Technology changes all the time. Gadgets get smaller, faster, more efficient, and more user-friendly. Yet as our digital technology changes, we tend to put aside our old media to make room for the new, letting time simply erode those items of the past. Many of us still have a box somewhere full of 8mm film rolls, unable to be played because of their incompatibility with new technology.
With the evolution of technology, however, comes some incredible new methods to transfer those sentimental old home movies into digital format for archiving. Whether you purchase the equipment and do it yourself or hire a professional to do it for you, your memories will be preserved and archived for the future as technology continues to evolve.
Though some may prefer transferring their home movies onto DVDs, it is much more advised that the videos be saved as an electronic file on the home computer. Digital files allow more flexibility for use, and cannot break or scratch like a DVD can. They can be burned onto a DVD, uploaded online to video sharing sites like YouTube, emailed to friends or family, or embedded into presentations and other digital files. These files can also be organized using video management software.
This process does not only apply to home movies. Many organizations in the country have used them to preserve old footage. A lot of documentaries about past events required digital conversion for some old video in order for it to be included. This is also especially important for news organizations, as many new stations like to maintain archives of past newscasts.
Whether a genealogy buff or someone who simply wants to avoid losing valuable old home movies, taking the opportunity to bring the past to the present will help you preserve your memories into the future and for a lifetime.