from one consumer-grade VCR to another, which may result in a marked drop in picture quality. This is known as ‘flagging’, with the top 10% – 20% of the image being most affected.

Our customers also recall common issues when trying to convert VHS-C to digital themselves if using domestic standard digital capture, for example with Firewire sockets. Using the latest computer software of modern laptops with outdated technology is usually the culprit, often taking a tedious amount of time and producing a low quality conversion. EachMoment corrects syncing issues by only using broadcast quality VCR’s that are equipped with Time Base Correction. A time base corrector (TBC) amends a VHS-C’s signal and image quality by inputting the video into a buffer, correcting the image before it is subsequently output again and formatted digitally.

Editing and Post-Processing

Once digitised, the digital file can now be edited to bring the digitised VHS-C tape to modern standards. Colour correction is applied where necessary and contrast and saturation are adjusted accordingly.
Audio levels are very low with VHS-C compared to modern recording equipment. To improve audio levels, we use enhancement and loudness improvement to get sound clearer and up to modern standards.

Why wait? Convert your tapes to digital now!

Once these steps are complete, your VHS-C is fully converted to digital and DVD, giving your footage a new lease of life. It’s now time to relive your newly restored footage.

Preserving your precious memories and gifting an EachMoment Memory Box to a friend or family member is an especially touching way to remind those closest to you how much you care about them. Whether it be a birthday, Valentine’s Day or Mother’s or Father’s Day, the memories enclosed in an EachMoment Memory Box always make the most thoughtful gift. 

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