Video Killed the Radio Star
The Buggles said it best with their song, "Video Killed the Radio Star". The song is about a singer whose career is cut by the introduction of TV. For children of the 1980s, this was one of the first videos we would see on something called MTV.
The technological revolution we see now has certainly given much to society and continues to do so, but there are some things that no longer seem to be as useful as they were years ago. 8 tracks and betamaxs were replaced by tape decks and VCRs, while tape decks and VCRs went to the wayside for CD players and DVDs. Even now, MP3 players and Blu-Rays are replacing those.
Preserving the images and sound on videotapes for as long as possible has actually already reached the end of the lifespan of the media. It has been discovered that videotapes degrade much quicker than originally thought. Ten years is the limit for many tapes. There are many issues that cause videotapes to degrade.
The coolest thing about old home movies was when there was a family get together, and someone would break out the projector to show the funny clips buried in those old home movie film reels. The not-so-cool was having to watch all of the other stuff that was boring. The old projector may have had a fast speed setting to get to the best parts, and maybe it even had reverse to make the scenes even funnier, but it was nothing like a modern DVD player.
There is only one professional 8mm film to DVD transfer service that will treat your precious and irreplaceable memories shot on 8mm film with the utmost respect they deserve. Those brief moments in time that have been caught on frames of 8mm film oh so long ago can be preserved in a modern digital format that can last forever.
Hey, we folks who just want our old 8mm films and 16mm films transferred to DVD usually have no idea of the high-tech stuff that goes into getting the job done right. If a person wants to risk ruining the old film and desires lousy results, just run the brittle old film through a garage sale projector and videotape what is projected on the wall. I wouldn't be surprised to find out that there were still a few "professionals" out there doing just that.
Have you ever watched those documentaries on television where they use archival film footage to help tell a story from our past? I don't think I could find an adult among us who has not seen at least one. Good directors of such documentaries take advantage of having the survivors who were a part of the event be a part of the documentary. Now let me tell you how this ties in with 8mm film conversion.
Moving day is always planned to be an easy task but rarely does it ever turn out that way. We made it easy on ourselves by hiring professionals to get the job done right. We figured we would take the advice we have been giving our customers since our beginning—let the professionals do the work. With the experience of the professional movers along with the assistance of all of us here at Got Memories, the move was completed in just one day on Saturday March 28, 2010.
Many professional and amateur photographers are learning painful lessons when it comes to slide scanners. While some of these scanners are capable of producing reasonably good quality images, they tend to be plagued with problems and the scanning process is incredibly time consuming. Choosing a professional company to send your slides out to for digitizing is currently the best way to go. The quality with most reputable companies is better than you will ever be able to produce with consumer equipment, and the advantage they give you in a reduction in headaches and time lost is immeasurable.