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Youtube or Vimeo?


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There are a variety of ways to share your video with the world these days.

One of which is to upload it to youtube. That way you can send a link to your high quality footage to whoever you want to share it with or you can post it on other sites such as Facebook. But there is another site that is quickly gaining momentum in the film world and that is Vimeo.

There’s something just a little more slick about the feel of the site. There’s a lot less silly fodder that misguided amateurs ply the web with that no one but themselves finds interesting. It’s a more professional site in general and I found out about it because several of my editor and film friends were using it to share video with clients. Contact us with any questions.

Eight Hundred Dollars Cash


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Recently I was transferring a collection of ancient VHS to DVD when I got quite a shock.

I was about half way through the order and I was on the line with a customer when I removed a tape from it’s box. A little white envelope popped out and landed on the floor. I thought nothing of it and I continued my conversation. I rewound the tape and brought it to the proper machine when I noticed peeking out a speck of green at the corner of the envelope. When I picked it up I noticed several large bills there. Counting it up, it turns out it was $800 in one hundred dollar bills, the old ones.

I finished up with the customer on the phone and I pocketed the cash, wondering how I would spend it when the realization hit me that I had to return the money. I was shocked and saddened by the thought of returning all that cash. Hadn’t I found it fair and square? Not so when I looked at the facts. The tape belonged to a customer. It had been in her possession all these years. The magnetic tape held the memories of a time long ago, of a life ever changing and I had no right to it whatsoever. So I called a friend for advice.

I said, “What would you do?” And in a matter of fact tone he said, “I’d call the customer and let her know that you found $400!” He began to laugh uproariously and then he put in, “In all seriousness, you’ve got to return the whole wad.” And so I did. I called the customer up and I told her that I had found something shocking in her belongings. She did not ask what it was but she said she would be right over when I told her it was a wad of cash.

She pulled up about an hour later and I handed over the cash and let her know that the job would be ready for pick up the following day. She counted the cash and she peeled off a crisp old hundred dollar bill and handed it to me. I was quite elated really. She thanked me again the following day when she picked up her job and I got a feeling like you wouldn’t believe from the experience. This story is not to brag or to boast but to tell of a real life event which occurred recently that I learned a life lesson from. When I pass a mirror, I can look myself in the eye and know that I truly am honest even when it comes to money! And as long as I can live an honest life and try my best, I’ve literally got nothing to worry about. I’ve been walking on sunshine for weeks since this $800 cash landed in my lap. It’s all about self image really. And I’ve never regretted the decision, not for a second.

DV to DVD


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One of the specialty formats we transfers is DV, also known as Mini DV or HDV and even DVCam.

They all belong to the same family and they can all go to DVD or files on your hard drive. First of all, DV stands for digital video. The process is pretty simple going to DVD. I select the correct deck or player. That gets hooked up with the best connection possible for that deck. In the case of DV for example, I have a DVD recorder that has the option for Firewire, which I use because it will ensure a high quality transfer. In the case of the HDV, I use the SDI connection which is a very good connection when going to the computer to create files. This is a specialty format and if you aren’t sure if this is what you have, it’s a pretty small tape. We do charge $10 more for HDV tapes which are High Definition because it requires using a pretty valuable deck. The only way to know if you have HD or SD tape is if you know what it was shot on. That’s because you can shoot HD or SD footage on these tapes and it all depends on your camera. Also, if you’re not sure you can bring it in and we’ll have a look for you. Any further questions should be addressed here. Thanks for reading. (323) 469-0707

16 Film To Video


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Everybody knows we transfer Super8 and 8mm film to HD files but not everyone knows we also handle 16mm.

This format is a little more rare but we do come across it from time to time. Back in the day, it was actually a professional grade film used in low budget projects because it was cheaper than 35 and the resolution was still quite good. It’s called 16mm because it’s 16mm’s wide and the picture can be absolutely amazing. A lot of people ask me I think that transferring movies like this is even possible. Most often, it’s entirely possible and I have had a lot of customers who are amazed with the results. They look better than anything you’ve got on VHS or most camcorders. Remember film, is infinitely better than most of these formats as far as quality and resolution is concerned. For more on 16mm film transfers or conversions to DVD, please contact us here. (323) 469-0707

DVD Copying Services


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There are a few key points I’d like to make about DVD copying services that we provide at Advanced Media.

The main thing I want to impart is that if you want to make copies, you will need a master. I can create that for you but it’s much cheaper if you already have one. Sometimes people bring a hard drive and that’s fine but in the interest of saving you money, I wanted to let you know that if you do it yourself or provide the master in some other way, it will be quick and painless for your wallet. Also, the master should be clean. Any scratches or dirty surfaces can cause problems for you and your disc. You may want to test your master and look at the bottom. Remember to never place your fingertips on the bottom of the disc. Always grab from the sides to prevent the oil from damaging the disc or causing it to play improperly. If a disc plays, it won’t necessarily copy. These are two different processes. However, if it will copy it will play. For more information, please contact us here.

DVD Duplication


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We do runs of DVD duplication small and large. Minimum of one.

If you want the real price break it’s at 100 + discs. For orders of 100 or more we also offer the thermal printing option which a lot of people tend to think looks more professional. It’s a high gloss print and it’s also more durable than the inkjet prints which can run if they get wet. I recommend them for clients who want a professional look and don’t mind paying a little extra to get it. It’s very good for hi res images as well.

For my clients who simply want text, inkjet is probably your best choice. For more information, please contact the office. (323) 469-0707

DVD Conversion


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I must have transferred a million tapes in the last 3 years. Maybe not quite that many, but there have been a lot.

I’ve converted all kinds of tape to DVd and CD. The fact is you can convert all your old analog formats to digital to preserve them for future generations. On a regular basis I transfer VHS to DVD, Hi8 to DVD, Super8 and 8mm film to DVD, Mini DV to DVD, Betamax, Beta SP and Digibeta to DVD and many other formats.

I thought at some point people would run out of tape to transfer and perhaps people will but as of yet, that hasn’t happened. Some people would like to try and make a project of it and others would just like me to handle it. Some are embarrassed of their footage, others are quite proud. Still others just want to organize everything and toss the old tapes. I actually recommend that my customers keep the tapes as a back up plan in case the DVDs are damaged. I notice a lot of people don’t treat their discs with the utmost respect.

I have customers all the time who are shocked when a DVD won’t copy. I flip the disc over to reveal the scratches and fingerprints. Some discs are covered in dirt. I even got one that appeared to have taken a bath in Coca Cola. I figure if you’re going to pay the money to have the conversions done, you may as well protect your investment and store your DVDs as if they were precious memories because in a way, they are. For more information please contact us here. (323) 469-0707

Definition of a DVD


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Wikipedia defines a DVD as a “an optical disc storage format” invented in 1995.

Originally the acronym stood for “Digital Versatile Disc” and now it is most commonly interpreted as “Digital Video Disc” although it remains versatile for a few good reasons. None of this is very important to most consumers, it’s more about the functionality of the disc. It is a storage device and most people are familiar with the DVDs you get via Netflix. We will refer to this as a “Playable Disc.” That just means that it’s a disc that will play in a DVD player.

These types of DVDs contain a series of files that work together to play your movie and make it easy for you to navigate using menus as well as the buttons on your remote controls such as fast forward and rewind. The main limitation of this type of disc is that you can’t just pop it in your computer and begin editing it. The same holds true for the DVDRs (the R stands for recordable) that I make on a daily basis when I do transfers from VHS to DVD and various formats such as Hi8 to DVD.

The bottom line is that if you want to edit, you’ll need files. Of course you can create files from a DVD however, the fact is you will have more compressed files unless you go directly to file with your tape. A DVD can also be used as a storage device. You can set it up as a “Data Disc,” which can store all kinds of files such as word documents, audio files, video files as well as picture files. It truly is versatile. Another point I should address is that there are many different types of DVDs. The most common is the DVD-5. This is a single layer disc with a storage capacity of about 4.7 GB. So a playable DVD holds about 2 hours of footage. There are DVD-9 discs which are also known as “Dual Layer Discs” which can hold roughly 9GB of storage. For more information please contact us directly. Thanks for reading.

Copy That Disc!


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The Disc Family

The Disc Family

I do a ton of transfers as part of my daily work and a lot of people are still going to disc.

Whether it’s DVD or CD, the disc is one of the most popular mediums due to it’s easy accessibility. Practically everyone has a DVD player or a CD player in their home and a lot of people now days have Bluray players to boot. The thing about these discs is that they are vulnerable to scratches. If not handled properly, their life expectancy can be very short. That’s why I always recommend to my clients that they get a backup disc. I tell them not to even play the disc if it’s really important and to keep it for duplication purposes only.

That’s one way to assure that your valuable media and memories will never be lost. A copy is very cheat at Advanced Media. We charge $5 for 1-5 duplicates and $4 for 6-20 duplicate discs. If you get 100 discs, that’s where the price break is. The cost is $1.60/disc for inkjet printing and $1.80/disc for thermal prints which are a shinier, more durable alternative. So I would say, make an extra copy, it’s reasonably priced and it could really save you a big headache in the long run. To copy that disc visit us here. (323) 469-0707

16mm or 8mm?


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Perhaps you’ve unearthed some film or happened upon it some way and you want to know how to tell if you have 8mm or Super8 or maybe even 16mm.

One quick way would be to use a measuring tape. If the film is 8mm wide, chances are you have some variety of 8mm film. Good, because that’s a little cheaper to transfer generally. I had a customer come in earlier this week with what he thought was 8mm film. It turns out, ¼” reel to reel audio, which we also transfer, is pretty similar looking. Of course the tape is a shade of dark brown and you can tell by holding it up to the light and by the fact that it has no sprocket holes, that’s it’s in fact, audio.

Another way to know if you have film is to give it a good whiff. If it smells like vinegar, you’d better bring it down to Advanced Media for a transfer because the film will eventually disintegrate and the smell of vinegar is a tell tale sign that this process has already begun. Sadly, film does not last forever. A good deal of silent films from the United States have disappeard. Very few remain and this is a sad fact. There are societies for preservation but not all films are deemed important enough to make the list and are lost forever. Don’t let this happen to you. We offer HD digital files for Mac and PC users. The price is $3/minute for Mac users and $2.50/minute for PC users. We also provide DVDs if you’re not a computer person or if you just want to have a watch with the fam. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns here. (323) 469-0707

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