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 Preserve Your Yesterdays

Present Your Todays  

 Plan Your Tomorrows

& Don't Forget Your Pets!!

  Media Management

Locate Your Memories 

Digitize

Preserve & Organize Old Photographs and Videos; Digitize selected items

Consolidate

Consolidate and de-clutter a media collection from multiple devices and locations;

Library

Master chronological Media Library of digitized collectin;  

backed-up in different locations 

Locate

 Maintenance Plan to keep future collections organized and easily locate memories

Today's Media Collections

With the ease of taking unlimited numbers of  quality photographs & videos on our smartphones  that can be immediately backed up in the Cloud, it is not unusual for people to take thousands of photos every year.  Our  digital collections are becoming vast, and   spread across different devices and storage media , remotely in the cloud,  and on photo storage and social media sites. 

 

Selecting items to include in a Family Story Collection is VERY  Challenging if we have to sift through SO much DIGITAL  data,  even before considering our ANALOG things. 

 

It becomes much easier when everything is digital and located in  one place, sorted by time period, events and people. 

 Digital Collection

 

Digital Era  now provides us with amazing  capabilities to capture and record everyday moments and events, with no restrictions on storage and retrieval. The technology is continually improving with better resolution photos and video, larger file transfer and  LIMITLESS storage in THE CLOUD,  with the promise of access to our data, uncorrupted FOREVER.   It also gives us the tools  to save and view all of our information, and there are  many useful apps  to make media editing and other everyday tasks  much easier to do.

The problem is that with  these rapid advancements,  "new" technologies are also  rapidly becoming  obsolete.  Digital cameras have already been largely replaced by smartphones, CDs  are "vintage",  and DVDs  are being replaced  by Streaming services. Even digital formats  keep changing. Your phone pictures could now have a .heic  file extension instead of the "universal"  .jpeg.

With the ease of taking unlimited numbers of  quality photographs & videos on our smartphones  that can be immediately backed up in the Cloud, it is not unusual for people to take thousands of photos every year.  Our  digital collections are becoming vast, and spread across different devices and storage media , remotely in the cloud,  and on photo storage and social media sites. 

Photo CDs
The start of the digital era
DVDs
Stack of DVDs
Card Reader
Card reader & various sd cards
Canon-PowerShot-A810-16
Very popular digital camera
Selection of Electronics
Modern digital device collection
Cloud-Storage
Central Storage
Programs
To organize digital media
Software
To manipulate digital media
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Analog Collection

Before the digital era we recorded  our memories on various types of "film".   These at least 20 years  old  analog collections can already be quite  sizeable and include anything from vintage photos & other fragile memorabilia,  old home movies and videos  and  photographs in scrapbooks,  photo albums or stored lose in , for instance, old shoe boxes

Vintage Photos
Loose Vintage Family Photos
Vintage Album
Vintage Family Album & loose photos
Film Reel
What old movies were recorded on
Old Film Projector
How to watch old movies
Slides
Roll Film
Shoebox of old photos
Shoebox of old photos
Old photo collection
Different storage options
Old Cameras
Selection of old cameras
Videos
Camcorders & video cassette tapes
Magnetic Album
Photo Albums
Photo Album Library
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Preserve  Your Analog Collection

Digitize to Include in Your Life Story Presentation

Old media is very susceptible to deterioration.  Sunlight, heat and humidity can be particularly  damaging.  Paper can get torn and stained, very old paper can even crumble and ink will fade.  Photographs can be stained from fingerprints, and solvents.  They can  get folded, creased, or torn,  scratched and speckled with dust and debris.  Film shrinks over time and will be damaged if run through a projector.   Oils from our fingers breakdown the cellulose in negatives. Tapes warp and curl and get caught up in recorder heads.  

We will provide you with strategies, customized to your individual needs to:

  • Preserve your old analog collections with  robust storage options. 

  • Sort your photos and select only the best  from a certain time  or event  and  discard extras  such as  duplicates or very similar,  forgotten scenes and  out-of-focus shots. 

  • Organize your collection so that you can easily locate  your special memories in the future.

Digitizing is the best way to preserve favorite analog items and include them in a modern media collection.  We can provide guidance on the options, if you want to do this yourself  or use a digitizing service.

 

 

Guidance to an Organized Digital Media Library

The digital media strategies that we recommend and can guide you through include:

  • Re-digitize  your DVDs into  more modern formats, such as MP4.   DVDs  can be corrupted and  are becoming obsolete and  are not editable.

  • Locate all digital media, whether they are  in the cloud,  uploaded to on-line sites, stored on individual  computers, tablets or smartphones  or storage media such as USB flash drives or SD disks. 

  • De-clutter in a similar manner to  your Analog collection.

  • Consolidate with digitized  old media in a central Master Media Library organized in chronologically labelled folders  at the top level and  sorted further in sub-folders.

  • Backing up your whole library in more than one location.  

  • Regular house-keeping to keep your library organized and up-to-date. 

Project Progression

1. ASSESSMENT

Analog Collection

Assessing an  analog collection can involve determining the types and size of the collection, the condition of the media and how it is stored and organized:

 

Types & Size of Collection

  • Loose Photographs, slides, negatives,

  • Film reels - 8mm, 16 mm, super8

  • Videos - VHS, VHS-C, Betamax

  • Video Cassettes - 8mm, mini-DV

  • Documents - letters, certificates, newspaper clippings 

  • Albums  and Scrapbooks

Condition

Old photographs may be damaged and need restoring or stuck to album pages. Vintage collections can be particularly fragile and need special care. 

 

Storage

The condition of old media  depends heavily on how it has been stored. 

Organization

Photos stored in labelled albums with captions are the easiest to go through but boxes full of random unlabeled photos can present a challenge.  

 

1. ASSESSMENT

Digital Collection

 

If  you have already digitized your collection  the files could be saved  on  different computers and external hard drives. 

 

 Before smartphones we were using  digital cameras.  These photos  may  be scattered  over a variety of SSD drives, USB flash drives, SD cards  and scandisks.   

While CDs & DVDs are considered "digital", they are rapidly becoming obsolete and  are not safe media storage options.  The disks can easily become scratched & corrupted & DVD formats are not editable. 

 

2. Recommendations

Analog Collection

Preserving

Old media is very susceptible to deterioration.  Sunlight, heat and humidity can be particularly  damaging.  Paper can get torn and stained, very old paper can even crumble and ink will fade.  Photographs can be stained from fingerprints, and solvents.  They can  get folded, creased, or torn,  scratched and speckled with dust and debris.  Film shrinks over time and will be damaged if run through a projector.   Oils from our fingers breakdown the cellulose in negatives. Tapes warp and curl and get caught up in recorder heads.  

Media Storage options best suited for your collection. 

Organizing

Sort photos by when they were taken.  

De-clutter - e.g.  duplicates or very similar,   forgotten scenes, out-of-focus shots. 

Select only the best photos from a certain time  or event.    

Organize in labelled storage 

Create Digital index

Digitizing

This is the best way to preserve favorite analog items.

Options  - DIY, digitizing service 

2. Recommendations

Digital  Collection

Re-digitizing DVDs

Locate all digital media, in the cloud,  on devices and storage media

De-clutter in similar manner to Analog collection.

Consolidate in  Master Media Library

3. Guidance

We  provide  a personalized set of easy to follow step-by-step instructions, provide  you with tools and tips and will be available to address any questions  throughout the project. 

 

Guidance can include helping you:

  • Preserve and and organize your analog media collection and digitize photos and videos to include in your digital collection (if required).

  • Consolidate digital photos & videos  spread across multiple devices, storage media and online locations into a  Media  Library with photos and videos  sorted and placed in separate folders chronologically

  • Folder photos  by year 

  • De-duplicate  the Library

  •  Merge any newly digitized older photos  in a consistent archive

  • De-clutter the  bad photos and highlight the best ones  with sub-folder hierarchies  to select & catalogue photos by event

  • Set-up tagging system for easier search.

  • Back-up Library (at least two locations) e.g.  external hard drive & Cloud.

 

We will then provide you with  Maintenance Plan  with simple  regular 'housekeeping' tips and back-up strategies to maintain and keep the  library organized in the future.  

Canon-PowerShot-A810-16

Very popular digital camera