Digi­tise & save them all so they’ll sur­vive for years to come

Give your old movies, mem­o­ries and mu­sic a new dig­i­tal lease of life. Mike Plant ex­plains how

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If you first started record­ing home movies when You’ve Been Framed first hit our screens, or if your mu­sic col­lec­tion in­cludes cas­settes, vinyl and 8-track tapes, you prob­a­bly have a trea­sure trove of video and mu­sic that hasn’t seen the light of day in decades.

Back then, it was dif­fi­cult to imag­ine just how quickly dig­i­tal me­dia would re­place video tapes, vinyl records, cas­settes and film-based photos. This rapid trans­for­ma­tion is one rea­son why converting ‘ana­logue’ con­tent into dig­i­tal me­dia can be such a com­pli­cated and time-con­sum­ing process.

But if you’re keen to en­joy your scratchy vinyl col­lec­tion or vin­tage tele­vi­sion record­ings on your PC, tablet or phone – or just want to back them up for pos­ter­ity – we’ll ex­plain how you can take the pain out of the con­ver­sion process.

We’ll show you what you need to cre­ate the best-qual­ity dig­i­tal ver­sions of your video tapes, records, cas­settes and photos with­out spend­ing a for­tune – whether or not you still have your old cam­corder, turntable and Hi-fi.

Of course, get­ting your videos, mu­sic and photos on to your PC is only half the story. To make sure your digi­tised me­dia is of the high­est qual­ity pos­si­ble and re­mains playable for years to come, we’ll ex­plain the best file for­mats you should con­vert them to.

Fi­nally, there’s the bril­liant free soft­ware that will breathe new life into your con­verted dig­i­tal files. We’ll ex­plain how to re­move those an­noy­ing pops, clicks and hiss from record­ings; how to smooth play­back and im­prove the res­o­lu­tion of old videos; and how you can re­pair, re­store and even re-colour your photos – in­clud­ing any black & white photos you might have.

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