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VHS Tapes But No VCR? Let’s Ask Ashley!

There was once a time when almost everyone had a VCR and VHS tapes ruled the world. Every popular movie (and some not so popular) was released to VHS, spawning businesses such as Blockbuster Video and Movie Gallery. In the 1980’s, the home camcorder was introduced, causing even more tapes to clutter our living rooms and dens. Now that VHS is gone and has passed the crown to Netflix, what can you do with your VHS tapes? Let’s take a moment to Ask Ashley!

 

 

The Rise and Fall of VHS Tapes

VHS tapes were truly an amazing innovation. Developed in the 1970’s, you could decide on what you wanted to watch from the comfort of your own home. No longer were you forced to watch what ever was on television or in the theaters. Once it became known that you could record one show while watching another, VCRs became a hot commodity in the United States. You were in complete control for the first time ever!

Sales were a bit sluggish at first, due to the high cost of early players. New ways of producing VCRs were explored however, when it became clear that there was a large market for them. This led to the production of cheaper, more affordable players that most families could fit into their budget. Once the home video camcorder was introduced, VCR sales went through the roof. Families across the nation were eager to record all of their special moments and share them with friends.

Eventually, technology evolved and VHS tapes became a thing of the past. With smartphones and streaming, VCRs have become obsolete. Don’t worry, that doesn’t mean that all of your VHS tapes are doomed to the recycling bin! We can bring back those memories for you with a VCR to DVD conversion or mp4 transfer. Affordable and fast, you’ll be revisiting those special family moments again! You will have your video copy in no time. Give us a call at (904) 730-9999 or stop by and we would be happy to help you with your tapes! If you have any questions about this topic, or would like to submit a question, we want to hear from you! Send your question to askashley@easyeditvideo.com.

 

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35mm Slides and What You Can Do With Them! Ask Ashley!

Most of us have piles of slides sitting in boxes or in the back of the closet. With so few projectors still running these days, most of the 35mm slides out there are simply collecting dust. So what can you do with your slides now that you can no longer view them using traditional methods? Let’s Ask Ashley!

 

 

 

35mm Slides in the 1950’s and Beyond…

35mm slides were once one of the most popular forms of viewing photos. It did take a little time for them to catch on when they were introduced in the 1950’s. But before long, it seemed that everyone had a slide projector. We have all experienced sitting in the living room at a friend’s or relative’s house, watching slides of recent vacations! Slides were a wonderful way of bringing special moments and memories to life! After a sharp rise in popularity through the 1960’s and 70’s, slides began to slowly fade. With the introduction of the VHS home movie camera in the 1980’s, slides seemed outdated. They did, however, have enough of a following to hang on until 2004, when Kodak announced that they would no longer be manufacturing slide projectors.

Slides are still a popular medium among artists today. Many new, up and coming visual artists favor slides for their high definition, yet, vintage look. The often stunning color saturation of slides render them as crisp and vibrant today as they were decades ago.  Many art galleries across the globe feature art installations consisting only of slides and this trend does not appear to be slowing.

If you are ready to take your slides to the next level and save your precious memories, bring them in to us! You will have your pictures to DVD or CD in about a week to 10 days, depending on size, and all work is done here on site! if you have any questions about slides, give us a call at (904) 730-9999, or email us at askashley@easyeidtvideo.com.

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Do You Have 16mm Film? Ask Ashley!

Over the years, there has been many different types of film available to consumers when it comes to home movie making. One of the most popular forms of film was 8mm and super8, but 16mm film was also widely used. We are often asked about the differences between the two, or simply, how to tell which kind you have. One of the easiest things you can do is measure the width of the film. The 8mm and 16mm film refers to the width. Give your film a quick measure and you will have your answer! To learn more about film, check out the latest edition of Ask Ashley!

 

 

Hollywood Embraces 16mm Film

There are so many great things about 16mm film, it would be impossible for us to cover all of it in a short video. For instance, did you know that 16mm film is making a comeback in Hollywood? The blockbuster giant Star Wars: The Force Awakens did more for movie making than most people realize! The director and producers of the film decided that they wanted to go back to basics with The Force Awakens, relying less on digital and more on actual props. That also included using real film! Other movie makers noticed the vivid colors and overall richness using film brought to the look of the movie. And with that, using actual film is making a slow but steady comeback.

Some directors, including Steven Spielberg and Quentin Tarantino, have sworn by film from the start and will never use digital. Watching any of their films, it is easy to see the difference in tone and quality. So what about your 16mm film…do you have your own family masterpieces sitting on reels at home?

Bring in your 16mm and we would be happy to transfer your film to DVD or MP4! Do you have any questions about 16mm? Give us a call at (904) 730-9999 or send your email to askashley@easyeditvideo.com. Our hours are 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday -Friday.

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CD or MP3? Let’s Find Out and Ask Ashley!

Last week we told you all about DVDs and MP4s, but what if you have audio? CDs and MP3s are the way to go to have all of your audio transferred to a more user-friendly format. When was the last time you used a turntable or reel to reel? By transferring to CD or MP3,  you can once again enjoy your favorite music and recordings. What types of audio can we convert for you? Here at Easy Edit Video, we can do it all! We can transfer albums, reel to reels and even cassette tapes! Remember all those mix tapes you made back in the day? Bring them in to us and you will be able to enjoy them again. Not sure which format you should transfer them to? Let’s Ask Ashley!

 

Now is a great time to dust off your old album collection and have them transferred to CD or MP3. With Summer rapidly approaching, think about how great it would be to listen to your favorite recordings on your road trips! Do you have old reels sitting in the closet? These reels could contain priceless family messages! We can’t tell you how many times people have brought in reel to reels, not know what is on them because they no longer have a working player. Time and time again our clients have been pleasantly surprised to hear grandma’s voice again once we have made the transfers. So transferring your reels can be a great way to clean out the closet and reconnect with your family!

Don’t worry about getting your albums and cassettes back. Once the transfers are complete, we will return your original audio media. All of the work is done right here in our Baymeadows facility so you can rest assured that your items are safe and will not become lost or damaged. If you have any questions about audio transfers or any other service we offer, please email askashley@easyeditvideo.com.  You can also give us a call Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm at (904) 730-9999.

Do you have a topic you want us to cover in our Ask Ashley series? Let us know! We welcome all questions and look forward to hearing from you.

 

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DVD or MP4, Which is Right For You? Ask Ashley!

Every year, we do thousands of video tape transfers here at Easy Edit Video. Hundreds of clients trust us to save their precious family moments including sporting events, birthdays and vacations. When it comes to transfers, one of the most frequently asked questions we receive is “should I have it transferred to DVD or MP4? Both mediums are a great way to get your film off of tape (which deteriorates over time) and save your family memories. Transferring is also a great way to view your videos again. After all, most of us have not owned a VCR in ages! In fact the last company that still produced VCRs shut down production of them last year.  So which way is best for you, DVD or MP4? Let’s Ask Ashley!

 

Truly, both methods are a great way to ensure that your videos will be saved for years to come, but what you intend to do with them is the key. Do you want to preserve and store your films? Do you want to be able to easily edit them? Are you going to share them  through your email, Dropbox account or on social media? Do you need multiple copies for relatives? Does everyone in your family have access to a computer? These are just a few of the questions you need to ask yourself when deciding which format you should go with. Remember, we are always here to help you make those tough decisions and answer any questions that you may have. Give us a call at (904) 730-9999 or stop by and have a chat!

Do you have a question you would like us to answer or need more information on one of our topics? Submit any questions to askashley@easyeditvideo.com. We would love to hear from you!

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Questions About Green Screen? Ask Ashley!

In this age of video production, we have all heard of green screen. It seems that virtually all major Hollywood productions these days have utilized it in some way. This is for good reason! It truly is one of the easiest to use and most versatile production tools out there! But what exactly is it and how can it work for you? Let’s Ask Ashley!

 

 

 

 

For more in-depth information about green screen production, visit our website here or give us a call at (904) 730-9999. We are here to serve you Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm.green-screen-woman-1

Our New Highlight Video Is Here! Video Production, Editing and More!

Last year was amazing for us here at Easy Edit Video! We were excited to work with many new clients as well as old. Helping others see their vision come to life is one of the most rewarding aspects of what we do and we look forward to it with every project. Last year we worked with many different types of clients including schools, musicians, large companies and small businesses. Each project has it’s own set of expectations and challenges and we thrive on delivering the best possible results. From video production to editing, to script writing and more, we work hard to meet your needs. Every year, we like to take some of our best projects and create a highlight video. Take a look at just a few of the projects we were proud to have worked on in 2016:

 

So what did you think of our highlight video? Do you think we could help you with your next big project? Have any questions about our work? Do you have an idea for a video but you’re just not sure where to start? Let us know by filling out our contact form, or give us a call at (904) 730-9999. We are here to help!  To all of our clients who have given us their trust through the years, thank you! We know the importance of each project and we take that responsibility seriously. For more than 23 years we have worked hard to deliver for you, and we don’t plan on stopping any time soon!

Finally, be sure to check back next week for a new edition of Ask Ashley! Have you ever wondered how green screen works? Ashley has got you covered! If you have missed her previous videos, take a look at our blog or visit our youtube channel.

 

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8 is Great! Ask Ashley Covers 8mm Film! (and a special offer!)

Every week, we receive numerous phone calls about 8mm and Super 8 film.  For decades, 8mm film was the most popular form of capturing family moments. We can all remember dad pulling the camera out at every event and family gathering. In fact, most people have their entire childhood captured on film!We know that many of you have film reels sitting at home, but you are just not sure what to do with them. In this episode of Ask Ashley, she will discuss some of our most frequently asked questions about 8mm and Super 8 film. She will address everything from reel size to run time and even film quality! Check it out:

 

Do you still have questions about film? Did you know that we can transfer 16mm film as well? Do you have any questions about another topic or service that we provide? Give us a call at (904) 730-9999 or email us at askashley@easyeditvideo.com and we would be happy to answer any questions you may have.  Email us today, and remember, your feed back is always welcome!

As a side note, in honor of Valentine’s Day, we have a special offer for all of you! Bring in your wedding or wedding anniversary VHS tapes and we will convert them for half the price! We can’t think of a better gift to show your spouse you love them then to relive your special day! Simply mention this post and we will deduct 50% from those tapes. Remember, this offer only applies to tapes that fall into the wedding or wedding anniversary category and only apply to DVD transfer. MP4 conversions do not apply. Hurry in, this offer ends on February 14, 2017!

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Ask Ashley: Take A Look At Video Production!

We know that most of you know us for our video and film transfers, but here at Easy Edit Video, we can do so much more!  Every single day, we receive questions about our video production services. From private citizens, to large corporations, to government entities, we get inquires from all sectors. That is why this week we decided to focus on video production in our Ask Ashley video series. Check it out:

 

We hope this video answered some basic questions you may have about the types of productions we can take care of for you. Remember, this is just a short list of what we can do. We have done so many different types of productions, it would be impossible to name them all! If you have any questions or simply need more information, give us a call at (904) 730-9999 or email us at askashley@easyeditvideo.com.

We are always interested in hearing from you! Drop us a line with your comments, suggestions and questions. Be sure to check back next week for our latest edition of Ask Ashley!

Ask Ashley: Video Editing, Photos and More!

Every month we receive hundreds of home videos from our clients, full of special family moments. One of the most frequently asked questions we get concerning home videos is “can you edit this part out?” We all have those tapes at home with shaky camera work or embarrassing moments! Remember the time you forgot the tripod and the camera was a little less than steady? Or when uncle Bill got a little too enthusiastic doing the chicken dance at your wedding? We have all been there! Or, perhaps you have multiple tapes that you want put on a single DVD? Often with 8mm tapes and others, the tapes are so small, you only film a half hours worth of footage. We see this time and time again.

Another form of editing we are often asked about is photographs. Many of us have boxes and boxes of photos but really have no way of viewing them. “Can you make these into a movie that I can play?” is quite possibly our most heard question when it comes to photos. When you and your family are planning a wedding, birthday party, memorial service, reunion or requirement party, it is nice to give it a personal touch. We can think of nothing that is more personal than family photos and videos!

So the big question is, “can Easy Edit Video do all of this for me?” Take a look at our latest edition of Ask Ashley for the answer!

 

 

 

We hope you found our latest video fun and informative! If you have any further questions about editing (or anything else!) please give us a call at (904) 730-9999 or stop by our Baymeadows Way location. Our business hours are Monday through Friday 9:00 am -6:00 pm.

As always, if you have any questions or suggestions for our Ask Ashley video series, drop us a line and let us know! Email askashley@easyeditvideo.com, we would love to hear from you!