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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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

 

Using a VHS to DVD Conversion Service to Transfer in Bulk

Benefits of a VHS to DVD Conversion Service

VHS video tapes seemed like a great invention long ago and were wildly popular for some years. Blockbuster movies were viewable right at home, home videos were captured to enjoy with family and amateur artists could create movies to see again and again. With the right equipment, just a few decades ago, almost all homes and businesses had a VCR device. Now, it is easy to use a VHS to DVD conversion service to transfer all your memories that will last a lifetime.

Long Lasting Benefits of VHS to DVD Conversion

Many reasons exist to use a local VHS to DVD conversion service, such as Keepsake Solutions. We can help you transfer large collections of VHS tapes which take up lots of room into smaller discs to minimize clutter and keep things organized. Reclaim space with a conversion service that will serve you and your family’s needs with the confidence the format will be durable and long lasting.

Wider Availability of Your Media

People are on the go more than ever now. A major benefit of digitizing video content is to make it instantly available on any device. Whether you need to watch content on the computer, view it on a screen, take it to work or just view at family gatherings, it is easy to do with  the help of a VHS to DVD conversion service. Let Keepsake Solutions help create DVDs to simplify your on-the-go lifestyle.

The Easy Process of VHS Conversion

The process of transferring the material is always best handled by experts at Keepsake Solutions. You can save time and effort by hiring a professional service who will handle all your needs. Box up the videos you want to store on DVD and bring them into Keepsake Solutions. We will take the greatest care with your material and find the right format to suit your special requests. With our VHS to DVD conversion service, we offer a wide arrange of ways you can turn that vast collection of tapes into long lasting DVDs to preserve for the future.

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What Does it Cost to Transfer VHS to DVD?

The Costs to Transfer VHS to DVD

It used to be impossible to conceive of the day a VCR and VHS tapes would become obsolete. A VCR can break down which may be difficult to replace because DVDs and digital players are replacing VCR devices. The best thing to do is contact a local, professional service who can assist you to transfer VHS to DVD.

Calculating Costs of VHS to DVD Transfer

The typical cost for services can range from $9.95 to $39.95 per tape. Additional services may cost extra and the transfer of VHS to DVD takes time and effort but is the most efficient way to store movies and family memories on video. It is best to contact a professional service like Keepsake Solutions to get an estimate on what it will cost to transfer VHS to DVD to suit your needs.

Priceless Service

People can take videos with iPhones but that does not make them professional videographers. To get professional quality, it is best to hire a service or individual who will take video of those cherished memories. Someone on Craigslist who says the company can do things for cheap may not take good care of your videos and ensure highest quality for the money. Tapes are priceless memories and it is important to hire a qualified service with years of experience in the industry before trusting those tapes to just any service.

Location of VHS Transfer Service

Location matters when taking care of your precious memories. Some companies may offer to transfer VHS to DVD but do not have the space or trained staff to care for your memories. Instead, companies collect a large number of tapes then ship out of state or even out of the country. Find a local business you trust with transfer technicians who understand your needs such as Keepsake Solutions. This will ensure the best quality for the service and that your film will remain safe in the process.

A reputable Columbus digital conversion services company will not hide fees and should be up front on cost breakdown. That price may be higher than what drug stories and big-box chains advertise but don’t get stuck paying high fees before you know what is included. Enquire upfront and get it written down including what extras may cost.

The Best VHS to DVD Service in Columbus

Columbus VHS to DVD Service

When looking for a local company to provide a VHS to DVD service, the best place to call is Keepsake Solutions. We are here to provide you with high quality services at affordable prices and provide a way to maintain cherished family memories for years to come. Learn more about why Keepsake Solutions is the best VHS to DVD service in Columbus.

Many people may not realize VHS tapes will degrade over time, especially in more humid climates. Depending how the film was stored, it can make a difference in cleaning and providing high quality film on DVD. Keepsake Solutions understands the importance of providing excellent service that is fast and efficient with an average turnaround time of under one week. We inspect each tape and repair damaged ones. All work is done at our production facility located in Westerville, Ohio to ensure safety and security of your tapes. We provide a VHS to DVD service to transfer material to DVD and digital .mp4 files to preserve quality. Memories stored in digital formats are easily accessible to enjoy later with family and loved ones.

Since 2001, Keepsake Solutions has been helping people in and around Columbus preserve memories in digital format. When we provide a VHS to DVD service to a satisfied customer, we feel we are celebrating the family’s memories for years to come. Over time material can degrade which is why we provide excellent services designed to take copies of those memories to transfer onto DVD so they are not lost forever. We also keep a backup of every transfer on file for retrieval in the event a customer requests this service.

If you need a VHS to DVD service which maintains high quality work at affordable prices in Columbus, call Keepsake Solutions. We will work to give you the best experience leaving you with digitized memories to cherish now and for generations to come.