The 1st step is to convert the older analog tapes to digital with the highest quality conversion. Some of the namebrand pharmacies will convert the tapes but no mention as to the quality that is produced. See my section under "Comparison" for more information.
We can convert many different formats but these are the most widely used: VHS, SVHS, VHS–C, Video8, Hi8, Digital8, MiniDV, Betamax, 8mm film, and super8 film.
The 2nd step is to have a log of the information on the digital file. Some people created the log as they created the file. Other people would just grab a new tape and use that without any labels.
So if the next final video is to be created a log must be created.
The 3rd step is to create this final video.
The family is looking for something of interest to view. They don't have a lot of time to search through many tapes.
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With the fact that you can buy a Blu-ray/DVD player from Walmart for $68 that will play any video, I now only store videos on single layer Blu-ray or DVDs in MP4 format unless otherwise specified.
So I limit Blu-ray disc to 25 GB and DVD discs to 4.7 GB single layer. A 16/32/64/128/256 GB USB 3.1 Flash drive is automatically included on all videos over three tapes to store the videos.
Nearly all of the requests I receive are for the files on a Flash drive. I do get requests for DVD files in addition to the Flash drive on the computer. This would cost an additional $2. People like to upload them to Facebook and YouTube to the family.
So what that gives you is a DVD disc for the computer or Walmart DVD player. The recommended size is about 1.4 gigs /hour. Any additional conversions more than one would cost an additional $3. A picture can be provided to produce the DVD.