Do you have boxes of video tapes sitting in your closet or attic? Before your memories start to fade away it is time to think about transferring them to a digital format. You do have a few choices which we will talk about below and give you the pro’s and cons’ of each format discussed.

Transferring your video tapes to DVD
Having your video tapes transferred to a DVD is one of the most common transfers to do. After your video tape has been converted to DVD it is ready to be played back in any stand alone DVD player or computer with a DVD drive. This type of transfer works best for people who are not looking to edit their home movies, just want to be able to play them back and share them with family and friends. The downside of having your video converted over to DVD it’s harder to edit them if you decide later you would like to cut certain parts out. The reason it is more difficult to edit once on DVD is it is now a compressed Mpeg 2. Once the compression is complete on the DVD in order to edit it you would now have to rip the information from the disc. This is going to result in some quality loss of the video. Once you have edited the video you will now have to recompress the video again to put it back on DVD.

Transferring your video tapes to a Hard Drive
When your video tapes are transferred to an external hard drive they now become a digital video file which you can edit with by using software in your computer. The video files are basically uncompressed so quality loss will be at a minimum. When having your video tapes converted to a hard drive you will need to be sure and specify what type of computer you will be working with a PC or a MAC. The video compression for a PC would be an AVI and for a MAC would be a .MOV. By using either one of these formats you are now able to edit your home videos and create wonderful movies for your family and friends. The only downside to having your video tapes put onto a hard drive is once you are finished with your editing you will have to create a DVD master.