A novel study that was published in 2011 examined how cold storage affects various media like DVDs, CDs and VHS. The idea behind this study is that cold or cold, as well as below freezing storage is efficient ways to preserve fragile media such as the acetate film and colour films. Researchers found that storing VHS tapes (dated between 1990 and 2008) in a freezer did not cause any aesthetic or viewing problems. This blog will provide practical storage options for dealing with piles of the VHS format which once controlled the world, from temperature control and ways to keep old VHS tapes, to what to consider if feel warm, fuzzy memories of the tapes’ physical appearance.
VHS Storage Ideas and Other useful tips
The storage of videotapes in an unsuitable conditions can result in irreparable damage. Although keeping the tapes in freezers can be an extreme option the most effective way to keep VHS tape is to store them in an area that is cool and dark because the process of deterioration accelerates in humid and warm climates. Below are a few additional storage suggestions for this once-in-a-lifetime video format:
Keep tapes stored in airtight plastic containers and then set them up in storage containers that are watertight instead of cardboard boxes.
Keep tapes from direct sunlight as well as any other form of heating source.
Do not store tapes in flat storage as after months or years, gravity could result in the tape slide across the roll, which can result in poor visual experience
Rewind tapes after watching them or prior to storing them, as this keeps the tape in place and responsive. It can help prevent sagging.
Do not place VHS tapes in proximity to speakers and magnetic devices because videotape is made up of tiny magnets. Doing this can cause damage to the tape – or in the in the worst case scenario erase the contents
Make sure to pack them tightly as tapes that are packed too loosely inside the bin or box that’s why they could cause the cassette to break or crack and render it unplayable.
Label tapes prior to putting them away to ensure that when you search for a particular movie someday in the future it will be easy to find
If your tape isn’t able to play properly or is broken tape, you shouldn’t toss it before attempting to fix it because, in most cases, it’s a simple fix.
Digitize Video Tapes
Converting videotapes is the ideal method to save their value to be preserved for future posterity. You can digitally convert VHS tapes from the past yourself with the appropriate equipment and time or delegate this task to experts. After you’ve converted them and uploaded them to cloud storage you’ll have to choose what you’ll do with the old tapes. If you’d like to preserve them it’s your decision, and you’re definitely not all on your own. Make sure to store them in a safe place should you decide to take one out and watch it on that old-fashioned device called VCR!
If you decide to let us convert your Hi8 to digital memories you’ll be thrilled to discover that the final product is usually superior to the original. We offer top-quality and guaranteed security at industry-leading rates for all services carried out in our high-tech lab.
When you’ve digitized your videotapes then you can donate originals to your local thrift store, or sell them as collector’s items, reuse them or design many interesting craft projects with the case and/or guts.
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