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How to Prepare Your Film for Digitization
How to Prepare Your Film for Digitization


As time passes, new memories are documented as happy times are shared by all. With each graduation celebration, birthday party, wedding, or valuable moments comes an opportunity to hold those precious moments forever. Although it’s more accessible to capture photos or videos in today’s time, it’s important to not forget the box of memories holding old photos and tapes of your loved ones past. Choosing to get old film digitized will promise a lifelong security, while avoiding deterioration or heat damage. Learning how to prepare your film for digitization will prep those memories for the 21st century and leave you with beautiful results.

First, Say Goodbye to Dust

The first step to preparing old film to be digitized is to get them clean and clear of dust. The most efficient way to do this is to use a canned air compressor, allowing you to not physically blow on the film to avoid saliva. This can also be done with a lint-free cotton cloth to clear the tape of oils or fingerprints. Using gloves for both of these options will help the process go smooth and leave them squeaky clean.

Second, Give A Dab of Alcohol

It’s important to not go overboard with this step, as you only need a small dab of 98% Isopropyl alcohol on a Q-tip to wipe away and leftover smudges. Using an alcohol with a lower percentage may streak marks and will not evaporate quickly, leaving your film to cause a reaction to the alcohol.

Third, Let it Dry and Dust Again

After allowing the alcohol to break down the oils and completely dry, we advice you wipe the tape down one more time with a lint-free cloth. When drying the tapes, make sure the film is completely dry before rolling it back into the tape, as this could cause the film to stick together resulting in damage.

No matter how dirty you find your old tapes, performing these three simple steps will make the digitize process an absolute success. These tapes hold moments in life that were once shared and wanted to be remembered. Taking proper actions to care for their value will pay in the long run!

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

History of Audio Cassette Tapes
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Originally known as the compact cassette, cassette tapes are a recording format that was introduced in the early 60’s. Due to the new idea of having the ability to record conversations, cassette tapes came at a pricey cost for the user-friendly feature. The invention allowed individuals to record without needing the knowledge or level of training required. The tapes store sound through a magnetic tape that weaves through the two reels.

Baby Steps

When the cassette tape was first born it featured a low, unreliable quality. It became clear how needed and popular the idea was, resulting in a quick turn-around for improving the technology to present a clear, high sound quality. This was done by improving the noise reduction, soon following the capacity of playing stereo tapes. Similar to the competition between disc formats, companies also competed to produce the highest quality cartridge systems that used the magnetic tape format. Philips’ Compact Cassette became the mass leader, due to their decision to format for free unlike Sony and other competitors.

Two years after cassette tapes were invented, pre-recorded cassettes made a popular appearance and introduced a new way to listen to tunes. By 1966, over a quarter of a million recorders were sold in the United States alone. Sony then made an appearance by releasing the Sony Walkman, which allowed music to be taken on-the-go.

The Fall

Peaking in the mid 1980’s, the market then drastically dropped in North America and Western Europe. The rise of CD’s quickly surpassed cassette tapes, causing shipments to drop 7%. Come to the early 2000’s and cassette tapes held less than 5% of music sold. Although most companies ended the production of cassette tapes, there are still a handful that are made and sold in the US today.

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.

5 Ways to Share Your Digital Prints

You finally made the decision to go digital with your old photos, so now what?! The first thing you should do with your digital prints is to save them on a backup drive or iCloud for extra caution. Be sure to take advantage of these 5 ways to share your digital prints!

1. Share on Social

The best thing about Facebook is being able to stay connected with long distance friends and family. Going through your photos and finding ones your family members and childhood friends will enjoy is a great way to share the love! Post a funny throwback thursday picture on your friend’s wall for a great laugh.

2. Create a Presentation

Family gatherings and social events are a great opportunity to share memories. Direct their attention to a slideshow you created, whether it’s devoted to a marriage anniversary or college graduation. Sharing these memories is a perfect way to reminisce on good times with those you care about.

3. Print Your Favorites

One of the best part of having digital photos is being able to print as many as you would like, even right from home! Print your favorites to hang on your wall, fill some photo albums, or to send as a gift. Taking the time to put memories together for your home shows your value and makes your space cozy with love. If you don’t have a printer, you can easily send your photos to be placed on a large canvas! Express your artwork and dedication into your home with old memories.

4. Digital Scrapbooking

One-up your paper scrapbook by going digital! The internet is full of templates and empty canvas opportunities for you to create a digital piece that personalizes your photos. It’s a fun and easy way to get creative without dealing with the mess!

5. Share as a Gift

Perhaps one of the best gifts are those made with love and compassion. Printing out old photos to share as a gift is a unique way to stay close to those you care about. Put photos in a photo album, single photo frame, or a DIY canvas to your grandparents or sister as a way to say “thinking about you!”.


 

Keepsake Solutions is a Columbus, Ohio based memory preservation service with over 15 years of experience transferring VHS 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.  

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 DVD Came to Be

For quite some time, VHS tapes made a statement in the film industry. From the late 70’s to the mid 90’s VHS is what everyone came to know, along with the process of rewinding the film after enjoying the movie. Jump into 1997 and the first DVD option was available, changing the way movie-watchers enjoyed stories. The slim storage, high resolution, and top audio quality gained the attraction of families across the nation. By the year 2000, shelves were wiped from VHS tapes and replaced with DVDs.

The History

While a DVD itself may have held a novelty piece of software to the public, the actual laserdisc technology was invented nearly 40 years before the first DVD was released. In fact, in 1978 David Paul Gregg released a format known as LaserDisc. The LaserDisc format was three times the size of today’s DVD and viewers had to flip the disk halfway through the movie to view the second portion of the show. The high cost of the players and disc eventually led to low consumer adoption, ending the LaserDisc life.

Along with introducing DVDs to the public came the format wars among the DVD manufacturers. Some manufacturers, like Sony and Phillips, supported the Multimedia Compact Disc, while others supported the Super Density format. After years of going back and forth on the format argument, Sony finally caved and agreed to support SD, paving a new road to a single universal format.

First Movies to Make It to DVD

Do you remember transitioning from VHS tapes to DVDs? Here is a fun list of the first movies to make it to the disc!

  • The Wizard of Oz

  • Twister

  • The Mask

  • Goodfellas

  • Interview with a Vampire

Don’t let your own blast from the past deteriorate with the VHS tapes they’re copied on. Look into digital tape transfer with Keepsake, and preserve these stories for years.

 

Keepsake Solutions is a Columbus, Ohio based memory preservation service with over 15 years of experience transferring 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.  

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 Avoid Heat Damage to Your Tapes

VHS tapes are a common memory we all share, full of embarrassing home videos and memorable days from the past. These are moments you want to cherish forever, which is why it is important to properly store your VHS tapes, keeping them from water damage as well as heat damage. With summer in full swing, attics and storage areas can easily get overheated causing potential damage to your tapes. So, what happens when your tapes are exposed to the harsh sun rays? Stay tuned for why you should avoid heat damage to your tapes, which could potentially destroy years worth of memories and happy times.

Deterioration

Surprisingly, VHS tapes are pretty resilient when exposed to the elements, but should still be treated with care. Tapes can safely be stored in a hot environment, as long as it is temporary and the space is dry. After a long exposure to a hot, humid environment the tape’s deterioration will start to develop. The discoloration of the tape means a deterioration of both the vision and audio of the film.

Digitized Tape Transfer

Avoid your VHS tapes degrading by making the decision to get them digitized! Digital tape transfers are becoming more popular as families hold value in preserving their old memories. Transferring your tape memories to a DVD or digital file will preserve the quality and give you the ability to share with generations to come. At Keepsake Solutions, we make the transition of converting your videos to DVDs or flash drive effortlessly.

 

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.  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

10 Ways to Get the Most From Your Digitized Family Memories

Did you protect a collection of old photographs, video, or audio recordings that hold precious moments by having them digitized? Making the decision to have your memories digitized allows you to easily watch and enjoy the moments you hold so close to your heart, without worrying about outdated technology or ruined tape. The possibility of what to do with your new digitized files are endless!

Discover 10 ways to get the most from your digitized family memories.

  1. Create a backup. Before doing anything with your new files, we suggest creating a backup for extra caution. Even though your memories are now digitized, it’s always best to have an extra set stored onto an iCloud, CD, or thumb drive.
     

  2. Throw a Celebration! Having the opportunity to share your memories with family is one of the best features of digitization! Whether it’s a casual BBQ or wedding anniversary, creating a slideshow of your favorite pictures is a great conversation starter.
     

  3. Print some Copies. Now that you have easy access to your new photos, making copies has never been easier. Print some for family members or friends involved, or share them as a birthday gift in a scrapbook!
     

  4. Make T-Shirts. Get creative this family reunion by making old school T-shirts with the best picture on the front. With help from a local printer, you can easily get any image on a T-shirt.
     

  5. Share on Social Media. Facebook is a great tool for staying connected with friends and family members that live far away. Sharing your images online is a fun way to go down memory lane with an old friend or long-distance relative!
     

  6. Design a Photo Release Plan. If you’re a marketing professional, then you understand how any advertising campaign requires meticulously planning on a calendar. Creating a release plan will maximize the social capital return on your shared moments and memories.
     

  7. Email to Family and Friends. Although social media is a great platform for sharing, some friends and family members don’t use Facebook. Email is a great alternative for sharing photos, audios, and movies!
     

  8. Create a Youtube Channel. With YouTube still on the rise, what better way to share videos of your family memories? Creating a YouTube channel allows you to share any video with the option to share to others or keep it private for only yourself.
     

  9. Make a Music Video. One hobby this generation loves is making music videos. Maximize the emotional feel of nostalgia with your old school, newly digitized film for the best music video.
     

  10. Save for (Fun) Revenge. Holding a precious, funny, embarrassing memory of your sibling? Whipping out the video of your sister singing home karaoke in her pajamas is perfect for her wedding party.

Getting your memories digitized is highly encouraged, and an easy way to preserve memories for years to come. Be sure to share them with loved ones after the digitizing process!

 

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 to Deal With Water Damage to Your VHS Tapes

Storing old VHS tapes is something we don’t often think about, as most are just tucked away into the back corner of a basement or attic. Although those places are popular for hiding unused items, those two storage spots are also prone to water damage and mold, which can ruin your VHS tapes forever. A leaking roof or flooded basement holds the potential to ruin years worth of memories, and these things happen! Learning how to deal with water damage to your VHS tapes can help save your memories and salvage your tapes.

Dealing with Water Damage to Your VHS Tapes

Step 1 : Timely Manner

It may be difficult to gauge the time that has elapsed since the water damage occurred, but the ideal time to attempt fixing a wet tape is right when it happens. Water that just infiltrated your collection holds better hope to salvaging tapes rather than VHS collections that have sat in water for a period of time. The longer tapes are exposed to water, the more deteriorated.  So jump on this quickly!

Step 2 : Determine the Liquid

Determining what type of liquids seeped into your tapes will allow you to properly attempt the rescuing and cleaning options. If something other than water, such as chlorine, salt water, or chemical solutions damaged the tapes, you will want to submerge the tapes in distilled water before attempting to dry them out.  

Step 3 : Dry the Reels

When drying your tapes, avoid applying heat from products such as a hair dryer or other heat sources, as this can warp the film. Instead, take the reels out of the tape and place them on a towel. Direct a fan onto the tapes or place them in front of an open window for a light breeze. When drying near a window, be sure to avoid sunlight as direct sun will ruin the tapes.

Following these three steps will help prepare you for future water damage incidences if you are unable to move your VHS tapes to a safe zone. Acting fast in saving your tapes will create a better chance of rescuing memories. Certainly the best way to avoid these kinds of accidents, which can be devastating if precious memories are lost forever, is to get your VHS tapes digitized to DVDs or other digital files. A good tape to DVD transfer service can help you preserve a lifetime of moments.

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.  

 

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 Now Is the Time to Digitize Your Memories With Film to DVD Transfer

Film has revolutionized our family memory media and has left a huge impact on the way people interact with the world, changing the way we share memories and entertainment. Film introduced a new perspective for television, movie theaters, and the accessibility for families to document special events or everyday life. With the quick popularity of film, came the quick downfall. As technologically continued to progress the beauty of film has been left in closets and storage, unused and unwatched. Most families no longer have the equipment needed to play back the memories stored on 8mm or 16mm film reels, but those precious moments don’t have to be lost to aging emulsion! Don’t let your film fall into disrepair before you get a chance to preserve the memories burned into those frames. Discover why now is the time to digitize your memories!

Prepare Film for Digitization

Luckily, the professionals here at Keepsake Solutions can transfer your film to DVD, allowing you to preserve your memories as digital files for years to come. Preparing your home cassettes, tapes, and film reels for digitization is simple!

Although most digitization services do mostly everything, there are a few things you can do prepare your film. When gathering your movies, organizing them will ensure you are sending the exact tapes you want digitized. While organizing them, clearing the outside of the tapes from dust or debris will help prepare for the process. Once your tapes are labeled and cleaned, they are ready to be sent to your film to DVD transfer partners here at Keepsake!

Handling Film After Digitization

With the proper handling and care, film is built for a long shelf life. Storing these memories properly in a cool, dry environment will ensure a long life for the processed film. It is also important to keep film away from magnets to prevent the chance of ruining or distorting images.

Choosing to digitize your film to DVDs and digital files is the safest option to ensure your home movies don’t become outdated and unwatchable down the road. Even if you store them properly, getting a solid film to digital transfer promises a lifetime of watching past memories and moments.

Keepsake Solutions is a Columbus, Ohio based memory preservation and film transfer 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 safely, 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.

The Convenience of the Cassette Tape (Before We Had CD’s)

The cassette tape, much like the VHS, offered a convenient and easy to use recording format when it was introduced in 1963 by Phillips during the Berlin Radio Show in Europe.  Unlike the cumbersome and high-priced recorders of that time, the cassette tape offered people the chance to record without having to be an expert. Since the cassette was so small, no larger than a credit card, it was easy to store and carry.

The Cassette Tape: Then

When it was first released, the compact cassette format was marketed more toward dictation and voice recording.  It became popular as such, and the technology quickly improved. After noise reduction technology and a new tape formulation was developed, as well as the addition of the ability to play stereo tapes, the cassette was soon able to guarantee high-quality sound.  In 1965 Sony released pre-recorded music cassettes in Europe, and found so much success that in 1966 they were released in the United States.

Also, in 1964, Philips revealed and released the Norelco Carry-Corder 150 within the United States.  This recorder and player combo became a huge hit, and by 1966 over 250,000 thousand of the products had been sold within the United States.  Japan quickly stepped into the market, and by 1968 over 2.4 million of these recorder and player combos had been sold by an almost unbelievable 85 different manufacturers.  With the creation and release of Sony's Walkman, the popularity of the cassette tape skyrocketed even more as it allowed an easy and convenient way for people to listen to music while on the go.

The Cassette Tape: Now

Although the cassette tape was hugely popular in the 1970's and 1980's, the market for them fell drastically in the late 1980's and early 1990's.  This extreme drop in popularity is credited to the creation and sales of the CD. By the year 1993 the shipments of cassette players had dropped almost 10%, and continued to plummet more and more each year.  By 2001 cassettes were credited for less than 5% of all music format sales. Most music companies discontinued the use of cassette tapes in 2002.

But, all isn't lost for the cassette tape.  Some independent record labels are making the decision to use this format to release their music, making this a cost-effective option in an ever-growing music market.  Still, the chances of the compact cassette tape making a huge comeback are very slim. Still, the nostalgia and ease of use is sure to remain a cherished part of this technology that paved the path for today's modern formats.

 

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 to Digitize Photo Negatives for Long Term Preservation

Whether you fancy yourself a professional photographer or just someone that likes to take a picture here and there, it's important that you preserve those memories.  Digitizing your negatives is a wonderful way of not only preserving those captured moments, but keep them in a safe and convenient way. But, how exactly should one begin when they make the decision to digitize their photo negatives?  Below, we've broken into down into a few simple steps.

Step 1: Procure a Flatbed Scanner

A flatbed scanner that can digitize your negatives may be the most crucial item needed to accomplish what you're setting out to do.  With a flatbed scanner with the ability to digitize your slides and negatives, you can take those fragile brown strips and turn them into something far more resilient: a digital image.  However, flatbed scanners aren't the cheapest of items.

Step 2: Clean the Scanner

Even if the scanner is brand new, it's vital to the clarity of your images that you make sure the surface is as clean as possible.  Be sure that you clean the scanner glass thoroughly, and even use a can of compressed air to remove any dust particles. Even the smallest speck of dust can ruin an image, so it's important to be thorough.

Step 3: Wash Your Hands

Clean hands can make all the difference between a solid negative, and a damaged one.  The oil on your fingers can do immense damage to negatives, and any dirt or grime on your hands can make those perfect captured moments into smeared, destroyed images.

Step 4: Check the Emulsion

Once you've gotten your scanner and your hands clean, it's important to double check the film holder to see if the emulsion needs to be placed up or down.  It may seem like a simple thing, but getting it wrong can be catastrophic to the digitizing of your negatives.

Step 5: High Quality

By ensuring that your driver is set to its highest quality mode setting possible, you're all set to not only digitize your negatives, but do so in a way that is crisp and professional.  Other things to keep in mind when it comes to the quality is whether or not you're scanning in color or black and white, if you set the correct bit depth for the color images, and if you selected the right size.  You may even want to check the memory available on your computer to make sure that you have the room to process and/or store your digital files.

If all of this sounds like more than you want to take on for yourself, have no fear!  We at Keepsake Solutions are happy to handle any of your photo digitization needs. We understand that this lengthy and tedious process can be difficult, and we pride ourselves on offering high quality work and guaranteed satisfaction.

 

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.