Spring is around the corner, even though it's cold and snowy these days. It is time to think of family vacations and taking more photos, creating new memories.
What's your favorite vacation spots? Do you prefer culture, shopping, relaxation. If you don't have enough days to have a long vacation, then taking a weekend off would be very satisfying. How about going to Italy?
Perhaps add another weekend to Caserta Palace or for Easter go to Cenacolo/Last Supper in Italy?
Yesterday, at our Facebook wall, I added the following message:
How was snow day? Recently I have been going thru our 10k+ digitized family photos, which need indexing and sorting. Having them digitized is great help! I came across three photos which I wanted to share with my girlfriend who lost her husband January 2nd. I just managed to email and surprise her with one of her photos from 1980s visiting them in Maryland. Did you go down memory lane today? What's the status of your family photos?
This morning I received the following message, which says a lot about the importance of having digital files and sharing immediately. Unlike in the old days, you would send a copy and send via postal service, with a nice notecard and insert the photo. It took us much longer to share, besides time and effort to do so a little over a decade ago.
Here is her message from my very dear girlfriend. I got goosebumps reading it
My heart beat so fast when I saw the picture of the three of us. The background is Potomac River, an area where people go to hike. I wiiiiiiish we could go back in time. Jim and I have very few pictures together. Because we do not have anyone to leave them to, we did not take pictures of us together. Now I regret that I have only very few pictures and I know how important it is to look at those "moments in time."
This proves the power of photographs and sharing: We don't realize the importance and power of photographs, until years and decades later. I am so glad our family photos of over 10,000 paper loose photos were digitized in 2015. Now I can do so much with them. Photographs are eternal, you could relive those precious moments over and over. It's even better and easier to do so, once they are scanned and digitized.
What's the status of your family photos?
We all wish that there is a way to somehow have all our photos prior to 2000 are digitized. It's overwhelming when you have so many albums, boxes full of photos and videos. You think of some events and you have difficulty locating them. Besides they are taking up so much space!
Has taking care of your family's photos part of your New Year's resolution? Let TODAY be your January 1st. It's never a better day than NOW. If you feel panic and don't know how to tackle this project, don't worry. We will simplify it into just 3 steps:
1. STEP ONE: Gather all your precious family photos, albums, home movies in one location.
2. STEP TWO: Fill out the form to contact us - you don't have to bring it all at once. We have clients that bring us their photos and videos over the course of three to four months. The most important thing is to START the process. If you have a large collection, we will quote the lowest price. We are also very flexible with time. However, remember that the shelf life of those video tapes is limited and they are starting to deteriorate. Contact us and fill out the form.
3. STEP THREE: Congratulations! They are now digitized. You have saved the legacy of your family! At any upcoming occasion, you will be ready to enjoy and share those special moments you captured over the years! You will save space at home. If you downsize, it would be easier to just grab few external hard drives. Remember, millennials keep their memories in the cloud and cellphones. You could easily make copies of your files for them. They will be so happy for your foresight!
A few days ago, we had an inquiry about reading or accessing digital files on SD cards. This client wanted to access their daughter's 16th birthday celebration. She was given the files on an SD card.
Technology is moving so fast and formats keep changing constantly. There is no need to feel bad about it. We find out many have similar problems with technology.
We set up a meetup for September 19th for her and others that need help. We normally setup meetups based on the digital needs of our clients at BaysideDigital meetup.
There are variety of SD card readers. In case you are in similar situation, or you would like to access the files on your digital camera, here is variety of SD card readers. You might also link with the cable provided with your digital camera and attach to your desktop or laptop and transfer those files.
I personally like working with SD card reader that could read various types of SD cards. It's a personal preference.
Here is selections from Amazon for you:
We prefer to transfer digital files to external hard drives, as DVDs have limited capacity. It's best to have 2TB external hard drive. Buy minimum of 3 external hard drives:
1. Label the first one "MASTER archival" - Family photos and videos
2. Label the second hard drive "Backup of "MASTER archival" - family photos and videos
3. Have a third external drive, if you plan on editing and working on those files. Because you don't want to accidentally delete files.
4. We also recommend a fourth one to keep OUTSIDE your house, in case something happens to your place of residence. It's best to be safe and secure them.
5. You might also set up a PRIVATE youtube account or at VIMEO and upload your treasured videos online
6. In addition, you might like to have a cloud account .
We have a page for digital STORAGE SOLUTIONS.
What's your backup of digital files strategy that works for you?
Welcome to the new age of technology and the digital world. They are supposed to help us, however with the ever rapid changed in tech world, we often encounter problems. It get frustrating with incompatible software, the need to convert what was already converted, as the devices don't recognize some files.
So many file formats to deal with. Some devices recognize some and not others. Wasn't technology supposed to help simplify our life?
Sooner or later we would encounter tech problem. In this page we will concentrate on the problems people encounter trying to use their DVDs, on a PC or TV.
Since it's not a new problem and many forums are set to discuss these issues. We will present some links herewith. We hope they will be helpful to you. Your comments and suggestions are most welcome!
At Bayside Digital we convert your older VHS videos to the standard .VOB - about .VOB file format: VOB is a very popular format on any type of platform, mainly because it contains all the necessary data for a DVD movie. Or create in .mp4 files designed to be uploaded and viewed online
This website lists all the VOB players for Windows computer, Mac, Android devices and iOS devices: https://www.iskysoft.com/article/free-vob-player-for-mac.html
Check this website related to .vob: How to Play VOB FilesThree Methods: VLC Media PlayerMedia Player ClassicVirtual DVD Players
We have compiled as reference some resources if you encounter problem getting your DVD to play: please use your judgement before you proceed. We hope these sources will be helpful. If you have additional information please leave us a comment.