Thursday, January 18, 2018

HVS Top Five Movies with “Heart” – We know you’ll heart these!

  HVS Top Five Movies with “Heart” – We know you’ll heart these! 

Where the Heart Is - An expecting girl is abandoned by her boyfriend at Wal-Mart. With a few dollars to her name she finds a way to live there. Heartwarming with many survival tips on how to make and keep Wal-Mart your permanent home.

Places in the Heart - A newly widowed woman is forced to take over the debt-ridden Texas family farm herself. Knowing she can’t do it on her own she accepts the help of the most unlikely people to bring in the cotton crop.

I Heart Huckabees - A detective story with a most unusual subject: the very meaning of existence.

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter - True to the book by Carson McCullers this is the story of a deaf mute who brings warmth into the lives of lonely people in a small Southern town.

So Dear to my Heart - A Disney classic mixing animation and live action this story of a boy and his lamb will tug at your heart strings. 

DVA - Delightful Valentine Affection with Digital Video Archive

Are you looking for a unique Valentine this year? Are you feeling in a rut with the usual Valentine’s

So, how do you say "I love you" with video? Let us count the ways!
gifts? What’s more romantic than a video commemorating your lives together? Call us today for a gift from the heart!
  • Do you have a copy of your wedding on tape or film? We can transfer it!
  • Does your wedding video need a little freshening? Let's add a little pizzazz with music, titles, or maybe some re-arranging!
  • What about a Photo Video Keepsake combining photos, video or both in a moving tribute of your lives together through the years. Add some special music, or maybe a message with titles.

Once your Valentine’s video is finished we’ll put it on DVA™ – Digital Video Archive™ so you can watch on your Smartphone, Computer, Ipad or Smart TV!
  • DVA™ is cloud-based. Your memories are safely archived - never again vulnerable to the elements, breakage, or being lost.
  • Each of your videos, after transfer, are uploaded to Digital Video Archive™. From your personal DVA™ account you can then view, organize and edit your old memories.
  • View your family videos on any computer, iPad, Tablet, Smartphone or Smart TV.
  • Invite your friends and family to view! Everything you share is private and by invitation only.
  • Add, change and re-title chapter markers online. Organize your new DVAs into Archives.
  • You can also easily edit your videos.
  • All your current videos are part of your archives too! You can transfer your own smartphone video to your Digital Video Archive™ account.

This Valentine’s Day show your Delightful Valentine’s Affection with Digital Video Archive™.

Call today! 559-732-3050

Home Movie Transfer - 8mm & 16mm Film
Don't let your treasured film memories fade away! Preserve your 8mm, Super 8 and 16mm film by transferring them to an Archival Platinum DVD. These DVD's are entirely scratch proof and rated to last 100+ years!

With tens of thousands of satisfied customers and over 30 million feet of film transferred in our thirty years of business, Home Video Studio is the leader in home movie transfer. With professionally trained film technicians and state-of-the-art equipment your precious memories are in the best of hands. Sprocketless drives, color correction and full frame capture guarantees that your film will look its absolute best! Whether you have one reel or hundreds call us today! 559-732-3050

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Video Editing and Changing the past

I have spent many hours at my editing desk changing the past. People are learning more and more that digital technology provides almost limitless possibilities in how one’s home movies can look or sound.

In the past I have sped footage up, slowed it down, and had it played in reverse. I’ve added soundtracks, suppressed noises, zoomed in closer, or eliminated scenes entirely. I’ve restructured the timing of events, merged scenes together from two different sources, and added subtitles to help with understanding dialogue.
Today’s digital equipment provides editors with a vast array of tools that make it look like they can do just about anything. But it remains a labor intensive process and most editing jobs are still priced out using an hourly rate.
Here are some tips to keep in mind when contracting with a video editor that may help keep your budget in check.
  • Be specific in what you want the final product to be. The more information you provide the editor, the easier it will be for him or her to deliver to your expectations.
  • If possible, provide the time code of the sections that need to be edited. A lot of wasted time (and dollars) can be spent simply trying to find the piece of video that needs to be altered. Knowing ahead of time that it appears fifteen minutes into the hour long video allows the editor to narrow the search.
  • Editors work faster alone. While most will allow their customers to sit with them as they edit, understand that the process will take longer and therefore become more expensive.
  • Recognize the difference between what is available and what is affordable. Some requests, while achievable, can only be accomplished if some extensive hours are put in. The result may not add a value that matches the cost.
  • Know that some things are simply not possible. A video editor cannot reshoot your original film to refocus, change the angle, or capture something that happened offscreen. What we can do is to insert additional footage or “B” roll to give it that illusion.
There’s an old saying that people “can’t change the past.”  While that remains true on an existential level, we can change how it was recorded and thereby change how it will be remembered.

Arthur Zepeda and Home Video Studio in Visalia specialize in the preservation of family memories and yes, we can transfer the memories from MD discs and store them on CDs or as MP3 files. We can transfer so many different formats! For more information, call 559-732-3050 or visit

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

HVS Top Last Minute Movies

Good things can come in the last minute, especially in movies! Here are a few of our favorites that were defined in a last minute scenario:

An Affair to Remember - Just as Cary Grant is about to walk out of happiness forever he spots Deborah Kerr’s wheelchair – divulging that they were meant to be together.

Rudy - Just as the clock ticks down and the Notre Dame coach seems determined not to let Rudy in a game the crowd persists, chanting “Rudy, Rudy”, and he gets in for a few plays.

It’s a Wonderful Life - Just as George Bailey is about to end it all by jumping into a frozen river an angel named Clarence saves him and proceeds to show him what the world would have been like without him.

The Graduate - Just as Elaine Robinson is about to say “I do” to a man she really doesn’t love Benjamin pounds on the windows of the church, saving her from unhappiness and mediocrity.

Lord of the Rings - Just as Frodo is about to succumb to the power of the ring he finds himself in a fight with Gollum and knocks him and the ring into a volcano – thus saving Middle Earth from evil forever.

Video: The perfect last minute gift!

Good news! As your local video professionals there's a good chance we can still get limited types of
projects done for Christmas! But call or stop by today!

Here are a few video gift ideas you may still be able to put under the tree:

Tape transfers - This is a great gift idea! Your video tapes (VHS, VHS-C, 8mm, Mini DV, Mini disc, Beta, even foreign conversions) transferred to a convenient and safe format.

Do you have precious 35mm slides stored in your closet or attic? We transfer any format. What about photos? Bring them in today!

Do you need copies of CDs or DVDs you already have? We can do that.

Most likely you’ll be shooting photos and video on your smartphone or other devices. Let us show you our array of ways to help you view and share them conveniently, as well as keep them safe for generations to come.

A PhotoVideo Keepsake montage - Your favorite photos, slides, and/or video clips combined into a one-of-a-kind presentation complete with music and titles. Imagine grandparents, parents and children enjoying this centerpiece of your Christmas gathering.

Not sure? We offer attractive Gift Certificates as well! A welcome stocking stuffer.

This is also the perfect time to bring in your projects that you won't need until after the Holidays. We’re at peak production and we want to keep our elves busy, even after the holidays. If you can wait until after the first of the year call and see what we can do for you.

Finally, we want to wish you and yours a most blessed Holiday Season! We thank you for your support this past year and look forward to seeing you in the coming year! 

Call us today for your last minute Holiday wishes!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Name That Format

Every now and again a client will bring in something and not even know what it is, let alone know what’s on it. Most of the time it’s something I’ve seen or worked on before. But not always.

Technology sometimes can seem to us to advance in giant leaps. First there was film, then videotape, then digital files… But as the industry went from one media type to another, a lot of products were rolled out by companies trying to capture the market’s attention. Some were successful, others not so much. As a result there are a lot of unfamiliar items, now obsolete, collecting dust in people’s drawers and closets.

The pictured item is a mini-Disc (MD) that was first produced by Sony. It was a precursor to the CD (compact disc) designed to hold data or 74 minutes of audio (later 80 minutes). Introduced in 1992, it reached its height of popularity in Japan but never found much traction in the United States where manufacturers seemed more interested in pursuing a competing format called Digital Compact Cassette (DCC) that was created by Philips and Matsushita.

Both eventually gave way to the widespread appeal of the compact disc (CD) and MP3 players.  The MD largely faded from view in the early 2000s and Sony eventually ceased its production line of MD players in 2013.

I can remember a good friend of mine buying an MD recorder and I envied him. But then the recordable compact disk (CD-R) came out. Then my friend was envying me!

Arthur Zepeda and Home Video Studio in Visalia specialize in the preservation of family memories and yes, we can transfer the memories from MD discs and store them on CDs or as MP3 files. We can transfer so many different formats! For more information, call 559-732-3050 or visit

Monday, November 27, 2017

Remembering Kodak

Was there ever a company that has had more impact on the American family than
Eastman Kodak? The slides, photos, and movie film that contain the images of our past were most likely processed by this one company. Some of our most vivid memories became such because they were chosen by our parents to be our “Kodak Moments.” Here are some interesting facts taken from the Internet regarding the most ubiquitous brand in photo and film history:

1. Kodak has nine Academy Awards, more commonly known as Oscars. The most recent was received in 2008 for the development of photographic emulsion technologies.
2. Kodak founder, American inventor George Eastman, patented a way of storing film in rolls in 1884, but it wasn’t until four years later that he had perfected the first camera to take advantage of his invention.
3. The name Kodak is meaningless and was chosen because it was impossible to mispronounce and dissimilar to any existing words.
4. George Eastman said that K was his favorite letter and that he had wanted to incorporate it into his company’s name. He said: “A trademark should be short. It must mean nothing.”
5. The film used on NASA’s Apollo 11 moon missions was manufactured by Kodak. Each double-perforated 70mm roll could capture 160 color pictures or 200 black and white images.
6. Kodak’s engineers were issued 19,576 US patents between 1900 and 1999. Some 4,478 of these were awarded between 1995 and 1999.
7. Kodak was the first company to build a working digital camera. An engineer named Steven Sasson created the 3.6kg device which stored images on cassette tape, had a 0.01mp resolution and took 23 seconds to expose each image.
8. The company founded its research labs in 1912, which made it one of the US’s first industrial research laboratories.
9. Kodak passed up the chance to become the official film sponsor of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. Japanese competitor Fuji won the bid, giving it a foothold in the US market.
10. In 1995 Kodak filed a petition with the WTO arguing that unfair practices by Fuji had kept it from gaining ground in the Japanese market. Three years later the WTO published a “sweeping rejection of Kodak’s complaints”.
11. Kodak developed aerial cameras and trained US Signal Corps photographers during World War I.
12. Steve McCurry used Kodachrome film for his 1984 portrait of Sharbat Gula, the ‘Afghan Girl’, for the National Geographic magazine.
13. In 1895 the Pocket Kodak was launched at a price of just $5. It’s small size meant it could be carried in a coat pocket.
14. Apple launched a digital camera in 1994, the QuickTake. It was actually designed by Kodak and had been released in Japan months before under its own brand name.
15. In NASA’s 1997 Mars Surface Rover mission, Kodak image sensors were used to capture close-up images of the red planet.
16. In 2005 Kodak unveiled the EasyShare-One digital camera which was equipped with Wi-Fi and allowed photographers to email pictures.
17. In 1976 Kodak had a 90pc market share for photographic film and an 85pc share of camera sales in the US.
18. Kodak researchers invented OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) technology, which is being used to power the next generation of ultra-thin televisions, in 1987.
19. Kodak designed the optics for the Chandra X-ray space telescope in 1999.
20. in 2005 Kodak bought an Israeli company called OREX Computed Radiography which developed a technology for taking digital x-rays.
21. The first Kodak camera launched in 1888 with the slogan: “You press the button, we do the rest.” It cost $25 and came with enough film for 100 pictures.
22. Kodachrome film was used by Walton Sound and Film Services during the coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second.
23. Kodachrome was invented by professional musicians Leopold Godowsky and Leopold Mannes, leading to comments that it was “made by God and Man”.
24. Images shot on Kodachrome can be safely stored for decades undeveloped and still retain accurate colours.
25. A 35mm Kodachrome transparency can record the equivalent of 20 megapixels in digital image terms.
26. Paul Simon wrote a song, Kodachrome, about the film. It made number 9 in the US charts, just ahead of Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree by Dawn featuring Tony Orlando.
27. Kodak scientists invented the photoresist, which is now used to manufacture integrated circuits.
28. Dorothea Lange used Kodak film to capture her famous ‘Migrant Mother’ photograph in 1936.
29. Prior to starting Kodak, George Eastman invented an emulsion-coating machine in 1879 that allowed him to mass-produce photographic dry plates. Two years later he formed a partnership with a family friend, quit his job as a bank clerk and set up in business.
30. The Eastman Savings and Loan Association was set up to help Kodak employees buy a home. It remained part of the company until it was split-off as a credit union in 1994.
Arthur Zepeda and Home Video Studio specialize in the preservation of Kodak Moments using digital technology. Located in Visalia, Ca, they can be reached at 559-732-3050