One of the main benefits of digitizing your VHS tapes and other memories is that you can share your videos online with friends and family. There are multiple ways to share your videos, ranging from posting them on social media to creating files on Google Drive. You can test out different outlets to share your videos to see which ones are the easiest to use.
Don’t keep VHS tapes and other video memories stuck in your closet or storage bins. By digitizing these videos yourself or with a professional video transfer service, you can easily share them with one person or the entire internet. Here are eight suggestions for how to easily share your home movies with family and friends online:
1. Create a Family YouTube Channel
One of the best ways to share your videos digitally is with a YouTube channel. You can create countless videos and upload hours of footage. Regardless of the video length, you can upload it to YouTube.
Another benefit of creating a family YouTube channel to share your videos is that you can set clear privacy settings. You don’t have to make the videos public and can limit access to people who have links to the channel. YouTube is also intuitive – 81 percent of Americans use YouTube regularly. Most of your family members are likely familiar with the platform.
Facebook is the next easiest social media platform to share your videos. You can post your favorite memories so all of your friends and family can see them. Facebook is the second-most popular domestic social platform, with 69 percent of Americans checking this app regularly.
There are a few drawbacks to using Facebook. All of your friends will see your post, so more people might watch your videos than you realize. The algorithm can also limit which updates your friends and family see, so your posts might not get shared as widely as you want.
3. Post Family Memories on Instagram
Your third option for how to share your home movies with family and friends online is Instagram. While this has a smaller number of total users in the United States (only 41 percent) it is incredibly popular with young people. If you have kids or grandkids, they likely have Instagram accounts.
Instagram is also a visual app where you are meant to share photos and videos. This is ideal for sharing digitized memories. However, you may need to look for shorter videos or clip down bigger ones before you can share them on this app.
4. Upload Videos on Vimeo
Vimeo is an alternative platform to YouTube. It is a place where you can upload videos and share them with friends and family who want to see them. For $7 per month, you can upload up to 5 GB of content each week and store 250 GB every year. There are more advanced plans if you need additional storage.
5. Post Videos on Reddit
Reddit is made up of thousands of niche communities called subreddits. This isn’t considered a traditional place to share your family memories, but there may be some communities that want to see your videos. For example, r/breadit is a place where people share bread-making photos and advice. If you find a video of a relative making bread in a unique way, these Reddit users might be interested.
Other communities to explore include subreddits related to travel, culture, and places where your videos were filmed.
6. Create a Google Drive
Not everyone wants to share their memories on social media; however, they do want their family members to easily access their recently digitized files. If your family is spread out in different parts of the country, set up a Google Drive where you can store videos in the cloud.
You can have full access to Google Drive and the suite of Google products when you set up a Gmail account – which is free. You can upload videos and share them with family members easily with a link. The videos are secure and you can control who has access to them.
7. Set up a Dropbox Account
Dropbox is an alternative platform to Google Drive if you want to share your videos. There is a free option within limited storage, along with monthly plans for larger storage solutions. The family plan is $17 per month and provides 2,000 GB of storage (425 DVD’s worth) across six users. Your family members can access the videos regardless of what email platforms they use.
8. Test Out Basic Video Editing Tools
As you start to narrow down how you want to share your home movies online, you may want to edit them to highlight specific moments. For example, you can pull out a clip from a wedding video instead of sharing the full 45-minute ceremony. You might only want to share a video of the “I dos” or upload a funny moment.
Explore different video editing tools to see which ones are easiest for you to use. You don’t have to look for complex apps that allow you to create cinema-quality movies. A simple movie editor can help you create clips and even add music to your memories.
Digitize Your Videos With Memory Fortress
The first step to make your videos more shareable is to convert them from their current VHS format. VHS recordings are not sharable and the film can start to break down over time – potentially damaging your precious memories. Start by sending your videotapes to Memory Fortress. We invest in top-notch technology to access your video content and digitize it. We can send your memories back to you in DVD or USB format or store the memories in the cloud.
Start your order with Memory Fortress today. For just $29 down you can tell our team how many videos to expect so we are ready for your project.
We digitize everything right here at our facility in metro Atlanta, processed by US citizens.