Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Taking A Frame of Video and Turning It Into a Photo at HVS Visalia, California 93277

Many times after transferring film or video to a DVD, I will be asked by the customer if it would be possible to create a photo from the video they have had transferred.  I tell them absolutely yes!  There are some circumstances where the video may be blurry or too grainy for this but after the digital transfer has occurred, I can usually create and print out pictures for my customers.

Now why would someone want this done for them you may ask?

I have found that the need and wanting of this happens because of someone special in their lives has passed on and there were no significant photos to remember them by.

The look and the emotion of my customers faces when they not only see video of their deceased loved ones after so many years, but to now have a few photos that are suitable for framing and hang on a their walls, well, is absolutely priceless!

Please contact me if you have any questions about your project.
4844 W. Rialto Ave
Visalia, California 93277

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Let's talk Film Transfer

How do I get my film onto DVD?

Standard 8mm film is also commonly referred to as Regular 8 mm film, Double 8 mm film or simply as Standard-8 or Regular-8. Standard 8 film was the original film format designed for the home movie market, and provided a cheaper alternative to the 16mm film format. It was originally developed in the 1930s..

Do you want to know how much video (in minutes) your film is? Check out this cool Film Calculator from Kodak.

Who can convert Super 8mm & 16mm film to digital?

Convert Super 8mm and 16mm film to digital with Home Video Studio's film transfer service. You can get DVDs made quickly with customized titles, chapter markers, menus and more!

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Home Video Studio specializes in preserving family home movies. Home Video Studio uses the latest digital film conversion technologies for the best quality film transfers! Film is converted utilizing a frame-by-frame process that removes the flashing effect caused when played through a projector in your film to DVD conversion.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

How Long Do VHS tapes Last - Visalia, California 93277

Who Transfers VHS tapes to DVD in Visalia, California 93277?

I transfer many VHS tapes for customers and I am amazed at how many of them are deep into the stages of deterioration. I promise, this is not an exaggeration: Videotapes really do degrade much faster than people realize. In as little as 8–10 years, tapes can suffer deterioration, and total life expectancy is less than 20 years. A tape frequently shows a lower quality of picture crispness just after 5 years.
So why does videotape deterioration happen?

Well, there are three main parts to a videotape:

1. physical plastic tape

2. magnetic particles (iron oxide), which contain the video and audio

3. The "binder," which is glue that holds the magnetic particles to the plastic tape

These particles act like tiny bar magnets and are changed into patterns when the tape passes over an electromagnet during the recording process. When the tape is played back, the patterns are picked up by a playback head and become the video image.

Over time, the binder glue weakens. When this happens, the magnetic particles lose their adhesion to the tape.

Why does the binder glue weaken?

1. Some of the tape is rubbed off every time it is played
2. How the tapes are stored affects the glue also. high humidity, or in a room where the temperature changes substantially dramatically affect tapes. Plus, VHS tapes are vulnerable to sudden data loss resulting from static shock or strong electric fields, such as those generated by TVs and other electronics.

Even worse, the magnetic particles can become separated from the binder just over time, a process that accelerates as the tape gets older. This happens because as the binder absorbs more and more water from normal humidity, it swells and exposes more surface area – absorbing even more moisture.

What are the signs of a weakening binder?

1. Faded color and audio changes.
2. The timing and color signals that the tape outputs to the VCR also start to fade.
3. Straight lines begin to look a little wavy, rolling lines can appear on the video, and the picture can start to jitter because your VCR has trouble picking up the necessary signals.

Eventually, a tape will become unwatchable and the video completely gone. This happens when it clogs the playback heads of a VCR or camcorder. Want to know how to fix your VHS tapes? - Or bring them to me at Home Video Studio-Visalia

I hope this helps you understand that the vulnerability of videotapes make them the most unsuitable media for long-term storage of precious video memories. Which is why I strongly recommend you convert your tapes to DVD as soon as possible.

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