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Are Cassette Tapes Coming Back?

Are Cassette Tapes Coming Back?

Although streaming music is a popular way of enjoying music in today’s generation, vinyl and cassette tapes have re-emerged in the music industry, leaving an impression on number sales. Cassette sales have nearly quadrupled in the United States since 2011 and selling over 100,000 tapes this year alone, which makes us ask, are cassette tapes coming back?

Why Cassette Tapes?

Similar to the current vinyl resurgence, it is the new mainstream releases that are attracting buyers. Artists such as Taylor Swift, Jay Z, and Lana Del Rey have created an aesthetic around the idea of cassette tapes. This means the overall appeal of the cassettes is attracting young listeners and collectors.

The reason for this huge jump of cassette tape sales in 2018 is due to the large amount of mainstream releases that appeal to the larger market of listeners. Vinyls are making an impact on sales as well, but the cost of pressing a vinyl is much higher than making a tape. The cassette is a format that is currently in high demand, but the playability is still much lower than most formats. The sound quality is not as high as digital or vinyl and does not allow DJing format, which makes the increase in sales a surprise to the industry.

Will Cassette Tapes Continue to Rise?

It’s difficult to answer whether or not cassette tapes will be a staple within the music industry for a second time, but the number of sales don’t lie. The convenience of streaming music has allowed us to enjoy tunes on the-go straight from our phones. Most seem to purchase cassette tapes for the same reason of vinyl, which is having the music in physical form. As time goes on and we become more digital, this becomes attracting due to the tangible nature of the product.



Keepsake Solutions is a Columbus, Ohio based memory preservation service with over 15 years of experience.  We use cutting edge technology and state-of-the-art techniques to ensure that your memories are preserved, and that no precious moments are left in the past.  If you'd like to contact us with questions or comments, please feel free to do so at (614)392-1909 or email us below.

What's the Difference Between a Thumb Drive and Digital Download?

What's the Difference Between a Thumb Drive and Digital Download?

It’s not uncommon for families to have a closet full of old memories, containing boxes of old photos or home movie tapes that have collected dust over the years. If you are wanting to share these memories with grandkids and generations to come, it’s important to get memories digitized! Finding a local digitizing service that will update your photos, audio, film, or slides will guarantee your memories last forever. Going digital preserves those moments, but what’s the best option? Stay tuned to learn the difference between a thumb drive and digital download when updating your memories.

Thumb Drive

Thumb drives, otherwise known as a USB or flash drive, are a small compact physical memory device that offers the ability to save data including documents, music, videos, audio, and almost everything! They offer a convenience of being small where you simply plugging into your computer, which allows the files to open automatically. Thumb drives come in a wide variety of storage capabilities, so if you are looking to store a large file of photos or videos you will need a thumb drive that has a large gigabyte.

Digital Download

Digital downloads offer nearly all the convenience, speed, and security of a thumb drive, yet without having to carry around and keep track of the physical device. Digital download is often referred to as “the cloud”, where information is stored without having to worry about it. This means you have access to all digital files straight from your phone, laptop, or tablet without having to plug anything into the device. All of your beloved memories are stored in the cloud, where they are safe and secure. Plus, you don’t have to worry about misplacing or losing a file!

Both options offer great quality, capacity, and secure for storing memories from the past. If you decide to have a thumb drive, it’s always best to backup the thumb drive onto your computer as a precautionary.



Keepsake Solutions is a Columbus, Ohio based memory preservation service with over 15 years of experience.  We use cutting edge technology and state-of-the-art techniques to ensure that your memories are preserved, and that no precious moments are left in the past.  If you'd like to contact us with questions or comments, please feel free to do so at (614)392-1909 or email us below.

How Were Old Home Movies Made?

How Were Old Home Movies Made?

When thinking of your child birthday parties or holidays, you may recall your parents bringing out the bulky film camera to capture the fun moments. The embarrassing vacation video of you and your siblings is stored in the basement of your parent’s house along with other precious memories you will always cherish. It’s important to note that film does not last forever and over time will start to deteriorate, losing sound and picture quality as the years go on.

Choosing to get old film digitized will preserve these memories forever without a worry! With today’s technology film is no longer required due to smartphones and digital cameras. Prior to VHS and tapes and camcorders, you may find yourself wondering, how were home movies made back in the day?

16MM Format

By the late 1920’s, 16mm film was a popular choice for American film production. This format was generally used for non-theatrical film making, such as education or low-budget motion pictures. It also existed as a well-known choice for amateur or homemade movie-making formats for several decades, although it was a high price to pay for most average Americans. As technology continued to advance, the camera equipment and film itself decreased in price and became more affordable. Soon after 16mm film was the introduction to 8mm film, which was smaller and cheaper.

8MM Format and Super 8MM Film

The standard 8mm was developed by the Kodak Company as a way for families to create a home movie that was less expensive than 16mm film. This film was cheaper, more accessible, and much smaller which decreased the equipment size. While 8mm stuck around for several decades, super 8mm film was then introduced in the mid-1960’s which offered a better image and sound quality than 8mm film. The images were clearer and the cartridges were easier to load into the camera, making it a more appealing option. Super 8mm film became a home movie-making staple in America before the camcorder were created in the 1980’s.

While film found in your parent’s house should be treasured, it should also be updated to match today’s technology. Making the decision to go digital will ensure those memories are kept for years to come. Don’t worry, you can still keep the reels and film itself after the digitization process to show generations the history of film!


Keepsake Solutions is a Columbus, Ohio based memory preservation service with over 15 years of experience.  We use cutting edge technology and state-of-the-art techniques to ensure that your memories are preserved, and that no precious moments are left in the past.  If you'd like to contact us with questions or comments, please feel free to do so at (614)392-1909 or email us below.

Keepsake VS Big Box Stores

Keepsake VS Big Box Stores

Making the decision to get your memories digitized by a company comes with a great deal of trust, as those precious moments hold years of memories valued by your family. If you have been debating about digitizing your old film or photos, we suggest doing so immediately before deterioration kicks in and potentially ruins your film. Perhaps the biggest question to consider when digitizing your media, is which company to work with when sending in your tapes. Sending your memories to a big box digitizing service comes with a list of risks and concerns. At Keepsake, we believe your tapes are as precious as the memories they hold.

Keepsake: A Trusted Local Company

Located in Columbus, Ohio, Keepsake is a family owned full digitizing service with over 15 years if experience. We use cutting edge technology and state-of-the-art techniques to ensure that your memories are preserved, and that no precious moments are left in the past. Media transfers can be a tricky job which is why we offer an expert staff who focuses specifically on digitizing, only accepting the highest quality of results possible.  

Why Work With Us?

At Keepsake, we believe in building relationships. We promise to be in contact throughout each step of your digitization, ensuring you are up-to-date on the process of your tapes. Our quick turn-around rate allows you to have your updated memories with no time lost. We pride ourselves in being a local trusting business, as there have been too many instances of memories and tapes being lost when working with big box stores. We treat your media as if it’s our own, and that’s a promise.

High Quality Results

Whether you are wanting to digitize photos, film, audio, slides, or tapes, you bet we do it all. We take time to personally scan each media, using a color corrector for quality results. When digitizing film, most companies are known for leaving wasted time of black space on the end of the video after the content is over. We trim this unnecessary footage, only leaving you with the memories and joy of the past. Providing our customers with high quality results is what we are known for at Keepsake. Are you ready to discover for yourself?




Interested in digitizing your media?

Contact us with questions or comments, please feel free to do so at (614)392-1909 or email us below.

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Three Holiday Gift Ideas for Your Digitized Memories

Three Holiday Gift Ideas for Your Digitized Memories

With it now being November, the holidays are right around the corner! This is the perfect season to spend time with loved ones, cherishing the present moments that will soon be memories. If you find yourself stumped on Christmas ideas, look no further than digitizing old film, photos, or audio tapes for your family! Not only will this preserve the moments for years to come, but will also be a heartfelt Christmas gift that will last forever. Here are three holiday gift ideas for your digitized memories!  

Scrapbook of Your Parents Childhood Memories

We don’t often think about our parents being young, but they were a kid once, too! What better way to remind them of their care-free selves than surprising them with digitized memories? Taking the time to go through their old photos tucked away in the basement closet will show your love and interest in their childhood, and is bound to leave a touching impression. Once you have gathered your photos and cleaned off the dust, you are ready to send them to a professional digitization service! Once you receive the digitized photos, you can then easily print them and organize the photos in a scrapbook.

Anniversary Footage for Grandparents

Chances are, your grandparents have mountains of footage tucked away in their house, deteriorating as the years go on. Unfortunately, film does not have an infinite lifespan which is why we highly suggest digitizing film sooner rather than later. When sending film to get digitized, you are promising a lifelong security of those memories. Once you receive the digitized copies of the footage, perhaps edit a small video of your grandparents most precious moments, such as their wedding or anniversaries!

Tribute Video

Loved ones who have passed should always be remembered, especially around the holiday season when families are together. Surprise your family by going through old photos, film, or audio tapes of loved ones you miss and sending them to get digitized by a service who offers video editing, such as Keepsake. Once we have your tapes, we can easily put together a tribute video in honor of your loved once to be remembered.


Keepsake Solutions is a Columbus, Ohio based memory preservation service with over 15 years of experience.  We use cutting edge technology and state-of-the-art techniques to ensure that your memories are preserved, and that no precious moments are left in the past.  If you'd like to contact us with questions or comments, please feel free to do so at (614)392-1909 or email us below.

Get Updated: Scan Your Old Photos

Get Updated: Scan Your Old Photos

Stacked boxes of old photos may hold your family’s most precious moments, but they are difficult to properly store and preserve for the years to come. Making the decision to digitize your photos will guarantee a lifelong use, giving you the chance to share memories with generations to come. It’s time to get updated by scanning your old photos, and the pros at Keepsake are offering some tips to prepare you for sending us your memories.

Organize Your Photos

Although not necessary, taking the time to organize your old photos will allow you to have a clear image and timeline of your memories. It’s also a great way to relive those times with loved ones, sharing the moment with family members around! Once your photos are sent to Keepsake, we then color correct the images before digitizing them onto a flashdrive. If you are worried about losing the hard copies of your photos when getting them digitized...don’t! We send back the new, scanned digital photos along with the originals.

Clean Off Dust

After organizing your photos and enjoying the past moments, be sure to set aside time to clean off any lingering dust. This will prepare your film for digitization ensuring you’re left with beautiful results. We suggest using a container of compressed air to blow on the photos, rather than blowing air through your mouth which could cause damage from saliva. Using a lint-free cotton cloth is another way to clear the film of fingerprints and oils. If you find you still have smudges or debris on your photos, dab the cotton cloth with 98% isopropyl alcohol and rub across the photos for an extra clean look.

Ventilation is Key

After preparing your photos to be sent for digitization, don’t forget to store them properly until they get to their destination! Your photos should be getting the proper airflow needed after the cleaning process to eliminate dust and dirt from settling yet again. Keep your photos in a temperature controlled zone so that the alcohol can evaporate naturally, and avoid storing them by a window or outside.


Keepsake Solutions is a Columbus, Ohio based memory preservation service with over 15 years of experience.  We use cutting edge technology and state-of-the-art techniques to ensure that your memories are preserved, and that no precious moments are left in the past.  If you'd like to contact us with questions or comments, please feel free to do so at (614)392-1909 or email us below.

Tips on Removing Mold from Slides

Memories from your childhood hold a precious value that aren’t worth the risk of being ruined. Your film carries beautiful stories, unforgettable emotions, and true laughter that should be preserved for your kids and grandkids to watch. If you have yet to digitize your memories, you should consider doing so before deterioration begins! Film does not have a forever lifespan, which is why it’s important to research a local digitization company you can trust with your memories. Chances are, your slides have been in a box in your basement as the years have passed. This puts your media at risk for water damage or mold growth, harming a lifetime of memories. Even when practicing safe storage, unavoidable accidents can happen. Consider these tips on removing mold from slides when preparing them for digitization.

Gather Your Items

  • Cotton gloves

  • Soft pad or absorbent cotton

  • Isopropyl alcohol (98% or greater)

Step by Step

  1. Put on cotton gloves to avoid leaving fingerprints on slides.

  2. Moisten the soft pad or cotton with the Isopropyl alcohol and gently wipe the film until the mold is removed and appears clean.

  3. Remount your slides in a clean glass mount for safety and the prevention of new mold growth.

  4. Allow slides to air dry after alcohol has been applied and wiped.

  5. Repeat application to other slides that show signs of mold growth.

Avoid Doing These

  • Avoid using solution that contains water, as this could promote new mold growth. This includes ordinary alcohol, so be sure you are using the correct solution.

  • Do not store newly clean slides in an area with high levels of humidity and moisture to avoid new mold growth.

  • Don’t let your slides fade away! Digitizing them will preserve your memories for years to come.



Keepsake Solutions is a Columbus, Ohio based memory preservation service with over 15 years of experience.  We use cutting edge technology and state-of-the-art techniques to ensure that your memories are preserved, and that no precious moments are left in the past.  If you'd like to contact us with questions or comments, please feel free to do so at (614)392-1909 or email us below.

What is the Lifespan of Film?

Unfortunately, film is not eternal and overtime will start to deteriorate, putting your loving memories at risk for being lost. So, what is the lifespan of film? There are many factors that alter the lifespan of media, such as how it is stored and handled. Two biggest components that affects film are significant temperature changes and extremely high or low humidity, which is why it is important to store media in a climate controlled environment. Although keeping film and photos in a safe box, that doesn’t mean they should stay in your storage closet forever.

What Causes Film to Age?

After only 15 years, film will start to deteriorate, causing audio and video quality to degrade. This doesn’t mean your media is completely ruined, you will only start to notice a lower quality in pictures or a muted coloring. As mentioned previously, this is often a result of being exposed to years moisture and temperature changes, which causes the acetate base layer to slowly degrade. The color decay will show an overly red or blue rather than the original color palette. As the acetate continues to decompose, you may notice a smell similar to vinegar, which means acetate acid has reached the film base. If you notice this happening to your film, we suggest digitizing immediately to preserve your memories before they are completely deteriorated.

Let’s Get Digitized!

If you’re still weary about handing over your memories to be upgraded to an mp3 file or flash drive, we completely understand the trust that comes along. At Keepsake, we handle your media as if it was our own. Not only will it give you a peace of mind knowing your memories are now preserved forever, but will also free up space consumed by tapes and cassettes that are overflowing your storage closet. If you’re considering digitally transferring your photos, film, or audio, it’s time.

Keepsake Solutions is a Columbus, Ohio based memory preservation service with over 15 years of experience.  We use cutting edge technology and state-of-the-art techniques to ensure that your memories are preserved, and that no precious moments are left in the past.  If you'd like to contact us with questions or comments, please feel free to do so at (614)392-1909 or email us below.

Why You Should Digitize Your Media Locally

Making the choice to transfer your preserved memories from film to digital is a smart decision, as this ensures your memories will be saved for a lifetime. Unfortunately, old film and slides were not designed to last forever, which puts your old photos and videos at risk for being ruined. The good news is with today’s technology, we can digitally transfer your memories in a safe and timely manner allowing you to pass down them down for generations to come. At Keepsake, we understand the amount of trust it takes when handing over old film and photos to digitize as these are precious moments in your life, which is why we take extra care with our services. If you have been asking yourself why you should digitize your media locally, please stay tuned for these key points to consider.

Trusting Relationships

At Keepsake, we hold a passion for building relationships with customers and offering the best service possible. We believe it’s important to keep you updated throughout the digital service process which is why we will email you after every step, because the last thing you should be worrying about are lost and broken tapes.

For those who are not local to Columbus, Ohio, we are proud to offer drop-off and pick-up locations for your media, allowing you to hand your film to a trusted Keepsake partner. Simply find a Keepsake vendor near you, head to their store to drop off your film, and stay tuned for an email on when to pick it up. We feel it’s important to place your film in the hands of a trusted partner, rather than worrying about the chance of it being ruined or lost in mail.

High Quality

Media transfers can be a tricky job, which is why our expert staff specializes in different forms of digitization while focusing on high quality results. We can successfully transfer film, photos, audio, slides, and more without compromising the end product. Preserving these memories will save your precious moments, allowing you to share with generations to come.  

Keepsake Solutions is a Columbus, Ohio based memory preservation service with over 15 years of experience.  We use cutting edge technology and state-of-the-art techniques to ensure that your memories are preserved, and that no precious moments are left in the past.  If you'd like to contact us with questions or comments, please feel free to do so at (614)392-1909 or email us below.

How Digital Video Transfer Works
How Digital Video Transfer Works


Transferring old tapes or videos digitally is becoming a popular phenomena as technology continues to rise. Many may be unaware of the ability to preserve the old box of memories in their basement usually consisting of old film, videos, photos, or audio. In this box holds precious moments once shared with friends and family, and is something that should be remembered forever. Unfortunately, with time comes deterioration of these old tapes then posing a threat to ruining loved memories. With today’s technology we are able to take old photos or videos and digitize them so they can me shared and passed down for years to come. Stay tuned as we dive into what it means to digitize and how digital video transfers work!

What is Digitization?

Digitization services preserves old memories captured on tape and transfers them to a digital file which allows them to perform on today’s technology. This means 8mm film can be cleaned and converted to a digital DVD format or a hard drive, giving you a sense of security of knowing your memories can last a lifetime.

At Keepsake Solutions, we offer a number of digitized services such as:

1. Tape Transfer

VHS tapes are degrading faster than ever, which is why we are proud to offer a transfer service from tape to DVD to preserve their quality and to share with generations to come.

2. Film Transfer

Unfortunately, media such as 8mm, super 8, or 16mm was not built to last forever. Don’t take the chance of your film deteriorating before it’s too late. This process starts by cleaning and prepping the film to digitally scan the film frame-by-frame to ensure the highest quality possible. An expert editor then color corrects the film to bring back the original color, leaving you with a smile on your face.

3. Slides

We treat slides as if each is truly unique, ensuring every scan turns out perfectly. Each individual slide is inspected for scratches and cleaned, where we then scan one-by-one to crop and color correct the image. It is then saved as a high quality .jpg file for digital use.

4. Photos

Do you have negative photos lying around? We hand check and digitally preserve your photos to bring new life to those treasured memories.

5. Audio

Don’t let your favorite tunes go to waste! Rather than tape decks, cars now come with bluetooth speakers and high-tech features that rule out the past. Our team can easily transfer cassette tapes, vinyl records, and reel-to-reel tapes to high quality audio files or CDs.

6. Editing

The professional editors at Keepsake Solutions can help you create a video masterpiece for any occasion. Whether it’s your own footage to tell a story or a video we shoot with your direction, we can help share your thoughts with the world.

Keepsake Solutions is a Columbus, Ohio based memory preservation service with over 15 years of experience transferring VHS tapes to DVD.  We use cutting edge technology and state-of-the-art techniques to ensure that your memories are preserved, and that no precious moments are left in the past.



 

Keepsake Solutions is a Columbus, Ohio based memory preservation service with over 15 years of experience.  We use cutting edge technology and state-of-the-art techniques to ensure that your memories are preserved, and that no precious moments are left in the past.  If you'd like to contact us with questions or comments, please feel free to do so at (614)392-1909 or email us below