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What is the Best Format to Convert VHS to Digital?

By Shelby Burr

You’re doing it! You’re taking the step to convert your precious home movies stuck on clunky VHS tapes to digital. What a sigh of relief. Those memories are precious, sacred, one-of-a-kind and can fade away if they aren’t taken care of properly. But not your memories! You’re the hero saving those family moments so you can rewatch them again and again for years to come. Well done. 

Now that you’ve taken the first step in digitizing your home movies, we need to discuss what digital format is best for you!

You have options and options are a good thing.

You’re able to pick and choose what best fits your lifestyle, how you want to share with your friends and family. In this article, we will break down three of the best options for digitally owning your family memories. Let’s dive in…



Oh yes, the beloved DVD is still thriving and crushing it when it comes to digital formats. When digitizing your memories, you can have them copied / burned onto DVDs so that you can still have a “hard copy.” They are light, thin, and you can store them in protective DVD cases. You can also burn multiple copies for your family and friends to present them as great birthday, anniversary or Christmas gifts. 

It’s also tangible. If you’re still wanting to hold something physically, then DVDs might be the best option for you! You can hand over DVDs to your friends and family and see the excitement in their faces. A few cons to be aware of is that they can scratch if you’re not careful. You’ll still need to protect your memories now that they are on DVD. Beyond scratches, they can also be very fragile and can break under too much pressure. So, be sure to place them somewhere safe in your home! The last con is that DVD players are still around, but not for long. Yep, time goes on and technology continues to advance!

Thumb Drive

Let’s talk about this little guy!! Thumb drives are all the rage because they are SO small, light, and pretty much out of sight, out of mind. When you transfer your memories onto Thumb Drive, you won’t have to worry about carrying multiple DVDs or Thumb Drives! It’s all on one thumb drive...and that’s it. You could have hundreds of family videos and they can all live on one, small digital format. 

All you have to do is plug it into your computer, download and share with your family/friends. This is also a great option if you want the freedom and flexibility to edit or adjust any videos. Once you download, you can play with your videos on any kind of software! You can also copy your videos and place them on other thumb drives - if you want to give them away as a gift! 


Digital Download

Okay, here is the most advanced digital format of them all. Why? Because it all exists on your computer. Your memories are a simple click away! Digital Download means your family memories were digitized and then you were given a handy dandy link to go ahead and download your memories whenever and wherever. This is a great option if you’re worried about damaging DVDs or losing a Thumb Drive. You will have your memories with you always! Have them downloaded on your phone, on your laptop, or your iPad / tablet. And it’s just as easy to share. All you have to do is download and send a link to your family/friends! They can all watch, all have easy access, and can all download at their will. 

Wait..there’s more *SURPRISE*

So, we’ve gone over the top three best digital formats for your memories. You might have an idea of what you would like to choose, and that’s great! But we have even better news...you can pick all three. Yep! You can pick and choose what’s best for you. Do you have family members that would rather have a DVD, but you want a thumb drive? Pick both! Or would you rather have Digital Download and a few DVDs to hand out...do it. Better yet, you can pick all three! Mix and match the digital download that you prefer. 

Here at Legacybox, you’re the hero. You’re the one saving your memories, we just want to help cater that experience so that your home can be filled with those special moments again...and in a way that works best for you. We offer all three digital formats for your convenience. Enjoy your family memories and sharing with your relatives!

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