DVD or USB? Which is Best For You?

Here at Easy Edit Video, we get numerous questions every week pertaining to VHS tapes, video production and the editing process. Having been in the business for more than 20 years, we know that many people trust us with their questions and that is something we take very seriously. One of the reasons we have been in the business so long is that we have grown and changed with the times. As new technology emerges, we are the first to embrace it! Recently, one of the most frequently asked questions we get has been all about format. Not a day goes by that we are not asked “which is better, DVD or USB?”. The answer we give is, of course, “it depends.” On the surface, that may seem like an unhelpful answer, but in truth it opens the door for us to ask our clients questions and find out what would work best for them. Just as every person is different, so is every job we do and we want to make sure that your order is exactly the way you want it. So which is the right format for you? Let’s take a closer look at DVD and USB.

DVDs are often confused with CDs as they look exactly the same, however, they are quite different. CDs are used to hold music and files, such as pictures or document images, that can be viewed on your computer. DVDs can also be used for this purpose but are mainly used for video. DVDs are great for storing video long term as they are not as sensitive to light, heat and moisture like traditional film. If you treat your DVD right and do not scratch it or mishandle it, it is possible for your DVD to last for 100 years!  Most people, young and old, have a DVD player, so if you are transferring a VHS tape or 8mm film as a gift, DVD might be the way to go. One drawback to having your film transferred to DVD is that once the DVD is burned, you can not edit the film… what you see is what you get!

USB and DVDUSB drives, also called thumb or jump drives, can hold many different kinds of files, including video. You can access the files from your computer or even your smart TV. USB drives are a great way to store a ton of information and files in a portable format. With your films on a USB drive, they are easy to share and can be uploaded to any computer with a USB port.  Most companies and businesses prefer USB video files as they are much easier to upload and share via email. Small and portable, your USB drive can travel with you anywhere. Finally, video files on a USB can easily be edited with numerous editing software packages available to the public.

So now we return to the original question, which is the right one for you? do you plan on sharing your video in an email or with co-workers? Do you plan on editing the video? Do you need the video in an easy to carry form? If you answered yes to these questions, then a USB drive might be best for you.

Do you want to watch your films on your TV but you’re not sure if it’s a Smart TV? Do you plan on storing your video for many years? Are you giving the film to someone as a gift? Then a DVD just might be the ticket!

These are just a few examples of the differences between DVD and USB as there are many more, but these are the first few questions to consider. Still not sure? Give us a call at (904) 730-9999 or stop by and have a chat, we would be happy to assist you!

Livestream Your Next Event With Easy Edit Video!

What do GE, Wendy’s, Nestle and SpaceX all have in common? They are all major companies that have taken advantage of live streaming! Live streaming is when an event is broadcast live on the internet in real time. It is a way for those who are unable to physically attend, to experience the event from the comfort of their own home or office. Livestreaming can be very beneficial to a company in numerous ways. It can spread your message to a larger Livestreaming-eventaudience, generate more online social interaction and bring in new customers to your business. Livestreaming is also a really great way to make your company stand out from the crowd! The great thing about livestreaming is that you don’t have to be a Fortune 500 company to take advantage of this great way to reach people. High schools, colleges, universities, and businesses large and small can all reap the rewards of livestreaming.

On the surface, livestreaming may seem like a complicated and daunting task and truthfully it can be. A great deal of equipment and expertise has to go into a successful livestream. But never fear! We here at Easy Edit Video have everything you need to skillfully livestream-event-capturelivestream your next event or conference. With numerous events under our belt, our highly trained staff have what it takes to make sure that your event is streamed live online without a hitch! Think of the possibilities for your business or school! From graduations, plays and dance recitals to training seminars and awards ceremonies, everyone can feel included with live streaming! Want to learn more about this service? Give us a call at (904) 730-9999.

It’s Back To School Time!

Where did the summer go? It seems like only yesterday the final school bell rang and summer vacation began. Now kids across the state are gathering their supplies and getting ready to head back to school! For many parents (and kids), this is an emotional time as their children head off to college for the first time.  For many young adults, going off the college is the first time they will be away from home for an extended period of time and the prospect of being away from family and friends can be a scary one. Here are some great tips to make the transition easier for both students and parents.

  1. Get help from your friends. Many in-coming freshman are going to be feeling the same anxiety that your student is feeling. Encourage your child to make friends with others, thus, creating a support network.

2. Get involved. Colleges and universities across the country offer a wide variety of extra curricular activities ranging from  sports, to book clubs, to everything in between. Getting involved with a group, team or club is an excellent way to not only make friends but also helps your student have a well-rounded college experience.

3. Bring a piece of home with you… but a small piece. Your student’s tiny dorm room will      VHS to DVD Transfersimply not be big enough for a lot of keepsakes, but a few small items are a   good way  to remind your student of home without overwhelming them. College is about growing up and moving forward, but a little reminder of home can be very  comforting. What items from home should they bring with them?  This is entirely up to you and your child, but home movies can be a great choice.

Here at Easy Edit Video, we convert 1000’s of VHS home movies to DVD every year. Small and easy to store, DVDs of favorite moments and cherished memories can be a great comfort to home-sick freshman. While you’re at it, make an extra copy for yourself!  Sending your child off to college can take an emotional toll on parents too and just as your home movies can comfort your child, they can comfort you too!

To learn more about our VHS to DVD transfer service, call us at (904-730-9999).

Is The Summer Heat Ruining Your Videos?

As long time residents of Jacksonville, we are the first to tell you how wonderful it is to live in Florida. From the Beaches to the Ever Glades to the Keys, Florida is truly one of the most beautiful, fun-filled states in the union! Unfortunately, with all that Florida has to offer, it comes at a price; summertime heat! With temperatures in the high 90’s and heat indexes even higher, our tropical paradise has been a little unbearable lately. We all know how this terrible heat can take it’s toll on us, but have you considered what it is doing to your videos and films?

When it comes to VHS tapes, 8mm film and 16mm film, there are three main factors that umbrella-raincontribute to the rate of deterioration. The first factor is moisture. When film comes into contact with moisture, it can cause the film to wrinkle, twist, even snap! large amounts of moisture can cause the film to become water logged and completely unplayable. With so many summertime thunderstorms, it is  important to keep your films in a dry place. Keeping your VHS tapes or films in a leaky shed or garage could potentially cause irreversible damage.

heat-sunAnother factor that contributes to the rate of deterioration is heat. Extreme heat, (like our recent heat wave) can cause the chemicals used to develop your film to breakdown. It can also cause the film to warp and become unplayable.  Just as we need air conditioning and shade to stay healthy, so does your film. Storing your VHS tapes and film in an environment lacking climate control can cause serious damage.

humidityFinally, the last major factor that can cause harm to your VHS tapes and film is humidity. Humidity has been known to get trapped inside VHS tapes, causing the film to develop mold and mildew. Once this happens, the tape becomes unplayable. Much like moisture, humidity can also cause the film to become water logged and (without a costly restoration) your home movies and precious memories are lost forever!

Clearly, summer in Florida is pretty rough on tapes and film ( as it is on us!) and precautions need to be taken to protect your priceless moments.

Worried about loosing your VHS tapes and film to the elements? Now is the perfect time to have all of your tapes and reels transferred to DVD. Easy to care for and store, DVDs are a great way to save your films before they are lost forever. To learn more about VHS tape and film to DVD transfers, give us a call.

Easy Edit Video hours        Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (904) 730-9999

An Exciting Opportunity at Easy Edit Video!

Here at Easy Edit Video, we are constantly on the look out for new talent. Through the years, we have found that one of the best ways to bring in the best and brightest in North-East Florida is with our Internship Program. Year after successful year, we have worked with Florida State College at Jacksonville and the University of North Florida to offer an exciting program to students interested in a career in public relations and/or production. We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for our Fall 2016 internship!

Are you a fiend for Facebook? Are you Snapchat savvy? Do you love to write? Are you a social-media-iconschampion of customer service? Do you have an eye for design? Then our internship might be right for you! We are looking for a student with an interest in public relations, social media, email marketing and blogging. In our program, you will learn the ins and outs of our business all while gaining valuable public relations knowledge. We work with you every step of the way, helping you gain valuable insight regarding the production business but also to business marketing and public relations in general.

Does this sound like the internship for you? If so, call us at 904-730-9999 or send your resume to easyedit@easyeditvideo.com. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Easy Edit Video and First Coast Cardiovascular!

As you all know, we here at Easy Edit Video have had the pleasure of working with many Jacksonville businesses and schools. From the Paxon School for Advanced Studies to the Florida Department of Transportation to Gate Petroleum, we have worked with some of the best in the city! Recently we were given the opportunity to work with yet another great Jacksonville business, First Coast Cardiovascular Institute ! First Coast Cardiovascular Institute  has been serving North East Florida for many years now, providing top notch care to those with a variety of medical issues. From sleep disorders to varicose veins, the skilled staff at First Coast Cardiovascular are there to help!

Last week, we loaded up our gear and headed out to one of their many locations to capture doctor testimonials, which are a great asset to the doctors as well as their patients. First-Coast-Cardiovascular-ShootWorking together, Easy Edit Video and First Coast Cardiovascular made short work of the project, shooting numerous testimonials quickly and efficiently. In these videos, the doctors explained common health issues, described procedures and answered questions that frequently occur during office visits. Once uploaded, the doctors can now refer patients to the videos in order to educate them further, saving both them and their patients a great deal of time! Does this sound like something your business could benefit from?

Here at Easy Edit Video we offer a wide range of services to help make your company videos the best they can be. From on location shooting, to the use of our in-house teleprompter and green screen, we can craft the perfect video for your business. We can even take it a step further and edit the raw footage we shoot! Our post production services are some of the best in Jacksonville and we pride ourselves on our high customer satisfaction ratings! Either working with our editor or handing it all over to us, we will make sure your videos are exactly the way you want them and meet your expectations! Do you think a video would be great for your company but your not sure  what would work best? Give us a call and we would be happy to discuss all of the details of your project with you!

Call us Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 904-730-9999 or stop by! we are located at 8431 Baymeadows Way!

Wow Them With Your Easy Edit Presentation!

We have all been there. You have been called upon to present at the next big meeting at work or the family elects you to put together a slide show (complete with music and graphics) to view at the next reunion. You have hours of conference footage but you’re just not sure how to put it together, or you simply want to present a loved one with a beautiful presentation of all of your families’ precious memories. Sure, there are plenty of computer programs that will allow you to put together a nice presentation; but do you know how to use those programs? Do you have the time to complete the project? Will it be the best it could possibly be? Stop panicking and let Easy Edit Video help!edit-pic

One of the many services we offer here at Easy Edit is Video Editing and Post Production services.  We can easily capture your photographs and slides, convert them and put together a lovely slide show for your family reunion. We can also take that raw footage you shot at work, add titles, graphics, voice overs; anything you need to make your presentation really pop! Do you have a special song you want to include? Bring us a copy of that song and we would be happy to integrate it with your presentation. Here at Easy Edit, we feel that we should make things, well, easy! Our highly trained staff has years of experience in editing and post production and we will craft your video or presentation just the way you want it! Give us a call at 904-730-9999 or stop by our office to learn more about our services.

Relax, let Easy Edit Video handle it!

Summertime is Family Time!

Summer has finally arrived and families across the nation are enjoying reunions, barbecues and long awaited vacations. In fact, it’s predicted that more than 35% of Americans will take a vacation this year! Here at Easy Edit Video, some of our fondest memories are of warm summer nights, running through sprinklers, grilling delicious food and visiting with friends and family while dad captured every moment with his VHS camcorder or Super 8 camera. With millions of camcorders sold in the United States alone, we are willing to bet that you too have plenty of footage of these wonderful occasions lying around the house. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to experience those moments again?

Here at Easy Edit Video, we specialize in video production, but one of our most sought afterVHS to DVD Transfer services is VHS to DVD transfers. Every week, we receive hundreds of High 8, Betamax and Standard VHS tapes to be transferred to DVD. Our experienced and proficient technicians see to it that you get the best quality transfer possible while handling your items with the greatest of care.  We pride ourselves on our customer focus and fast turn around time and all work is done in house, right here in Jacksonville! We never ship out your items so you can rest assured that your tapes are safe in our hands. Proudly serving North East Florida for 23 years, you can count on us to get the job done right!

So before you pack your bags, gas up the van and load up the family this summer, consider having your VHS tapes transferred to DVD (or even to USB if you would prefer). We can almost guarantee that your home movies will be a huge hit at the family reunion!

For more information or to receive a quote, call us at 904-730-9999. 

Super 8 is Great at Easy Edit Video!

What do Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino and J.J. Abrams all have in common? They all began their love of film making with the Kodak Super 8 camera. All three of these prominent directors have long praised the Super 8 and feel they owe much of their success to the time they spent using these cameras. Super 8 truly did revolutionize film making in that, for the first time, the average household could afford a movie camera.  Young boys and girls spent hours running around with the Super 8 camera, learning the tricks of the trade and developing their own special styles.  In fact, Super 8 was so influential, Kodak is bringing it back! But what made Super 8 so, well, great? super-8-film

Prior to the release of Super 8, home movies were incredibly difficult to shoot. 16mm film had to be cut down, reels had to be wound and reversed, not to mention the cost! With the introduction of Super 8, Kodak eliminated the tedious process and allowed for quick, easy film making.  Super 8 used Kodachrome film (which is still used today in major motion pictures) for crisper, sharper more colorful images. In fact, Kodachrome is such a good product, many of the old reels and slides made 50 years ago are still just as vibrant as they were the day they were developed! In 1973, Kodak took Super 8 a step further and added a magnetic strip to the film. Why a magnetic strip? Sound! Prior to 1973, all 8mm home movies were silent, with the introduction of sound, a whole new world of film making opened up.

vintage-super-8Super 8 reigned supreme as the go-to in home movie making for decades, but with the advent of the VHS video camcorder, Super 8  fell to the wayside. Reels and reel of footage were left to collect dust in attics, basements and closets across the nation. We are willing to bet that if you take a look, you’ll find old reels of your own hidden away in grandma’s house somewhere!

So what should you do with these old film reels? Bring them to us! Here at Easy Edit Video, we use our state of the art equipment to bring your old Super 8 films back to life! Our highly-trained technicians will use the time and care needed to ensure that your film is safely converted to a format you can watch for years to come.  Give us a call at 904-730-9999 to learn more about what we can do for you!

Social Sharing is Easy at Easy Edit Video!

Here at Easy Edit Video, we specialize in all things video production, but one of our most highly sought after services is transferring VHS tapes to DVDs. Every week we get hundreds of orders for this very thing and we love providing this special service to the North Florida – South Georgia area. But did you know that we can also convert your film footage to an MP4?

MP4 files are a great way to not only store your important memories, but edit and share MP4-Iconthem too!  If a VHS tape or film reel is transferred to a DVD, your memories will be safe for decades, but once the DVD is burned, you are unable to add more films, photos or other data. With MP4 files, we upload all of your footage to a hard drive or UBS flash drive, allowing you to add more footage and easily edit the footage you have on your home computer. Do you have old slides and photographs that need to be digitized? We can put them on a USB or hard drive too!

Another advantage to MP4 files is that they are so easy to share! If you convert your film to DVD, we would be happy to make multiple copies of your footage to give to family and friends, however, there are many ways to share MP4 files without having to mail or hand distribute your films.  Social media sites like Facebook, Youtube and Vimeo allow you to easily upload your files to their sites. Other programs like Dropbox or even your email account allow you to easily share your films as well. For more information about sharing, check out this article about 4 Ways to Share Photos & Video Privately.   Facebook icon

Another advantage to MP4 is that you will have to ability to upload them to any computer, thus, backing up your favorite memories! Avoid the possibility of your recently converted memories becoming lost or damaged by uploading your MP4s to your lap top, desk top and other devices.

DVDs are certainly a wonderful way to save all of your precious family moments before it’s too late. Over time, film degrades in heat and moisture, causing irreparable harm. Transferring those films to DVD  is a fantastic way to ensure that your children and even your grandchildren will be able to experience the extraordinary moments that you and your family have experienced. But if you are looking for a way to not only save your memorable moments, but share them as well, converting your home movies to MP4 is the way to go!

For more information or to receive a quote, call us at 904-730-9999, Monday – Friday 9am-6pm.