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How to Digitize Your Old Audio Cassettes from the 80’s
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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
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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

 

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

 

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

 

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.

10 Tips to Creating a Great Family Photo Slideshow
10 Tips to Creating a Great Family Photo Slideshow

 

10 Tips to Creating a Great Family Photo Slideshow

One way families love to showcase all those precious memories is with a family photo slideshow. With photo archives all the rage, it is easier than ever to create a great family photo slideshow with iPhone or Dropbox folders. The sheer volume of digital content can be overwhelming. Instead of keeping so many images, it can help to curate carefully those precious memories.

Write a Narrative

Pretend like the family photo slideshow is a personal narrative or story. Think about what story is being told and how it can be told in a way that is compelling enough to watch.

Portraits

Candid images can identify key characters in the story. Include a portrait of each key player in the family photo slideshow. Include snapshots of people having fun and enjoying the experience.

Scene Setters

With a wide show, images can give a sense of place or setting for the experience. Include a sweeping vista of the mountains or ocean view, to give a dramatic setting to the story. S

Interaction

Photos should showcase relationships. Consider selecting photos of family interacting with each other. This can include an exchange of expressions and sharing experiences. Find candid family ones that are fun and engaging.

Honesty

Photos that reveal emotion and personality will be more fun to watch. Images with characters reacting to something happening in the story can enhance a story. If a revealing photo is captured, include it in the slideshow if it builds on the story.

Backstory

Use images of objects that tell the story of a person without the person being in the picture. This may be a childhood diary, bathing suits drying over a seawall, or images of a railing lit up at Christmas time in front of the old farmhouse.

Transitions

Photos must show characters moving from one thing to the next. Careful sequencing helps viewers understand how a person got from Point A to Point B.

“Hero Shot”

This is usually the apex of the story, or most dramatic part. It is a photo that makes everyone stop to sum up the vacation experience. It could be a picture of everyone gathering around to enjoy an experience.

Closing Shot

A closing shot is an image that ties up loose ends and communicates the story has ended. It does not have to be literal, but should be evocative.

Have Fun

The whole point of putting together a family photo slideshow is to have fun doing it. Make it an experience to remember with the whole family being included in the slideshow and will preserve memories for future generations.
 

 

Keepsake Solutions helps you preserve your family memories. We have slide to DVD, photo to DVD, and other transfer services available. We are family owned and operated which means we get family, and we get memory preservation. We will help you keep them fresh for years to come. Call us to get started.

How Transferring Audio Reels and Tape to CD Works
How Transferring Audio Reels and Tape to CD Works

 

How Transferring Audio Reels and Tape to CD Works

Reel to reel audio is a form of magnetic tape audio recording. The tape is literally held on a reel, not enclosed within a cassette. The reel holds the tape and is attached to a spindle, then threaded through mechanical guides through a head assembly onto an empty reel. This format of transferring tape to CD has literally been around since the 1940’s. Cassettes rapidly replaced reel-to-reel recorders for daily use but the slower recording speeds and more narrow tracks on cassettes compromised quality which is why CDs can be a higher quality, longer lasting format.

Advantages

Several advantages are seen with reel to reel audio. There is a way to record past the 30 minute limit phonograph records had. Audio tape could be easily edited or manipulated in ways not possible for phonograph records. Tape editing is performed simply by cutting the tape at the required point, reconnecting it to another portion of tape and using adhesive. This is a technique called splicing. Tape can accommodate multiple tracks which gives the producer flexibility in allowing a performance to be remixed after the performance was recorded. Varying speeds can be used and, in general, the faster the tape speed, the better the sound quality will be. Recording higher frequencies and increasing magnetic signal strength including higher tape speeds spread the signal longitudinally over more tape area which reduces the effects of damage or defects. Slower speeds help conserve tape.

Why Tape Speeds Matter

The varying tape speeds can make a difference in transferring tape to CD. The following are just some speeds that can be selected:

  • 15/16ths of an inch per second (in/s) or 2.38 cm/s - used for very long-duration recordings

  • 1 in/s or 4.76 cm/s - typically the slowest domestic speed, best for long duration speech recordings

  • 3 ¾ in/s or 9.52 cm/s - common domestic speed, used on most single-speed domestic machines, reasonable quality for speech or off-air radio recordings

  • 7 ½ in/s or 19.05 cm/s - highest domestic speed, also slowest professional speed (used by most radio stations)

  • 15 in/s  or 38.1 cm/s - professional music recording and radio programming

  • 30 in/s or 76.2 cm/s - used where the best possible treble response is demanded (many classical recordings, for example)

The Process

Transfer of tape to CD can be a trickier process than it might seem at first glance. The tape may have been recorded at varying speeds, making it hard to assess the length. If the tape or reel is not marked with the speed, it may have be loaded onto a machine. Typically, most home audio recordings end up at 3 ¾ speed. Once speed is determined, it helps to make sure the tape is loaded onto the reel properly.  Reel to reel audio can have multiple tracks on one side of the tape. One way to determine this is to set the player to play both tracks at once so it can be easier to tell if tracks are similar. If a reel is not stereo and has multiple tracks, a person must either play the reel back again or record in stereo and manually split using editing software. Once this is done, a person can play the reel and be on their way to preserving audio on tape on a longer lasting format.

Keepsake Solutions can transfer your cassette tapes, vinyl records and reel-to-reel tapes to high quality audio files, or CDs. We are committed to quality customer service, speedy turnaround time and treating your precious memories with the care they deserve.

 

Keepsake specializes in affordable, high quality digital transfer of your life’s most treasured media. Don’t trust it in anyone else’s hands. Bring it to Keepsake Solutions for the best service around.

 

How We Convert Film to Digital to Preserve Your Memories
How We Convert Film to Digital to Preserve Your Memories

 

How Do We Convert Film to Digital to Preserve Your Memories?

Typically when people look to convert film to digital, it is because they want to preserve memories. Transfer technicians can typically clean and repair 8mm or super 8 film by hand to convert film to digital DVD format or onto a hard drive. Film footage from years gone by can be seen with clarity and ease that is not always possible with regular film. Learn more about the conversion process and what to expect when taking those precious memories in for evaluation.

Competitive Film Transfer

The first step in a film transfer order is to clean and repair the film. Bad splices will be re-spliced to ensure a smooth transfer. Depending on the age of the film, condition and type of stock being transferred, the cleaning process may differ but every inch of film is typically cleaned. This may take longer than the actual transfer so expect around 2 weeks for a typical order. The cleaning process is usually essential for this type of service. Once the film is prepped, it is ready to be transferred.

Determining Length

Home movie film is typically measured by the foot. To get approximate footage, it must first be measured as to the reel diameter. Most consumer format reels are about 3 inches in diameter, which are 50 feet long.

Title Slides

Convert film to digital by enhancing the experience with title slides, or short clips inserted into the video. These can be inserted at any scene in the video and provides a title and/or description before the scene starts. This also allows for breaks to be inserted between scenes that add production value to film transfer.

Cellulose Triacetate Degradation

When a families bring precious memories in to go through the process to convert film to digital, it may have been stored in a can or some other place for quite some time. A strong odor of vinegar may emanate from the film. This is what is called ‘vinegar syndrome.’ It helps to quarantine these from the rest of the film to prevent spreading it to other reels. The film industry began using cellulose triacetate as the main material in manufacturing film but it does not last forever. Film collections may degrade over the years without realizing the damage has occurred but the film may still be salvaged with the help of experts.

Keepsake Solutions is a family owned and operated business serving the Columbus community for over 15 years. We are the experts in film transfer using state of the art technology. We will clean, condition, and repair your film then digitally scan it frame by frame. We can help edit your film to movies set to music that you will love for years to come. Call us to find out about our film transfer services and more!
 

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What’s Involved in Our VHS to DVD Video Transfer Service?
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What’s Involved in Our VHS to DVD Video Transfer Service?

Transferring VHS to DVD has never been easier with the best technology and know-how available. Transfer technicians well versed in the newest technology can create premium quality DVDs which showcase memories previously stored on old-fashioned tapes and film. Learn what is involved in the process of VHS to DVD video transfer to decide if this is the right way to preserve those special memories.

VHS to DVD Transfer

The combining of multiple tapes to DVD can bring with it some challenges. The option exists to combine video tapes into one or multiple DVDs, depending on the customer’s preference. This can be useful for combining multiple tapes of similar subject matter, including transferal of all kids’ birthday parties onto one compilation DVD, for example. The only limitation is a 100-year archival DVDs hold up to 2 hours of video so each combined video must have an average running time of one hour or less.

Chapter Markers

Add chapter markers to a VHS to DVD transfer as an option. Chapter markers make the viewing experience more convenient by being able to hit next or previous buttons and find the right spot. This will allow customers to jump easily from one chapter to the next or return to the beginning of a chapter and watch again. Chapter marker placements are fully customized and may be placed in any scene or order of one’s choosing.

DVD Compatibility

The highest quality transferal process can help move memories from VHS to DVD. It is a process that takes some time but with the right transfer technicians and video transfer company, it can be done quickly and efficiently in a way that will preserve memories for years to come. Transferring video onto a hard drive is recommended if a person plans to edit footage. The file type NTSC DV AVI, the most standard format across all video editing platforms is what will be used. Hard drives can be PC or Mac formatted and the file format is AVI DV with each hour of video taking up 13 gigabytes.

Editing

Every order can include some editing of blank footage found at the beginning and ending of tapes. Additional basic editing services can be made available to all VHS to DVD transfer services which add the extra touch some customers desire. This includes:

  • Cropping out unwanted footage from tapes

  • Combining all clips if several tapes have short clips

  • Remove commercials from video tapes and create seamless watching on DVD including special footage of programs

Keepsake Memories specializes in helping you preserve your family memories. We can help transfer VHS to DVD or other services as desired. We are your local, professional video transfer service with the highest quality service and quick turn around.

 

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on making those memories last forever.

Digitize Negatives and Slides with a Negative Scanning Process
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Digitize Negatives and Slides with a Negative Scanning Process

Looking to digitize negatives or old film? You’ve come to the right place! The conversion of photo negatives to digital media files can be done with premium negative scanning services. Highly trained negative scanning technicians can help perform the task while maintaining superior quality of the end product. When looking to digitize negatives, it is important to understand the process and how to find the best digital transfer service in Columbus for the task.

Negative Scanning

Slides are cleaned with compressed air to remove dust and dirt that may have accumulated. Scanners are used to digitize negatives. Dedicated unites will produce amazing results when used properly. Companies will scan negatives using flatbed scanners but high quality professional grade negative scanners are best. Negatives will then be previewed in a scanning software program where cropping and other adjustments are set. All negatives are labeled numerically by box marking. Folders are named according to the original organizational structure of negatives. After the scanning is done, each image is looked at one at a time to be sure it is oriented properly. Once all negatives are scanned and inspected, they will be burned into archival DVDs which are the best way to preserve these memories for years to come.

Scanning Negatives vs. Prints

It is usually best to scan from the original source of images. For photos, the original source is the negative, or strips of images given to the family when film was developed. Printed photos are just printed copies of the negative and never contain detail that is as good as the original negative. Prints have a much more restricted range of color and luminosity (light/dark) than negatives.

Slide Scanning Process

Photo and slide scanning is another process which can preserve memories. Images are reviewed and can be scanned one-by-one to ensure the photos look appropriately oriented. Once the images have been scanned in, then they are burned onto DVDs to preserve the memories. Slide and photo scanning technology has increased tremendously over the years and it is helping to ensure customers are able to preserve more memories than ever before. Finding the highest quality memories on DVD after the process to digitize negatives and scan photos in can be very rewarding for families who seek to keep memories in the family and have copies made for other people to see. It is one way a professional service can provide a personal touch to the process.

Keepsake Solutions brings a personal touch through our family owned and operated business, serving the Columbus community for over 15 years.  With speedy turn-around, many precious memories are waiting to be preserved for our customers. We just need you to bring those memories to a company and technicians you can trust. We provide affordable, high quality transfer of your precious moments.

 

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