Interested in downsizing your audio visual possessions? Do you have various formats of video tapes, DVDs, audio cassettes that you want to be preserve? At Digital Life I can converted all of them to high-quality digital files and where they can fit on a tiny USB thumb drive. I can also send copies of them all around the world to your family and friends, who will be able enjoy those memories wherever they are.

 

I want to start offering a "clipping" service but this client just wanted straight tape capture.

 

Adam Pratt I get it. I just transferred my own and spent several hours 'clipping' them to specific events. I still have 21 more to do too. I am offering as a separate 'organize' option for clients.

 

Super8 is the hardest and most expensive to convert, so I'm sure what you paid was worth it. My only advice is to convert those DVDs to digital files before the DVDs decay or get scratched. Despite popular belief, DVD is NOT a good long-term storage medium unless you use the premium gold discs (maybe).

 

I have thought about branded thumb drives, but I don't think it's worth it. Branded drives are 5x the cost of the ones I purchase from top manufacturers.

 

Yes, I usually deliver the drives in a nice presentation box. This project was odd because the digital content fit on a thumb drive. Almost everything else I do is delivered on hard drives.

 

If I'm converting content for somebody who plans to do a lot of editing then I'd consider uncompressed AVI or QuickTime MOV with ProRes, but 99% of what I convert goes straight to MP4 with high-quality H.264 encoding. It's the same technology behind popular sites like YouTube, Netflix, and Hulu and is a good choice for universal access.

 

Adam Pratt

I do a lot of work with local clients, but also with clients all across the US. I understand the hesitation about shipping this precious material, but storing this stuff in a basement (that could flood) or the attic (which is hot) or in a crawl space (under the kitchen sink) also has risks. I think the biggest risk is to be paralyzed and no nothing to preserve it.
 
The size of the flash drive depends on the size of the project. In this case I was able to squeeze about 80 tapes of video into a 64GB thumb drive. You can buy bigger, or just use an external USB hard drive for larger storage and faster speed.
 
I convert all film reels and video tapes to MP4 digital video files with high-quality H.264 compression.