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Flood Damaged Tapes

As you all know, Hurricane Irma caused a great deal of flood damage to the North Florida area. Lately, we have been asked, ” How can I save my hurricane and flood damaged tapes?” First let’s ask Ashley!



Flood Damaged Tapes

There are a number of things that you can do to help salvage your tapes. First of all, a good thing to flood damage Irmaremember is that water itself is not the biggest problem, it’s the contaminates in the flood water that can seriously harm your tapes. Rinsing your tapes in distilled water is the first thing you should do. Never rinse your tapes in tap water because it may contain chlorine. Chlorine can be just as harmful to your tapes as other chemicals so please, no tap! If your tapes have already dried, it is best not to rinse them and just keep them dry.

After you have completed step one, it’s time to move on to the second step, drying your tapes. It is very important that you do not use a blow dryer or any kind of heat to dry your tapes. Heat can often be even more damaging to your tapes than water! An air-conditioned room with good air circulation is best for drying. Setting up a small fan can help too, but do not point the fan directly at the tapes. Do not attempt to play your tapes until they have completely dried.


A Quick Note on 8mm Film

If your 8mm film becomes wet, follow the same procedure. There is some information on the web stating that wet 8mm film should be placed in a freezer. DO NOT DO THIS! Freezing the wet reels can cause the emulsion to peel off of the film strip. This would cause irreversible damage.  The first thing you should do is get them in a cool, climate controlled room, then, give us a call. 8mm film can be more delicate than video tape so the sooner you contact us, the better.

Tape Transfer

Once your tapes have completely dried, the final step is to bring them to us and transfer your tapes to DVD or digital. Converting your footage is a great way to save and protect your precious memories from further damage. Transferring your VHS, video8, VHSC and Beta tapes will also allow you to easily watch and share your home movies. And don’t forget, we can also transfer your 8mm and super8 film.

If your tapes have suffered flood or hurricane damage, don’t despair.  You might be able to save them! Follow these steps and then bring them to us, we will do all we can to transfer them.

For more information, give us a call at 904-730-9999 or send us your questions through our contact form here.

Easy Edit Video

8431 Baymeadows Way

Jacksonville, FL 32256

(904) 730-9999

Monday-Friday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

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16mm Film Transfer Ending Soon!

Do you have 16mm film? Learn more about this medium in our latest episode of Ask Ashley!



16mm Film

In the world of home movies, 16mm cameras were one of the most high-end cameras you could 16mm film reelpurchase. Introduced in the 1920’s by the Eastman Kodak Company, this film format has been used for nearly 100 years! Although 16mm was popular, it lost some of it’s esteem with the introduction of the 8mm and super8 cameras. However, many families still preferred 16mm and continued using their cameras for decades.

For nearly 25 years, Easy Edit Video has offered 16mm film transfers. We are sad to say that September 29th, 2017 will be the last day we can take these orders. Our film tech, after working with us for over a decade, is retiring from the film transfer business. We are so happy for Bill and we wish him the best! In light of his retirement, we have decided to suspend this service. Here at Easy Edit Video, we provide only the highest quality of service and we know that there is no way we could ever match the experience and expertise of Bill.


Bring In Your Film Today

If you have 16mm film, do not worry, you still have time! Bring us your film by September 29th, 2017 and we will transfer it to DVD or MP4. Rest assured that you will still receive the excellent service you have come to expect from us. We will inspect your film first, then clean it. We will then add new leads to it and make sprocket hole repairs as needed.  Finally, we capture your film and transfer it DVD or MP4. Remember, we are still offering our 8mm film transfer services as well as VHS transfers! So get your film to us by September 29th, 2017 so you can be sure to save your memories! Give us a call or use our contact page here.

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8431 Baymeadows Way

Jacksonville, FL 32256

(904) 730-9999

Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

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Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Correspondents Handbook

Hurricane Irma

Easy Edit Video will be closed Monday, September 11th due to Hurricane Irma. Although we are taking this very seriously, we thought we might lighten the mood a bit by sharing with you The “Unofficial” Roving Hurricane Correspondents Handbook. Enjoy!





The Roving Hurricane Correspondents Handbook:

Welcome to the exciting world of hurricane journalism!


While your highly paid colleagues on the anchor desk are broadcasting from the dry safety of a heavily fortified television studio, you and your camera crew will be out in the maw of the storm, risking your lives for no good reason.


* What you should wear: Always choose the flimsiest rain jacket available, to visually dramatize the effect of strong winds. All foul-weather gear should be brightly colored in the event you’re swept out to sea or sucked down a drainage culvert, and someone actually goes searching for you.


* What you should televise: The first rule of hurricane coverage is that every broadcast must begin with palm trees bending in the wind. Never mind that the puniest summer squall can send a coconut palm into convulsions, your producer will demand this meaningless shot.

Once the storm begins, fallen-tree video is absolutely essential to hurricane broadcasts. The most sought-after footage is, in order of ratings:

  1. Big tree on strip mall.
    2. Big tree on house.
    3. Big tree on car.
    4. Small tree on car.
    5. Assorted shrubbery on car.
    The Hurricane Code of Ethics forbids correspondents from purposely knocking down any native vegetation with a TV satellite truck to simulate weather damage.


* Where you should go:  When the storm finally comes ashore, always stand dangerously near the rough water and position yourself so that the spray hits you directly in the face. If it’s not raining yet, take off your hood and let the wind mess up your hair.

Remember: A wet, tired and weather-beaten appearance is crucial to your credibility as a hurricane journalist.


* What you should say: When covering a hurricane, there’s no such thing as overstating the obvious. And, let’s face it, how many different ways can you say it’s rainy, windy and miserable?   To break the monotony, you might take a guess at how high the ”storm surge” will be, even though you won’t have a clue. Tedious lulls in the action will also offer the opportunity to ramble on about ”feeder bands,” which is the slick new term for squall lines.

And when the dry, well-fed anchor folks back in the air-conditioned studio ask you to sum up the situation in your location, always say the following:

“Conditions are deteriorating, Dwight.”


* Whom should you interview: As a hurricane advances, it’s standard procedure to chat with evacuees, hotel owners, utility workers and disappointed tourists.

The two mandatory video loops are (a) worried residents boarding up and (b) harried residents standing in long lines to purchase water, batteries and other supplies.



Once the storm is imminent and the coastlines are evacuated, your interview possibilities will be reduced to:
1. Police and emergency personnel who are out on the streets because it’s their job.
2. Amateur ”storm chasers” and other wandering dolts who wish to experience the force of a hurricane up-close and personal.
3. Surfers. Of these, surfers are by far the most entertaining interview subjects for TV. Unfortunately, you could easily die trying to talk them out of the water.


* What to do when the hurricane actually strikes: Obviously the sensible move is to broadcast from the protected lee of a strong building, but for that you could get fired.

Your producer will instead order you to step into the teeth of the storm, where you risk being clobbered by flying glass, coconuts, shingles, patio furniture or surfboards.

This is an act of utter madness, but it makes for amusing television. If you survive, your next mission will be to find and film a major piece of hurricane debris — the money shot.


Remember, your viewers’ expectations are high. They’ve watched that big slow mother whirling across the Doppler for a week, and they’ve been primed for devastation on a biblical scale.

Take no chances. Proceed immediately to the nearest trailer park, being extra careful not to crash into other TV crews on the way.

* What to do when the worst is over: A friendly reminder — The Hurricane Broadcasters Code of Ethics strictly prohibits drinking on the air. However, only you and your camera crew need know what goes on in the privacy of the satellite truck. If anybody asks, you know what to say:

“Conditions are deteriorating, Dwight.”



Easy Edit Video would like to thank former Dub Tec Danny Quitter for this contribution.


Please, stay safe everyone!



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How You Can Benefit From Online Videos

Why does your website need online videos? Let’s take a moment to Ask Ashley!



Online Videos

When was the last time you were online and read an entire page of text? We are willing to bet that it’s been a while! Everyday, internet users are bypassing full text pages and going straight to videos. Online videos are a great way to engage your customers while gaining brand recognition. Consumers are more likely to buy your product after watching a video and are more willing to share your video on social. For more impressive statistics about online videos, click here. Now that you know the importance of video content, where do you begin? Easy Edit Video is here to help!

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Corporate Videos

For the past 25 years, we have been privileged to work with some of the best businesses in Jacksonville. With so much experience, corporate online videos have become our specialty!  We can help you with every step of the process, from script writing to editing. With our on location services, we can go to your place of business, or anywhere you choose to shoot your video. We also offer our green screen studio, complete with professional lighting set up and teleprompter. Green screen is a great way to have complete creative freedom and make a video that stands out from the crowd. If you want an eye-catching, stand-out video, then green screen is the way to go!

With millions of online videos competing for attention, it is important that your video is high quality.  Our team of highly trained professionals will create the perfect video for your business. Take a look at some of our previous work.


Let’s Get Started

Every business, big or small, can benefit from online videos. Give us a call at (904) 730-9999 or use our contact form to discuss your video ideas. We will learn all we can about your business needs, then create for you the perfect online video. Do you already have an online video? Out with the old and in with the new! We can even update your existing videos with new graphics, titles, voice overs and more! Let’s get started today!

Easy Edit Video

8431 Baymeadows Way

Jacksonville, FL 32256

Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.


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The Production Process

The production process can seem overwhelming! Take a look at our latest edition of Ask Ashley!


Production Process

As Ashley pointed out, the production process is mainly four steps, pre-production, production, post-production and distribution. Each step is essential to creating a great final product, but starting out on the right foot is crucial.


The first step is truly one of the most important. It is during pre-production that your vision takes shape. Everything from budget to story board needs to be worked out in this stage. To ensure that there will be no surprises once production is underway, all major decisions should be made during pre-production.  The more planning and preparing that is done first, the more likely your production will be a success.

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The next step in the process is production. Now is the time to shoot your video. It is during this stage that all of your planning pays off!production process



In the post-production phase, your footage is handed over to the editor. Using your guidance, the editor can remove scenes, add graphics and music and make any changes you wish to see. Once the editor has made all of your changes, your project is complete.



Finally, the last stage of the production process is distribution. It is during distribution that you get your video out there! There are a number of ways that you can successfully distribute your video. Making DVD copies is a great way to circulate your production. DVDs are great for businesses to hand out a conferences and trade shows. Another way to distribute your production is online. Online videos are an essential part of marketing today. Websites, social media and email marketing can all benefit from online videos.


The production process can seem overwhelming and a lot to take on, but don’t worry, that’s why we are here! We have been in the production business for almost 25 years and will be happy to help you every step of the way. Our staff of trained professionals are here to take you through the process from start to finish. Don’t need a full production? No worries, we can help you with any one of the steps in this process. Are you planning a large production? Then check out our Multiple Camera Production  page to learn more. Stop by or give us a call today! In addition, send us a message on Facebook!

Easy Edit Video

8431 Baymeadows Way

Jacksonville, FL 32256

(904) 730-9999

Hours of operation Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm


35mm Slide Transfer

Can Easy Edit Video do a 35mm slide transfer? Check out the latest edition of Ask Ashley to find out!





35mm Slides

So many of us have been there. You are cleaning out the closet and find boxes and boxes of slides! For 35mm slide transferover 60 years, 35mm slides have been a staple in the American household. Projected on the wall in beautiful kodachrome color, no party get together was complete without viewing slides! Reaching peak popularity in the 1950’s and 60’s, slides have been a huge part of our childhoods. Knowing what a big role slides played, wouldn’t it be great to see them again?


In 2004, the last Kodak slide projector was produced, making it harder and harder to view our slides. Now a days, even if you have a working projector, gathering the family and viewing them on the wall just isn’t practical anymore. So what options does that leave? Here at Easy Edit Video, we have the answer!



35mm Slide Transfer

A 35mm slide transfer is the perfect way to save, store and share your memories. By converting your slide to digital images, you will have a much easier, more modern format to work with. Do you need to send family members photos, simply email them a digital copy! Do you need to make prints, you can easily take your CD of images to any photo lab! When we transfer your slides, we capture the image at a high dpi, which means your images will be of the highest quality. In fact, you should easily be able to make enlargement to your photos if needed. Once your images are captured, we can even create a slideshow for you!

Our highly trained technicians will inspect and clean each and every slide to ensure the best possible image capture so you know your images will come out great! So what are you waiting for, transfer your slides today!

Easy Edit Video

(904) 730-9999

Monday -Friday 9:00 am-6:00 pm


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16mm Film Transfer

Can we do a 16mm film transfer? Let’s take a moment to Ask Ashley!



16mm Film

By now, it’s pretty well known that we are ready, willing and able to transfer your VHS tapes, Betamax, 16mm film transfer8mm film and slides. But what about 16mm film? 16mm film is far more rare to come by. 16mm film cameras have been available to the general public since 1923. They did not immediately become popular, however, due to the price. 16mm film and cameras were expensive! In fact, the price has always been a hindrance to 16mm film. With the introduction of 8mm film, 16mm was pretty much left behind. 8mm was more affordable, easy to use and less cumbersome. With that being said, that doesn’t mean 16mm vanished! Many families who invested in the cameras went on to use them for many years!


16mm Film Transfer

So do you have reels of 16mm film? As it gets harder and harder to find working film projectors, now is the time to transfer your film. When you bring in your film, first we inspect the reels for any signs of damage. Then, we clean your film to get the best possible transfer. If needed, we add new leads to the beginning and end of your film. Finally we transfer your film to a new format. A 16mm film transfer is a great way to save your precious memories as well as share them with new generations. We can convert your films to DVD or MP4 so you can easily store and share your films.

Worried about losing your films? You can rest assured that your family movies are safe with us. All of our work is done right here in Jacksonville, therefore, you never have to worry about your items getting lost in the mail. To learn more about all of the different types of media we can transfer, please visit our website here.

If you are ready to transfer your film, give us a call at (904) 730-9999 or stop by for a chat. We look forward to working with you!

Easy Edit Video

8431 Baymeadows Way

Jacksonville, FL 32256

(904) 730-9999

Monday – Friday  9:00 am – 6:00 pm

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Serving Jacksonville For 25 Years!

A Word From our President:

Perhaps it was a sign of good fortune that the day Easy Edit Video first opened for business was also the 40th birthday of owner David Zuckerman…July 6, 1993.

I always wanted to be a news director when I grew up. In the early 1990’s I was living in Dallas, Texas working for a video production company and going to college pursuing a masters degree in journalism. The industry was very different than it is today…video editing was tape-to-tape and required professional-grade VCRs, edit controllers and effects generators. During this time I did free-lance work for a business that rented edit suites to people who shot their own video. The owner believed while most anyone could buy a video camera, not everyone could afford an expensive editing suite. This idea would ultimately become the basis for Easy Edit Video.

In spring 1992 I graduated with my master’s degree. But after meeting with several TV stations, decided I no longer wanted to work in news. What I really wanted was to live on the beach in Florida. So I put together a business plan, then spent several weeks traveling the east coast of Florida researching the various markets, meeting with local film commissioners, chamber of commerce reps and production company owners.

Calling Jacksonville Home

I selected Jacksonville because there was no one else doing what I planned and the town had a diverse, stable economy. In February 1993, I made the move. It took four months to get the business open. About this time, the city’s largest production company closed down. I became friends with their chief engineer, Dave Wilson. Besides helping me acquire a lot of their used equipment and design the facility, Wilson installed all the gear.

As the build out progressed, one of the many things I did was get a Yellow Pages ad and phone service. I found out when the Yellow Pages directory would be delivered. On that day, I had the phone company turn on my phone service and I set up an answering machine. Every day I checked for messages, returned every call and told everyone I would be opening soon. It worked, and miraculously on my very first day, I had customers.

Opening Day

I was ready to open July 1 1993, but a cousin was getting married in Miami on July 4th and my entire family was going. I decided it made no sense to open for two days then be closed for the holiday weekend. So I went to the wedding, drove back on Monday and opened on Tuesday July 6. Coincidentally, it was also my 40th birthday.

More to the Story

But there is one more story that needs to be shared. While the idea of renting out edit suites may have worked in Dallas, Texas, it did not work in Jacksonville. Thankfully Dave Wilson was responsible for one more thing that changed the course of my business and contributed to our growth. He convinced me to buy a duplication system. Easy Edit Video soon became the area’s largest videotape, then DVD duplicator. Now on the threshold of our 25th anniversary, Easy Edit Video has grown to become a full-service video production company, while continuing to be NE Florida’s premier DVD duplicator.



The Story Continues

We here at Easy Edit Video have proudly served you for nearly 25 years! We look forward to serving you for many more. With DVD duplication, VHS to DVD transfers and full video production, we look forward to helping you! To learn more about our services, visit our website here.

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CD or MP3?

What are the differences between CD and MP3? Ask Ashley!


Transfer Your Audio to CD or MP3

So many of us still have old cassette tapes and albums around the house. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to listen to them again! Here at Easy Edit Video, we can do more than just tape transfers and video production, we can save your audio. Bring us your albums, cassettes and even your reel to reels and we would be happy to transfer them to CD or MP3. For more information, give us a call! We look forward to working with you.

Easy Edit Video

8431 Baymeadows Way Jacksonville, FL 32256

(904) 730-9999

Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

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DVD or MP4?


DVD or MP4

Should you transfer your tapes and films to DVD or MP4? Both are great options, so let’s Ask Ashley!

Which ever option you choose, we look forward to serving you!

Easy Edit Video

8431 Baymeadows Way

Jacksonville, FL 32256

(904) 730-9999

Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm