There was a time when we all had shelves full of VHS tapes. Multi-colored rows upon rows of home movies or the latest big-money motion pictures. Unfortunately, those simpler times have come and gone, but hopefully, the memories don't have to be gone as well! There are ways to convert VHS to DVD.

The reality is, videotapes deteriorate over time. Just by being played over and over, friction can cause wear between the VCR heads and the tape. These tapes use magnetization that automatically weakens over time. Also, changing climates can destroy the materials that make up videotapes. Low humidity can cause the magnetic tape to become dry and brittle and high humidity could eventually cause the tape to get sticky or mold over. And even dropping or putting videotapes into an old and unmaintained VCR can cause tapes to decay. Basically, at this point in time, the sooner the better for deciding whether or not you'd like to save your videotape memories. You never know when it will be too late.

Fortunately, these days, there are plenty of options for converting your VHS home movies to DVDs or digital files. One option, in particular, is to use a VHS to DVD converter. Before you start looking up prices on the internet, I'll let you know that there is one available here at Norfolk Community Television and also one at the Norfolk Public Library. We would love to help you reclaim your home movie collection in the form of new DVDs. Though, we can only help with your home movies. We don't allow the converting of copyrighted material. 

If any of this interests you, then feel free to make an appointment to come down to the studio! We are more than happy to help you. You can use our VHS to DVD converter for free if you provide your own DVDs or we can provide DVDs for a $5 fee. After conversion, you could turn your home movies into files on your computer. From there you can upload to YouTube or Facebook or whatever social media site you prefer. The possibilities are nearly endless.

So, maybe we'll see you soon at NCTV or the Norfolk Public Library while you save your cherished VHS memories!

AuthorAndrew Barker