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Found an old Beta VCR and Tapes in my parents' attic

There a four boxes of tapes all from the 1975, 1976 and 1977. Mostly daytime shows and movies of the week. Where would I go and how much would it cost to get all of these tapes converted? Does anyone know?

by Anonymousreply 4501/09/2013

Why would you want them? The quality would be horrendous.

by Anonymousreply 111/23/2012

Burn them.

by Anonymousreply 211/23/2012

Oh my god. They are my parents' sex tapes. My mother is riding up and down on my dad, her sagging breasts bouncing up and down and she calls out, "Fuck me daddy!! Give it to me." I can't look at them again.

by Anonymousreply 311/23/2012

By an EyeTv video converter for about 80 bucks.

by Anonymousreply 411/23/2012

[quote]Why would you want them? The quality would be horrendous.

Not necessarily. They could be fascinating. Shame it's Beta, VHS to DVD machines are quite common. If you have the player, watch them and them decide which ones are worth converting.

Then post them on a youtube channel to little reward, if any.

by Anonymousreply 511/23/2012

Watch Sinister. Then decide what to do with them.

by Anonymousreply 611/23/2012

If any of these are old soaps, there are folks who'd go crazy for them on YouTube.

by Anonymousreply 711/23/2012

I will do that r5. The tapes are labeled. DOOL, Somerset, AW, Doctors, Donohue, I think it will be a hoot to watch this.

by Anonymousreply 811/23/2012

[quote]There a four boxes of tapes all from the 1975, 1976 and 1977

This is quite early for a home TV recorder. Most people didn't have them yet. Again, these could be rare recordings.

by Anonymousreply 911/23/2012

[quote]The tapes are labeled. DOOL, Somerset, AW, Doctors, Donohue,

Are you sure they're '70s. More likely 80s and therefore less interesting and rare. I'm not even sure beta was around in the USA in the mid '70s, OP

What makes you say>

[quote]There a four boxes of tapes all from the 1975, 1976 and 1977.

Are they actually dated or were you just guessing?

by Anonymousreply 1011/23/2012

[italic]Somerset[/italic] went off the air in 1976, FWIW.

by Anonymousreply 1111/23/2012

They're dated on the box. The machine is big and bulky. My mom says that my dad bought the machine when she decided to go back to work and she wouldn't have to miss her 'stories'. She went back to work in December 1975.

by Anonymousreply 1211/23/2012

Convert them to digital, OP!

by Anonymousreply 1311/23/2012

oohh any Merv Griffin or Dinah Shore?

by Anonymousreply 1411/23/2012

The only Sony consumer VCR that was out in the U.S. in 1975 was the SL-6200, which you had to buy packaged with a TV.

In any case, that was really sweet of your dad, because a VCR would've cost upwards of $2,000 at the time.

by Anonymousreply 1511/23/2012

That's it r15. It is huge.

by Anonymousreply 1611/23/2012

Here's a fun find: the first segment of an [italic]All My Children[/italic] episode from 1971. It's on videotape rather than a kinescope, which makes it extra-rare.

The commercials are a hoot, too. Pop-R-Corns, anyone?

by Anonymousreply 1711/23/2012

Yes OP, you'll have to do it yourself. Any professional place won't convert them because of copyright laws. Previous poster is correct. Buy a combo VCR/DVD recorder for 150 bucks. If you had the tapes converted professionally, it would cost more than that anyway. I don't know what to tell you about the Beta tapes though.

by Anonymousreply 1811/23/2012

[quote] oohh any Merv Griffin or Dinah Shore?

That deserves a MARY!

by Anonymousreply 1911/23/2012

[quote] I don't know what to tell you about the Beta tapes though.

He could check out R4's lead.

I hope you post back, OP. Post a link to your youtube channel, let us know how you get on.

Here's a pic of a 1966 video recorder for sale at Harrods in London.

It cost 1200 average car in England cost about 700 in '66. Someone must have bought it and could have tremendously valuable recordings.

by Anonymousreply 2011/23/2012

$150 is too much for a VCR/DVD machine. Shop around, some are $50.

by Anonymousreply 2111/23/2012

Once you've converted em, post the NBC News Updates on YouTube! Those things are fascinating.

by Anonymousreply 2211/23/2012

Those programs are good finds, OP. Much of NBC soaps prior to the late 70s no longer exist -- the tapes were considered expensive, so they were wiped and re-used. You might have some true rarities on your hands!

by Anonymousreply 2311/23/2012

If I were you OP I would donate them to the TV archives.

After keeping a copy for yourself.

Those are very VERY rare TV episodes.

by Anonymousreply 2411/23/2012

Anything pre-1978 is rare for Another World, along with the other Procter & Gamble soaps -- none of them started archiving until 1978. Apparently DOOL has a full archive.

by Anonymousreply 2511/23/2012

OP, you have just given renewed hope to every hoarder in America.

Seriously, though, you could have some extreme rarities there. Congrats on asking before tossing!

by Anonymousreply 2611/23/2012

Hang on, OP, I'm gonna give Vicky Wyndham a quick call and see if she wants to chip in to pay for the digitization of the Another World episodes.

Stay tuned...

by Anonymousreply 2711/23/2012

R27, here. Ms. Wyndham just told me to go fuck myself with a rusty breadknife, so I guess it's a no go.

by Anonymousreply 2811/23/2012

Where is Beverly Penberthy's gay nephew?

by Anonymousreply 2911/23/2012

Donate them to groups like this, OP. They will preserve them. Most of their collections come from schools that taped shows for classroom presentations, and just happened to catch brief segments of commercials.

by Anonymousreply 3011/23/2012

Well I packed up the boxes. I thought there were 4, two more were hidden behind some other junk. I've loaded them in my car. My sister got a bunch of china and stemware. My brother and his wife got some artwork. I got old beta tapes. :) I'll keep you posted on what happens.

by Anonymousreply 3111/26/2012

BETA and VHS tapes (consumer versions) are highly degradable stock that really only has a 15 to 20 year shelf life before the picture starts disappearing from the tape, OP.

by Anonymousreply 3211/26/2012

[quote] Buy a combo VCR/DVD recorder for 150 bucks.

There are no Beta machines to buy for this. OP plainly stated that the tapes are BETA.

by Anonymousreply 3311/26/2012

you can always find a place to convert beta to dvd

by Anonymousreply 3411/26/2012

[quote]BETA and VHS tapes (consumer versions) are highly degradable stock that really only has a 15 to 20 year shelf life before the picture starts disappearing from the tape, OP.

Not true.

Old magnetic tapes are very durable. The only thing you have to be aware of is moisture: the magnetic oxide absorbs moisture from the atmosphere, making the adhesive fail and the oxide will crumble off the surface during playback, damaging the tape and degrading the quality of the recorded information.

These tapes need to be "baked" professionally (not literally baked, it's the industry term for the process). That is, put in a dehumidifier at a raised temperature for a number of hours.

Do not attempt this yourself.

It isn't an expensive process. Seek advice from a professional - an experienced audio mastering engineer should be able to help.

by Anonymousreply 3511/26/2012

R17, that was great stuff, thanks for posting it. I remember Future floor wax!

by Anonymousreply 3611/26/2012

[quote]you can always find a place to convert beta to dvd

I had a thing, can't remember what it was called. You plugged it into the back of the old video player and then into your computer and recorded onto software on your computer. It was a bit shit but I'm sure there's better stuff out there now. Just read up on it.

I hope you can post some of your stuff onto YT, OP...and post the link here.

Even the commercials will be of interest to some people.

This reminds me, in those earlier days of youtube, you could post practically anything and instantly get hundreds of views.

by Anonymousreply 3711/26/2012

Came for parental porn. Disappoint.

by Anonymousreply 3811/26/2012

That's quite find.

Will be interested to hear exactly what is on the tapes.

by Anonymousreply 3911/26/2012

If one of the tapes features a ghostly pale girl crawling out of a well, I'd have a swap meet as soon as possible.

by Anonymousreply 4011/26/2012

I bought my first Betamax in 1981. It was over $800.

The fun part of those tapes would be the commercials.

by Anonymousreply 4111/26/2012

Someone is having a laugh.

by Anonymousreply 4211/26/2012

I agree with R41. I think the commercials would be more interesting than the shows.

by Anonymousreply 4311/26/2012

I would be more than happy to convert them to DVD for you for free,you pay postage both ways. These recordings sound RARE! I have dozens of Beta players and DVD recorders. Let me know.

by Anonymousreply 4412/14/2012

any days of our lives tapes?

by Anonymousreply 4501/09/2013
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