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Convert VHS to Digital


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I was rummaging through old boxes the other day, and came across several MiniDV tapes. These are pretty important tapes. For instance, I have Wil Wheaton’s keynote from Gnomedex 4 back in Lake Tahoe. Another is Steve Wozniak from the same conference! If I had the proper equipment, I could hook it up to my computer, transfer the videos and convert them myself. That’s very time intensive, though. I need to find someone whom I know and can trust with these tapes to convert them for me. I remembered that Pixorial sent me a review code, so I decided to check that out!

Pixorial helps you convert data on physical media, and converts them into digital formats. You can edit them on the website itself, or download them to your computer. You can then share them, convert them, or burn them to a DVD.

You can even ask Pixorial to do the physical work for you! Send them your tapes, and wait for them to arrive back in your home. The pricing seems to be quite good, as well. When Pixorial reached out to me, they offered to convert some old media for me so that I could review their service. I asked them if my parents could send in their old VHS home movies… and they agreed! I was very happy with the results, and so were my parents. I even uploaded an old Prom Night clip to my YouTube channel! Mom said it was a great experience, and that her original media was very well taken care of.

You can get a free subscription with Pixorial, with up to 10GB of online storage. You even get 60 days of Archival Storage for each tape or film! With a pro account ($24.99 per year), you’ll receive unlimited storage and uploads. It’s stored securely at the highest resolution.

Your VHS tapes won’t last forever. You likely can’t even watch your old 8mm reel-to-reel tapes anymore. Heck, even DVDs can be lost or broken. Heaven forbid, a natural disaster could happen. You don’t want to lose those priceless memories. Back them up using Pixorial – hassle-free, easy and affordable.

Addendum!

As a special thank-you for our review, the folks at Pixorial wanted to offer our readers a special discount! For the remainder of January, 2010, using coupon code: PIXPRO25 will gain you access to the following benefits:

  • $25 Credit to use to purchase anything on the site
  • Free PRO membership for one year (a $25 value)
  • Unlimited archival storage of media content for PRO members
  • Unlimited access to Screening Room in Full-Screen
  • Free online video editing
  • Free low-res sharing

Thanks so much Pixorial!

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How to Edit Video


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Most video editors suck. I don’t mean the people who edit videos. I’m talking about the software itself. Many of them require you to take classes in order to even begin to grasp how to make use of the program. You just want to edit video! Maybe you have video sitting on some kind of media like VHS tapes that you want to digitize, edit and share. If you’re looking to edit video without installing any software (or getting an advanced degree!) – you’re in luck!

Pixorial lets you easily edit your home movies online. You can upload your content from your own computer, or send old tapes to them and they’ll upload them for you. You’ll have your own password-protected account that stores all of your movies, right in one place. Some estimate the average lifespan of a VHS tape to be as low as eight years. Do you really want to chance losing all of those memories?

Pixorial lets you view, label and organize your video content all in one place, on your own password-protected digital video library on the web. It currently supports Firefox and Internet Explorer. Sadly, other browsers – such as Safari – simply cannot handle the high volume that is needed to temporarily store these files.

Making your own high-quality productions is fun and easy with Pixorial. If you can click, drag, and drop, you can produce something extraordinary to enjoy! Add titles, credits, transitions, and remix old and new footage.

Safeguard your memories today. Take a look at Pixorial, and see how they can help you make your life last a … well … lifetime.

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Bye Bye, VHS – The Last Distributor Gives Up the Ghost

Good luck finding a replacement VHS tape for your favorite movie. The Los Angeles Times interviewed the last distributor of VHS tapes, and they have shipped out their last truckload. Whatever is left will be given away or thrown away. It’s sad to imagine all those tapes rotting in a landfill poisoning the earth, and very unfortunate.

As you may have noticed, a lot of your favorite movies might not have made it to DVD, and last you knew they could only be had on VHS. Some cult movies, documentaries and independent flicks couldn’t afford the jump to digital media.

Now, this news doesn’t mean that blank VHS tapes won’t still be on the shelf at Staples or Wal-Mart. But it does mark an important place in history, as commercial recordings will be unavailable very quickly.

Will VHS take its place in the graveyard next to BETAMAX? Or do you think we have a while still, where we can do our own thing with our dated equipment? If you haven’t converted your favorite tapes to DVD yet, you may want to consider it quickly. Certainly you haven’t sent all your greatest moments captured on VHS to America’s Funniest Home Videos!

Do you have a plethora of VHS tapes? Are they movies you’ve purchased, home movies, or TV shows you’ve recorded over the years? Do you have tapes that you have no idea what is on them? Have you converted them to DVD, your computer, or to YouTube?

Are You Still Using a VCR for VHS Tapes?

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So what do all the cool kids want for Christmas this year? They want a VCR, of course! It’s such a hot product, since it’s been running for awhile. A VCR can play VHS tapes, you know! Thank goodness I finally have a VCR of my own! I have here the new Ion USB VCR from the folks at ThinkGeek!

EZ VHS Converter software lets you burn your videos to DVD, watch on your PSP, iPod or laptop computer. Exported MPEG4 video is compatible with select mobile phones and portable multimedia devices. Connect your VHS, VHS-C, or 8MM camcorder to the front panel jacks to backup your camcorder videos. When you’re finished archiving your videos to your computer, VCR 2 PC is the perfect VHS player for any room in the house. Some of the main features include:

  • Connects to Windows XP and Vista machines via USB 2.0 port.
  • Capture video at resolutions up to 720 x 480 (NTSC) or 720 x 576 (PAL).
  • Sends video uncompressed over the USB cable.
  • Burn Video to DVD Export video to iPod or PSP format.
  • Plug and play USB computer connection Standard RCA and composite outputs for connection to any TV or home theater system.
  • Standard RCA inputs for connecting video cameras.
  • Auto-tracking, variable speed slow motion, playback, and rewind.
  • Soft-touch, backlit buttons.

The Ion VCR is an excellent device. How else can you turn any of your old VHS movies into something you can watch on today’s technology? It’s so easy to use! If you’re planning to get a VCR anyway, make sure you pick this up to turn your VHS tapes into something more useful.

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How do you Deal with Old Technology?

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We talk about new technology quite a lot. While home visiting my parents at this time, I’ve noticed how much my parents are behind the times when it comes to tech. Here in my old bedroom, there’s actually a small television with an antenna on it. That’s right… no cable.


This little piece of technology, however, was considered to be state-of-the-art at the time it was bought. It has a port in the front of it that allows you to put in something called a VHS tape. I know, most of you are now heading to Google to see what a VHS tape is! Trust me, they were huge back in the day before DVDs. The movies resided on a magnetic strip within the rectangular case. These were played on a device called a VCR. If you wanted to watch part of the movie again, you had to rewind a little bit. If you wanted to watch the whole movie again, you had to rewind it to the beginning.


Is anyone else out there having to deal with old technology when you visit somewhere? How do you get through it? Do you have to smack your hand against the side of a tv to get any reception? What about dialing up to an Internet account from their house, and opening their Netscape browser?? How do you deal with this?!? Doesn’t it make you crazy?

Calgon… take me away.

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