VHS tapes to DVDs

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Postby russellhltn » Tue Sep 15, 2009 11:33 am

robdunford wrote:Now, they want me to convert (the best parts of) more than 100 of our family memories on SVHS, VHS and Hi-8 tape to standard or high-definition, 16:9 (wide-screen) DVDs. Is this a wise approach for the future or are there other options we should consider (such as Blu-Ray, distribution on hard drives, the Cloud, etc.)?


From my perspective, you are safest if you stick with a standard that has been most widely adopted. For example, CDs were created somewhere mid 1980's and yet you'd have no problem finding something to read a CD with today.

For now, I think DVD will fit the bill. I believe it has enough resolution to capture the details of the source material, and yet it can easily be transfered to some future format.
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Postby omega0401-p40 » Tue Sep 15, 2009 5:56 pm

Is there anyone who has connections to the church who may know if there is a project to transfer the church VHS tapes to DVD and when that might be? I assume there is. If that happens I would not hesitate to buy those DVD's for home and class lessons.

I think we are approaching a time (some wards/branches may already be at that time) when you read your lesson manual and it suggests to play a such-and-such recording on a VHS video, there will not be a VHS player at church to show it or it is broken.

I know that in my ward the video player can do both VHS and DVD for now. Replacing them with both types of players, once they break, may become harder to do. There are probably many members who can not play them at home because they have a DVD player without a VHS player.

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Postby MorettiDP » Wed Sep 16, 2009 7:37 am

I suggest anyone have access to CDOL contact people in the Church's Audiovisual Department (a department of the Presiding Bishopric).

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Postby wrigjef » Sun Oct 04, 2009 5:33 am

One of my favorite BOM missionary videos is one the Church produced called "voice from the Dust" it has a few different stories on it. I really wish the Church could put this on DVD.

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Postby kennethjorgensen » Sun Oct 04, 2009 6:41 am

wrigjef wrote:One of my favorite BOM missionary videos is one the Church produced called "voice from the Dust" it has a few different stories on it. I really wish the Church could put this on DVD.


YES, it is also one of my favourites. I had to rely on YouTube for the Italian story one day but I cannot find the other segments from the same video as I also like the Moroni story.

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Postby vernondcole » Thu Oct 29, 2009 4:26 pm

The last factory on earth which manufactured VHS record heads closed about a year ago, I am told. The company I was working for at the time had to spend millions of dollars to convert their video recording (surveillance) systems from VHS to digital. Neither the Church nor anybody else should be investing on tape technology today.

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Why not use the technology available?

Postby mmariluch-p40 » Sat Nov 21, 2009 8:58 pm

It would be beneficial if the church would create AVI, MPEG or even ISO downloads for videos such as these to assist in lesson preparation. The technology is pretty simple and would help alot of people out. If the church would just look at my submitted resume and hire me, I could put a project together to provide this to the members. I'm curious why the church is not able to keep up with technology better.

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Postby mkmurray » Sat Nov 21, 2009 10:01 pm

mmariluch wrote:It would be beneficial if the church would create AVI, MPEG or even ISO downloads for videos such as these to assist in lesson preparation. The technology is pretty simple and would help alot of people out. If the church would just look at my submitted resume and hire me, I could put a project together to provide this to the members. I'm curious why the church is not able to keep up with technology better.

I think your proposed suggestion could be a terrific improvement, but I must say I cannot agree with the assertion that the "Church is not able to keep up with technology better" merely because this one idea is not implemented.
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Postby MorettiDP » Sun Nov 22, 2009 11:29 am

I don't know... I still like more have a commercial printed DVD in my hands. Is a good way to store the product, a good gift to our friends and we can do convertion to another file types for home and Church use in our own way...

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Postby jgottfredson » Sun Dec 27, 2009 6:35 pm

I worked for the Church AV department up until 2001 and there was one guy who sat in a dark room authoring all the churches video content to DVD. I think you can get most of the church media on DVD through the LDS Catalog.


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