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Preparing Your 8mm Film for Transfer

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To ensure that your film to DVD transfer achieves the best possible quality, cleaning and conditioning your film prior to transfer is crucial. Cleaning and prepping your film for transfer can be a time-consuming process, but will ensure optimal transfer quality. There are actually several different factors that can lead to quality issues of 8mm film.

Some of the damage your film has endured over the years can be carefully remedied, while others may not. Inspecting your film prior to transferring can help you to identify problems with the film before you even start transferring. Inspecting the film can be done with a trained eye, or by loading the film onto a projector to see what the quality is. Although scratching and wavy lines running through the film are fairly common, it is not the most serious issue that can be present in old film.

Film which has been left for long periods of time in humid environments such as coastal or tropical regions tend to develop mold, mildew or other types of fungus. Typically, the mold will start on the outer edges of the film and grow inward toward the emulsion. These types of mold have a distinct smell and looks like a white powder around the edges of your film. Mold, if left untreated, will inevitably lead to the deterioration of your film.

If the mold growth is isolated in the outer edges, a thorough cleaning can stop its progress before it gets to the emulsion. There are chemicals available to get rid of these microorganisms from the emulsion but it usually erases the images as well… So it’s best to use a non-abrasive silicon cleaning cloth to remove any dirt, dust and mold prior to a film transfer project.

Shrinkage should be measured before you can have the film transferred to digital format. 0.8% to 1% shrinkage carries the possibility that your film will be further damaged if you load it on a projector. 2% shrinkage virtually renders transfer impossible even with the best labs. To measure shrinkage, a Shrinkage Gauge is used but you can also do it manually by comparing 100 frames of the film to 100 frames of new film.

Keep Your Memories in the Cloud

CNet Senior Editor, Donald Bell, walks you through the different ways to store your memories in the cloud. Learn about choosing the right cloud storage service that is a perfect fit for you and your media.

Your Camera’s Histogram and How it Works

Ever wondered what your camera’s histogram does? Or how it’s used? Watch this short video by John Greengo for CreativeLive which will explain what the histogram actually is, how to read one, and what it means for your photography.

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Where Are Our Family Memories?

A new survey of parents with children under 10 who share photos and videos with family/friends online reveals troubling trends…

Where are Our Family Memories?

How Did the the VHS Tape End Up Beating Sony’s Betamax?

How Did the the VHS Tape End Up Beating Sony’s Betamax?

When home recording devices were first manufactured, people around the world found them facinating. People could now record their own television shows instead of having to watch them as they air. However, the film and video entertainment industry soon caught wind of this, and realized that they didn’t want users of these recording devices infringing on copyrighted materials. So, inevitably, a court battle ensued between Sony and Universal City Studios which ended with 5 judges allowing the use of home recording.

Although Sony won this landmark court battle, they would ultimately lose out in a completely different battle, just around the corner. Sony’s great rival, JVC, soon began production of their own recording device, now commonly called the VCR. Both of the machines solved the same problem… how to store information compactly on a tape. However, if the machines were so similar? How did Betamax lose to the VCR? After all, Betamax offered better image quality along with superbly built machines.

The downfall of the Betamax started with the actual hardware. On average, Betamax decks were 5-8 lbs. heavier than their VCR counterparts. This meant higher production and shipping costs which also meant that Betamax machines ended up with a higher price tag from the get-go.

Secondly, the first versions of Betamax tapes played for only 1 hour, while VHS tapes played for 2 hours, which was enough time for a standard-length movie. The real killer, though, was the video rental market. At first, video rental stores would stock both Betamax and VHS, but as VHS slowly gained in popularity, the stores made more shelf room for VHS tapes, effectively pushing out Betamax entirely shortly after.

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Do the math. Your siblings, kids, in-laws chip in for our $100 gift card. We add an additional $50 to the card. Your Dad, Husband, Son, or Grandpa walks away with $150 to spend. Your family memories are in the white-gloved hands of the leading customer service and technical professionals for photos-, film-, audio– and videotapes-to-DVD, hard drive, and/or Blu-Ray. Everyone wins!

A DVD Your Memories Story – From a Customers Perspective

Have an awwww moment. View and share this fun and sweet 2-minute video created by a customer who came to us for VHS-to-DVD transfers in 2006 and then joined our corporate team in 2008.

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