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Publication - TB 31 The Digitization of VHS V(...)
Price In Canada: $25
Other Countries: $30 Paperback, 88 pp., 2017
ISBN: 978-0-660-04136-0

TB 31 The Digitization of VHS Video Tapes

Joe Iraci

Most archives, libraries and other heritage institutions have VHS video tapes in their collections. Often, this is the dominant video format found in these institutions because it was an economical and simple method for video recording. Unfortunately, like other magnetic tapes, the preservation of VHS video tape faces certain key challenges: it has a finite lifetime before degradation occurs; its playback technology is nearing its end-of-life and the expertise to repair playback equipment is disappearing. If the information recorded on VHS video tape is to remain accessible, it must be migrated to new technology. This Technical Bulletin provides information and procedures for digitizing VHS video tapes. It is intended to assist small to mid-size heritage institutions that lack the funds for professional digitization. A free HTML version is available at: