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Tape to Disc

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The VHS Family

The VHS Family

I transfer a lot of tape to disc, meaning DVD and even audio cassette to CD.

I also make copies of those discs with printed, professional looking labels for your enjoyment or profit. I’ve made a lot of friends doing this kind of work. Movie people, comics, actors, directors, musicians, poets all come into the shop. Some just need a transfer. But the regulars build up a rapport and I feel very good about the relationships I’ve built with people over the last 4 years I’ve been with the company. When I came in, I knew very little compared to what I know now but the good thing is, there may as well be an infinite amount to learn in the media business, partly because it’s changing every day. It’s this knowledge that I’m in pursuit of as well as the relationships that have grown over time that make me passionate about what I do. If it was just transfers, I probably would have lost interest a long time ago. But to quote the Beatles, I’ve got to admit it’s getting better all the time. And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.

The Sizzle Reel

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Everybody knows that we do demo reels and trailers, but did you know we also create Sizzle Reels?

The question comes to mind, what is a Sizzle Reel exactly? Think of it like this. You’re selling the sizzle so they buy the steak. The purpose of a sizzle reel is 3 fold. It’ got to expand the awareness of the viewer. It has to be engaging. And lastly it has to get your idea across. Because this type of reel is generally very short, approximately 2 minutes, you don’t have much time to promote your product or to entice your viewer to action. So who needs a Sizzle reel? One example would be a company with an ongoing project. There is a need to show what has been done thus far and to show perhaps the stockholders, what the final product will actually be, or if you’re trying to promote a product for sale. The idea is that the short video be fun with style and that the content be very creative. Obviously the message it has to communicate is the first idea to think about. From there, everything will be born and with a little luck, your project will be like a dream, coming true for you and your project. Please feel free to contact us here for more information.

What is our mission at Advanced Media?

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Some of you may know that we as Advanced Media have been operating at our new location for over 5 years now. few of you may also know that Advanced Media (formerly Advanced Video) has had several iterations, and in fact was originally established at around 1940 as one of Hollywood’s first duplication and services house.

We think that it is good to review our mission every certain period and see if we still feel strongly about it, and whether it really serves its purpose.

Our mission is pretty simple: to be the best community-based media services provider and to provide true value to or customers at affordable prices.

Since we are based in Hollywood and Los Angeles, our goal is to provide the best video and media services in the greater Los Angeles area.

We would like to share with you some recent testimonials we got from customers. These are genuine words, written by people we served.


We have been extremely impressed by the professionalism of you and your team.


YOU WERE AMAZING!! Your were quick. You knew exactly what you were doing. You provided great input, and the overall quality of the final demo reel was excellent.


It has been a pleasure to work with you and Advanced Media, and I sincerely appreciate the professionalism and integrity that you’ve shown on this project.


Hope you aren’t working too hard, but had to meet you only once to know that you are amazing that way and probably are! I could thank you all day a million more times for your time/help & expertise! :-)))


We have more of those and we are proud to share them with you. When we get this type of feedback, we know that we are on the right track and that we have provided great value to thousands of people.

While we always seek to improve, this type of feedback let us know that we are on the right track in our goal to support the community.

For an feedback, comments or questions, please contact us HERE or at (323) 469 0707.

What is a demo reel?

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Simply put, a demo reel is a short video meant to display the talents of an actor with the intention of securing future work as such.

The reel should showcase a variety of roles if possible. Mainly it should be the actor delivering a bunch of lines. Of course it has to be watchable, even entertaining because if the viewer who is hopefully in a position to hire the actor is bored or turned off, he or she will simply move on to the next demo reel. Actors are not the only people in the business who need demo reels. Directors, Cinematographers, Visual Effects Designers and Editors need them. We even cut a reel for an Art Director here at Advanced Media.

It’s a great way of saying, check me out! Look what I can do! You can show a potential client what you can do. It’s a way of showing people that you’re for real, that you’re not all talk and that you have been hired before in similar situations. You’re just the person they’ve been looking for. Also, demos can be posted to your website and you can send your potential employers a link. Many actors have more than one demo. You may need a commercial demo for getting commercial jobs. Or you may want to separate your comedy reel from your drama reel. Or you may be going out for a specific role and you just need to send a reel that showcases your talents as an action hero. Any way you look at it, these days, if you don’t have a demo reel, people in the business won’t take you seriously. If you do have a demo, and it’s good, your chances of landing a role are increased ten fold. For more information please contact us here. (323) 469-0707

Acting Job

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I was listening to the radio last week. It was Kevin and Bean on KROQ as I was on my way to work.

Their Entertainment Correspondent, Ralph was giving off a list of TV actors along with how much they earn in a year or an episode. The numbers were amazing and I thought, “That’s why this town is full of actors.” But it’s not always just about the money. I have a good friend who happens to be a playwrite and an actor. The man loves and audience. It’s in his blood. But he complains that all of the Hollywood actors stink and that they hire the worst people possible on purpose. He says it’s the only way to reach the demographic. He’s a pretty smart guy but I might disagree with him. They could most likely find worse actors out there.

Maybe what he means is that he wants to see actors out there who really respect the craft, who are doing it for all the right reasons, not just for the money or the fame, but for the art. He also complains that Theatre has become to stagnant, too complacent and maybe he’s right. I was looking at a chart about how music has also become more homogenized and another chart showing how the major corporations have consolidated the Media industry down to a very select few. The same news stories heard all over the country with the same headlines, pretending to be different suppliers of news, all under one giant brain. Where am I going with this? I’m not sure. Food for thought, that is all. Anyways, I’ve gotta go, I’ve got blogs to write! Please feel free to contact us here. (323) 424-9309

Video Production Services – Demo Reel

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Advanced Media LLC recently started their own production company and our goal for 2012 is to have a lot of exciting projects that lead us to bigger and brighter things! Our recent projects included a Web video for a real estate company in Pallos Verdes! We also recently finished a video production job for the Eye Care Company, VSP. Last week we finished a demo reel in Studio City for an up and coming young actor.

At Advanced Media, we want to be your one stop shop for you post-production and now for your production needs. Along with video transferring, we also edit and produce demo reels for all our customers. We are new to the acting reel production game but our experience in Hollywood make us more than qualified to handle this time of job.

In studio city we shot a few scenes for an engaging young actor so that he may have a more full and complete demo reel. We provided the lighting equipment, camera and sound equipment as well as a small crew that were more than willing to help out an actor with their video production needs!

We shot one comedy scene that took place in a pizza cafe and another drama scene in an office setting. It was a pleasure working with everyone involved with the reel and we can’t wait for the next job! Afterwards the happy customers went to our office where we also cut their reels together and made duplicates of it for the casting agents around the LA area, of course we can provide this and more! Click HERE for more info.


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VHS to DVD Transfer


You have made your first step towards making one of the most important memories preservation and legacy protection choices.

You may want to know that we were chosen by the FBI to transfer their media library. That means – you are in good hands now.




Advanced Media LLC is one of the leaders in preserving, transferring and converting video, film and analog media into new digital realm. We transfer and convert VHS, Beta, Betamax, Hi-8, Video8, Digital8, DV, HDV, MiniDV, BetaSP, Digital Beta, VCR, VHS-C, VHS PAL, DVD, CD, 8mm film, 16mm film, Super 16mm film, DAT, audio cassettes, LaserDisc, Blu-ray, 3/4″ Umatic, 1/2″ audio, 1/4″ audio, reel to reel and many more into DVD and files, including Quicktime, MOV, Avi, WMV, Divx, MPEG, H.264, MXF, GXF, Flash, FLV, PC, Mac, Linux, and for all digital platforms, including YouTube, Vimeo, websites, iPhone, iPad and many more



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Preserving video and audio tapes and analog media is one of Advanced Media core competencies.

Our staff has years of experience, knowledge and dedication in the media field. Our equipment is at a level fit for the motion picture industry theatrical and broadcast applications.

We are an approved government contractor and among our customers are various entities with the US government, the FBI, the UC educational system, the main movie studios – Fox, Warner Bros, Lionsgate, TV networks – TimeWarner, SyFy, MTV, Fortune 500 corporations and many others.

Don’t let it fool you. We are not a strictly large-enterprises driven company. Quite the contrary! We have served thousands of satisfied and loyal individual, loyal and private customers, just like you. You are in good hands.

When you choose Advanced Media, you choose a leading expert in handling your most precious tapes. When it comes to preserving your most precious moments, you want to ensure you are choosing the right company.  You may never get to transfer again, and besides, we would never want you to spend more than you need.

  • Preserving you precious memories and keeping you happy are our primary goals!

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