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Use Video Transfer to Preserve Your Memories Stored On Old Media Forms

Aug 18, 2007
Recently one of my relatives passed away. In their garage we found a large box filled with old 8mm films. These films contained footage of my parents, and other more distant relatives, from a long time ago. In fact, some of the relatives on the films had long since passed away. We were anxious to watch the old movies, but our relative didn't have the equipment to play them on. We only had the old films themselves. In addition, some of the films looked like they were in pretty rough shape from being in the garage. We didn't want to damage them further by trying to watch them.

My Aunt Mary found out from a friend of hers that you can have something called a custom video transfer done to the old films. To do the video transfer, a professional takes the images from the old film and transfers them over onto more current media, a video cassette or DVD. By doing the media transfer you can then view the new media on the equipment you have in your house, and it also has then preserved the images from your old film. You won't need to be concerned with them becoming further damaged.

Thankfully each of the films we found was labeled as to what they contained. Some of them we wanted to preserve more than others, so we chose the ones we most wanted to do the video transfer process on. We took those to a professional company who moved them to VHS tape and DVD.

The day we all gathered around to watch the old movies brought to life on our TV was a day the whole family will always remember. For the first time, I saw moving images of my grandfather who had died before I was born. It was truly amazing.

My Aunt wanted to share our new videos with some relatives who live in England. We found out though that there is something called International Video Standards which defines the four separate standards used for video in various parts of the world today. The US and England generally use a different standard.

Aunt Mary went back to the professional company who did our video transfer and found out that they had done what they call an International Video Standards Conversion to our videos. This International Video Standards Conversion allows for our new videos to be viewed anywhere in the world! She sent copies of the new videos to England, and we heard they all had a family gathering as well. They also laughed and cried along with the tapes, just as we had.

Since our 8mm films were transferred so successfully to the new videos, we have also chosen to move some of our VHS-C small tapes onto full VHS tapes and DVDs. We love having the VHS tapes and DVDs to take with us when we go to visit friends and family.

Our whole family has been very satisfied with the video transfer process. We have been telling others about it as well when they talk of their old family movies. It is really important to preserve the past the best we can for the generations to come.
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A custom video transfer is available to preserve your old film to video to preserve your family history. Visit The Transfer Zone online at
http://www.thetransferzone.com for more information about a custom video transfer of your old film to tape or DVD.
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