Q. Hi Kim, I'm worried that my old videotapes are going to lose their quality over time. I have a bunch in my collection that I would love to keep and pass on to my kids. Is there a way to make sure the videos look as good in 20 years as they do today?
-Carley from Seattle, WA listens to the Kim Komando Show on 1380 AM KRKO Saturdays at 7 AM.
A. That is a fantastic idea and I have some great news for you. There are several ways for you to preserve your videotapes so you can save them for generations to come. Here are a few of your options:
Costco offers a digital transfer service through its Photo Center. You can transfer several types of videotapes to DVDs. VHS and S-VHS, Beta, VHS-C, Hi8, Digital 8, 8mm and MiniDV are all acceptable formats.
The package includes two personalized DVDs with intelligent chapters, personalized themes, custom music and highlight videos. Each transfer begins at $19.99 and each DVD can hold up to two hours of video. If the footage on your tape exceeds the two-hour limit, the content will be split onto two DVDs and you'll be charged as if you'd placed two separate orders.
You can place your order using Costco's website and drop off your tapes off at your local store. When your DVDs are ready, simply pick them up and take them back home to enjoy. Just make sure the footage you provide them is not copyrighted material.
Every transfer you make also comes with your own private online account at no extra cost. Through this account, you'll be able to view all of your transferred videos from any computer or device. You can even share them with friends and family through email or Facebook.
Costco's digital transfer service is not limited to videotapes. You can also transfer film reels, 35mm slides, photo prints and memory cards to DVDs.