How Long Would it Take to Digitize Your Own VHS Tapes?

How Long Would it Take to Digitize Your Own VHS Tapes?

Since you’re on the Legacybox blog, there’s a good chance you’re at least a little bit familiar with digitization. You know that places like Legacybox can take your VHS tapes, put them through some heavy duty equipment, and convert all of your favorite memories into a digital format. The part you might not know, however, is whether you can do it yourself to save cash, time, or both.


The short answer is no, you can’t. It’ll likely take longer and be more expensive for you to convert your VHS tapes to digital on your own. Here’s why.


How Long Are Your Tapes?


Answering this question will go a long way into determining how long it’ll take you to digitize your home videos. In order to transfer your tapes to a computer, you’ll have to stick the tape into something that’ll play its entirety. That’s right, it has to go the entire length of the film in regular speed.


On top of that, the equipment that it takes to transfer the videos to your computer isn’t cheap. If you want a box that’ll do everything for you, it’ll run you around $500. To top it all off, you’ll need some sort of video capture program on your computer.


Do You Own A DVD Burner?


Legacybox puts all of your digitized movies onto a convenient and portable DVD. If you want to have your own DVD to share and take to parties, you’ll need to burn them yourself. Usually, depending on the length of the movies being burned, that can take around 30 minutes to an hour. That’s just for one DVD. As you can see, the hours are really starting to add up. And that’s not even considering...


How Are Your Editing Skills?


Transferring home videos to your computer takes a long time on its own, but then there’s extra work to do once they’re on there. If you just run your VHS tapes through a machine and onto your computer, you’ll just have a really long, continuous video with no chapters or browsability. Imagine you burned 12 hours of tape and wanted to watch something at the very end of your newly minted DVD. Not so convenient.


Editing your memories once they’re transferred to your computer might be one of the most difficult and time-consuming parts of the entire process. If you’re not technologically savvy, you’ll have to learn your way around what can be very complicated editing software.


My Verdict?


Without knowing how many tapes you have and how long they are, it’s impossible to give the exact time that would take to transfer all of them to your computer. What I can say is that it’s a long, time-consuming process that I wouldn’t personally want to do.


My advice would be to just let the pros at Legacybox take care of it for you. It's the simple, safe, "we thought of everything" mail in service for your home movies, photos, film and audio. Get started Now >

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