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Media Conversion ServicesGuide Started By b.n. on May 2014 Last Updated on January 2016 | 18 Contributions | Comments
Do you have old photos, movies or audio tapes sitting around? This guide covers mail-in digital conversion services for such media.
All media deteriorate with age. Analog media, such as cassete tapes, will get more and more noisy over time. On old tapes the magnetic material may wear off if the tape is played (professionals will sometimes bake old tapes in an oven to avoid this problem). Digital media deteriorates also: the National Archives estimate a conservative lifetime of 5 years for a recorded CD.
True preservation requires periodically moving to then-current media.
For a monthly fee, many services will store your media online. Keep in mind this has risks also: the service itself could experience a technical failure, or your failure to pay. Media stored in the cloud are subject to deletion based on copyright complaints and or violations of content rules and terms of service. A shoebox of photos can get lost, but digital files can disappear in the blink of an eye.
- http://www.jingles.org/ (media preservation foundation)
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tape_baking (baking tapes for one last playback)
Audio or video tape digital conversion and copy services. Cassette, 8-Track, Reel-To-Reel, VHS, Betamax, Laserdisc, CD, DVD, Blu-Ray.