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Why transfer vhs tapes to dvd?

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Video tapes with a DVD

Why should you transfer your old vhs tapes to dvd? The simple reason that magnetic tape has a limited shelf life. According to the Digital Faq, magnetic media like VHS tapes have a lifespan of between 10 and 30 years. This is because oxygen and humidity tends to eat away at the chemicals and metals that comprise the medium. Repeated plays on a VHS player only tend to accelerate the process. Continue reading

Beginners Guide to Using a digital camera

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Using a Digital Camera

Whether you are taking photos for the family album, setting up a magazine spread, or you just want to share something with others, you want a clear, sharp image. Using a digital camera provides a wealth of tools to help you get the best images possible, but sharp photos come down to only three things; focus, freezing the frame, and keeping the camera steady. Continue reading

Transfer Foreign VHS and Camcorder Tapes: PAL and SECAM

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Looking to transfer foreign VHS films? NTSC, PAL, and SECAM are all forms of video systems or formats that have been used in various parts of the world since the advent of broadcast television and consumer recording. NTSC is mostly used throughout North and South America as well as some Asian countries, while PAL and SECAM formats are used throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Although NTSC, PAL, and SECAM VHS tapes look physically the same, due to a different electronic signal, they often require format specific equipment for playback. That means if you have a VCR purchased in North America, you would not be able to play a PAL or SECAM format tape from Europe. Transferring or even viewing the tape would be impossible without the correct type of player or video standards conversion equipment.
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