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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!

Tips for Shooting Better Video

You’ve gotten yourself a brand new high-end camera and you’re ready to get out there and start shooting! So this means that you’re going to create a masterpiece on your first go, right? I mean, it’s a top of the line piece of equipment – of course it’s going to come out amazingly!

Unfortunately, no. Many people go into video with this mindset and are disappointed to learn that great equipment does not a great videographer make. Creating a visual masterpiece takes years of patience, hard work, and practice.

You don’t have years to learn all of the tricks of the trade? Well, that’s okay! We’ve compiled some tips for shooting better video that we hope will help you out!

Always make sure to keep back up memory on hand! – Whether it’s memory cards, CDs, tapes, or whichever, make sure to keep a spare or two on you just in case you need it. There’s nothing worse than being in the middle of an important moment and realizing that your camera just ran out of space to record it. If you wait until you’re out of space, you might also run into problems with buying more. These days, most stores carry SD cards and things of the sort, but if you buy them at somewhere like a hotel, gift shop, gas station, or somewhere else on the go, odds are that you’ll be paying more than you would buying them somewhere else.

Make sure your battery is fully charged beforehand, and if possible, keep a spare on hand! – The only thing worse than running out space to record is having the space but having your battery die on you! If you know you’re going to be filming something, make sure you charge up your battery in advance so that it’s ready to go. If possible, it’s also a good idea to keep a spare on you so that you can easily switch out the dead battery for a fresh one in case it dies at an inconvenient time.

Don’t overuse special effects that come with your camera! – You might think it’s really neat to play with your camera’s special effects, and it is, but when you’re recording an important moment, it’s best to just record it in it’s natural state and go back to add effects later if you wish to. If you shoot something with an added effect, generally there’s no way to remove it later on. If you shoot something in black and white and then later decide you want it in color, there’s no way to bring the color back. On the other hand, if you shoot it in its natural state and then later decide you want to make it black and white or add an effect, you can always add them in, undo the changes, whatever you want. Shooting naturally allows for total control of effects and removal of effects later on.

If editing isn’t in the cards, only record the crucial moments! – If you don’t plan on taking the footage into an editing program later to edit out all the extra moments you recorded to get to the good bits, don’t bother recording the extra, unimportant moments. Without editing, anyone watching will either have to sit through the extra bits or fastforward through them, and either of those can be annoying. If you do plan on editing, record to your heart’s content!

Avoid techniques that might make your video look amateur! – Much like Comic Sans is frowned upon in the graphic design community, there are certain techniques that are looked down upon in videography. Avoid excessive zooming in and out, and when you do use zoom, take it slow and easy! Frame your shots well and don’t use wide shots too often. Avoid heavy backlighting, as it can cause the focus of your shot to look dark and you can lose a lot of detail in your shot. Also, try to shoot from different angles and perspectives to switch things up and keep it interesting.

Always back up your files! – Speaking from experience, it’s horrible recording important memories and then losing them for some reason or another, whether it’s due to a corrupt hard drive, a broken CD, misplaced files, or accidentally recording over them. Always keep back ups of your files so that in case anything does happen to the original, you can rest assured knowing that you haven’t lost your precious memories or hard creative work. We walk you through backing up your files here on our blog, but AM Tech Video can also do it for you in store. Just give us a call or bring your files in and we’d be more than happy to help you out!

How To Keep Your VHS Tapes Lasting Longer

In this day and age, everything seems to be about Blu-Ray and DVDs and even little memory cards that you can store your videos on. But if you, like us, grew up in a time before all of these things were around, odds are that you have a decent collection of home videos on VHS tapes. You’ll also know just how fragile these tapes can be and how easily you can damage them or accidentally record over them (that is, assuming that you still even own a VCR).

Our number one suggestion to you is to get your precious memories converted to DVD before anything can happen to those tapes, and we here at AM Tech Video can do just that for you! In addition to converting your movies to DVD, we’ve compiled a list of a few simple things that you can do in order to keep your original VHS video tapes lasting longer.

First, you want to be very careful when handling the tape. Tapes may be more durable than DVDs on the outside, but there are plenty of inner workings that can get broken if you’re not careful. You never want to touch the tape inside of the door of the cassette either, as it can get smudged, crumpled, torn, etc., which could badly damage your video. When you’re done watching a VHS tape, you should rewind it before storing it to keep the tape inside tight, which prevents the video from sagging.

When you do store it, always keep it stored inside of its designated case to keep it from getting dusty, as dust can mess with your VCR when you go to play it and can also scratch the tape inside the cassette. Store VHS tapes in a cool, dry place away from heat and direct sunlight. The tape inside can shrink if it’s stored somewhere that’s too hot, which will definitely cause damage to your video. It’s also helpful to store them vertically so that the tape inside sits flat, which also prevents sagging. Lastly, something most people might not know, make sure to keep your VHS tapes away from magnets and speakers! The magnetic properties can damage or even erase VHS videos!

Be sure to follow these tips to keep your VHS home videos lasting longer. If you haven’t had them converted to DVD yet, give us a call or drop in to see us here at AM Tech Video to see what we can do for you!

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!

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!