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All You Need to Know about VHS Transfers


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I transfer VHS on a daily basis at Advanced Media LLC in Hollywood and you can bet I’ve seen the world from the vantage of my office. I’ve been to Thailand recently without paying for air fair. The year was 1990 something and the weather was fine. But that’s another story.  You probably have a box or two of old VHS footage and you may want to transfer that to DVD or to a file so you can edit the footage but you may need a little information to help you make a good decision. After all, it costs money and there’s no need to waste your resources. The main question is, “What’s the purpose of this transfer?” If your answer is, “To watch it on DVD because I threw out my old VHS player long ago,” then you should simply drop these tapes off with a professional to have the simple transfers completed. This method is cheap and easy and everything on your tapes will be preserved in DVD format which works on your computer at home as well as your DVD player. However, if you wish to cut out some of the bad bits and to omit relatives and friends or moments you do not wish to relive, then you want a file. A file is a single, self-contained version of your material that can be manipulated, cut and edited very easily. DVDs require an additional step if you wish to edit them for which you’ll need the appropriate software, the knowledge of the process to operate it and a bit of patience because in the digital world, things are not as easy as one would hope. Strange occurrences are often unexplained and that is generally why people let us deal with the headache of creating files and DVDs. Not to mention we can save you a lot of time and frustration. The other big advantage, is quality. A file can preserve the footage better with no-loss formats such as uncompressed and very little loss codecs such as  Prores. Remember, a DVD is compressed and while it may not look any different to the untrained eye, it really is altered for the worse. After you have the file safely stored on your removable hard drive, you can plug it into your computer at home or in the editing bay and easily manipulate the footage, adding music, titles and cutting our anything boring or mundane. And when you’re done, bring it to a family gathering and watch the smiling faces. Nothing brings a joy like truly reliving our past triumphs and sharing that with the people we care about.

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