My parents have about 20 VHS-C tapes from their video camera. Some of the tapes are nearing 14-15 years old and it is clear that they are starting to degrade in video quality. They want me to figure out the best way to convert them to a better format (like DVD's or a video file on their computer).
From my research there are two solutions. The first is to spend a hundred or so dollars on a dvd recorder to transfer the tapes. The problems I see with this is I am stuck with a DVD recorder I won't use and there is no way for me to make sure the video is of the highest quality. (some of the tapes do that thing where it looks like film is rapidly crossing the screen and you can see the black lines) The second option is to ship all my tapes to an unknown company and pay almost $20 to have the tapes converted to DVD....and I don't think it costs $400 to convert tapes.
So I am at a dilemma. Do I find a company to do it or try and convert them myself. I don't need any editing at all (no music, scene transfers, etc.) since my parents prefer them the way they were recorded. All I need to make sure is that they get on a more durable format and the quality is acceptable.
If anyone on TR has experience with this type of work, I would gladly pay to get these tapes transferred.