How long will my videotapes last?

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Answered On 28 January, 2014 4:23 am

The life of a videotape is difficult to predict. Some tapes deteriorate after three or four years (under extreme humidity deterioration can occur in even shorter periods). Conversely the Archive holds tapes which are over 30 years old and still replay well. The life of a tape depends on good storage conditions, the quality of the tape, the frequency of use and the care in use. When tapes last this long other factors such as the life of the format (availability of working replay equipment) become as important as the life of the tape itself.

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