I am often asked “Why have your precious family videos and photos digitised?” Below are the main reasons I see: Video tapes degrade constantly losing quality, eventually becoming unplayable. Photos can fade in sunlight over the years. Slides and Negatives … Continue reading →
If you have either a Sky+HD box or the latest black Sky+ box, then you can get Catch Up TV through your broadband connection – even if you do not have broadband from Sky. I have found that many people … Continue reading →
Have you ever thought of scanning your own slides or negatives?
If so, you may be interested in our top 10 tips:
1. Use a high resolution slide/negative flat bed scanner (minimum 3200 dpi capability).
2. Close all other applications on your PC, including backup software.
3. Organise your physical workspace/ workflow as this is repetitive and labour intensive.
4. Inspect slides to ensure they are secure and correctly in their mounts.
5. Clean each slide/negative by blowing off any dust.
6. Place correct way up and way round.
7. Set scan size in mm (or pixels) and lock settings so each scan is same pixel size.
8. Use software features to automatically locate originals and provide scan marques.
9. Do a single scan trial to check orientation, output quality, pixel dimensions.
10. Set up folder, file naming convention, etc and backup each sessions work.
We hope this helps. For more information, and details on our scanning, digitising services go to www.personalmediasolutions.co.uk
It is over two and half years ago when I said that the TV is merging with the internet and not merging with the PC – this is so true today with tablets and smartphones also merging with the internet – and certainly not with the PC. I commented then that ”…what is happening is that the TV is merging with the internet, not merging with the PC. Applications like BBC iPlayer are driving the whole need to connect the TV to the internet. Also, when we think of the TV in our lounge, we should think TV / Home Entertainment System rather than just TV. This means all types of media on the TV / Home Entertainment System, starting with the home/family photos, music and video, onto content with built in 5.1 surround sound like AVCHD files, and then leading to internet media and applications, “Over the Top TV” which are all coming along. Linking Home Consumer Electronics products with the service provider’s network is the way the consumer will benefit the most, so the TV needs to get connected to the Home Network and to the internet. Standards like G.hn http://www.homegridforum.org/home/ and DLNA http://www.dlna.org/ will be more increasingly talked about. This is really the thinking behind my business http://www.personalmediasolutions.co.uk/
because most UK homes still have their TV and Home Network unconnected.”
Now many more TVs are connected to the internet, but still in my business I find that too many people are still “watching BBC iPlayer (and other internet based services) on their PC or Laptop in the bedroom/study” instead of on their main high quality large flat screen TV in the comfort of their living room, enjoying programs with family/others.
Interest in Family History is growing fast, fuelled by programmes like the BBC’s “Who Do You Think You Are?” and the quantity and quality of information becoming available so easily online. Family trees traditionally include names, places, dates, copies of certificates and some photos.
Our understanding and enjoyment of family history can really be brought alive by moving pictures.
The very first moving pictures were in the 1860s, with cameras developed in the 1880s. 8mm cine film appeared in the 1930s and Super 8 cine film in the 1960s. Video Cameras with tape were only available to consumers in the 1970s, especially with the popular VHS format in 1976. The 1980s saw lots of different formats like VHS-C (1982), Video8 (1985), S-VHS-C (1987) and Hi8 (1988). Digital video tapes came along in 1995 with DV tapes, which was followed by DVD based formats and then HD camcorders with hard disc drive and flash memory based storage systems.
Many of these formats, particularly video tapes, degrade from the day they were filmed, particularly if they are not stored correctly. They lose their quality over the years and eventually become unplayable. It is therefore important to get precious memories digitised as soon as possible so they can be enjoyed, shared and uploaded to the internet to help bring family history alive.
You don’t often see articles about old “VHS tapes” theses days, but here is one from Peter Aspden in Saturday’s Financial Times, saying that “Videotapes, as I have found to my cost, disintegrate. Images become blurred, then disappear altogether” This is why everyone should get all their precious video memories, that are still on old video tapes, digitised. The whole article can be read here http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/aea9f1f2-c100-11e1-853f-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1zN2hGkdf
I have been enjoying Spotify on my PC for a long time now, but with the restrictions as a free user. Since WD added Spotify to their TV Live Media Player, I thought I would try it out in the lounge environment through my AV Receiver Home Cinema system. But, on logging in it said I needed to be a Premium User. So, I thought I would try the 30 Day Free Trial offer.
After only 2 weeks, I am very impressed both with Spotify Premium and with the WD TV Live interface and iPhone app to control the WD Media Player. With an enormous choice of music, streaming at 320kb/s, I am particularly enjoying listening to Artists and Albums from years ago.
Aldershot Town Ladies Football Club finished their season with a great win in the Chairman’s Cup Final at the Aldershot EBB Stadium. Personal Media Solutions filmed their matches and produced the video below showing most of their season’s goals: http://youtu.be/EN8P9kQFBq0
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