Have you had your VHS tapes converted to DVD? Do you have a lot of movies on disc? Now that you have spent the time and money growing your collection, it’s very important to take care of it. When caring for your DVDs, There are many things to consider. Let’s take a moment to Ask Ashley!
History of the DVD
The DVD, or digital versatile disk, was first developed in the early 1990s. The first DVD players were released in 1996 and DVDs quickly became the most popular form of home entertainment, surpassing VHS in popularity in just 7 short years. Movie rental businesses across the nation had to completely restock their shelves with this new form of home entertainment. It wasn’t long after, however, that things went a step further and the Blue Ray disc was released. Blue Ray was a huge step forward because of the high definition quality they delivered. DVD and Blue Ray are still a very popular medium, but MP4 and streaming are quickly becoming the preferred way to view videos. Check out this article by Did You Know? for a complete history.
Now that you know a bit more about DVDs, caring for them properly should be a top priority. Ashley has already given you some helpful tips, but here are a few more.
- Discs should be stored in conditions that are similar to the environment in which they will be played.
- DVDs should be stored at a temperature of between 40 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit and at a relative humidity of between 20 to 50 percent.
- Magnetic and strong electrical fields will not affect discs. Neither will x-ray exposure from an airport metal detector. This mean that you do not have to worry about storing your discs near magnetic or electrical equipment.
- Avoid wiping your discs with paper towels or tissues. They contain coarse fibers which can cause scratches.
- It’s okay to leave a disc in the player for a short period of time, however, leaving a disc running unattended for more than a day is not a good idea.
- Avoid using canned or compressed air when cleaning your disc. They are extremely cold and may thermally stress the disc.
It has been estimated that a disc can hold data for up to 100 years if it is cared for properly. Therefore, DVDs will out-live the technology used to view them! Taking care of your discs is a great way to ensure they will be around for generations to come. Remember, we can also convert your disc to an MP4 file. An MP4 file is an excellent way to share your memories with loved ones or store them in the cloud.
If you have any questions about DVDs or anything else we specialize in, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also come by our Baymeadows Way location, Monday – Friday 9:00 am-6:00 pm. (904) 730-9999