Video ConversionBy Kelly Wise Legg

The VHS tape design was never intended to last a lifetime, only as long as the fragile tape could survive. If your VCR managed to spare your precious home videos, chances are there is still enough time to salvage the videos before they begin to deteriorate. Preserving family videos is an important task, because no one wants to lose memories of their loved ones.

David Croxton, owner of Video Conversion of Florida, knows the importance of preserving memories. Working in the church music field, Croxton first began his quest to convert tapes when he was converting cassettes to CD for his church choir.

“After retiring from 48 years as a minister of music, my wife influenced/suggested I start this business,” said Croxton. “She told me I had the know-how and the equipment and it would be a blessing to people to preserve their family memories. As technology progressed into video in the church, so did I.”

For more than six years Croxton has been running his successful business converting home movies, slides, cassettes, records, reel-to-reel, 8-track tapes and more. Knowing that each conversion is essentially saving a piece of history in someone’s family tree is rewarding to him.

Many people may have the equipment at home to do a home-based conversion of some media, however, the time and effort it takes is usually a hindrance for most people.

With Christmas right around the corner, this is a perfect time to pull out old VHS tapes or reel-to-reel movies and have them converted to DVD as a gift. Mentioning this story when placing your order will give you a 10 percent discount and placing your orders soon can guarantee a Christmas delivery.

Video Conversion of Florida has four drop-off locations including Lakeland, Plant City, Riverview and Sun City Center. There is also a mailing option available. For pricing and more information, visit or call 758-3181.

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Kelly Wise Valdes
Kelly Wise Valdes has been writing for the Osprey Observer since 2008. She graduated in 1989 from Florida Southern College with a B.S. in Communications and enjoys writing and traveling. She currently resides in northern Hillsborough County with her husband, David. When not traveling and writing, Kelly and her husband enjoy spending time with their five grown children (as well as their grandchildren) that still keep them very busy.