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Betacam to DVD Services in San Diego

DVD Your Memories can transfer Betacam and Betacam SP to DVD or hard drive! Betacam tapes were developed by Sony, and first appeared on the market in 1982. Although Sony’s Betamax lost the consumer-format war to JVC’s VHS tape, a similar battle in the professional world was also fought with different results. During the 1980’s, they slowly started to take the place of 3/4″ U-Matic tapes in the broadcasting business. A few years after the original Betacam was introduced, it’s successor, the Betacam SP was developed, and slowly became the new standard. Today, companies use Digibeta, which is a digital tape format that was developed in the mid 90’s.

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Betacam tapes come in two sizes, S and L. The camcorders are only able to load the S tapes, while the standalone video tape recorders could support both formats. Betacam to DVD transfers are increasing in popularity due partially to the fact that machines to play these tapes can be expensive and hard to come by. Although a more rare format, many television companies, independent film makers, or students with projects have footage recorded onto betacam tapes, with no way to view or extract the data on them. DVD Your Memories now makes it possible to view Betacam to DVD, or manipulate these tapes once again!

Do you have Betacam tapes with valuable footage still on them? Give us a call at 858-503-7965 for a free consultation!

U-matic to DVD Services in Denver!

U-Matic video tape was one of the first video tape formats to be housed within a cassette, as opposed to the open reel video which was the standard at the time. Conceived by Sony in Japan, U-Matic video tapes were released in the early 1970’s. The video tape was 3/4″ in width, which is a tad thicker than the VHS, which is 1/2″ in diameter. In addition of the wider tape, it’s write speed was about twice as fast as that of a VHS tape, which provided much higher quality video recordings. Like VHS-C, U-Matic soon released a U-Matic S, which was a smaller, more compact U-Matic cassette. U-Matic tapes were generally used for production studios to archive and maintain the quality of the footage, as they had much higher quality and longevity than the standard VHS tape, and look better than a VHS to DVD transfer.

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In the early 80’s U-Matic broadcast format was slowly starting to be replaced by the new Betacam video tape format, which was then replaced by HDCAM and Digital Betacam, or DigiBeta. The U-Matic format is one of the few older tape formats that has stood the test of time. After nearly four decades after it was first introduced, the U-Matic tape tape format is still used by studios to this day, although used much less nowadays. The United States Congress has a library of thousands of U-Matic tapes archived as a means of proof of copyright, or providing access copies. There are still countless U-Matic tapes in existence that are awaiting a video transfer in Denver alone. U-Matic tapes today still deliver exceptional quality, and look great after the video transfer to DVD.

DVD Your Memories offers U-Matic tape transfer services to DVD, Hard drive or both. Check it out!

U-Matic to DVD transfer in Denver

Protecting Your Photos in Storage

Since they were first produced, hundreds of millions of photographs have been lost due to deterioration, natural disasters, wars, and many more factors. While sometimes it may simply not be possible to salvage photographs, you can definitely take preventative steps to ensure their longevity and survival of the elements. Whether you’re the current caretaker of your family photo collection, or a professional photographer, learning how to preserve and protect your valued images is important.

During the process of protecting and preserving your photos, we highly recommend using a photo scanning service, or even scanning them at home using a high quality photo scanner. This will ensure you have digital backups of all of your images in the event of a disaster or total loss of your photos.

Before you can begin to properly protect your photographs, you’ll need to know what you’re protecting them from. As you probably guessed, you’ll want to keep them away from direct sunlight, areas of high heat, and places that could potentially host rodents or insects. Other risks to photos come in the form of high humidity, which could promote mold growth, and sulfur compounds found in wood, which can deteriorate your photos over time. Experts advise against storing your photos in attics, garages or basements due to less than ideal insulation or temperature/humidity control. Storing them indoors, away from heat and moisture, and in archival rated boxes or materials is a great way to extend the life of your photos.

Preserving family photo albums can be a bit more tricky. The first step before protecting is to completely organize your albums. Check out loose-leaf albums, which are great for organizing. Take caution, however, as many store-bought photo albums and the old photo albums with black paper pages, could potentially be harmful to your photos, as they may have been made with unsafe chemicals. It’s also best to stay away from magnetic albums and vinyl photo albums.

When your album contains lots of photos of varying sizes, the images can be organized on archival paper pages and mounted with archival photo corners. Then you’d take your pages of photos and insert them into clear polyester or polypropylene pockets. These often already three-hole punched for 3-ring binders. Most large office supply stores like Office Depot or Office Max carry boxes of clear archival-grade page protectors.

Turn Your Old VHS Tape Into a Secret Hiding Spot

After digitizing their VHS tapes, many people wonder what to do with them after transferring… Throw them away? Recycle them? Donate?

Aside from the multitude of arts and crafts you can create from your old media, there’s also a way to still gain some use out of your old video tapes by turning them into inconspicuous secret stashes which are perfect for storing small items such as keys, USB/flash drives and small documents. Once the tape has been altered to your liking, place the paper sleeve back on and shove it back on the shelf, and nobody would be the wiser!

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As far as tools go, you won’t need much to get started, although a dremel tool is recommended for creating the perfect little nook inside the tape.

For full instructions, check out the guide on instructables.com: https://www.instructables.com/id/VHS-Tape-Secret-Compartment/?ALLSTEPS

More Than 70 Percent Of America’s Silent Films Are Gone!

A study from the Library of Congress reveals for the first time how many feature films produced by U.S. studios during the silent film era still exist, what condition they’re in and where they are located. As you may have guessed, the news isn’t great. According to the study, nearly 75 percent of American silent films are lost forever–and a majority of the remaining films aren’t exactly in great shape, either. Of the 11,000 films made before sound film came into the picture, there’s only roughly 3,300 left. Of those, 17 percent are incomplete, and some, like the only missing Greta Garbo feature, The Divine Woman, are down to a single remaining reel. What happened?

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington explains in the study’s foreword that, with the rise of sound, silent movies were seen as having little commercial value. As myopic as it comes across from a 21st-century vantage point, silent films were lost to “chemical decay, fire, lack of commercial value, cost of storage,” and most film producers were content with unsentimentally moving on toward the Next Big Thing. Billington called the report a model for the type of fact-based archival research that remains to be conducted on all genres of American film beyond the scope of silent-era feature films. He says the same level of scrutiny remains to be applied to all historically significant audiovisual media produced since the 19th century, including sound recordings and radio and TV broadcasts.

Under Billington’s leadership, the Library has worked diligently to win repatriation of missing silent films held in archives around the world. Examples include a “mother lode” of some 200 missing silent films that have been stored for more than 80 years by the Russian film archive Gosfilmofond. The Russian archive is thought to contain the largest cache of lost U.S. silent films outside the U.S.

From the study, here’s the breakdown of what we lost, and what we have left:
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With a more complete view of what we’re missing, we might be able to better prevent losing more. Anticipating that, the Library has also released a searchable database filled with every silent feature still around.

Click here to download the Library of Congress Study on silent films

Easiest Way to Convert Camcorder Tapes to DVD

One of the easiest and “least-involved” methods to transfer your camcorder tapes to DVD is to hook the camcorder up to a DVR or other recording device with a DVD recorder. This means that all you need to do is play and record your camcorder tape to the DVR, then burn a video DVD when the recording is finished. With this method, it is also possible to combine several smaller-length tapes onto one DVD, but the combined total run-time must around or below the two hour mark. For the example below, I’ll be using a Sony Hi-8 camcorder.

1. Grab your camcorder and locate it’s RCA (red, white, yellow) cables, as well as the power cord so you don’t lose power during the transfer.

2. Place the video tape you’d like to transfer into the camcorder, making sure it is fully rewound. Next, connect the RCA cables into the video out jack on the camera, or the video out port (This can differ from camera to camera, so consult your manual if stuck. Also make sure the power supply is connected, and plugged into the wall.

3. Insert the red, white and yellow end of the cables into the INPUT of the DVR or recording device. (make note of what input your used, as DVR devices are usually equipped with multiple inputs. This is typically clearly labeled just above or below the colored input jacks as input 1, 2 or 3, etc)

4. Once it’s all hooked up, turn the DVR on and set it on the same input as the step previous. You should now see your camcorder interface on the TV screen.

5. Test out the video and audio by pressing play on the camcorder, turning the volume up on the TV and making sure everything is playing as it should.

6. Now you are ready to transfer the video to the DVR itself. Press play on the camcorder and then immediately after pressing play, hit record on the DVR and now your video will begin to be transferred to the DVR’s hard drive. This process all happens in real time, so you’ll need to wait until the tape or video has reached the end before attempting to burn to a disc.

7. From here, if your DVR supports burning video to DVDs you can burn your discs straight from the DVD copy interface menu (Consult your DVR manual for instructions on this step).

If you want more power over your production such as editing abilities, it’s best to transfer your camcorder tapes to hard drive. This will allow you to insert your video clips into software video editing suites to add additional effects and splice scenes together with ease. To transfer your video to hard drive, there are a number of methods you could employ. For best results, we recommend using a video capture card or device that allows you to capture directly to your computer’s hard drive.

GUIDE: How to Convert LP Vinyl Records to CD or MP3

Vinyl Records

Depending on when you were born, you are probably familiar with the old gramophone record. Also known as a phonograph record, or simply record, is an analog-based sound storage and playback mechanism consisting of a flat disc with inscribed spiral grooves running along the inside of the record. The groove starts at the outer edge of the disc, which is also the beginning of track 1, and then spirals inward as the record turns on the turntable. Records were a very popular recording medium for most of the 20th century, later falling to the rise of digitized media.

Due to the unique sounds that a record in good shape can produce, people all over the world have still held onto their vinyl collections and still play them to this day. Many of these older, rare vinyls were never released on audio cassette or CD, so the only way to still listen to some old, obscure albums is to play them on a record player. The only way to listen to these old classics again is to digitally convert the LP records to CD or MP3. Here’s a quick guide that will help steer you in the right direction, if you plan to digitize your own collection of vinyl records to CD.

How to transfer your Vinyl LP to CD

First, you’ll need access to a turntable. If you own records, you might even already have one, but if not, we highly recommend the Numark USB turntable, which you can find more info on here. USB turntables work excellent for transferring LP records specifically, because of it’s easy ability to plug directly into your computer to capture the audio. If you’re using an older turntable with audio outputs, it’s still possible to transfer them to your computer, but you need a slightly different setup. Please see my other
<href=”https://dvdyourmemories.com/articles/guide-how-to-transfer-your-audio-cassettes-to-cd-or-mp3-files/”>guide about how to transfer audio cassettes and follow the same steps to hook up your turn table to your computer.

If you opted to go with the USB turntable, you’ll also need to make sure you have a working computer with USB inputs, computer speakers, audio editing software, blank media, and of course the vinyl record you wish to transfer.

Before transferring anything, it’s best to first make sure that the album is clean and undamaged. If your record is in bad shape, the resulting audio won’t sound nearly as good as a clean, solid record, so it’s best to clean it up the best you can prior to transferring. Follow the spiral grooves and look for any dirt, dust or debris that may have been lodged inside the grooves. Also look for scratches, cracks and warping which can also adversely affect the sound quality. The easiest way to clear dust and debris from the grooves is to spray the record with some compressed air and wipe with a microfiber cloth. Always remember that a clean record will save you time and effort in the restoration process, as well as provide much better quality results.

Once your record has been cleaned up the best it can be, you’re ready to begin the transfer process. At this stage, make sure that your turntable is powered on and connected to your computer with the drivers installed. As far as software goes, for capturing your recording, we recommend downloading and installing Audacity, which is a free open-sourced audio editing suite for both Mac and PC. If using Audacity, make sure your recording settings are correct. With your USB Turntable, you should have installed the included drivers which will allow you to record from USB. To do this, navigate to the preferences menu in Audacity by pressing CTRL+P.

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Make sure for recording device, you select the USB input. You can also choose which directory on your computer the audio file is saved. Do this by clicking the directories tab and browsing for the correct folder.

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Now, place the record you want to transfer onto the turntable and gently place the stylus at the beginning groove. Now, click the Record button on Audacity and then press play on the turntable. If all of your settings are correct, the record should now be playing and recording to your computer at the same time. When the record has finished playing, press stop on Audacity and you’ll now be ready to export the audio. TO export, click file–>Export and save in whatever format you’d like.

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