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Never Lose Your Favorite Memories!

Too many times we’ve seen people lose their sentimental photos and videos because they weren’t properly backed up. If your camera or phone gets broken or you accidentally delete any of your files without backing them up elsewhere, they’re gone forever. To prevent this from happening to you, we recommend backing your files up often. Don’t know how to back your files up? Keep reading and we’ll walk you through some of the basics to get you started!

First, were your files recorded directly to your camera or phone’s internal memory or were they saved onto a memory card? If they were recorded onto a memory card, you’ll need to remove the card from your device and connect it to a computer. Most modern computers have built-in SD card readers, but for more specific types of memory cards, you may need to use some kind of external card reader to connect it to your computer.

If your files were saved onto your phone or camera’s internal memory, you’ll have to connect the device directly to your machine. Most phones are charged these days via a USB cable, so often you can use the cable you charge your phone with to connect it to the computer, and cameras are almost always sold with a USB cable in order to transfer files to your computer.

Once you have either your phone, camera, or memory card connected to your computer, navigate to the location of your files. Often times, the option to open a folder to view the files on your device will pop up as soon as you plug it into the computer. If not, it is fairly simple to find the location via your computer’s explorer system.

All that’s left to do before you can transfer your files to your computer is to define a location to move the files to. Create a new folder wherever you’d like the files to be on your computer, whether it’s in your documents folder, on the desktop, etc. Select all the files in the folder on your device, copy them, and paste them into the new folder you’ve created.

That’s all there is to it! In the best case scenario, we also suggest having a drive dedicated to backing up your files, as it’s always good to have your files backed up in more than one location. The process to back your files up to an external hard drive or flash drive is very similar to the process of backing files up to your computer. Just create a folder on your drive and copy the files to that folder as well.

If you have any questions at all, feel free to leave a comment on this post! Or if you’d rather have all the work done for you, bring your camera/phone/memory card up to us here at AM Tech Video, Inc. and we’d be happy to transfer your files for you! 🙂

Your VHS Tapes Are On Borrowed Time!

The age of VHS has long been over. This doesn’t come as much of a surprise, considering the astonishing lack of VCRs in production these days. The problem with living in a world where the technology is always evolving is that our keepsakes don’t evolve along with it. If you grew up any time before this millennium, most of your memories were probably in the form of photographs and video tapes, and if you’re anything like some of the guests we’ve helped here at AM Tech Video, you probably have boxes of these mementos sitting around and gathering dust.

The problem with this is that we’re finding more and more that VHS tapes just aren’t holding up anymore. It’s very common that we have an order brought in where the picture is really jumpy or the sound is dropping out completely. While tapes will get worn out over time the more they’re played, DVDs can play over and over without any loss in quality, so long as they’re kept properly.

If you don’t want to lose your precious memories forever, now is the time to get them transferred to a more reliable format! Bring them in to us here at AM Tech Video to see what we can do for you, or visit our website at www.CameraTransfers.com!

Foreign Conversions

Have friends around the world? Have they tried to send you a DVD or old tape and you can’t watch it? It’s most likely in their country’s video format. We here at AM Tech Video can convert them to the US standard NTSC which will allow you to view them in your home. Different countries in the world film and view video in other formats. This can be frustrating. You might think something is wrong with the video, but don’t worry, it’s just the format. Bring in your foreign videos and we can convert them for you. We can also convert them into non-US formats if you are interested in sending a friend in another country a video!

The Difference Between DVD-R and DVD+R

Many people have questions about the differences between DVD formats and the compatibility of the discs in different players and recorders. Hopefully this can answer some of those inquiries.

The two are competing technologies that use different formats. No single company owns “DVD” and both technologies have their differences and advantages. DVD+R allows multiple layers for per disc while DVD-R only allows one layer. Multi layer DVD+R allows for more capacity than DVD-R, therefore it is more expensive. Also, DVD+R DL/+RW format offers more space for anyone who wants to record their own movies and audio and play in their own computer but not in a DVD or BD-r player.

DVD-R and -RW are officially approved by the standards group DVD Forum, which was founded by Mitsubishi, Sony, Hitachi, and Time Warner. DVD+R and +RW formats are not approved by the DVD Forum standards group, but instead the DVD+RW Alliance. The DVD+RW Alliance is supported by Sony, Yamaha, Philips, Dell, and JP. According to the DVD Alliance, using a DVD+R/+RW recorder will let you instantly eject without having to wait for finalized formatting. Also, it allows the ability to record one DVD partially on different recorders, such as a PC and then on a TV. It will let you simultaneously record on parts of a DVD that have been previously formatted, and allows for enhanced ability to edit file names on the disc. Lastly, it claims 100% compatibility with all other DVD players. We at http://www.cameratodvd.com/ are not finding that to be true. Older DVD players may have a problem playing them. We also find there are some players that like only the DVD+R.

When you transfer video or make video for others to view, here is the bottom line. You can use either DVD+R or DVD-R and make sure it has been finalized.

Do-It-Yourself Camera or SD Video Card to DVD

Many still cameras now offer a video mode. Getting your videos to a DVD can, however, be a bit of a challenge. I would first check with your camera’s manufacturer to see about any free software that would offer a solution. Barring that option, here is how to transfer video files to DVD. Your camera may have a USB port and a cable to directly transfer the video files to your computer. If not, your computer may have a card reader built in that you can use to transfer the files from a memory card.

If your computer does not have one, you will need to purchase one. The card reader must match the type of card that you have. All card readers are not the same! If you have an SDHC card from your camera and your card reader only reads SD cards, you will need to upgrade to a card reader that reads SDHC cards.

Transfer your video files to a folder on whichever drive of your computer that you would like to save them on. I find this a more reliable way to work with the files opposed to working off of the card or digital camera. Your computer will also have to be fast enough and have enough memory to play your video. How fast does your computer have to be to play video? As a rule, about 2.2 GHz, and it should have about 2 GB of RAM. This can vary as to how choked up your computer is. The more speed and memory, the better! A second Hard Drive would be beneficial to store and play your videos. This may solve some of the top and go type of video playback.

Once you have the files in your computer, open up your favorite DVD Authoring Program, import your video files from the folder you copied them to and follow program instructions. If your DVD Authoring Program doesn’t recognize the video files, you will need to get a video file converter program or find a different DVD Authoring Program that does read that type of file. Look for a high rated program that lists your file type, whether it’s .mp4, .mov, .avi, or whichever. Have fun! 🙂

Keep in mind, the easiest solution would be to bring your SD memory card or camera in to us here at AM Tech Video and let us do the DVD transfer for you! Mention that you saw it here and get a $5.00 discount! Check out http://www.cameratransfer.com/ for more information.

Trouble Transferring Video from Camera to DVD?

All kinds of digital cameras provide the ability to take short video clips now! You’re no longer limited to just taking still images anymore. While that’s a great feature, it’s not always easy to transfer your videos to DVD from your camera.

There are plenty of kiosks at drug stores and such that will allow you to transfer your photo files to physical prints, but they will not transfer your videos to DVD. This is because there just isn’t a way to do every type of file from every type of camera. If you try to do it yourself, you may also find it to be time consuming and quite a technological challenge.

If you’re looking to have a DVD made with your camera that will play in your DVD player, come to ATV Productions! We can copy your videos from your memory card into our computer and call you when your DVD movies are ready for pick up! In most cases, you don’t even have to leave your camera behind! You’ll have a playable DVD with your videos for your family to enjoy. We can even make you a low cost back-up copy for safe keeping.

Give us a call or visit http://www.atvproductions.com/ for more information on these services!

Preserving Your 8mm Film

If you’re wondering how to keep your old 8mm film safe and protected, the best thing we can recommend is to get them transferred to DVD. You can preserve the life of the film as long as possible by storing it in a cool, low moisture area away from sunlight. Even with the best possible care, the film will deteriorate over time, and the only sure way to keep your precious memories truly safe is to get them over to a more permanent format, such as DVD.

We do film transfers here at ATV Productions in-house to ensure the safety of your priceless videos. Give us a call today or visit us at http://www.atvproductions.com/ for more info!

How to Label Your DVDs and CDs

Have you ever wondered why you don’t see many stickers used to label discs anymore? Well, it’s because using that kind of label can throw off the balance of the DVD or CD when it’s in a player. This can cause your disc to either not play right or not play at all.

The best way to label a disc is either with a permanent marker or with a DVD/CD printer. If you have a printer, just keep in mind that you have to get printable discs. Otherwise, what you printed will smear right off.

If you have DVDs or CDs that you need duplicated, bring them in to AM Tech Video, Inc. Our local video production company has competitive prices and can take care of all the copying, printing and packaging you need!

Reach Out to Customers with Video on Your Website!

There are plenty of statistics, articles, blogs, etc. that will tell you the same thing:  Online video attracts more customers to your business website! On top of that, Google looks for video content on sites and actually ranks pages higher for it. If that doesn’t attract more customers, then I don’t know what will.

If you own a small business and you’re considering video for your site, please contact AM Tech Video, Inc. for your production needs. We can make it a lot easier and more affordable than you think. We provide cost efficient, quality video production for your local business right here in Cleveland, Ohio! What’s even better is that if you have an online listing with a yellow pages site, they’ll post whatever videos you have regardless of who made them. These services usually offer video production services, which can be rather pricey and they outsource to a local studio to do it anyway.

We have the facilities, equipment and talent here to make your video exactly what you want. Thinking about using a green screen? ATV has that too, as well as a huge studio, props, lighting, teleprompters and everything else you could need. Need help writing a script? We’d be more than happy to help! We’re local, trustworthy and have been in business since 1985. Check out our website at http://www.onwebtalent.com/ or http://www.atvproductions.com/ for my information.

Check out this article about adding video to your small business website!

The Easiest Way to Get Video Off Your Camera

Do you have a video camera with a hard drive? The easiest way to get video off your camcorder is to use the video out cables. You plug them into your video camera and a video recorder.

If you’re still unsure, bring your camera and cords into AM Tech Video, Inc. We have all the equipment here to do the job quickly and efficiently. We also have a do-it-yourself video editing station that we can show you how to use once your footage is off the camera.

Visit our website at http://www.atvproductions.com/ for all your video production needs and questions!