Your Magnetic Tapes are Losing Their Magnetism

Do you have videotapes of the family taken years ago? How about audio tapes that you want to preserve for many more years? If you do not taken action now, those recordings may be lost forever.

The National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA), the National Archives of Australia (NAA) and the National Library of Australia (NLA) have banded together to raise a warning about the need to protect material stored on magnetic tape. The Agencies said jointly there was a risk of losing almost a million hours of irreplaceable audio and video history held on magnetic tape if these were not digitised by 2025.

“A combination of technological obsolescence and deterioration of the fragile tapes has created a pressing challenge to digitise this culturally and historically significant material before it is lost forever,” the Agencies said.

Luckily, there is a solution and it is neither difficult nor expensive: copy those tapes NOW to digital media. Of course, in a few years you will again need to copy that digital media to whatever new media is popular at that time.

You can read more in an article in the PSNEWS.com.au web site at: http://bit.ly/2i2BLQC.

The National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) report, Deadline 2025 – Collections at Risk, can be downloaded as a PDF file from http://bit.ly/2lcpbTW.

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We would love to digitize our reel to reel tapes, but we haven’t been able to find a reasonably priced reel to reel player.

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Hi all,
I’ve posted in the past about this same subject here on Dick’s blog. I convert all types of video tape (VHS, VHS-C, 8mm, Hi8, Video8, Digital8, MiniDV, DV, Beta) and film (8mm and Super 8) to computer files (mostly to MP4 but could also do AVI, MPG). I’ve been doing it for several years for people locally here in Denver. $10 per tape for the computer file (5″ to 9″ film reels are more). I also have a mono reel to reel player that can convert those old audio tapes. I’ve had people ship me their tapes to me and then I can ship them back when I’m done and give you a download link to get the files. I’d love to help my genealogy friends out as well! Contact me and I’d love to help you out!

Rob Carmody
Robert.john.carmody at gmail dot com

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