Thursday, February 07, 2019

Saving movies

Our antique VCR stopped working when we replaced our TV last year. The device works, but we can't make it work with the new TV.  We have almost a hundred old movies on VHS tapes. Some of these were so-so movies, but would probably never watch them again. But there were about 50 that are movies we LOVE.

Many are holiday films. Holiday Inn, A Christmas Carol, and other Christmas films. But we also have tapes that we watched on other holidays. Groundhog Day was one that we watched on February 2, every year. The Match Maker and Darby O'Gill and the Little People are two that we watch on St. Patty's day. We have movies that we watched on Valentines Day, Easter, 4th of July, and Thanksgiving.

Back in January, Jilda asked if we should toss the movies in the Goodwill bag. I was perplexed.

After a little research, I found a device and software that would let me copy the VHS tapes onto my computer and then burn them onto DVD.  It wasn't cheap, but I also have a ton of old home movies and I can use the software to archive these movies too.

It's a slow process, but I have everything in the office and I copy movies while I'm writing.

Last week on February 2, I popped Groundhog's Day into the DVD. I was thrilled that I was able to save those old movies.


  1. Movies don't do it for me, but I am glad you were able to save the ones you love.
    Forsythia? Glorious sunshine yellow.

  2. Gunny the VCR would not work with the new TV, but those tapes slowly go bad anyway. I figured you could copy them to dvd, but thought it would require professional equipment, cool you found a home solution. Probably could run a little side business for others in a similar situation.

  3. I gave a lot of VCR movies to Goodwill although my husband kept his but he never watches them. He has some that are still in their wrappers and I wonder if they will go bad as Joeh says.
    I'm glad you can still enjoy your favorite movies.
    Hugs, Julia

  4. Intersting and beatiful

  5. How interesting that you mention Groundhog Day ~ a movie I love and a theme I plan to write about soon....
    Enjoy your weekend!

  6. Funny, I was reading this last night as our son was trying to get our VCR to work. Never did. Glad you got the task done and you also saved space!!!

  7. Well, I'm glad I'm not the only one that still has a VCR in the house!

  8. So many have never even heard of Darby O'Gill and the Little People. I have it saved on my DVR along with Walt Disney hunting for the leprechauns so he could use them in the movie. I watch it often.

  9. Anonymous3:09 PM

    I'm moving into a retirement home & I'll have to give all my old VCR movies to Goodwill!!

  10. We don't have any movies at all when we want and by we I mean Tim want to watch a movie we search the On Demand site with Foxtel which is pay tv


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