Updated: Apr 2

Don't get me wrong I love DVDs and I still have lots of them, but when it comes to preserving my home videos I will not be transferring them onto a disc. Why? Keep reading...

DVDs were first developed in 1995 and later released in 1996, so they haven't been around that long, which means we're not sure how long their lifespan is.

A good example to compare them to is the classic VHS tape. We know that tape deteriorates over time and depending on the environmental conditions of where it's stored, it could accelerate it's lifespan. Luckily I've still been able to convert tapes from the 80s and 90s, as they were still in watchable condition (albeit the video and audio quality had aged considerably).

Me at home, age 1 year and 5 months

I'm quickly taking you into the smart phone era and if you're anything like me you have hundreds of videos saved on your phone, but they're probably taking up lots of storage space and you're not sure what to do with them? My first top tip is DON'T transfer them onto DVD! Smartphones film in high definition and if you pop them onto a disc it won't support the HD quality (DVDs support standard definition).

With technology constantly changing my recommendation is that you save your home videos to digital, because we know for a fact that digital is going to be around forever.

To store your digital videos you can keep them on your pc, laptop, USB or even an online server (dropbox, google drive etc). Also these days TVs have a USB port, so you can still watch them on the big screen (same goes for your DVD/Blu-ray player)!

If you still want to transfer to a disc for a relative who isn't tech savvy, then by all means go ahead. However, the likelihood of having to convert these home DVDs to digital in the future is high. So to save you time and money I would keep a digital copy saved somewhere, preferably in multiple places if they're irreplaceable family memories.

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