Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Tip # 16...After viewing your home movies, convert the film to DVD format

Today's tip follows on the heels of yesterday but it does not mean you have to implement the two tips on consecutive days. It's just logical to keep plans for home movies together especially when you have gathered all of your home movies into one spot for Family History Month. As mentioned yesterday, your home movies may be on 8mm film, super8 film 16mm films, camcorder tapes. In addition, you may have photographs which are 35mm negatives or 35mm slides.

Everyone understands how Cd's and DVDs can easily store movies, music, pictures and information. And, these two formats can help preserve your memories. There are a number of options for saving memories in new formats and here are a couple of ideas:
  • Local stores like iMemories or camera shops can convert the film for you.
  • You can do it yourself if you opt to purchase the best equipment and are willing to learn the details of the process. For books and information, see the list at the end of today's tip.

Remember, some tape has audio, some video and some have both. Consider your options wisely when you transition film.

When I converted an old reel to reel audio tape to CD, the experts at Lampchops Studios in Phoenix, Arizona recommended that I save the original tape but enjoy the ease of the new format storage. DVD’s and CD’s have not existed as long as film so preservation of the original is imperative. Consider the new format as an easy back up for the original. Keep the original stored in the recommended climate controlled environment to enhance its lifetime.

When you invest in one copy, you can usually receive discounts on additional copies. Are there family or friends who would enjoy their own copies of these movies? I may be getting ahead of myself, but I see Christmas presents on the horizon.

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1 comment:

convert mts to dvd mac said...

very thanks for sharing resource to help me convert the film to dvd format.