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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Choosing to digitize your film to DVDs and digital files is the safest option to ensure your home movies don’t become outdated and unwatchable down the road.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.

The Rise and Fall of VHS

When the VHS first hit the market, it was an instant hit.  The hard plastic made it difficult to damage the item, you could record up to 6 hours of video onto it, and fast-forwarding or rewinding was a breeze.  The VHS completely changed the way people recorded their moments, and allowed for a much longer shelf-life of those stored moments. Here, we'll talk about the rise of the VHS, it's plateau at the top, and the inevitable fall of this trailblazing gizmo.

VHS: The Rise

VHS hit the market in the United States in 1977 after a press conference in Chicago, and the public immediately sang its praises.  For the first time, people were offered an affordable and easy way to capture entire events. Instead of only being able to record for a matter of minutes, you were able to record up to 6 hours of video and audio.  You could also tape over images that you recorded but no longer needed, you could rewind and fast-forward, and the tapes themselves were hardy and reasonably priced.

VHS: The Plateau

With the popularity of VHS growing exponentially, it's no wonder that Sony tried to compete with their own product, the Betamax.  However, there was no real threat to the VHS reign, and it came out as the obvious winner between the two. As a matter of fact, according to records at the time the VHS format took roughly 40% of Sony's business away in its first year.  By the late 1980's, an estimated 90% of VCR market in the United States was based on the seemingly invincible VHS format.

VHS: The Fall

Although roughly 95 million Americans still owned and preferred VHS-format VCR's as late of 2005, the decision to make VHS obsolete didn't come from the public themselves but rather Hollywood.  Hollywood stopped releasing their films on the VHS format, with the last Hollywood release being "A History of Violence" in 2006. This decision signed the death warrant for VHS, and instead promoted the purchase of DVD's and eventually Blu-rays.  However, it's not uncommon for many people to still have their old VHS tapes, and many are even seen as collector's items in this day and age, with Disney VHS being a highly sought after collectible among enthusiasts.

 

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.

Preserving the Special Qualities of 8mm Film

Long before digital cameras were a thing, 8mm film was all the rage.  This one-of-a-kind invention changed cinematographic history by being the first recorder that was able to capture motion pictures without breaking the bank.  The grainy and gritty video of this small-format film is still appreciated today by cinematography buffs, and can take you back in time. Although many formats from past-eras have become obsolete, the 8mm has managed to find a safe and relevant niche alongside vinyl records and Polaroid cameras.  But, what truly makes the 8mm so special?

8mm: Then

Premiering on the market in 1932, this revolutionary recording device was met with immediate success.  The original film was 16mm wide, and only exposed on one half of its width. The film was processed by cutting down the center of the film and then played through video players that were intended for 8mm-wide film.  Once the roll made its way through the player, it would then be flipped and the other half of the reel would be exposed. This, though more time-consuming than other methods, was a vastly cheaper and more efficient way to do so, and even offered up to four minutes of recording, which was quite a bit more than almost any other alternative in that day and age.

After the 8mm met with such success, it was only a matter of time before it evolved.  The Super-8 was created by Eastman-Kodak, and was met with extreme success with the general public.  The Super-8 offered a cheap and easy way for anyone that wanted to make a film of their very own, whether it be for professional or personal use.  The Super-8 featured a cartridge-type film loading method that was found to be not only more convenient, but safer for the film itself. However, neither the 8mm nor the Super-8 formats contained sound until 1973.  Even then, the sound quality was spottier than most and caused many users to take a negative view to the formats.

8mm: Now

8mm film paved the way for the advanced film formats and technology that we have available today.  Even though the market has grown exponentially and it seems that new technology is showcased every day, the 8mm film format has still maintained its rightful place in the world of film.  Not only do independent filmmakers and film buffs still sing its praises, but there are multiple film festivals throughout the world that are dedicated to the history and love of 8mm. One such festival, the renowned Bentley Film Festival, occurs annually in Kansas City, Missouri.

 

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 Your Old Audio Cassettes from the 80’s

No matter how old or young you are, or of what generation, there is one constant that everyone can agree on: music.  Music is part of so many of our memories, and can bring back feelings of nostalgia. Sometimes, the music that we have on audio cassettes can be difficult if not possible to find on CD or other format.  Or, if you have a mixtape that you made or was made for you, you don't want to lose something so unique, but cassettes just aren't practical anymore. This is where converting audio cassettes can be the best idea to preserve those memories and that music.  But, how do you get started?

Clean Before You Convert

Once you pull those old, dusty cassettes out of storage, the first thing you need to do is get them cleaned up and ready for conversion.  Dust can do some serious damage to your cassette tapes, and can prevent you from getting the purest sound and smoothest conversion possible.  A simple way to clean them is to take a soft, dry cloth and dust them off, being sure to keep your fingers themselves away from the tape. Wet-based cleaning is absolutely NOT recommended!

Know Your Equipment

Now that the cassette tapes are clean and dust-free, it's time to check your equipment.  You're going to need a cassette deck with a built-in 3.5mm headphone jack, as well as a double-ended 3.5mm audio cable.  Your Mac or PC can be used as well, as long as it comes with a sound card complete with a line-in port. You'll need to plug the 3.5mm cable into your cassette player and then into your computer to forge the connection between the two.  With all your equipment on hand and ready to go, the last step will be to choose the audio recording software that best suits your needs. A few free options are Quicktime and Audacity, although they don’t offer the most sophisticated software options out there.  If you're looking for optimal sound and resolution, you may want to consider purchasing professional software such as Sony ACID Pro, Sound Forge, or Adobe Audition. After you've chosen your audio software, be sure to check that the sound card is detecting the input sounds correctly, and make any volume adjustments that you'll need to make.  Then, press the PLAY button on the cassette deck simultaneously as you press the record button on your computer.

Optimize and Separate the Tracks

Whether you're recording a music album or just creating something special, you may want to consider using audio editing software to separate the tracks.  You'll need to work on these tracks individually to ensure that they maintain a crystal-clear sound. This requires advanced audio software technology, technological know-how, and patience.  With that process finished, you'll need to convert the files to a .wav format by using another audio converter program, before burning the completed tracks onto a Compact Disc-Recordable (CD-R) disc.

As this process is lengthy, time-consuming, and requires a bit of know-how, you may want to consider a professional service to do this for you.  We at Keepsake Solutions understand that music is very important, and that whether you're preserving the past or working towards your future, you deserve the best service possible.  Our team of knowledgeable professionals are determined to deliver a product to you that is not only up to your standards, but promises to take you to that next level.

 

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.
 

Graduation Slideshow Ideas for Our Graduating Seniors

With the weather getting warmer, it's a sign that graduation is just around the corner for many high school seniors.  So many memories, so many moments that have been captured in time, and so many possibilities! But, how can you showcase these memories in a way that is smooth, modern, and sure to have everyone in the room remembering those special moments as they move into the future?  A DVD graduation slideshow is the perfect solution! Let's talk about what you'll need to do to make this slideshow a one-of-a-kind experience for our graduating seniors.

Pictures, Videos, and Title Screens, Oh My!

What really makes a slideshow such a success is the videos, pictures, and title screens that are placed within it.  These images can bring back the memories of prom, the thrill of the Big Game, the talent of the marching band, and so many more special moments.  Special effects can be added in as well, highlighting certain pictures and bringing even more life to them. Don't forget title screens as well, as they can break up the monotony of pictures and video and add a clever way to engage the audience while adding a bit of background story to the images.  Another fun idea is to get audio or video clips from teachers or persons special to the graduating class, congratulating them on their achievement and giving them encouragement for the future.

Music Makes Things Magical

When video or audio clips are being used, a great way to keep the audience engaged and to bring the mood of the images up even more is to add music.  A good idea is to see which songs are popular at the moment, and which songs have special meaning to the graduating class themselves. By adding in music to certain images, such as prom pictures and talent shows, you have the unique opportunity to bring those moments to life again for the audience.

Combine and Conquer

Once you have all the images, video, audio, and music that you know you want for your slideshow, it's time to organize it and make sure that it flows.  One idea is to start with the earliest photos, whether they be baby photos, kindergarten photos, or pictures from their first day of high school. By continuing in this way, you take the audience and the seniors themselves on a trip down memory lane, showcasing their accomplishments and reminding them of everything they've learned along the way.  Also, be sure that you add in images from as many school activities and clubs as you can, from sports to band, arts to agriculture, and everything in between. This can bring a sense of togetherness to the entire class, and remind them all that they've come so far together.

 

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.

Give Mom the Gift of Memories this Mother’s Day with VHS to DVD Transfer

With Mother's Day just around the corner, how do you find the perfect gift for Mom?  Look no further! Honestly, is there a better gift than one that comes from shared special memories?  Through our process of VHS to DVD transfer, we at Keepsake Solutions are happy to help you turn your precious memories into a crisp, beautiful DVD slideshow that is sure to have Mom reminiscing.

Why VHS to DVD?

Unfortunately, VHS tapes just don't have a long shelf life.  Sure, 15 years may seem like a long time, but those tapes can be quite easily damaged, lost, or forgotten when stored away.  VHS also takes up quite a bit of room, and can be unsightly. Through conversion to DVD, you have the unique opportunity to create a sleek and easy to store and view item that can last for years to come.  DVD slideshows offer a crisp and easy way to maintain those memories most precious to you, your family, and perhaps in this situation your mother. A trip down memory lane can be the perfect opportunity to show Mom just how much you care!

Perks of a DVD Slideshow

When it comes to deciding just what to put into your slide show, the sky's the limit!  Whether it's wedding photos, a family vacation, shared family holidays, or even just a silly moment caught on tape, putting these images into a slideshow on DVD allows for them all to be in one safe and convenient place.  Not only can Mom view this DVD and relive these moments, but this gift can be brought you for special occasions and shared with friends and family. Also, since these moments will be converted to a DVD, the DVD itself can be copied multiple times, allowing for the sharing of this one-of-a-kind present, should Mom choose to do so.  This ensures that, not only will your mom have a copy of these beautiful memories to herself, but that future generations and perhaps family that lives far away can reminisce as well.

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 Things to Consider When Selecting a Digital Transfer Service

When you've made the decision to transfer all of your captured memories into a personal digital library, it's important that you pick the right digital transfer service for your needs.  Different businesses offer different services, and not every business will meet the criteria that you are looking for.  We at Keepsake Solutions understand the importance of choosing the best service to trust your memories with. That's why we've compiled a list of 5 things to consider before you select the digital transfer service for you and your precious moments.

1. Level of Professionalism

Since you'll be entrusting your priceless memories to the business you choose, it's important to choose a business that has a proven record of professionalism and product safety.  One good rule of thumb is to see if the provider offers order tracking for your shipped order, ensuring that the products are catalogued promptly and correctly tagged with their own barcode.  This keeps you in the loop with each step of the process, and lets you know when the product has been shipped to you, as well as a tracking number to follow its progress.

2. Place of Digitization

If you're worried about the possibility of your captured memories being lost or damaged, you may want to see just where the service you're considering digitizes their orders. Some businesses outsource these services, shipping them overseas to foreign countries to be digitized.  This extra step can add more possibilities of damage to your products, and raises the chance of them being lost in shipment.

3. Services Offered

As there are so many ways to capture memories, it's important to know if the business you're considering is able to convert the format that you have.  Each format requires a different process, and it's best that you choose a service that can safely and professionally transfer the format that you possess.

4. Output Format Preferred

Just as important as the formats that can be converted is the decision of what format you what your memories converted into.  There are multiple options, such as DVD's, Data DVD's, Blu-Ray Discs, and flash drives. You can even choose, if the service you choose can do so, to have your formats converted onto an external hard drive.  Some companies even offer cloud-based storage, which can allow you to access these precious memories anywhere at anytime.

5. Reviews and Qualifiers

The truth, unfortunately, is that not every service is created equally.  A great way of weeding out the services that could cause you more issues than happiness is to check customer reviews.  Customer reviews often offer an unbiased and realistic review of the service that the customer received, and can be a good way to gauge the effectiveness and professionalism of the business itself.  With this train of thought, you may want to also research and see if the company has been utilized by large brands, has established a trusted reputation through time and quality of service, and check any websites or social media for a professional appearance and tone.

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.

Converting Film Negatives to Digital Libraries

Moments, memories, and celebrations are a huge part of what makes life so unique and special.  When we have a memory that we want to keep forever, many of us turn to our cameras and capture that moment.  These captures allow us to revisit times that were special and enable us to share those special moments with the future.  This is why digital libraries are so important. Not only does it add a level of ease to maintaining a memory, but you run far less risk of losing traditional pictures due to age, environmental elements, and mishaps.  Here at Keepsake Solutions we know that every memory is precious, and some moments deserve to be immortalized. That's why we offer our services converting film negatives to digital libraries. Below, we'll go into even more detail about why this process is so important.

Turning a Negative Into a Positive: Film Development

To fully appreciate why negatives are vital to the process of maintaining your captured moments, it's important to understand the process of how they come to be.  When you use a camera, you're essentially directing light onto the film within the camera. This light interacts with the chemicals within the film itself. Once the film has been exposed to light, it can be treated with developing chemicals to create the brown strips negatives that we're all familiar with.

These negatives can then be used to create your printed pictures.  Although you may be concerned by the fact that all the colors within these brown strips seem completely opposite of what the picture should show, don't worry.  They're called negatives for a reason! These exact opposites will become the beautiful pictures you captured once they're projected through an enlarger, and then printed onto photo paper.  The enlarger works by shining light through the negatives themselves, which flips the colors into their proper hues and showcases the picture that was taken.

Digitizing Negatives Is Such a Positive Thing

Now that you understand the process of film processing a bit more, you may see why digitizing negatives are so vital to maintaining these captured moments in time.  Since the negatives are the true original of the printed image, you can use the negative to make copies of the images, create a digital library to keep them safe and easily stored, or even blow them up to make them larger, whether for framing, projects, or gifts.

Our Keepsake Solutions team is highly skilled at handling these extremely fragile film negatives.  We understand that the smallest and seemingly inconsequential thing, such as a fingerprint or too much light, can damage these images beyond repair.  With this knowledge we have the ability and honor of turning all of your film negatives into a digital library that you can easily access and keep safely stored, should you choose to do so.  With this service we offer peace of mind, and the opportunity to share your memories with future generations.

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.