First, a bit of backhistory about me. My grandad passed away 8 years ago from a stroke, and as my parents cleaned out his house, we stumbled across a box of tapes which they brought back. They weren’t anything special on these tapes - Just films he recorded over the years. He was a hermit, so he didn’t go out much.
Anyways, I watched some of them, and instantly I realised that I had a massive obsession of recording things off the TV - Because I liked this idea of recording shows and films and it would be there to watch, again and again, for forever. Or nearly, anyway
Anyway, it started off with the 2005 series of Doctor Who. Roll on 5 years later, and I still must have at least 100 tapes, some of which are my grandads, and tapes I collected over the years. I had become a obsessive tape collector - I would regularly ransack and buy VHS tapes (and cassettes ) from charity shops, tapes that relatives had given to me.
I must have in a box at the bottom of my room a box of VHS tapes, at least 100 of them. Originally, I was skeptical about moving onto the digital age so I for years held out until roughly August last year - In which case I saw a DVD recorder that was going cheap on eBay - Mine was a cheap Visitron DVD recorder, but it was brand new and boxed and delivered all for a cheap sum of Â£40.
It was the cheapness of converting to digital which was why I did convert, along with the other reasons, because originally I saw no relevance in moving to digital - Most of my shows I don’t think I would be bothered in watching in say ten years time. I invested in a cheap Â£40 DVD recorder largely because using my Sony mono VHS recorder (1991) (Bought from a charity shop for a Â£10 - I did my bit for charity! ) was starting to become uneconomical - Tapes were expensive compared to the peanuts you can pay for DVD-R (DVD-R were roughly 1/5 of tapes, maybe?)
Space didn’t concern me, I had more than enough room for tapes just bunged into the bottom of the box - but overall it was just cheaper to transfer to DVD, and I don’t think I have picked a better time to do so - I can bag a 50 pack DVD-R for Â£5 from my local supplier - Which probably would have cost treble as much in 2005.
It’s digital, so I can get perfect image reproduction again and again no matter how many times I watch it - I had double the resolution of VHS tapes, but image quality doesn’t concern me (I could happily watch a VHS tape made in 1984, for example)
The main reason was for me was it is copyable and very cheap to do so - So if friends wanted copies, I could make copies and it wouldn’t dent my wallet. How discs are made means there is no degrading of magnetic tape to deal with (Discs skipping if your not careful though! :Z) and if the disc does skip, I could just download the source again
Most of my TV rips are now AVI rips bunged on a disc - Easily accessible, and of course, they are much smaller than VHS tapes
When did you move to the DVD age?
Now, just got to back up my radio recordings onto my portable hard drive