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Here’s where you can digitize your old VHS tapes for free

The Brooklyn Public Library has you covered. Go digitized your old home videos so your middle school self can finally be the YouTube sensation it should have been had YouTube existed back then.

The Info Commons at the main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. (Photo by Brady Dale)

This reporter is in the process of moving right now, and he just came across a pile of VHS tapes he made with his family’s video camera in high school. There’s a lot of funny stuff on those tapes, but he’s not seen them in years because they are all on VHS. It turns out, one way to digitize them is to head down to the Brooklyn Public Libary’s info commons and do it DIY.
The library asks that you bring your own laptop and storage media for the stuff (though you can also check out a laptop if you don’t have one, but you’ll still need your own storage media). You will also be asked to leave your state issued ID with a librarian while you are working. That said, it’s a free resource.
Analog media the Info Commons is equipped to convert:

  • VHS tapes
  • Audio cassettes
  • Vinyl LPs

More information here, including information about reserving your time in advance of heading over.

Companies: Brooklyn Public Library
Series: Brooklyn

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