Why Do You Need Digital Copies Of Analog Data?

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What do VHS, cassette tapes, and terrestrial radio have in common? They're all examples of analog formats. That means that their data is encoded onto some medium, such as magnetic tape or radio waves, and is beholden to that medium's physical properties. Digital formats, on the other hand, use a binary code to convey data. That means they can be replicated in any medium that can convey a series of 1s and 0s, whether that's a CD, a DVD, or a hard drive. When you convert analog data (like a home movie recorded onto VHS) into digital data, you open up a lot of possibilities: you can quickly replicate that data in a variety of ways, meaning it's easy to make sure everyone in the family sees that video of your teen as a toddler, covered in pudding. Digitization isn't just for families—it's also an important part of museum archival upkeep—but it can start in your house and ensure your memories stay fresh forever.

Want to get started preserving your DVDs and VHS tapes? We have good news: the new Curiosity shop is currently offering an at-home video digitizer at 69% off its retail cost. The device from Sky Innovations allows you to upload physical materials onto your computer, and includes intuitive video editing software to help you make the best final cut possible. The digital files can be copied onto DVDs, shared on the internet, and even uploaded onto a mobile device. That means that family moments and creative projects will stay with you, even if the original tape is warped or lost.

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