We All Become Memories

We all become memories.

We all become memories.

I happened to see the last part of the last episode of the 2018 series “Call The Midwife”. It had a cine film running, projecting old images onto the screen. Vanessa Redgrave plays Jennifer Worth, the writer whose real-life stories formed the basis of the show. She says:

We flicker on a screen.
We fold and unfold upon the minds eye.
Brittle as wings.
Eternal as a heart beat.
And even when the heart falls silent.
We do not cease to be.
Because in the end….
We all become memories.

we all become memories

To understand more about digitising your memories click here https://www.personalmediasolutions.co.uk/services/media-digitising/

We scan, convert or digitise videos, cine film, photos, negatives, slides, photograph albums, audio and music.

We provide you with a digital copy of your precious memories for you to easily enjoy, share and keep safe.

Your digital copy can be supplied on USB memory stick, DVDs or internet downloadable digital files.

Mouldy video tapes

Mouldy video tapes

Mouldy video tapes – I often get video tapes to digitise that have not been stored that well, e.g. in a loft or garage. But even video tapes that have been stored in a cupboard in the house can be a problem. Decades of sitting in a home environment, which can have relatively high moisture levels, can still mean that they can get covered in small white deposits. These deposits are mould forming on the edge of the tape itself. Basically you will have mouldy video tapes.

mouldy video tapes

White areas are mould on video tapes

The problem in this situation is that when the tape is played (or fast forwarded on the reel) it gets stuck to itself and so rips. This makes that part of the tape unplayable. If things have been left too long, it is not possible to play the tape. Therefore, all those precious family memories are lost forever.

The Guardian offers the following advise

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2008/jul/20/heritage.familyandrelationships

VHS and audio tape should not be stored in:

  • garden sheds
  • lofts, cellars or anywhere where the temperature fluctuates

Tapes should be kept:

  • in the dark
  • away from direct heat sources
  • labelled in a cool cupboard that is heated during the winter

How to deal with tape mould:

  • Look for a fine white dust
  • Don’t blow it away across the rest of your collection
  • Don’t play the damaged tape (you could infect the machine)
  • Don’t throw away mouldy cardboard casings or surrounding storage boxes without noting down the details of the recording, such as the date, location and names
  • Do not place near other newer tapes
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after touching infected tape

So, I recommend that you do not leave your precious memories on video tapes any longer – get them digitised as soon as possible.

For pricing an full details of our media digitising services click here https://www.personalmediasolutions.co.uk/services/media-digitising/

How should you store your precious old video tape memories?

Video tapes start degrading from the moment they have been recorded! In fact they sometimes only last 10 to 20 years, especially if they are not stored correctly. They should be stored vertically like a book on a bookshelf, not lying flat. They should be stored well away from heat sources and any damp or moisture. This is because it is mainly the moisture in the air which reacts with the glue holding the magnetic particles to the plastic video tape which causes the tapes to degrade and become unplayable.  Making those memories accessible again, whether it’s your old camcorder video tapes, boxes of photographs, slides, negatives, your old record collection or even your CD or DVD library, we can lovingly transfer your memories onto a system so that they can be enjoyed once again at any time by the entire family on your TV and home entertainment system.  Read more

Top 10 hints and tips for scanning / digitising slides or negatives

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

How should you store your precious old video tape memories?

 

Video tapes start degrading from the moment they have been recorded! In fact they sometimes only last 10 to 20 years, especially if they are not stored correctly. They should be stored vertically like a book on a bookshelf, not lying flat. They should be stored well away from heat sources and any damp or moisture. This is because it is mainly the moisture in the air which reacts with the glue holding the magnetic particles to the plastic video tape which causes the tapes to degrade and become unplayable.  Making those memories accessible againWhether it’s your old camcorder video tapes, boxes of photographs, slides, negatives, your old record collection or even your CD or DVD library, we can lovingly transfer your memories onto a system so that they can be enjoyed once again at any time by the entire family on your TV and home entertainment system. Contact us now to arrange personal collection of your precious memories to be digitised onto CDs, DVDs, Memory sticks, USB drives or Network Attached Storage devices or to discuss how you can have a system installed. Call    01276 685968    or email   info@personalmediasolutions.co.uk

 

We Can Digitise Photo Negatives

Did you know that Personal Media Solutions can digitise from the negatives of your precious family photos. Using these to digitise your memories means that you do not have to find all your photos, take them out of albums. Also, sometimes the physical photos have been lost or damaged. Personal Media Solutions can scan your negatives at a resolution high enough to produce a great looking picture on your large flat screen TV at home. The negatives are the small transparent film strips that you would have got back from the developers when you sent your old films off.