We’ve been thinking a lot about video lately at JMC. Seems like more people are making sure their videoed memories are safely preserved in a digital format.
Yesterday, in followup to a post about our August VHS to DVD special, I posted on Facebook the following: “Speaking of Home Video, did you ever catch one of those "America's Funniest Videos" moments on camera? Tell us about it!”
One of our fans shared the post with these facts: “America's Funniest Home Videos is in its 22nd season, which began on October 2, 2011. On May 11, 2012, ABC announced that it had renewed the series for a 23rd season, set to premiere October 7, 2012.”
Didn't VHS open up a new world of creativity and simplicity in recording events that previously would have been difficult to capture? Getting out and using the old film cameras, before VHS, was an event itself. Even the earliest video cameras were huge, but we didn't know any different!
VHS tapes are practically impossible to find, unless you are at garage sales! They are becoming a memory, yet it seems some of our most precious moments have been preserved on them. Maybe they are easier to find than we think... in our own drawers and closets, in TV consoles, in boxes in the basement or (gasp!) the garage.
Times are changing and so is technology. Simply put, digital makes sense in its simplicity, and especially when talking preservation.
My mom saw our post on Facebook last week about our current 12 Tapes Converted to DVD for $12 Each special, and yesterday I received in the mail a box of about a dozen tapes she would like converted. On those tapes are copyright-released commercials she and my step-dad starred in for their business 25 years ago. Admittedly, the spots could have received a consolation prize on America’s Funniest Videos, as corny as they were. And I bet you are smiling thinking of some of the funny things your family and friends have done (on purpose or not) that you happen to catch on video. With the passing of my step-dad just 2 months ago, I am overjoyed that she is choosing to preserve these gems. We will be looking for other recorded memories, including home movies, to add to the DVDs we will be happy, and relieved, to view in place of the VHS format.
Do you have any memories on VHS (or Hi8, etc.) that you would hate to lose to the inevitable obsolescence and fragility of tape? I hope you’ll take advantage of a great price and also experience that safe exhale, knowing your memories are secure.
VHS is quickly becoming a memory. Don’t let yours become only that… have them converted so you can enjoy those family and friendship memories over and over for decades to come and for enjoyment by future generations.
If you are also thinking about VHS and want to know more about what you can do in August to convert to DVD at a great price, go to our website: www.jmcpds.com
Jen at JMC