June 2017 | Current Pixel

Time-Capsule Family Memories & Convert Old Video Tapes

Remember those home movies you or other family members recorded that are stored on unwatched video tapes in a drawer or cabinet somewhere in your home? Maybe you’ve seen them when searching for a movie to watch and laughed at the titles of the recordings. Maybe you’ve thought about getting them digitized as a gift for someone in your family or to show your children on family movie nights. If you have old video tapes gathering dust somewhere, the time has come to digitize them! Digitize Video Tapes for Easy Accessibility By converting your video tapes to easily accessible formats, like DVD and digital video files, you will be able to actually sit down and enjoy your memories with your family any time you want, and on any of your computers, TVs and devices! By taking the time to convert your old video tapes, you will have a time capsule of memories you can watch over and over again. You can keep the memories for your own personal enjoyment, or make them the entertainment at family reunions and gatherings! You can even use the digital files to share your memories on social media. At Current Pixel, we can digitize your video tapes by converting them to easy-to-store and easy-to-watch archival-grade DVDs, and can also give you digital files in formats like MP4 that you can store on the Cloud and/or your own computer. We also recommend you store them on an external hard drive for extra safekeeping. Remember, expertise matters when customizing your digitization package, and we have that in spades at Current Pixel. Located in Atlanta, our media...

Video Transfer Services – Why Technology & Experience Matter

If you have video memories you want to convert to digital files to keep them safe and viewable for years to come, you might have also pondered investing in professional video transfer services, choosing a cheaper online service, or getting the job done yourself. You do have many options available for media conversion, but not all your choices are going to necessarily get you the results you want. When you’re dealing with your precious memories, it’s important to choose a video transfer service backed by experience, stability, proper technology, superior capabilities, and the flexibility to provide you with options. You also want to think about the way a media conversion provider runs its company, because an organized company that treats its employees and customers with respect and 100 percent focus will make sure your memories are in the best possible hands. Here are some factors to keep in mind when considering a media conversation provider: Experience When you’re looking to convert your videos to digital, you want a company that employs professionals with ample experience to understand exactly how to get the job done but also how to troubleshoot potential problems. Experts will make sure each of your memories gets the individual attention they deserve, and that the job is finished thoroughly rather than just quickly. Stability and Organization A stable and organized company will provide you with dependable service without any hassle. You have many options available to you and can even purchase some equipment to try and convert video yourself.  However, if you don’t invest a reputable company with years of experience and knowledge in the industry, the outcome...

5 Common Media Types You Should Digitize Today

You might be hanging onto some of your old media formats for sentimental reasons, but be careful you don’t wait too long to digitize them if you want to keep your videos, photos, and audio recordings safe from deterioration. Here are five common media types that are especially vulnerable to becoming obsolete and/or deteriorating over time. Digitize them today to keep those memories safe and sound. 1. Movie Film: Regular 8, Super 8, and 16mm Maybe you have film from generations of home movies that you’ve been waiting to digitize. You might recognize Regular 8, Super 8, and 16mm film by its width, either 8mm or 16mm wide depending on the type, and sprockets along either just one side or both sides of the film. Film has a similar appearance to photo negatives, and no matter what type you have, it is susceptible to the same kind of deterioration and color shift problems photo negatives have over time. Colors will begin to fade and change as your film deteriorates. Old consumer film types since the 1950’s can also fall prey to what is known as “Vinegar Syndrome,” which happens due to the acetate base layer put on the film and meant to keep it safe. When the acetate base degrades, though, it will decompose and give off free acetic acid, which not only makes the film smell like vinegar but also causes the film to become brittle and warped. Moreover, there are fewer ways to play film now, so digitizing will allow you to save your memories and take time to enjoy them for years to come. 2. Video...