There truly is nothing like reliving memories from the past and old home movies is one of the best ways to do that. They contain priceless footage of moments in our lives, laughs of lost loved ones, and family history worth preserving for future generations. No matter how long it has been, rewinding a tape and pressing play is the closest thing we have to living an experience over again.
Since these videos are so invaluable, it would only make sense to take extra care of them. Unfortunately, however, many people are under the impression that their videotapes and film reels stashed in their attic or basement are safe. But the truth of the matter is that old film is incredibly delicate, so digitizing your home movies should be a top priority.
Time To Transition Today
Since film degrades over time and the chemicals begin breaking down and VHS tapes lose their magnetic properties, you risk damaging or even destroying your videos if you don’t convert your film and tapes to digital. Additionally, film and VHS tapes are so fragile, so they are extremely vulnerable to sunlight, water, heat, dirt, dust, and any other elements. Not only that, but natural disasters or accidents can destroy your videos forever and unfortunately, one thing insurance can’t cover is lost memories. So, in order to avoid any disasters, transition your film to digital files and make back-ups! That way, you’ll have your memories with you forever.
Not only is transitioning your film to digital files important for precautionary purposes, but it is also far more convenient. The days of VCR are long gone and attempting to play with one is almost never a good idea, especially where there is only one copy of the footage. Alternatively, digital files can be enjoyed at any time, from anywhere, by anyone. By transitioning your film to digital files, you will have your memories at the click of a button. You’ll be able to store them (without using boxes and taking up tons of space) and share them easily with family and friends. And best of all, you’ll be able to relive some of the best moments, hassle free and without worrying about losing your memories.
Cathi Nelson, author of Photo Organizing Made Easy, is the founder of APPO (Association of Professional Photo Organizers), a membership organization dedicated to helping thousands of entrepreneurs from around the globe build successful photo preservation and organizing businesses.