Memories have a lifespan — at least when it comes to those captured on the dying medium known as VHS, aka Video Home System. The format was never intended to last forever and degrades over time. However, if your precious home videos have managed to survive thus far, you may want to salvage the footage before time takes its toll. Converting well-worn videos can be done on a modest budget with a few basic tools.

Visit to learn how how to save your precious memories digitally on multiple formats, including DVD, Blu-ray, or digital file. If you’re just too busy, the web site also provides a list of the various VHS conversion services, including pricing, to help you preserve that 20-year-old footage of your son face-planting on his first bike. If not for you, do it for posterity’s sake.