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5 Tips for Storing Your Old VHS Tapes

As you are no doubt aware, the video players that a lot of us grew up with are all but obsolete these days. Yes, the days of heading over to Blockbuster or Video-Ezy to grab a rental for the weekend are all but gone, with so much content a few clicks away on the internet. While we might not use VHS tapes all that often, a lot of us still have them floating around or stored away for safe keeping - this includes home movies and precious memory, or just old films and series that may have been purchased.

Obviously, it makes sense to keep them in the best possible condition for as long as possible - here are just a few important tips on how to do just that.

Convert It to Another Format


Whether it’s a home movie or an old film, a hard copy VHS tape may hold a certain sentimental value with you and there are lots of reasons why you should convert VHS tapes to DVD sooner. But the fact is that doing so can extend the life of the original tape significantly, given that it can be kept safe and used only rarely, given that you have the video elsewhere.

There are many VHS to DVD transfer services available that are affordable and ensure the highest quality picture and sound quality. You can also choose to have the footage transfer to digital, which means you can copy and edit it on your home computer.

Store the Tapes Upright Vertically


A lot of people put old VHS tapes in large cardboard boxes for ease of storage, but this isn’t going to give them the best chance of staying in good mint, unfortunately. If they are laying flat for a long particularly long time (months or years) gravity can cause the tape to sag on the reel, which can result in a poor quality picture.

Use Cases  


If you have a particularly valuable or important tape and you have lost or don’t have the case for it, you might consider going and buying one. Airtight plastic cases are ideal. They will help keep dust and moisture out of the tape which can cause damage in the long term and make reduce picture and sound quality.

Store the Tapes in a Cool, Dry Place


Generally, a cupboard will do just fine, but if for some reason your tapes are in a moist environment, you may have problems. They may also have trouble playing in an overly cold space - room temperature is ideal!  

Take Care Handling Your Tapes


Videotapes may seem indestructible at times given their hard outer case and sturdy nature. But when we’re talking about older tapes, it’s best to handle your VHS with care and avoid dropping them or throwing them around if possible. Further, we’d recommend keeping them rewound when you’re storing them.

Unfortunately, even if you do everything to keep your video tapes in tip-top shape, they are eventually going to be unusable one day. Speak to Cineclair Productions today about our VHS to DVD and VHS to digital transfer services and ensure you have backups forever!

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