VHS Tape before being converted to digital

VHS to Digital Conversion

Technology moves quickly. If you wanted to preserve some much-loved memories on a home camcorder between the nineteen-eighties and the early two-thousands, the chances are they were recorded and saved onto a format such as VHS. VHS camcorders not only changed the film and television industry forever, but they also completely revolutionised the way that everyday consumers preserve their own precious memories. It seemed that anyone with a camcorder was able to definitively protect and relive their pasts for many, many more years to come.

How we convert VHS to DVD and Digital

Our digitisation process:

  1. Select one of our Memory Box packages. Choose the Memory Box that will fit your entire video collection and we’ll do them all in one shipment.
  2. Select an output format (i.e. what you’d like your videos turned into: DVD, USB or online album).
  3. An EachMoment Memory Box will arrive the next day after ordering. Fill the box with all your video tapes for conversion. We convert all kinds of tapes, besides VHS.
  4. Each VHS tape is thoroughly cleaned using a a two pass wet/dry method. The film can get dust in tight crevices and can even have mould. Before we put it through one of our VCRs, we make sure they are clean.
  5. Each tape is put through a regularly-serviced, broadcast-quality Video Cassette Recorder (VCR). A top quality VCR is far less likely to chew up the tape compared with domestic VCRs.
  6. Once digitised, the digital file can now be edited to bring the digitised VHS tape to modern standards. Colour correction is applied where necessary and contrast and saturation are adjusted accordingly. Audio levels are very low with VHS. To improve audio levels, we use enhancement and loudness improvement to get sound clearer and up to modern standards.
  7. Your recordings are transferred to your preferred storage option.
  8. The VHS tapes are repackaged alongside your newly converted DVDs or USBs, if selected, and returned to your doorstep.

Why should I digitise my VHS tapes?

Like a lot of people, you may have stacks of VHS tapes taking up space on your shelves or tucked away in storage and you likely don’t have a VCR to play them on – let alone a TV which is even VCR compatible. Eventually, the contents of your old tapes and your cherished memories could soon lose their worth or be gone entirely, as the video stored on VHS degrades by as much as 20% every 10-25 years.

There is a way, however, that you can preserve your old tapes and feel secure in the knowledge that your beloved memories will be safe and protected for many more years to come – by converting VHS to digital and DVD. Transferring VHS to digital and DVD will not only free up tonnes of space in your attic or in the cabinet, but it will also mean the quality of your footage will never be degraded. Conversion allows you to view your VHS tapes on computer, laptop or your mobile – so it’s even possible to take your cherished memories along with you in your pocket wherever you go!

The best way to convert VHS tapes to DVD and digital

Digitising your VHS tapes to DVD or USB yourself can be hugely time-consuming and often expensive if you don’t already own the right kit. Converting your tapes or old photos with EachMoment takes all the hassle out of this process. It’s so easy to prevent time taking its toll on your old memories. If you have any VHS, camcorder tapes or any old formats 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.

VCR or Video Cassette Recorder

VCR Equipment

The biggest challenge to digitise video tapes is finding good equipment that won’t eat up the cassette in the player as well as clean the delicate films inside well.

Deep cleaning is essential before moving on to digistation. Dedicated machines such as a ‘TapeChek’ do exist, but are hard to come by with many having been bought up by professional digitisation laboratories. At EachMoment, every single tape is assessed and cleaned on a case by case basis using bespoke tape cleaning machinery.

When converting VHS 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 not syncing 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. 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’ signal and image quality by inputting the video into a buffer, correcting the image before it is subsequently output again and formatted digitally.

Why wait? Convert your VHS tapes to digital now!

Converting your old tapes is the perfect way to immortalise your favourite home movies and relive the memories again. Transferring VHS tapes to digital will save enormous amounts of space in your home and is a perfect opportunity for decluttering. VHS tapes are a chunky presence on your shelves and a weighty collection of boxes in the loft.

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