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We All Become Memories

We all become memories. We all become memories. I happened to see the last part of the last episode of the 2018 series "Call The Midwife". It had a cine film running, projecting old images onto the screen. Vanessa Redgrave plays Jennifer Worth, the writer whose real-life stories formed the basis ...
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Mouldy video tapes

Mouldy video tapes Mouldy video tapes - I often get video tapes to digitise that have not been stored that well, e.g. in a loft or garage. But even video tapes that have been stored in a cupboard in the house can be a problem. Decades of sitting in a ...
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History of Silicon Valley

History of Silicon Valley

If you are interested in the history of technology, or the History of Silicon Valley, then this timeline of Silicon Valley has lot of key milestones. Open the link and then click right to move through the milestone history. http://www.open.edu/openlearn/science-maths-technology/computing-ict/timeline-the-history-technology-and-silicon-valley?in_menu=548746#2 Personal Media Solutions founder started in the Semiconductor industry in ...
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bbc-archive-film-shows-original-video-format-war

This amazing video from 1970 in Berlin, shows competing standards of video format of video players, just before VHS and Betamax came out. https://www.whathifi.com/news/bbc-archive-film-shows-original-video-format-war?utm_medium=EMAIL&utm_campaign=ENews%20Bulletins&utm_content=WHIF_ENEWS_noad%20(21.07.2017)::article_3_headline&utm_source=20170721 ...
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digitise video tapes

Why digitise your precious family home movies, photos and audio memories

I am often asked "Why digitise your precious family home movies, photos and audio memories?" These are the main reasons: Video tapes degrade constantly losing quality, eventually becoming unplayable. Photos can fade in sunlight over the years. Slides and Negatives can easily get lost or misplaced. All of these can ...
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Memories

Memories Live Longer than Dreams

Memories live longer than dreams! I have recently read a book that I was fascinated to find, is so relevant to my business, Personal Media Solutions. It is called "Stuffocation" authored by James Wallman. In it, James Wallman quotes his grandfather saying "Memories live longer than dreams". He then comments ...
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How to play all types of video files on your iPad or iPhone without using iTunes

I often get asked what is the best free software to play videos on your iPad, iPhone or smartphone. To play a video on your PC, you need Windows Media Player or Quicktime or VideoLAN VLC installed on your PC. The free open source VideoLAN VLC http://www.videolan.org/index.html is the most ...
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What does Personal Media Solutions do – 2 minute video

When your business is quite niche, a short video showing what you do can be helpful. Here is what Personal Media Solutions does ...
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Dampness ruins video tapes

Dampness ruins video tapes. How you store your precious old video tapes is very important. They should be stored upright, like a book and in dry conditions. If they is too much moisture in the air, it can settle on the tape, the tape deteriorates and then the tape becomes ...
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Smart TV – How to make your TV smart

Smart TV If you do not have a smart TV, or you want to make a second TV in another room smart, then this is a good article explaining some of the options, starting at only £30. http://www.freeview.co.uk/articles/news-and-features/blog-post/how-to-make-your-tv-smart-our-7-best-streaming-devices.html ...
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Video formats explained

The number of different video formats, codecs and containers and what it all means is one of the most difficult areas for people to understand once you start doing any significant video capture, digitising, production, editing, conversion, storage or streaming. What is the difference between a video format, a video ...
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History of Sound on British Library website

The British Library has got a fantastic selection of sound recordings which come from all over the world and cover the entire range of recorded sound: music, drama and literature, oral history, wildlife and environmental sounds. For more go to http://sounds.bl.uk/ ...
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