Hi /g/, as a birthday gift for my mom I'd like to convert our old family VHS tapes to something with more longevity. The way I figure it, I have 3 options:
1. Use our old VHS/DVD machine that has built-in conversion to make a bunch of DVDs
2. Buy a capture device and then
a. Digitize the videos onto an HDD
b. Digitize and upload the videos onto a private youtube account
DVDs would be the easiest, but archive-grade DVDs would cost me as much as two 500gb HDDs (for redundancy). I'm not sure if there are any downsides to youtube besides the time it would take to upload everything. Hoping for some feedback from anons who have done this kind of project themselves. Thanks.
DVDs are easier to do right.
Capture card method will do a better job, but is a lot easier to fuck up.
If you don't throw out your tapes, you should be fine regardless. They last fucking ages when kept right.
As for archive quality discs? Just rip them onto the computer if you are paranoid. If you are going to go the 'M-Disc' route, they won't burn in your DVD recorder anyway.
Bro and sis in the tub. If you know what I mean
Hadn't heard of m-disc, interesting. I only knew of Verbatim's archive DVDs that have some type of gold and silver laying.
>dvds made of rocks
Any advice for storing the tapes? They've been sitting on a shelf in the house until recently when they were moved to the garage in lidded plastic bins; I'm worried about humidity (Florida)
Op, love that pic. Now realize I could look at homemade tape labels all day. Bottom right tape here would be my choice.
I'm no expert on magnetic tape storage, it was just an observation (tapes from the early eighties work fine for me, apart from the fact that video recorders were shit back then).
Mind you, where I live humidity isn't really a problem.
As for 'gold and silver archival' discs, they aren't really worth what they claim. The typical failure point of a DVD-R is rarely the reflective layer, but rather the organic layer. In that respect, standard Verbatims will last just as long. That's where the M-Discs come into play, by removing the organic layer all together.
Either way, if you copy the DVD to the computer, you can do all three at once.
I see, that makes sense. And I suppose ripping the DVD wouldn't really add time to the process since I could convert/copy/upload at the same time on the different devices. Probably what I'll do is do a copy with the machine and see if the quality is acceptable, and then only go the capture-card route if the conversion to DVD looks terrible.
They are pretty damn comfy senpai.
I don't know how much they cost, but have you considered looking into transfer services? Especially if you have a lot of tapes. It'll probably cost more than DIY if your calculus for the latter is price of a digitizing device + price of media + your worthless time.
But remember video transfer is in real time, so 1 hour VHS tape = 1 hour of digitizing time. Which means you have to sit there for an hour, or at least not go anywhere so you can swap tapes every hour (or less.) Add to that whatever else you do to the video like trim, burn, upload, etc.
Transfer services are way too fucking expensive. This is the cheapest I found.
Basically my plan is to keep everything at my desk and sit down maybe twice a day after work to swap out tapes/disks and do two converts/copies/uploads. I figure that's only 10-20 minutes of my actual involvement per day. Have the whole thing done in two months or so with ~60 tapes.
The VHS/DVD machine, what type? Some have an built in frame/line time base corrector, giving you a more stable picture than a normal capture card.
What's the current condition of the tapes?
The best way to do it yourself is:
- A quality SVHS deck (VHS stores luminance & chrominance separately, SVHS decks give you S-Video out, giving you a bit better signal);
- A timebase corrector (or a deck with a quality TBC);
- A capture card with lossless capture and a rep. of not dropping frames.