A Great Reason to Transfer Your Home Videos

I recently transferred some old 8mm films to DVD for a client. Some of her film reels had suffered water damage. Here is a picture of one of the damaged reels. Much of the reel was covered with a white mold and brown mildew.

We clean all of our client’s reels with a special cleaner made just for film. It really takes care of most of the dirt and hair that accumulates, but her film was severely damaged. Below are some stills from her damaged film after cleaning.

Best to get your films transferred sooner rather than later, and avoid losing any precious memories!

The Bradley Home

The Bradley Home video has been finished for a while, but now is online on their website.

Built in 1938 to serve the aged community of Central Connecticut, The Bradley Home is located in Meriden, CT. The staff were great, and the residents were amazing. Everyone we talked to couldn’t stop praising the place. They have some beautiful gardens which the residents help maintain. We spent a day and a half there shooting a promotional video which they will use on their website and distribute on DVD to potential residents and their families.

Another nice note

Received lately from Rosanna and Joseph, married in NY last year:

“We just wanted to thank you for the beautiful DVD. We will have this wonderfully crafted memory for the rest of our lives! Thank you!”

This was the first wedding I shot with my new Canon XH A1 camera, and I was very happy with the results—the picture was very sharp, and I really enjoyed composing shots in the 16×9 format.

Thank you note

Just received from Kelly and Ryan, who were married at Elms College Chapel in Chicopee, MA and had their reception at the Yankee Pedlar Inn in Holyoke:

Dear Tom,
Wow! What an amazing job you did creating our wedding video! Not only are Ryan and I thrilled with the results, you also impressed my mother and my mother-in-law! We are so happy with your work and we are certain the DVDs will get plenty of use. Thank you so much!!

Full Circle

I’ve been playing with a new toy this week. It’s a customized film transfer projector designed to do frame-by-frame transfers of 8mm and Super8 films. In between doing film transfers for clients, I’ve been testing it out with films from my childhood. Films that I had spliced together myself onto big reels, back when I was 13 or 14 years old. I probably haven’t seen these in over 20 years. No one in my family has. They sure will make a nice Christmas presents. Here are a couple of screen captures from my home movies:

Here, my brothers and cousin tear down a gingerbread house on New Year’s Eve (circa 1971).

Here I am in the yellow pajamas, between my cousin and my brother.

The film transfers are going great. We clean all the film before transferring, and the frame-by-frame transfer gives very sharp images, so it looks terrific—and it’s a lot of fun to watch all the old movies. Check your attics, your closets, and your basements. Dig out those old memories. Film won’t last forever—better get it transferred to DVD!