VHS Transfer Services – Where do I transfer my home movies to?

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Today, millions of Americans have already took the step to protect, preserve and share their family history, lifelong memories and generational ancestry. In previous articles about Media Transfer we have explored some of the reasons why is it so important to take that step now. In this article, we would like to explore the various methods and ways to preserve and protect them.

Access and Usability

The first thing to consider is access and usability of your home videos. When VHS was abound, it was clearly the only way

VHS to DVD Transfer Family

VHS to DVD Transfer Family

to preserve your videos and be able to watch them occasionally with family and friends. In fact, the knowledge that your historical moments and memories are there in a tangible and accessible form was a re-assuring factor that you can always enjoy it when desired, especially at an older age.


Today, there are various choices to consider, including DVD, files, tape and the Cloud. While each format or platform offers advantages and disadvantages, the most important thing to remember is that you would essentially need to be able to access and use it at some point in time. Therefore, the access and usability factors are very important.


DVD (which stands for Digital Versatile Disc, since it was alongside with CD, a type of media that could have various segments be accessed consecutively without the need to fast forward or rewind) was the natural replacement for VHS and the likes (analog tape-based home video formats), and therefore is being preferred by many. DVD main benefits is that is it relatively durable, physical and easily accessible. We at Advanced Media, highly recommend transferring home movies to DVD, since it is sill the most usable and accessible form of preserving your media. We believe that if you do not preserve your home movies to DVD, you are potentially risking losing them.


Under the DVD umbrella you will also find its modern day sibling, Blu-ray. While the process of creating Blu-ray discs is more time consuming and pricier, there are some clear advantages to choosing that route. Blu-ray is becoming more and more accessible and should be considered as a viable option. For this to happen, more education in the market place may be needed.


Today, more and more individuals choose home movies to file transfer as the way to go. Some of the reasons behind it are clearly understood, with many planning on editing their videos to remove some of the non-eventful portions, while some think that having files is cheaper and/or better. Transferring home movies and VHS tapes to files is clearly important and extremely beneficial to many and should definitely be considered as art of the overall preservation and protection strategy – however, it is clearly not the answer. We at Advanced Media always recommend a two-legged approach to preservation and protection, having your home movies transferred to at least two types of media or platforms. While files offer clear advantages for editing and overall sharing, the lack the reliability and physicality that DVDs and other tangible media has to offer. Just remember that a drive can get deleted or crash, files could be lost and misplaced, get corrupt and be compromised by the ever increasing amount of computer viruses. You would not be happy to discover that your invaluable historical memories are nowhere to be found several years later.


Tape is becoming an outdated concept in today ever changing technology, however, many corporations, government agencies, film studios and any other valuable content owners choose to preserve their content on magnetic tapes, such as DLT and LTO. Magnetic tape preservation still offers the best and most robust way of preserving media.  While not always  feasible to the  private user to own an LTO drive, just having an LTO cartridge with their entire home video library backed up may be an option to consider. Formats such as LTO are industry standard and are here to stay for the foreseeable future.


The Cloud, as previously discussed, is an umbrella term for any type of media, software or service that is performed or stored at a remote location on a remote computer or a networked group of computers. While the subject of Cloud is fairly new and interesting, and could be a great secondary method of preserving content that can be shared worldwide, we want to make sure our customers understand that Cloud-based content has a monthly cost associated with it, and is also susceptible to hacking, attacks and other internet technology related issues, such as loss, outage etc. In addition, some companies such as YouTube and Facebook, actually own the content and under no obligation to keep it online and preserve it. We encourage you to learn more about the Cloud before choosing it as your main media  preservation strategy..


We hope that this article has been informative. We at Advanced Media always believe in ever increasing learning and exploring. We live in the information age, where content is king, and it will continue to be an important subject for years to come.


Thank you for reading our article.


Please contact us at (323) 469 0707 or at our contact page to learn more about various home videos and media preservation strategies.


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