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   PRESENTATIONS, VIDEO TRANSFERS AND CONVERSIONS Conversions from Tape: The precious memories that you have on tape are not permanent. Each year these fade a bit more until they become unwatchable. It is good to transfer this material to DVD and/or digital tape. A carefully cared for DVD will last a long time. We can place approximately 2 hours on a DVD at a high quality. If your original tapes are lacking in quality, you may want to consider placing only 1 hour onto each single DVD. This would enable us to make adjustments that would ensure no additional loss of quality. You can keep your cost down by organizing your tapes. If we make up a 2 hour DVD using video from 1 full VHS tape that you supply, it will cost less than if we need to use video from numerous tapes to burn a single DVD. We can make periodic entry points into your DVD or we can make specific entry points. Entry points allow you to go directly to a given segment of your DVD from your DVD menu. Presentations for Business or Special Events: Here are some helpful hints for creating presentations that will surely entertain your audience. 1) When working with photos, still pictures are normally displayed for from four to six seconds plus another half second on either end as part of the transition.  Keep this in      mind when calculating the desired run time for the presentation. 2) We can crop, enlarge, pan across, zoom into and out from a picture.     Keep this in mind when selecting pictures. 3) Often we are supplied with client video tape containing comments from people      so that we can incorporate this video into the presentation.      Here are a few thoughts to consider       A) When recording these comments make sure that you have good lighting.            Your light source should never be in front of the camera.       B) Pay attention to the audio. Consider using an external mike and be           careful about unwanted sound that the camcorder could pick up.       C) Don't be afraid to move in tight for a nice close up. Vary the range from            which you record different subjects.       D) Be careful with the length of the comments. If five people talk for three       minutes, that's a lot of video! It is best to keep comments to under a minute 4) Aside from pictures, consider furnishing us with newspaper clippings and     documents such as certificates, report cards, and other items. 5) Along with music, we can incorporate sound from audio tape. Before     camcorders people would record their children on audio tape cassettes. 6) Titles make a presentation come alive. Consider furnishing us with      information about the pictures, family, honeree,etc. You may want to come      up with some captions. Beware, we are not afraid to add our own! 7) Old 8mm and Super 8 home movies can be used, too. See additional      information on this subject farther down on this page. 8) For events celebrated with a party involving many activities (like dancing), a     presentation should not run over 20 minutes. For Dinner Parties where the     video is the main entertainment, 30 minutes is acceptable. 9) Here is a post production hint. Often people show these presentations at     parties at banquet halls. When bringing in a TV for this purpose do not     overlook sound quality. Usually TV sets do not have big enough speakers     to fill a hall with good sound. If you are having a deejay, one option is to     ask if he will be able to take the sound from the TV/VCR and pipe it through     his system. Another option is to hold a microphone from the PA system next     to the TV's speakers. It is best to test before the actual presentation. 10) And finally, here is a money saving option for you. We can work with physical       photographs of all sizes. If it is possible for you to furnish us with scanned       digital pictures you will save money because you will be saving us a step..


Home Movies FROM 8mm & 16mm to Disc: Single reels of 8mm, Super 8, and 16mm  movie film are about fifty feet in length. These measure about three inches in diameter and usually play for just over three minutes. Twenty reels (1000 feet) equates to about an hour of video. People who took the time to spice their movies together usually did so to 400 (about 5 inches) or 600 (about 7 inches) foot reels. When Envisioned Video performs the transfer, we will look for "unwatchable" spots. These usually occurred when there was either too much or not enough light. When we see these, we leave them off of the video. We try to make your video better in other ways, too. For example, lots of people used to record movies out the side window of their car while doing 55 MPH! We throw moments such as these into slow motion making them much easier on the eyes. Finally, we will add an enjoyable soundtrack to replace the ticking of a projector.
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