If you are like me and my wife you have taken a ton of photos and videos over the years. Memories stored on film, video tapes, digital video tapes, floppy discs, etc. We have gone through at least two video cameras and I kept them to use as a playback device for those cherished recordings. Recently, we decided to break out the old video cameras and videos and take a look. Unfortunately neither of the players were working and I got an error messages on one. Now, there we were with a stack of various tapes with no way to play them. Facebook seems to read our minds or listen to our conversations because soon I was getting ads for companies that digitalize tapes for a fee. There are numerous companies that do this service and they take about any kind of media and put in on a DVD, thumb drive or send it to you in digital form. My wife and I collected 14 tapes of various sizes and sent them in. The company we used sent a box for shipping and barcodes to attach to each tape we sent in. It was very easy. A couple of weeks later we received our tapes back along with DVD for each tape and a thumb drive with all the footage. We have only watched a small portion so far. We had one tape that was very degraded and they couldn't get much off of it. What a great way to save the memories for the future.
We had video of Christmas celebrations, birthday parties, sports games and school activities as well as a lot of other video of our kids growing up. I'm sure each of you have something similar sitting around the house. We still have thousands of print photos that need to be organized. The companies will scan photos, but I feel like it would be really expensive to do a large quantity. I figure the price we paid to ensure these memories are viewable and can last a few more years was well worth it. If you decide to look for a company to do your videos and photos, I suggest you shop around and then wait for emails to be sent to you. We eventually got an email offering rates of 60% off the regular rate. I thought the final price was very reasonable.
As we get older these memories are as precious as most anything else we own. Looking back at the videos show how quickly our kids grew up and moved on with their lives. It reminds us all to live in the moment and cherish every minute of every day and to go back and savor those cherished memories we have. Some of my best memories are only recorded in my own mind. If only I could put them in video format!
What kind of media do you have laying around and how are you organizing it and protecting it for the future? Any success stories or disappointment with any digitalizing companies? How do you deal with photos? We have albums, photo boxes and drawers full of photos. What about your modern day digital videos and photos from you smart phone, how do you save and sort this large volume of media? I delete a few photos every once in awhile because I take screen shots of things I want to try such as a new coffee shop or I take a photo of a special light bulb or furnace filter I need to buy. If I don't go weed out these photos I could wind up saving them forever in the cloud or on my computer. Fifty years from now some grandchild will look through my photos and say "Why in the world did he save a photo of a furnace filter!"