All VHS and camcorder tapes use magnetic tape to record an analog signal. The magnetic tape is comprised of an acetate base coated with a polymer binder containing magnetic particles that store the video information. During playback the binder layer comes into direct contact with the heads of the playback device and is responsible for signal quality. However over time the binder layer of magnetic tapes begin to suffer chemical degradation, resulting in severe image distortion and permanent information loss.
Videotapes deteriorate faster than any other storage medium. Videotape was not designed for longstanding media storage. According to industry experts magnetic media can deteriorate to an unplayable condition in as little as three years.
By having your analog videotapes digitized you can stop the degradation process. Unlike magnetic analog tape, digital files do not degrade over time. At Icehouse Pictures we specialize in preserving your memories digitally on DVD. Transferring video to DVD is a permanent and cost effective way to guarantee a future for those irreplaceable memories. The sooner you transfer your videos to DVD the better chance you have of preserving them.
Icehouse Pictures in Plymouth, Massachusetts converts home movies captured on older formats such as 8mm, Super 8 film, VHS , VHS-C, Hi8, Video 8, and Mini-DV into digitally remastered versions on DVD. For more information on video to DVD please visit our website at: www.icehousepictures.com