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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! ūüôā

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!