Your film is getting old! Most people stopped using film back in the late 70's when videotape cameras became popular. But you don't have to let your memories of family and friends fade away. Bring them to us and let us convert them to a digital format like DVD or MP4. This will allow you to preserve and share them for future generations.
Video technology has advanced by leaps and bounds in the past few decades. Most recently the shift from renting movies from a brick and motor store like Blockbuster, to streaming them directly to your TV or mobile device wherever you are. Not only can you stream movies on your cellphones, you can shoot your own. Was it only 20 years ago that you needed a camcorder to shoot home videos? It’s amazing that almost all the technology we need today, fits in our pocket. But there is a downside to advancing technology; it changes so fast that things become obsolete before you know it. Those home movies of your babies you shot 20 years ago can’t be viewed on the same device you used to record their high school graduation. You have to own an “ancient” piece of equipment to watch those home movies, a VCR.
Not many households own VCR’s anymore. They have gone the way of the record player. There is a certain market for “vintage” VHS tapes for viewing authenticity. So what happened to all of the home movies? Did people throw them away? If not, why do so few people own a VCR now? The answer is simple. With the advancing technology companies created a way to preserve your memories captured on outdated devices, conversion. Many families have opted to convert their VHS home videos to DVDs. DVDs are far more durable than the older VHS. If one of your VHS had the tape pulled out or it deteriorated over time, your memories were lost forever. The DVD design is far superior to that of the VHS and it saves a lot of storage space.
You may be reluctant to convert your VHS home videos to DVDs because of the cost. Surely, it is cheaper to keep an outdated VCR that can be replaced for a few dollars at your local thrift store rather than paying to convert the videos. But VHS to DVD conversion has come a long way since its first appearance, and because of that the prices have dropped drastically. So to answer your question, yes it would be cheaper to buy a $5 VCR from your local thrift store, but your VHS tapes will not last forever. It just takes one bad VCR to ruin a VHS tape and even if that doesn’t happen, time is a cruel. Think of how many 8mm home videos exist today. There are very few, because they were either destroyed by time or converted to a newer form of media.
You and your family will be so grateful for the preserved cherished memories later in life. How can you compare the few dollars spent to convert your VHS tapes to your wedding video, or your daughter’s first steps. Those memories are priceless.
The simple answer is, yes! Commercials can be a very effective tool for your company, if done correctly. A study done by MarketShare from 2009-2014 shows that TV is still one of the top ways to reach your audience, beating out online ads and radio commercials.
Reach Your Target Market
Like with any other type of marketing, its not about reaching as many people as you can. It's about reaching as many of the right people that you can, the people in your target market. You want to make sure your commercial is on the right channel in and the right time slots to ensure your commercial is being seen.
Think Outside the box
If you're worried about people who no longer have cable or satellite TV, aka "cord cutters", then you still have options. You can have your commercials appear on TV Streaming services, like HULU. The commercials are location driven and can even be played during a certain show. For instance, if you sell flooring you can make sure your commercial appears to people in your area that are watching "Fixer Upper". This is an excellent way to reach a new but desirable market as well.
Now that you know TV commercials are still an excellent, if not one of the best, way to reach your audience all you have left to do now is plan your commercial!
More and more couples are choosing to forgo hiring a videographer and relying on the almighty smart phone to capture the special moments in their wedding. There is no denying that beautiful pictures and videos can be captured on smartphones, but there are a few reasons why they can't replace a videographer.
Phones are distracting
You will find that if you are asking guests to capture videos and pictures on their smartphones then just about every picture you get from them will have several phones in it. It will be difficult for anyone to get a clear shot of just you and your significant other because everyone will be trying to get the best shot possible. Not to mention, instead of watching you and your partner exchange your vows and revel in the moment with you, they will be watching your wedding through their phone. They won't get the full impact and will likely miss out on a lot.
Qaulity is an issue
Even if some of your guests have the latest and greatest smartphones, the quality of their pictures and videos will not be the best. Especially if your wedding is in the evening or there is low light. Most phones just are not equipped to take beautiful pictures and video in less than perfect lighting.
Vertical Video Syndrome
If you haven't heard of Vertical Video Syndrome, you learn more about it here. What this means for you and your smartphone wedding videos is that they might be difficult to view or share on anything that is not a smartphone because the proportions will be off. You could be left with dead space on either side of your video, which can be very unappealing.
If you have a smaller budget and are considering asking your guests to take videos instead of hiring a videographer, make sure you explain your situation to potential videographers. They are in this business because they love people in love and they may be able to offer a different package for you that would meet your needs!
In the age of smartphones, sharing pictures, videos, and other media is easier than ever. You can capture everything using a device that fits in the palm of your hands. This incredible convenience has inadvertently created an epidemic, Vertical Video Syndrome.
What is Vertical Video Syndrome?
Vertical Video Syndrome (VVS) is a cheeky way of saying you capture a video on your smartphone while holding it vertically. This causes an issue with showing your video later on any other device, like a TV or computer. Your video will not take up the entire, horizontal, screen and there will be unsightly black bars on either side of your video. Another viewing option is to show a blurred version of the video on the sides to take up the empty black space but this is also unsightly and can be very distracting.
Why are vertical videos bad?
In short, they are "bad" because every other medium for videos is horizontal. The vertical videos do not translate well to horizontal screens and are difficult and annoying to watch. If you capture a photo vertically, then you can flip it without losing quality. However, videos cannot be turned easily and if you do then the quality suffers greatly.
What can I do to make sure I am not a victim of VVS?
It is so easy! Just turn your phone! Make sure that if you are capturing a video on your smartphone that you turn it to the side and video horizontally. This can be difficult at first because we are so used to holding are phone vertically, but with a few mindful steps you can begin filming the great videos on your smartphone.
Capturing your wedding on film seems to be a no brainer for most couples. Wanting to preserve the love and happiness from that day in a way to share with your loved ones and for you to look back on for years to come is a high priority. That video will become a treasured keepsake that you will cherish forever. So why don’t we think of capturing our proposals the same way? Sure, you see proposal videos. It isn’t a new concept, but most of what you see are elaborate flash mobs or wild proposals. Those proposals are awesome and just as special to the couples as a low key proposal, but they get a lot of attention for their ability to go viral.
When you are thinking of videoing your proposal, it shouldn’t be for the main purpose of going viral. If that is one of your hopes then that is great! But you should also consider how special this video will be to you and your significant other in the future. A proposal, like a wedding, is this magical moment in time where your love shines blindingly bright, a moment that deserves being captured. It’s it also gone in a blink like your wedding. It can be over before you know it and you will just want to relive that moment as much as you can, and your significant other will want to as well. This will likely be a surprise to them, and a video is a way of letting be a part of the process.
So now that you know why you should video your proposal here are a few tips for putting that in motion.
Have an idea of how you want to propose. Will there be a lot of moving parts? Where will you be? Will it be day or night? This will help you narrow down your list of videographers depending on if they offer what you will need.
Think about how you want it captured. Do you want the camera hidden? Do you want several angles, which means more cameras? This is also something to consider when choosing a videographer. I would also recommend sitting down with them and discussing your “vision” because they are the professionals and can really help you create the video you want.
In the video you can include the preparation for the proposal, special messages from you and other loved ones to your significant other or anything else you want! And as an added bonus, by selecting the videographer for your proposal, you have already marked off one of your items on your wedding to do list.
The first dance at your wedding can be nerve wracking. This isn't just you and your partner dancing in the living room, all eyes, and cameras, will be on you two. Feel the pressure yet? Here are a few tips to make that first dance, the best dance.
Choose a Song that's You
There are millions of songs out in the world, floating around just waiting to be used in your wedding. It is easy to be overwhelmed. And trust me when you sit down to make a list of all the songs you love, the names will magically leave your brain. Start with a Google search to jolt your memory and narrow it down from there. But focus on the songs you think really mean a lot to you and your partner. Maybe you already have a song, or maybe your song is something silly that speaks to both of you but you want something different for your wedding. No matter which way you decide to go with the type of song, just make sure it fits both of you.
Practice in Your Shoes (and your dress!)
Practice makes perfect, but practicing in flats when you will be wearing heels can be problematic. Get used to the way the shoes feel as you move and dance, and most importantly break them in! The last thing you want on your honeymoon is the "new shoes blues" on your feet. If you can, and feel brave enough, practice in your dress too. It will help you adjust to moving in it and the weight of it if it has a large train. Just be careful!
Don't Let the Spotlight Scare You
Your wedding day is all about you and your partner, and you will be in the spotlight the entire time. Don't let it stop you from having the best day. Remember, you are surrounded by the people that love you the most, so even if you mess up, no one will care. Besides, when you and your partner are having your first dance, you will be so focused on them everyone else will fade away for a few beautiful minutes. Enjoy them, and bask in the love you two share. Don't worry about anyone else!
With all of the different outlets for advertising now it can very quickly become an overwhelming endeavor to decide what to advertise and where. What type of targeted advertisement fits the platform and which is the best form of advertising to invest in, are just a few things to be considered. It can be very easy to get caught up in the cost of advertising on so many platforms, and creating separate advertisements for each that other projects are put on the back burner.
One of those projects may be that corporate commercial that has been needed for sometime, but you didn't have the time to spare to make it. But that commercial may be your saving grace when it comes to your overwhelming problem. Here are three reasons why you should put that corporate commercial on the front burner.
Did you ever wonder why in some commercials you barely see the product, but instead the commercial seems like its only objective is to make you laugh or cry? It's because they want you it to stick with you. A corporate commercial allows you to be able to tell the story of the company in a way it's never been told before. It can bring the words of the story off of the page and into a real experience your customers can resonate with. You can better associate the feelings and experiences that come with your brand using video, images and music that people will remember and associate with your brand.
When writers are trying to describe the look of something they need several sentences to accurately describe it. If they are trying to describe a feeling, sometimes the need an entire paragraph of comparisons to get it across. With a video, all of that can be condensed into images along side words to make it easier for the public to see and understand what you are trying to convey. Not to mention, with the attention spans getting shorter all the time, most people don't stop to read much of anything. Videos are the best way to communicate. And because they are the best way to communicate, a video will translate well to all advertising venues.
Search Engines Love Videos
Cracking the Google code for top search spots will always be an endeavor for every company. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) isn't going away anytime soon, and you need to do all you can to help your listings out. It's a good thing those web crawlers (the little imaginary bots that scour the internet for results for searches) love videos. Make sure your videos have clear and relative tags and your search results will thank you for it!
Putting in a little extra effort for a corporate video can go a long, long way. You can use that video on multiple platforms, it can help your search results, but most importantly it will help create a connection with your current and potential customers. It really is a winner!
This restored Spanish Colonial Revival is a Birmingham landmark and is located at the edge of the Roebuck Springs Historic District. It is one of the most beautiful places in Birmingham to host your next event or exchange vows.
Fun fact: the first wedding that was held at the Gabrella Manor was the wedding of the current owners, Brenda Jones and Steve Johnson. They put their whole hearts into renovating the manor and are continually updating it for the guests experience.
Gabrella Manor makes it extremely easy to plan an event on the grounds with in house catering, floral & décor, and photography. They also partner with some of Birmingham's best special event professionals to make sure your event is flawless.
The manor has several large rooms inside along with numerous patios and terraces. Giving you several choices for the perfect event. The manor is also home to a grand staircase, balcony , and multiple stained glass windows perfect for photos.
No matter the size or style of your next evet, the stunning house and grounds of Gabrella Manor are sure to wow your guests.
Guest books are a staple in weddings, and over the years the ideas for guest books have gotten more and more creative. People have used tree trunks, quilts, and even puzzle pieces for a guest book that matches their style. However, the guest book that will be focused on today lets you showcase your style and lets your guests showcase theirs, the video guestbook.
The video guest book allows your guests to leave you messages in a way they never have before. You can see their face, the joy and happiness written all over it as they “sign” your guest book.
Setting up the video guest book is very simple. It is a lot like a photo booth, just a designated area for your guests to leave their message. Not to mention, like a photo booth, there are so many ways to put your unique spin on this with props and backdrops. Your videographer will likely have backdrops for you to choose from. You could even set up a green screen with a custom backdrop or let your guests choose their own. The possibilities are very near endless.
To make sure everyone has an opportunity to “sign” your video guestbook, you may want to ask guests to stay under a time frame like 2 minutes. There might be a few extra special guests, like your parents, grandparents, or wedding party that you want to have a little bit longer to give their message, and that’s ok! Just make sure your videographer knows who those people are and try your best to make sure they are first in line.
Finally, make sure everyone know this is your guest book and not a photo booth. A cute sign will help them understand the reason for the video booth, and make sure they don’t miss out!
This guestbook preserves your guests and their messages unlike any other. You will be able to look back on their faces, smiles, and outfits years from now along with their message.
Training videos have been used in companies for years, and for good reason. Training videos are more engaging than reading material and result in better retention for employees. A visual example and explanation will help your employee be more productive as soon as they begin resulting in a smoother running business and increased profits. Not to mention how cost effective video trainings can be, but the thought of organizing a training video can be overwhelming. Here are three things to help you get started and create the best training videos for your company.
Start with a script.
Your current training may be done in person or via a manual; either way you have a starting point for your script. Start with an outline of what you would like to cover in the training and then begin writing the copy of the script. Be sure to include what visual examples you would like to include in the video. Having a script cuts down on production times, and therefore production costs. If you come to a taping just planning on "winging it", also plan on several takes for you get it just right.
Keep it professional and on brand.
These training videos will be one of the first times your new employees are exposed to your brand. Everything you say and do in these videos represents your company's culture and brand. That goes for visuals too. The colors, fonts, and other elements of the video need to fall in line and blend with your branding. You know what they say about first impressions, that also counts for training videos.
Avoid trendy slang and current events.
You may be tempted to include something currently trendy to connect with your audience, but trends fade. Including trends in your video will date it faster, meaning you will have to update it more often. Keeping your videos simple, branded, and in sync with your company culture will ensure your investment in the production of those videos is worth while. That's not to say you will never have to update your videos, companies change policies and re-brand, but you will not have to do it as often.
If you follow these few tips and communicate with your production team you are going to have a great, engaging training video that will give your new employees a leg up in their first few weeks.
Our phones have taken the place of several pieces of technology. Twenty years ago, if you wanted to carry every piece of technology that would match what your Smartphone can do today, you would need a suitcase. More specifically, our phones have become our main camera. Very few of us carry a point and shoot camera any more, and even professional photographers use their Smartphone cameras in their daily life. It makes our lives so much easier to be able to access all of our photos and videos in the palm of our hand, but what happens if that wondrous piece of technology breaks, or is stolen?
Backing up your phone may seem trivial, something that you tell yourself you will get around to eventually. Then you go to the beach, and someone grabs your beach bag with your phone in it. Or you are at a pool party and someone pushes you in for fun not thinking about the phone in your pocket. That could mean that you lose hundreds of pictures and videos of family, friends, and special events in an instant. In other words, life happens when we least expect it.
So maybe I have convinced you to back up your phone. You see the importance of not putting it off any longer, but I know what you are thinking, you can just back them up to the “cloud” right? Just about every major technology brand out there today has their version of the cloud, you have an endless supply of vendors that can back up your phone from where you sit on your couch so why bother with a physical back-up? It’s simple really, technology fails. Just the other day an Amazon cloud service experienced issues and caused half of the internet to stop working for a few hours. Websites that seemingly have nothing to do with Amazon can still be hosted on one of their servers, and all it took was company experiencing issues to debilitate thousands. What if next time that cloud service loses data, like customer’s photos and videos?
Technology is not infallible, and neither are physical back-ups, which is why we encourage you to do both. If the cloud fails then you will have a back-up to your back-up and vice versa. Memories are too important to risk.
It may seem like common sense to have a videographer on your wedding day, capturing the moments you will want to treasure forever. But what about all of the other special moments leading up to the wedding, like the rehearsal dinner? It is often overlooked when planning for a videographer and there are a few good reasons why you shouldn’t.
People are more comfortable
The dinner isn’t as formal as the wedding or reception, and along with the smaller crowd, people are more themselves. This means speeches are lighter and people are more likely to share the best stories.
Everyone is Nostalgic
Speaking of stories, in this intimate setting of your closest friends and family, the best stories are ripe for recording. Everyone is bursting at the seams with love for the couple and wanting to share their memories. Catching these memories on video will be priceless.
Speeches and Slideshows
Some weddings don’t have speeches or slideshows at the reception and the rehearsal dinner is the only chance to capture these.
To sum it up, some of the most memorable and special moments can only be caught at the rehearsal dinner. Having the videographer there to capture them will make your wedding video priceless and unique.
Back in the day, as an alternative to 8mm film, people would take pictures using Kodachrome slide film. Slide film, or reversal film is a positive as soon as it is processed. So the image is produced as a positive on a transparent base. As such, the slide film produces extremely rich and vibrant colors that come closer to the actual colors and tones present during exposure.
Slide film is intended for the use of projectors. The light is shown underneath the slide and the projector, well projects, it up onto a screen making the little image big. This was fun times for the family to sit around an watch.
Sadly, most projectors no longer work and the slides can no longer be watched. Let us bring them back to life for you as a digital image so you can see them again and share them with family and friends.
Most of us have upgraded our music collections, yet some of us still have a few treasured cassette tapes, LP's or even 8 track tapes laying around.. But the truth is, they are fading away.
So, whether your interest is in digitizing cassettes from childhood or a mix tape from an old high-school flame, or even an old LP that never went to CD, now is the time. Let us help you preserve those special memories.
We live in an age of high nostalgia where we are looking back more than we are looking forward. People search for “vintage” items and shop for antiques. They are re-creating old family photos, and sharing the most embarrassing ones on “Throwback Thursday” on Instagram. Quality time is spent looking from parents and grandparents photo books or boxes of photos. Sometimes, they even break out the slide projector for everyone. Basically, memories are at an all time high, and it is easy to see why. They are precious. We live in an age of sharing everything as a way of preserving our memories. So why do we not prioritize preserving the memories in the photo books and slide boxes that we cherish?
Digitizing your memories sounds difficult and painful, but the good (no, the great!) news is that it’s not. It’s actually easier and cheaper than ever. In fact, right now is a great time to make the move and preserve all of those photos. After the holidays always seems to be a slow time for almost everyone’s schedule. You probably haven’t even put all of your photo albums and the projector up from having them out at Christmas for everyone to enjoy. Which means all you have to do is bring your photo albums and 35 mm slides to the store for us to transfer to a USB or CD for you. If you have stored all of your photos in a shoe box then it might be a little bit tougher for you. You want to have your photos grouped somehow. How you group them is totally up to you. It can be “Christmas ‘85”, “Washington DC trip”, or “Summer Camp”. This is just so we can make sure these photos stay together and are organized on your digital version. After the process is done, all of your memories will be given back to you just as you left them along with your digital copy.
Converting your photos over to a digital version doesn’t mean you have to stop sharing the photo books or breaking out the projector. In fact, we would recommend you do that more often! The joy and family time that comes from looking at your memories together is priceless. By choosing to save these photos and slides to a digital version, ensures that you won’t lose those memories to a flood, fire, or the biggest natural disaster, age. Of course, if you choose to upgrade your slideshow to a newer digital version, this process will make that possible.
So, the moral here is that no matter how you choose to share your memories, you don’t want to lose them.
It’s that time of year again, and we're not talking about resolutions. It’s bridal show season! Vendors have been preparing for months, wanting to show the brides their absolute best work and the latest trends in the bridal industry. Some of you may wonder why you should attend these shows. There are many reasons to attend a bridal show, but you have a wedding to plan so we narrowed it down to the top 3 reasons.
Trends & Inspiration
Looking at Pinterest and in Magazines will get you a long way when it comes to trends and ideas, but what could be better than seeing it in person? We weren't kidding when we said that vendors plan and work for months on their booths for wedding shows. They research the latest trends and the best ways to showcase them in weddings. The booths all feature stunning elements and ideas to help you form a theme or fill in those annoying décor blanks spots in your wedding. Short of crashing a lot of weddings (which we do not recommend), it is the best way to see those trends brought to life.
Vendors at shows provide brides deep discounts, also called show specials. The specials could easily save you hundreds of dollars! We have seen vendors that rarely offer any discounts in services offer show specials that are the equivalent to 25-30% off their services. Weddings can be expensive, and the savings from show specials add up quickly.
Prizes and Freebies
Speaking of show specials, several vendors offer prizes. Some of these prizes are big. The Southern bridal show offers a chance for one couple to win a honeymoon. The Homewood Bridal show gives away a Diamonds Direct gift card! Smaller vendors may offer a chance to win designer purses, or even chances to win their services for your wedding. If you aren’t one of the lucky winners, you won’t leave emptied handed. So many vendors will have free swag, and we're not talking just pens and business cards. You will also have a chance to sample some of the best food, drinks, and cake from vendors all over Central Alabama, so come hungry!
Bridal shows are a lot of fun, despite being a bit hectic. Once you arrive you will find you and your friends having a lot more fun than you expected and getting to leave with some awesome swag (maybe even a big prize!). So don’t miss out!
Please Join us Saturday, January 14th at the Gabrella Manor for their Annual Wedding Showcase.
The show begins at 4pm and goes until 7. Find more information on Facebook.
Green screens aren't just for weather reports anymore. They have become the latest must have for any photo booth. Most photo booths rely on a variety of props to make them unique to each person while they back drop stays the same. But with a green screen back drop, the possibilities are endless.
Adding a green screen back drop for your photo booth is painless, and you can still have props if that is what you want, but your backdrop can change. You can have several backgrounds for your guests to choose from. The backgrounds can be scenes from your favorite movies or some of your favorite tourist spots. Can you imagine your guests being able to have their picture taken with the cast of Star Wars or next to the Eiffel Tower?
If photos aren't enough for you, you can let your guests act out mini videos with a green screen. Very similar to the Vogue's Manusx Machine at the Met Gala in 2016, your guests will have the opportunity to create a self choreographed video with the background of their choice. If they want to act out one an iconic movie scene, like running from the T-Rex in Jurassic Park or recreating a famous monologue. It is guaranteed to be a party favor they will show off for years to come.
This next generation photo booth isn't out of your reach. In fact, it's easier to get than you might think. Just call us, we have everything you need for the perfect green screen party favor.
Many brides have a love/hate relationship with social media on their big day. You want every possible moment captured, even the silly shots of everyone getting ready and rushing around. You may not want those photos shared on social media before the ceremony, so you have to put a lock down on your wedding party and hope they respect your wishes. They just want to share photos of themselves and the person they love on one of the biggest days of their lives. This is totally understandable, but you want to keep a little mystery so you can show off all your hard work. What about your guests taking photos during the ceremony? This might be a great option for shots your photographers miss, but what if they are being more of a distraction? Their arms may be blocking someone else’s view or worse. What if they block one of your professional’s shots?
Enter the unplugged wedding. So many brides have decided to ask their guests to please hold their photography during the wedding. Some of the signs they put up politely ask for their guest’s full attention on their big day. None of that is too much to ask, but people are still upset when asked to refrain. So let's discuss a few of the reasons behind why the couple may choose to make that decision.
It's their day
You know that it's their day and you are there to support them. You love them and would never do anything to detract from their day! These phone photography fiends are often very well meaning. You just want to share in the happiness for the couple and the way to do that is to snap a photo and share i. But if you are watching the wedding through the screen of your phone, you will miss the true beauty and love of the couple your celebrating. Your phone may also be blocking someone else’s view of the couple, which causes them to miss out. Well intentioned photography can be a big distraction, so just sit back and enjoy the overwhelming feeling of love around you.
Photographers and Videographers are an investment
No matter what your wedding budget, photography and videography will be a big part of that, and for good reason. These professionals work tirelessly all day to preserve the special day for the couple. And after spending several hours capturing all of the priceless wedding moments, we go back to the office and begin the grueling editing process. We want everything to be absolutely perfect for our couples. One thing that makes that very hard to do is hands holding cellphones that appear out of nowhere. You can’t prepare for it and its very hard to work around it, especially if you have 20-30 people snapping photos as the bride is walking down the aisle. A great example would be a wedding I shot a few months ago where the bride and groom asked their guests to not take pictures during the ceremony. As the bride was walking down the aisle one person, very discreetly, held their phone out in the aisle to take a photo. Even though they did their best to hide their actions, her arm went directly into my shot and there was no way to edit it out without losing part of the footage during one of the most anticipated moments of the wedding.
So the moral here is simple, you may mean well, you may want to share in the joy, and you may snap discreetly, but the chances of your floating arm or bright flash being caught by the photographer or videographer are high. So if the couple has asked you to put your phones away, love them enough to respect their wishes and enjoy their day exactly how they want you to. They spent a lot of time and money for you to enjoy this day with them.
You’ve probably said to yourself “I know my VHS home videos are out-of-date, but my VCR still works just fine, so why should I bother with transferring them to DVDs”?
Actually, we're glad you asked! There are so many reasons to transfer your memories to DVD other than updating technology, although age is a factor. There is a little bit of science involved, but let's keep it brief! Video tapes use a magnetic strip to hold the images recorded, and our lives are full of magnetic sources: stereos, vacuums, anything with an electric motor, even the earth itself is a magnetic source. Over time, the magnetic sources around your video tapes slowly eat away at the images and memories captured on those tapes.
There are several other factors than can be dangerous to your memories. Heat can damage the magnetic strip of the video tape, moisture can cause mold and render the tape unplayable and un-transferable, and there is always the danger of a child or pet getting a hold of the video tape breaking it.
Even playing your videos can cause damage over time. The playing and rewinding of the VHS will cause wear and tear on the magnetic strip and it will eventually fall apart.
The good news is that transferring your VHS tapes to DVD is easier, and cheaper, than ever. And once they have been transferred, the deterioration will stop immediately.
So now that you know why you should transfer your home videos on VHS to DVD, let us tell you how (here’s a hint, its super easy!)
Pull out all of your tapes from wherever they are stored, and label them with the title you would like on the DVD.
Count all of your tapes
Mail or bring them into the store and let us do the rest!
It really is that easy. All of your DVDs will have chapter marks every 5 minutes or so, so you can view the memories you want with ease. And they will all come in a protective case with the titles printed directly on them. Your memories will be safe and easier than ever to watch and share. Not to mention the space you will save since DVDs are much more compact.
Of course, we always recommend having a back-up stored somewhere else just in case. We can provide a back up of all of your home videos on a jump drive to keep separately from your DVDs. You can never be too careful with your memories.