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Your VHS Tapes Are On Borrowed Time!

The age of VHS has long been over. This doesn’t come as much of a surprise, considering the astonishing lack of VCRs in production these days. The problem with living in a world where the technology is always evolving is that our keepsakes don’t evolve along with it. If you grew up any time before this millennium, most of your memories were probably in the form of photographs and video tapes, and if you’re anything like some of the guests we’ve helped here at AM Tech Video, you probably have boxes of these mementos sitting around and gathering dust.

The problem with this is that we’re finding more and more that VHS tapes just aren’t holding up anymore. It’s very common that we have an order brought in where the picture is really jumpy or the sound is dropping out completely. While tapes will get worn out over time the more they’re played, DVDs can play over and over without any loss in quality, so long as they’re kept properly.

If you don’t want to lose your precious memories forever, now is the time to get them transferred to a more reliable format! Bring them in to us here at AM Tech Video to see what we can do for you, or visit our website at www.CameraTransfers.com!

How To Keep Your VHS Tapes Lasting Longer

In this day and age, everything seems to be about Blu-Ray and DVDs and even little memory cards that you can store your videos on. But if you, like us, grew up in a time before all of these things were around, odds are that you have a decent collection of home videos on VHS tapes. You’ll also know just how fragile these tapes can be and how easily you can damage them or accidentally record over them (that is, assuming that you still even own a VCR).

Our number one suggestion to you is to get your precious memories converted to DVD before anything can happen to those tapes, and we here at AM Tech Video can do just that for you! In addition to converting your movies to DVD, we’ve compiled a list of a few simple things that you can do in order to keep your original VHS video tapes lasting longer.

First, you want to be very careful when handling the tape. Tapes may be more durable than DVDs on the outside, but there are plenty of inner workings that can get broken if you’re not careful. You never want to touch the tape inside of the door of the cassette either, as it can get smudged, crumpled, torn, etc., which could badly damage your video. When you’re done watching a VHS tape, you should rewind it before storing it to keep the tape inside tight, which prevents the video from sagging.

When you do store it, always keep it stored inside of its designated case to keep it from getting dusty, as dust can mess with your VCR when you go to play it and can also scratch the tape inside the cassette. Store VHS tapes in a cool, dry place away from heat and direct sunlight. The tape inside can shrink if it’s stored somewhere that’s too hot, which will definitely cause damage to your video. It’s also helpful to store them vertically so that the tape inside sits flat, which also prevents sagging. Lastly, something most people might not know, make sure to keep your VHS tapes away from magnets and speakers! The magnetic properties can damage or even erase VHS videos!

Be sure to follow these tips to keep your VHS home videos lasting longer. If you haven’t had them converted to DVD yet, give us a call or drop in to see us here at AM Tech Video to see what we can do for you!

DVD Player Won’t Read Your DVD?

“Why won’t my DVD player read my DVD?”

If your DVD won’t play in your DVD player, remove the disc and look at the back. If it has many scratches and smudges then that is most likely the reason for the read error. DVDs can be cleaned/repaired to some extent. Also, a damaged DVD may play in one player but not in another. It’s always a good idea to make an extra copy of your DVD and keep the master in a safe place, just in case.

“I had my VHS tape copied to DVD and when I got it home, it won’t play. If it does play, it plays badly. Why?”

It might be that your player is not compatible with either DVD-R or DVD+R. Some older models were only made to play one format and not the other. On the other hand, your DVD player may not be able to play any kind of recordable DVD media, which means that neither DVD-R or DVD+R can be read. Be sure to read the manual that came with your player to find out for sure. Most newer models of DVD players are built to read both formats. There is a difference between the DVDs that you might rent or buy from a store and the ones that you can record on, like DVD-R/DVD+R. Movies that are purchased are most likely on DVD-5 or DVD-9. Try the recorded DVD in a player that is made to play DVD-R/DVD+R discs. If it plays well there, then it’s most likely the player that is the issue.

If you need more information on having copies made, cleaning/repairing, and finalizing DVDs, visit AM Tech Video’s website to see what we can do for you!