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I have 30 year old, reel to reel, home movies. Can they be put on VHS tape? Will they be too old or brittle to bother?

-- R (, April 20, 2002


did you ever get an answer to this question? I have the same question. I have 30 year old home movies and want to know if they can be put on VHS or if there is somewhere to purchase an old reel to reel projecter. thanks much

-- debbie berrey (, September 30, 2002.

I know that there is such a thing as a tape-to-vhs converison box (I dont know the exact name of it) that has 2 glass lenses and mirror inside. My dad bought one years ago for like $90. You play the projector into one of the lenses of the box, and place a video camera at the other lense of the box. The image is projected into the box, bounces of a mirror and then enters the camera lense.

You can record the movie on the camera, or you can have a camera with a "pass through" feature, allowing the image to pass through it to a connected VCR (which will be recording the movie). I have seen it work and it works quite well.

Finding such a box these days may be difficult though. I dont even know what its called.

Hope that sends you in the right direction Bryan

-- Bryan Read (, December 06, 2002.

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