Archive for May 30, 2013

Welcome to the First Home Movie Legacy Newsletter

default_headerWelcome to the First Home Movie Legacy Newsletter!

Home movies are our national treasure. They are time machines that capture the stories of our lives as individuals, families and as a people with a shared history and culture. The home movie camera has recorded the annals of our lives and those of our ancestors. There are millions of feet of 16mm, 8mm and super 8mm film (and many thousands of hours of video tapes). There are big stories to tell about the people, who they were, what they did and where they traveled. You can peek in and see the preface to the story on almost every reel. These frames are meant to delight audiences large and small! It’s all up to you and your imagination.

Weather you’re a filmmaker looking at new ways to create a compelling story using found footage, a family memory keeper, archivist or historian Home Movie Legacy want to be your GO TO resource for moving old media into your digital life. Our expertise comes from running Pro8mm, a company that has specialized in the scanning of these film and video formats for over 40 years for moguls and the masses. We can help you tell your story! 

The mission of Home Movie Legacy is to offer resources, information and inspiration to families and filmmakers to tell compelling stories with legacy footage. Weather you want to learn about cool things you could and should do with your home movies, organize, digitize or monetize all those formats, or a filmmaker wanting to make a documentary from a story inspired from archival reels, we are here to help!
– Rhonda Vigeant 

Email me Rhonda@homemovielegacy.com I’m here to help!

Les Brown Interviews Rhonda About Home Movies

Les Brown, world famous motivational speaker interviews Rhonda Vigeant about the importance of home movies and best practices to archive, preserve and bring them into your digital life! 

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Out of the Archives: The History of the Eagles

Our company, Pro8mm is so grateful that we get to have a hand in preserving the legacy of so much material that has shaped American culture! It has been about four years since we first had reels and reels of home movies from The Eagles brought in to be scanned on our Millennium II HD scanner. Now, the finished film is a Sundance 2013 winner, has been on Showtime, and is available to purchase or download!

“NEVER BEFORE SEEN” is the catch phase I love when a new documentary comes on the scene! See home movies shot on the tour bus. A story of the 1970’s. A story of an American band and music in Southern California! A rare glimpse behind the scenes of a very private band! Time to tell their story while the past 40 years were still fresh in their mind the band proclaims!

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Radio Buzzz … The Home Movie Legacy Project


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Our weekly podcast is on fire! The Home Movie Legacy Project: Exposing “REEL” solutions to create a media legacy that lives! We interview “reel” people telling their stories as well as experts who will give you fantastic tips on how to organize, digitize, share on social media and even monetize your legacy footage!

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We already have 13 shows you can download for your listening pleasure! From compelling stories of things discovered in peoples archive, to how to sell your stuff as stock footage, have a successful crowd funding campaign, photo organizing, keeping the analog arts alive, a journey is self discovery and transformation from Viet Nam, stories of Mental Illness, and the popular Kemp Family; community filmmaking and how and why a famous ASC Cinematographer recreates “home movies” for his major TV movies and so much more. Each show wraps with a tech talk featuring Phil Vigeant who expertly helps you to sort out format challenges in moving your old material into your digital life!

Coming Attractions For April You Won’t Want to Miss:

April 10: The Story of Amen Ra: When My Sorrow Died – with Matt Huffman

April 17: Your Film and Photos For Outside The Box Marketing – Craig Duswalt

April 24: As I Knew Him….My Dad, Rod Serling – with Anne Serlin

Subscribe in iTunes. Give us a review. Do you have a story or expertise to share with our audience? Email me Rhonda@homemovielegacy.com

Rhonda’s Book Launch, Get ‘REEL” About Your Home Movie Legacy…Before It’s Too Late!

We had a great book launch in Burbank, along with a drawing for a free home movie transfer. Get some “reel ” inspiration on how to be head of your own studio and DO SOMETHING with your family films. 

Purchase The Book at a Discount from my websiteBuy From Amazon 

 

 

(with editor Heidi Clingen)             (Rhonda autographing books)

Tech Talk: Beyond the DVD

WHY YOU SHOULD NOT TRANSFER YOUR HOME MOVIES TO DVD 

As a person passionate about raising the consciousness about why home movies are so important and wanting to share with people what I have learned, I can’t help but think about how much information there is on the internet from transfer houses about preservation and archiving your home movies that is not entirely correct. First and foremost is that a DVD does NOT preserve your film. A DVD is only a copy of your original film master by which you can easily watch your home movies. The quality of a DVD is far inferior to what is on your original film. You cannot easily edit a DVD transfer. More and more people understand that they can share their films in so many fabulous ways when they are properly encoded as computer files, put on a hard drive that you can then plug into your computer. You can edit them and make compelling little stories by theme, upload clips on FaceBook, have a family YouTube Channel, download them to your iPad, and so much more. Watch this video and learn more about this topic. Email me with your questions or comments! Rhonda@homemovielegacy.com

Why you don’t want to transfer your home movies to DVD

Upcoming Events: APPO Conference

Rhonda will be speaking and have a booth at the APPO Conference (Association of Personal Photo Organizers) in Chicago, Friday, April 12 on 5 Cool Things You Could and Should Do With Your Home Movies.

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The “REEL” Truth About Transferring Home Movies To DVD

A DVD is just too unstable for your precious home movies

One of the things that most people don’t consider or understand about having all their home movie media on film and tape transffered to a DVD is that they have done nothing to preserve their legacy for future generations.  While DVD’s are a convenient play back format, transferring  original material to a DVD is just making  a low quality copy from your master.  Even “GOLD” DVD’s are just a marketing scheme and are not infinitely  more stable than any other type of DVD.

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Most people are surpirsed when I tell them  DVD is a low quality copy of their original.  It is like you had an original Picasso  painting for example.  But instead of framing your Picasso, you took a photocopy on your home photocopier, framed it, hung it on the wall, and rolled up the original or even worse, through it away.  The copy will never be as good or as detailed  in this example, because that is the quality that the photcopier can render. It is a watered down versio no f the original.  Get it? It is the exact same with your film and tapes.

 

 

A DVD will not be the common playback format of the future.  We have already lived through the demise of film projectors, VHS players, etc, and the future obsolescence of DVD is inevitable.

Another thing people often don’t think about is that you  can not easily edit a DVD.   One of the things people often feel anxious about before they transfer their films is getting things in the correct chronological order.  This is a

challenge, because unless the date and event is written on the reel or tape , we might not know what is on it, and we no longer have the correct playback machine for that kind of film and tape.

 

Today, most computers have easy to use editing programs where you can cut and paste snippets or “golden nuggets” together to tell a compelling story.  These tools make it so easy and fun to be “head of your own studio” so you can bring the past into your digital life and share on social media, create a YouTube Channel , watch on your iPad or any smart device.  Try doing that with a  DVD.  After all, editing is why people love watching a good movie.  Take out the slow, boring and blurry parts so we can focus into the good parts.

 

A couple of years ago, my aunt and uncle “downsized” from their family home to a condo complex for seniors.   Proudly, my uncle showed me his new media center beautifully built into a bookcase.  He had always been an audio and media buff and bought the best of the best.  In this cabinet he had a player for Mini-dv tapes, a Hi-8 tape player, a VHS player, a DVD player and a Blu-ray disk player – all top of the line, all brand new. He said, “I’m so glad you put all of Papa’s films on DVD a few years ago.  There would be no room for a projector!”

 

I looked at him and complimented him on the beautiful new equipment.  Then I shared with him the information below, which made his jaw drop!

 

 

HAIL TO THE HARD DRIVE – EVERY CLOUD HAS A SILVER LINING

 

Today, the hard drive changes it all.  We can migrate all our home movie media onto a portable hard drive.  The price of the drives keeps going down, and the storage capacity keeps going up.

 

This can be a challenging concept to get across to people, even really smart people like my uncle.  The hard drive has eliminated our need to have so many machines to playback our media on.

 

The process that accomplishes this migration of many formats onto a hard drive is accomplished is actually quite simple. The benefit is that now all your different mediums are speaking the same language!

 

 

HOW IT’S DONE

 

In order to properly archive and preserve your home movie you have to create a  Digital Master.  This allows you to repurpose the material in many fantastic ways.  The process  by which this is  accomplished  so that  all your formats are on one device and speaking the same language is actually quite simple.

 

  • All your different formats are transferred as data files by a company offering that service.
  • Then, these new files are downloaded by that service provider  onto the hard drive.
  • The hard drive is plugged in to your computer.
  • The files show up on the device as play lists. One file for each reel of film or videotape.
  • Simply click on the one you want to watch.
  • Files can be downloaded to your computer or uploaded to the Internet. You can watch the files on any of our modern playback devices, including our TV, ipad, or smart phone or streamed over the internet.

 

The conversion to data files  should be done by a company that specializes in this type of work and  uses state of the art HD equipment that does not compromise the integrity of the original material .  Sadly, lots of companies, both big box and mom and pops are doing work on terrible equipment that can potentially damage you film.  You also want to make sure the files are HD files  (commonly referredto as a CODEC) such as Pro Res , not low quality FTP files.  If they files are small enough that they can be emailed to you, than the quality is low enough that it is inferior  to what the original material looked like.

 

 

As consumers, we are getting used to the idea that we will probably get a new computer or cell phone every few years.  We have the mindset of, “I’m getting the latest version and keeping up with technology.”

 

This is also true of hard drives.  The price of the drives keeps going down and storage capacity goes up. Migrating your media that is already in a data file format to another hard drive every few years is fast, cheap and easy; just the cost of another drive. There is no loss in quality when you migrate the data digitally from one drive to another because you are keeping it in the same form, and you will never have to re-transfer the material.  That is a crucial point.

 

For more tips like these, check out my website www.homemovielegacy.com  Rhonda Vigeant