Find all your home movie reels, in closets, drawers, hopefully not in attics. Also, ask relatives if they have film of you growing up.
Put them in the order you think they should go and number them(1,2,3,…). In some cases you don’t know what is on a particular reel however still number the video reel. I have helped customers by transferring the film in phase one, they take home a DVD and I title the reels on the DVD with the reel numbers. After review at home they provide me a list of the proper order of the reels, I edit the order and then create the final product.
- Decide if you want to have titles for each reel, or group of reels included on the video.
- Decide what music you want with your film.
- Decide if you want the video delivered as a DVD or on a hard drive supplied by you.
- Decide what you want on the DVD label.
- Decide how many DVD copies you would like.
To determine how much film you have, use the image above and count the number of 3″, 5″, and/or 7″ reels you have.
Don’t procrastinate! Your film is continuing to lose quality.
Contact us to discuss your fim transfer project.
Three reasons to consider archiving
Over years of building a life for yourself and your family you have built up quite a collection of memento’s and legal documents. You find them in this drawer or that drawer, some on high shelves…mostly forgotten. The only time you look at them is when you move to a new home where they sit and are not looked at there.
The three reasons for archiving is first, in the event of a catastrophe and you lose your possessions, you will have a back up copy of all your important documents, photos, slides, film, videotape, and audiotapes.
Second, these memories are meant to be shared, not sit on a shelf or a drawer. You will be able to find that certain picture, re-live that family reunion video.
Third, your pictures, videotape, and film fade over time. How long depends on how they were stored over the years. By digitizing them now you are helping leave your legacy.
Your pictures can be digitized, cleaned up and saved as files for you to view on your phone or computer or emailed to friends and family. You could also take those pictures and create a photo montage video put to your favorite music.