“You will never know the value of a moment, until it becomes a memory” so said Dr. Seuss.
“You don’t know what you got till it’s gone.” These are the truthful lyrics that we enjoy singing along to for the rhythm, but when’s the last time you actually stopped to think what the lyrics are saying? In the moment, we tend to take things for granted. Sometimes we fail to look around, embrace the moment and be grateful for what we have. We get so caught up in the chaos of what’s next, where we’re going, and even what happened yesterday. What we should really be doing is living in the now. Because we only get that ‘now’ once.
Some of the most valuable, precious moments we experience can slip right through our hands and not be appreciated to the fullest, until the moment is gone and becomes a recollection.
But how do you view your memories? If you are like most people, the memories may be in your brain somewhere, but a visual or audio prompt is what is needed to recall those precious memories and share and enjoy them.
Personal Media Solutions can help you share, recall and enjoy your precious family memories.
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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.
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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 – 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.
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
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.
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The statement “The business of life is the acquisition of memories” really jumped out at me when I heard it just the other day. It came from Carson in an episode of Downton Abbey.
To me it clearly sums up why we should collect up, save, store and backup as many of our life’s memories as we can, so that we can enjoy and share them now and in the future. Memories in our head are very difficult to ensure that we can save them, but memories can be triggered by photos, music, audio and video – which are all easy to save.
This is what Personal Media Solutions is all about.
Your family video, photo and music memories are precious. We protect, save and back them up. We make them easy to enjoy anytime.