Remember VHS? Well, it’s dead. This isn’t some kind of tech blog punditry like “blogging is dead” or “the music industry is dead” (For the record, you will never, ever read BS like that on this blog). I mean VHS is gone, no more, is chilling with the dinosaurs and dodo birds kind of dead.
With that in mind, a reader contacted me wondering how he could convert his old VHS tapes to DVD or at least a digital format. I’ve done a little research and discovered that it isn’t as easy as I hoped it would be.
If you are a “do it yourself” at all costs kind of person, here’s a link to a place that will help you get started.
What I recommend is using a service such as iMemories. You simply ship your tapes, slides, photos, etc. to iMemories, and they send you back everything plus digital versions of your stuff. Simple.
The only catch is that they cannot duplicate copyrighted material, so don’t bother sending them your VHS copy of Back to the Future. If you want digital copies of copyrighted stuff, you either have to convert it yourself, or attain it some other way (purchase or download).
I’ve never done any of this, and quite frankly have no reason to, so I’m not going to become an expert on this subject… well… ever. So if you anyone has a better idea than the ones I’ve found, please let me know.
Melt in piece VHS. You weren’t a good format, but you were the right format for the right time.