Saying that we are moving into a digital world would be an understatement- we’re already IN a digital world where every data, information, any detail that we want is found online, on the cloud, and all of it can be accessed from the palm of our hand.
Even watching movies and TV series can be viewed online through apps. But what about your own DVD collection? Chances are, plenty of us have loads of DVDs lying around in our homes, in our drawers, cabinets, taking up space. It’s time to spring clean your precious collection and put them on the cloud.
One of the biggest problems with DVDs is their lifespan, and while they have been great, serving their purpose of providing movies-on-demand, their lifespan, however, is short. Plenty of people have either filed them away, boxed them up, or just kept them in their TV entertainment center, thinking it is good long-term storage.
But it isn’t. Depending on the discs that you have, the lifespan of DVDs is usually between 5 to 10 years, even less if it’s exposed to environmental factors such as humidity and heat. If you are one of those people who have been religiously collecting movies, music and TV series DVDs, then it is time to get them out and move that data into a more reliable place.
While you still can continue to keep your DVDs in their cases and in your cabinets, you may want to rip and store them on cloud storage or local storage on active hard drives.
You can call it ripping, format shifting, digitizing, converting and even transferring- call it whatever you want but here are some important reasons why you need to transfer your data from DVDs to cloud storage:
- It costs less
You can definitely purchase an online version of your favorite movies, but format-shifting it from DVD to cloud would cost you less than buying. It also saves you time from having to search online and get the titles you want.
- It’s future proof
As the world continues to change and evolve, the storage of data will continue to evolve as well. What happened to vinyl, cassette tapes, and videotapes will also happen to CDs and DVDs. It will serve its purpose until something else takes over, and the aforementioned storage will go obsolete. Since movies, TV shows, and music are being made available through online platforms, DVD sales have been slowly declining since 2008. This shift will not only push up the prices of existing DVDs but also make it harder for you to find the titles you want if you continue sticking to DVDs.
- DRM Free
The other thing that is great about transferring your data to cloud storage is that it is DRM free. DRM, or Digital Rights Management. Putting your DVD content, movies, video on the cloud means that you can use it on any brand device.
Let’s face it. Living spaces are becoming smaller and smaller, especially if you live in a popular city, and we have to come up with creative ways to store our things. One of the best ways to make space is to declutter. If you have bookshelves of your DVDs, a drawer filled with nothing but DVDs, then you might want to clear all of this up, save your data on the cloud, and box up your DVD to be donated or recycled.
- Have Data, Will Travel
You probably have more than one portable device. Your phone, your tablet, iPad maybe and laptop. Having all these devices also creates the need for having your data and content available on any device and at any time. This is another reason why it is good to get your data on the cloud so you can access it anytime, anywhere, and on any device.
- You have convenience at your fingertips
Unless you have an organized method of finding titles on your DVD collection, hunting for a movie you want to watch, or an album you want to listen can be an exhausting experience. It is also a little hard to read racks of DVD spines to find the movie you want to watch when you want to watch it. It’s even worse when you do not know where you kept your discs or find that it has gone missing. Having your data on cloud storage and finding it is as easy as typing a keyword and clicking enter. Save yourself time and hassle by dedicating time to rip your DVD content and host it online.
- Make things accessible
Having all your DVD content from music, movies, data, information, etc. on an easily accessible cloud platform that allows you to find things easily, watch what you like, when you like, and on any device you want. You can watch something you like on your tablet, while your friend or partner can watch a movie on another device in the living room, your daughter can watch a movie from your cloud in her room. Anyone that has access to the same platform can access different content at the same time on different devices. That’s the beauty of having content on your cloud.
- Instant play
Another great thing about having your content online is that you can do away with your DVD player (which also takes up space) and simply access all your favorite movies on your mobile devices. A platform like this is great for entertaining kids on long road trips, while you’re waiting at the boarding gate, and in your hotel room. It can provide instant play for all your favorite content without needing to wait for the disc to load, finding the remote to the DVD player, and waiting for the trailers and warnings to end. Just choose what you want, click play, sit back, and enjoy while your coffee is still hot.
It only takes a portion of your time to clone your DVDs and convert them into digital files. Online cloud storage makes it easy for you to create a comprehensive library system that has titles, day, year, ID that you can stream anytime and anywhere. More and more people are waking up to the simplicity of DVD to digital conversions. It’s as easy as popping a DVD into your PC, using a DVD cloner, and getting your materials online.