Technology has given us many more options to enjoy media today. Along with traditional DVD players, today’s laptops, tablets and phones make enjoying our favorite movies easy and convenient, no matter where we are.
It is also easier than ever to capture and record precious memories of our children or fun times with our friends and family. Gone are the days of bulky camcorders and VHS tapes. But, for many of us, those memories captured on VHS tapes are not something we want to lose as technology changes. Favorite movies in VHS format are also something we may not want to part with. The good news is it can be cost-effective and relatively easy to convert outdated VHS tapes into DVDs. This allows us to move along with technology while still retaining special memories and old favorites from our past.
Buying Old Formats to Convert
For those interested in buying old VHS tapes or other formats to convert to DVDs, there are a number of options to consider. The internet is a great resource for those looking to purchase older media formats. Some sites to try:
- Freecycle.org- This is a non-profit network that works to connect people with items they would like to give away. As many people are getting rid of VCR tapes, it is a good site to check out.
Also, don’t forget to look locally for old media formats for sale. People are often looking to sell or give away old VHS tapes, so check the local paper or community Facebook groups for yard sales and other community sales.
VHS to DVD Conversion Services and Equipment Needed
Converting VHS tapes to DVD format is something most people can do on their own at home. This is a cost effective way to convert media, especially for those planning to convert a large amount of VHS tapes. There are three main ways to convert a VHS tape to a DVD:
- Using a VCR (VHS)/DVD combo player
- Using a VCR (VHS) player and DVD recorder
- Using a computer connected to a VCR (VHS) player
Using a VCR/DVD combo player is the most straightforward way to convert media. Many people may still have a player like this in their home or attic. If not, check with friends and family to see if one can be borrowed. If not, check on sites like eBay to look for inexpensive used machines. The same holds true if someone is looking for a VCR to use. Also, always make sure before converting media to check that the VCR player is clean and functioning in good condition.
For those in a time crunch or looking for other options, converting media files can also be done professionally. This option will be more costly than doing it at home, but may work better for some people. Costco and Walgreens are two companies that offer this service.
To Convert or Buy a New DVD?
For those who have spent a lot of time and money over the years building their movie collection, it can be hard deciding how to move forward when it is time to look at converting. When deciding whether to convert from VHS to DVD versus simply buying a new DVD, here are a few things to consider:
- Number of VHS tapes to convert: For those looking to convert a number of tapes, it may be more cost-effective to take the time to convert the tapes to DVD format.
- Quality of the VHS tapes: Unfortunately, VHS tapes are at risk of deterioration over time. The age and condition of an individual tape might impact the quality of the recording, making buying new a smarter option.
- Type of tape: There are a number of VHS collectors out there. As the market grows, rare films, such as those only released on VHS, will become more valuable. This is something to consider when going through old VHS tapes and deciding whether to convert and discard or keep.
Whether deciding to convert or buy new, converting media from VHS to DVD is a good move. Preserving films and personal movies on DVD will ensure they are safely saved in a format to be enjoyed for years to come.