Memories Live Longer than Dreams

Memories live longer than dreams! I have recently read a book that I was fascinated to find, is so relevant to my business, Personal Media Solutions. It is called “Stuffocation” authored by James Wallman.

In it, James Wallman quotes his grandfather saying “Memories live longer than dreams”. He then comments “Did he mean that the past is more important than the future? Or was he saying, as I have come to believe, that material dreams have their place, but that life is made up of memories, which come from experiences?”

Every time I digitise a family’s precious cine, video or photographic collection, I am reminded that I am providing a service that helps people share their precious family memories, making their “memories live longer than dreams”.

Here is the author explaining how the book came about:

It is available on Amazon at

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Personal Media Solutions was started in 2009 by Martin Wallman who has 30 years experience in Photography, Videography, Consumer Electronics, IT and Technology. He saw the need for simpler solutions to enjoy precious family photos, music and video memories in the home environment. Technical advances, particularly in the convergence of consumer and computer based media solutions, make it possible to provide a personal service that is flexible, affordable and easy to use.




Moving Pictures Bring Family History Alive

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.

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UK copyright law clarity on format shifting

A recent review of the Copyright laws in the UK could clarify things: One of the key changes it recommends is to legalise format shifting for personal use – the copying of CDs or DVDs onto digital music players or computers. Although no individual has been prosecuted for ripping music, having an outdated legal framework has stifled some innovations, the report said. Some think the change is overdue. “Format shifting has been implemented in all European countries apart from the UK, the Republic of Ireland and Malta,” said Susan Hall, media specialist at law firm Cobbetts LLP. “In today’s world, this doesn’t reflect consumer behaviour. The new regulations will allow more flexibility for consumers to enjoy content they have paid for in the way they want to,” she added. More details on


Videos Can Degrade In Only 5 To 30 Years

Magnetic tapes, such as those used to video precious family memories, actually degrade quicker than many people think. In fact there is a chemical process that is going on which will eventually make the tape unplayable. This Life Expectancy can be in the range of only 5 to 30 years! It is dependent on the way the tapes are stored (physical location, orientation, temperature and relative humidity). Many people have video tapes from the 1980s which really should be protected as soon as possible. The best way to do this is to digitise them. offer a high quality, personalised service at a competitive price.