Video Tape Deterioration

Video Tape Deterioration

Don't freak out, but your tapes are degrading


We know the whole scenario: Your tapes are "safe" in a box in your attic, down in your basement on the shelf, in the upstairs closet next to all the other old memories. But here's the thing, they may not be as safe as you think.


Your tapes, your memories, your history - it's all important. Your tapes are precious connections to your past. That's why you need to make sure they are actually safe!


Did you know, your tapes can get mold all over the film? It's not just magnetic film on the inside of your tape - there is plastic casing on the inside of your tape that become brittle after as little as 10 years...or sooner. Because of this, your tapes can snap the film on the inside. You tape player might actually cause more damage to your memories as well!


Your tapes can begin to deteriorate for a number of reasons:


  • Dust
  • Mold
  • Accidental tears, rips or drops
  • Rat or vermin
  • Leaky roof or floods
  • Burglar (they took a box, didn't know what was in the box)
  • Pets
  • Old age
  • Exposure to extreme heat or cold

That's why Legacybox is here. We want to help preserve your past, cherish your memories in the present and look forward to the future knowing that your tapes are safe. 


It's easy: You fill your original media (photos, tapes, film, and audio) into your Legacybox, pick your output (DVD, Thumb Drive, Digital Download) and ship it off. In a few weeks, you'll receive all your originals back, plus your new digital formats of your memories. See, easy!


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