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Old 10th Jul 2018, 9:00 am   #21
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Both DVD and Blu-Ray will inevitably become obsolete themselves, probably sooner rather than later. I'd suggest archiving material to a digital file, itself backed-up per usual good practice. Format is debatable - what do people think?
Edit: Most popular entertainment material is likely to be widely available online for the forseeable future; personally, I wouldn't bother making my own copies.
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Old 10th Jul 2018, 9:15 am   #22
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Both DVD and Blu-Ray will inevitably become obsolete themselves, probably sooner rather than later.
I agree, I have archived a lot of VHS & Beta tapes to HDD, this seems to be the most reliable method.

As used Sky boxes are available for next to nothing, I have bought several to harvest the 500GB HDD's, these make excellent storage/backup media to save archived material.
I connect them to my PC via a USB device, I always have two identical drives should one fail....

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Old 10th Jul 2018, 7:50 pm   #23
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I had to do this for a funeral (old VHS home movie ) e-bay now sell a VHS to DVD converter for under 10 they work quite well


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Old 12th Jul 2018, 5:27 pm   #24
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There are loads of software that can take old VHS and DVD recordings into them and edit and clean them up. You can even get some special effects with them. One of the best to use is by Magix, but Sony Vegas is popular too.
You do need a decent memory with your computer or when copying the tapes it will drop frames. Leaving a choppy playback.

As yet I have not come across any software that is affordable that can remove lines, tape damage on the video. Though I have seen the film and movie industry tech people clean frames up one at a time or use cloning techniques. So if it's not available now it must come in the future.
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Old 12th Jul 2018, 6:44 pm   #25
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No DVD is reliable, best bet store on at least 2 hard drives or if you wish the Cloud".
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Old 12th Jul 2018, 8:05 pm   #26
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Totally agree - make at least two independent backups, preferably on different media and hang on to original tapes - suitably stored of course

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Old 12th Jul 2018, 8:37 pm   #27
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Replicate your copies - across different physical media (so have a BluRay, a DVD and a HDD copy)

Also remember the necessity for physical storage-diversity: don't store the different media together! Otherwise you risk both copies being wiped-out if your basement floods/house catches fire/mice build their nests in your storage. [I know someone who put a plastic storage-bin of VHS tapes in the attic: over the winter snow blew under the eaves and it was some months before he discovered his tapes unhappily sitting in half an inch of mould-encrusted water]

Give one copy to a friend, take it to your holiday-cottage/office or something.

Personally, I like 'cloud' backup with several different providers: that way if one goes bust there's still a fallback option.
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Old 13th Jul 2018, 12:04 am   #28
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The biggest problem for me is getting the recorded video's to play back right on a TV screen. Not the picture quality, but either the aspect ratio, or fitting on to the screen. You can get rid of the bad bits at the top and bottom of the VHS image. But once you have done that, played back on a TV it cuts bits of the picture off. And on a widescreen picture how do you get it to switch like on the broadcast TV?
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