Tuesday, August 22, 2017

How Long Do VHS Tapes Last?

Just like every other technology, video home system (VHS) recording tapes are being affected by technological change. Just as consumers become used to one form of home technology, a new and better technology comes along. Unfortunately, consumers have already recorded many precious moments on their VHS tapes and are increasingly finding that they do not have the same quality as the new technologies being offered today. In some cases, the tapes themselves are beginning to deteriorate. Generally, this deterioration takes place because of incorrect storage, but overall, it usually happens because the recording wears away the tape.

Going Digital

Like many other technologies, VHS tapes are becoming a victim of the digital conversion process. VHS tapes are analog recordings and, as such, will not last if the recording was from a video camera. Commercial movies will last quite a bit longer, but if they are home recordings, they will likely have a storage life of the order of one or two decades, depending on storage conditions.

What Can Be Done?

In many respects the VCR tape has gone the way of the cassette tape. There were plenty of uses for the basic function of the VCR tape, like recording TV shows, but the focus has completely shifted to digital recording devices. The tapes themselves may be around for a while longer, but the machines to play them are pretty much gone. Transferring the VHS images to a digital form becomes the only recourse if you wish to save precious events like an important soccer game, wedding or a birthday party.

Will Technological Innovation Ever End?

It is unlikely that it will ever become unnecessary to transfer recordings from one technology to another. Technology just does not stay still. Right now, you need to transfer your VHS tape data to a digital form of a certain format. Five to ten years down the road you will likely be doing the same thing all over again. In a way, it is sort of like death, taxes, and data transfer! Fortunately, there are businesses like HOME VIDEO STUDIO in Visalia that will be happy to do the transferring for you.

Transferring VHS data

Home Video Studio ® in Visalia specializes in VHS to a Digital format transfers!

Bring us your old home movies and video tapes - we'll transfer them to Digital format for you. VHS, VHS-C, BETA, 8mm video, Mini DV, and of course, your old 8mm and 16mm movies. Here is more information about our Video to Digital Format Transfer services. We call it HVS DVA Deluxe. The Home Video Studio DVA Deluxe system includes:
    Transfer video to Platinum DVD
  • If you choose DVD, we'll put your video onto a Platinum Archival DVD.
  • Every DVD has scene selection "smart chapter markers". Our proprietary DVD Deluxe system detects where your video camera stopped and started or the scene changed. Chapter markers are placed at these points so you can easily skip through your finished DVD.
  • We have many themes to choose from so if this is your wedding from six years ago or your baby's birth from six months ago, we will choose the appropriate theme.
  • Ask about an upgrade to our album case with custom insert and thumbnail photos of your video on the outside.
  • Ask about the best choice of transferring, Digital Video Archive! DVA for short!
While we still transfer video to Platinum Archival DVDs, more and more of our customers are opting for DVA. It's safe, secure, private, and ultra-convenient. You can edit and privately share online through your Digital Video Archive account. It's easy to see why the DVA is rapidly replacing DVD as the media of choice for our customers.

Here's how it works: Once we have transferred your content to your new DVAs you'll receive an email explaining how to quickly set up your new Digital Video Archive account. 
With your new DVA account, you can manage, edit, modify and view your movies and videos. You'll want to invite your friends and family to set up their own (free) DVA accounts. This will give them access to the DVAs you would like for them to see and enjoy. Every DVA has smart chapter markers with thumbnail images, just like the old DVDs, so you and your viewers will be able to fully experience each of your videos.

Please note that your Digital Video Archive account will be $7.95 monthly (like your Netflix bill) based on the number of tapes you transfer. Digital Video Archive also has a FREE level of account that will hold about three two-hour tapes. So if you only have a few tapes, you won't have a monthly bill. This is a great way to start.

Also, with your new Digital Video Archive account you can immediately begin uploading your own personal videos and smartphone video. You'll be able share these videos with your friends and family as well. Plus, your friends and family will receive their own Digital Video Archive account when you invite them. They will want to upload their videos too. Soon you'll have new DVAs from them to watch as well!

Home Video Studio ® in Visalia  is a Digital Video Archive Authorized Representative. Our DVA Deluxe transfer system uses professional encoding which ensures maximum quality and a great viewing experience whether you are viewing on your smartphone or your huge home theatre screen.

Remember with DVA you will not need to spend money on copies for friends and family!

Don't delay, call today! 559-732-3050


The HVS Top Five Back to School Movies 2017

The HVS Top Five Back to School Movies

The campus has always been fertile ground for good movies. Now that school is back in full swing we thought we’d bring you our picks for the top five back to school movies:

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – "Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."

Dead Poets Society – "Carpe, carpe. Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary."

To Sir with Love – "I believe one should fight for what one believes. Provided one is absolutely sure one is absolutely right."

School of Rock – "I pledge allegiance... to the band... of Mr. Schneebly... and will not fight him... for creative control... and will defer to him on all issues related to the musical direction of the band."

Back to School – "Why don’t you come and see me sometime when you have no class?"

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

HVSN Top 5 "It could only happen in Summer" Movies

HVSN Top 5 "It could only happen in Summer" Movies

Jaws - It’s cruel when a summer blockbuster warns us “Don’t go in the water.” Fear plays well in July.

Dirty Dancing - A girl of privilege falls for a lowly dance instructor during a summer in the Catskills. July is a time for your “First dance. First love. The time of your life.”

Sandlot - July is the time to make lifelong friends at the baseball field - a “piece of paradise a half block wide and a whole summer long.”

Vacation - A summer Griswold trip across the country to a theme park. “What could go wrong?”

Stand by Me - A long journey, a mortal enemy, a body to discover. Summer makes the best coming of age movies. “For some, it's the last real taste of innocence, and the first real taste of life. But for everyone, it's the time that memories are made of.”

You WIN as HVSN Studios Vie for Video Awards

The Oscar. The Emmy. The Tony. The Grammy. All bring to mind a highly coveted award given to acknowledge excellence and craftsmanship. Did you know there is an award for the best video creations within our international network? It's called The Hanley and is affectionately named after Home Video Studio's Founder and President, Robert Hanley.
At the end of July Studio Owners in the HVS Network will assemble for their annual convention in Tucson, Arizona. This marks the 17th consecutive year of “The Getaway” – a time of fellowship, comparing notes, and classes to learn the latest in video technology. The five-day event will be capped off with the annual Hanley Awards ceremony to recognize our members' video excellence in several different categories.
Although it's great to win awards and gain recognition much of the impetus behind these awards is to sharpen skills to better serve YOU, our customer. Video technology is always changing, and we are dedicated to staying on the cutting edge – and vying for a coveted “Hanley” is a great way to exercise our video muscles. Here are a few of the several awards that will be claimed and what they mean to our existing and future customers.
Best PhotoVideo Keepsake –Do you have a special event coming up? Birthday? Anniversary? Retirement? There is still nothing as powerful as your own photos combined with music to make a masterpiece to honor a loved one! That's why we recognize the best among our peers in this category.
Best Documentary – Is there a person you know whose life story would enrich all who knew it? Telling the story of a real event or person is an art. Combining still photos, video, old film, narration and/or help tell this story. We recognize the best in artfully managing all this media.
Cut and Paste Award for Editing – Do you have video that needs to be boiled down to present a message? Maybe it's simple, like the best scenes from your summer vacation. Maybe it's more complex, like Great Grandpa's 110 Year Life. But how you choose to present images, sound, and effects to serve your story are important. That's why we recognize the best in editing with a “Hanley”.
Best Event Video – There are many events in one's life worthy of documenting, whether a professional business meeting or convention, or your child's dance recital. These events require planning and being on the ball to get the best video possible. And you get you get one chance. The Home Video Studio Network recognizes excellence in this type of video.
Best Sports Scholarship Video – More and more coaches rely on video to begin the scholarship process. Do you have a child who is athletically gifted? We know what coaches are looking for in these Scholarship videos. We present this award to the studio who best presents a student-athlete's talent on a silver platter.
President's Award: Best in Show – This is the big one all of our studios want! It transcends category and is picked among all the winners.
The competition is tough. The requirements are stringent. The trophy is impressive. But the real value of the Hanley is summed up by its namesake, Robert Hanley: "The value to our studios and ultimately their customers lies in the process of entering and competing. In our industry one thing is certain - video technology is always evolving. With video on computers, cell phones, digital screens and the Internet, it is essential to keep up with it all! And the best way to keep sharp and up-to-date is with a little friendly competition among our colleagues."
Whether you have video tape that needs to be transferred to DVD, 8mm and 16mm film that needs transferring to DVD, Photokeepsakes, Sports Scholarship Videos or the many other services we provide rest assured your project is in the hands of the industry's best - perhaps even a Hanley winner.

No one is more dedicated to consistent growth and professionalism than the Home Video Studio Network. Call us today!

Monday, June 19, 2017

HVSN Top 5 Interesting Movie Families

Celebrating Summer Family Fun Time here are our five most memorable families from the movies.

Best Road Family - Vacation

Best Family Without a Mother - To Kill a Mockingbird

Best Extended Family - The Wizard of Oz

Best Family Who Must Eat Chinese on Christmas - Christmas Story

Best Dancing Dysfunctional Family - Little Miss Sunshine

Video Makes Every Day a Family Reunion

“Family is not an important thing, it's everything.”

June brings lots of folks in asking about transferring their precious memories to show at family reunions. And why not? Video is a perfect centerpiece!

Think about it. A family reunion is:

  • a time to remember. There are plenty of memories on your old home movies!
  • a time to laugh. Your video tapes are full of funny stuff!
  • a time to remind us who we belong to. Bring your slides and photos back to life!
  • a reason to celebrate our past and welcome our future. Why not create a Photo Video Keepsake that will be cherished now and for years to come?

Imagine these precious memories as a part of your occasion!

Come to think of it, video can make each day a family reunion! We have unique ways for you to stay in touch with your loved ones every day of the year by sharing all of your videos – old and new.

What else might you be doing this summer?

Are you going on a dream vacation? Don't leave your adventures lying about on your cameras, phones or tablets. Retell them by creating your own travelogue video. Where did you go? What did you eat? Who did you meet? Add titles. Add music. Add narration. You’ll be glad you created a keepsake that will last for years to come!

Are you staying close to home with your family? Make your best memories the simple ones, including festivals, fireworks, beaches, barbeques and picnics. And why not add some flair by creating a FamilyTIME video of your summer highlights?

Is your summer full of sports? Add some pizzazz with a Sports Highlights video with special effects, music, titles, narration…whatever you can imagine.

Are your kids going to camp? Sports camp, music camps, church camp, cheer camp, dance camp…most have final performances and parent's day. Make sure it's all documented to enjoy for years to come with an Arts and Entertainment video.

Make sure you have precious family memories by preparing now to document the great summer that lies before you. Then call us to help you turn your creative ideas into reality. Call us today!

We are part of America's largest video production services network with studios located in the United States, Canada and Sweden, and are dedicated to remaining the leading provider of video production, post-production, DVD and digital content services in the global marketplace.

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!

About Home Video Studio - Visalia

Arthur Zepeda, Owner/Video Artist

Your local Home Video Studio offers a wide range of professional video production services to consumers and businesses alike. We value our customers and want to thank you for being a part of our success!

Home Video Studio strives to make your experience with us enjoyable and truly memorable. Our specialties include video production, video editing, home movie and video transfers, CD and DVD duplication, and much more! For all of your video needs, call Home Video Studio today for an appointment!


                                         Call Us at the number above!

                                          Email: arthur.z@homevideostudio.com

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

My Memories - Memories Can Do Funny Things To Us...

A Graduation Movie For The Ages!

starring Samuel Zepeda & Kaylee Hernandez. Guest appearances by Cassie Hernandez, Lucas Zepeda, Granny Cavazos & Grandma Zepeda. Cameo by Jordan Jones.

Samuel is receiving a message from his past…

Join Samuel along with his life long friend, Kaylee…

As they they unlock their memories…

But first, they must discover the key…