DVD YOUR MEMORIES
When was the last time you thought about those home movies of that camping trip, the kid’s soccer games, or your long lost wedding video? What about the hundreds of old photos that are crammed into shoe boxes in the back of your closet? Well, I ran across a local service that can help convert and preserve those memories so you can share them for years to come!
We sat down with Richard Uruchurtu, of DVD Your Memories, to find out more about his company.
Tell me a little about DVD Your Memories:
DVD Your Memories was founded in 2006 to focus on one thing –enabling people to share their lifetime of memories by converting their old stuff to modern, long-lasting formats like DVD or Hard Drive. We work on video tapes, audio cassettes, photographs, slides, and negatives. And we also work on film, like 8 mm and 16 mm, where a lot of people have recorded decades of old home movies – we’ve converted literally hundreds of thousands of feet of color and black and white movies from all the way back to the 40s!
Ahh, yes. I remember my family showing me old movies and slide shows for years and years at our family parties. I remember, specifically, being the one to click to advance to the next slide! I don’t think we even have even one of those projectors anymore! So, is that where you come in?
That’s exactly where we come in! Most people have long since gotten rid of their film projector, VHS machine, or old camcorder. They come to us for two main reasons – sharing and preserving. They want to share their old memories with family and friends (but have no way to do it anymore) and they want to make sure that those old tapes and films don’t continue to degrade.
Wait, degrade? What do you mean by that – does old media actually ‘go bad’?
It does, indeed. As soon as film, photos, or other analog media are recorded or developed, an aging process begins. Photos may be the easiest to recognize as we’ve all seen faded, yellow pictures from 20 or 30 years ago. Sun, dust, heat and moisture are a few of the environmental factors that play a role in aging those items. Film can get brittle and difficult to watch or it can become darkened over time and lose a lot of the contrast from scenes that were once crystal clear. In fact, most people don’t realize that VHS tapes are extremely sensitive to the environment. For tapes stored in attics, where the heat and humidity levels are extreme, VHS and camcorder tapes can be destroyed in less than five years!
So you recommend that people take action to back up or convert their stuff sooner rather than later?
Of course – that’s our business! But, folks should have legitimate concerns that they may lose the faces, voices, and events they captured years ago. Many of our customers start with a plan – they meet with our media experts and put together a timeline for how and when they’re going to get everything converted. Then, we transfer everything to 100-year archival DVD’s so they are protected – for at least the next century! And some customers choose to make a copy on Hard Drive as well, so they can edit their own films and/or always have a backup.
You’ve shared some great information with us. What else should we know about your company?
As I mentioned, we focus on family media transfer. Some companies do this in addition to film production or photography or other services, but this is all we do – and I don’t mean to brag – but we’re really good at it! Additionally, our entire model is based on the fact that a lot of people don’t want to put those precious, historical photos/slides/tapes in the mail to have this done. With DVD Your Memories, your valuables never leave our hands – we don’t outsource and we don’t ship anything. I would add that we also offer complete editing services – we can prepare slideshow movies, graduation tapes, sports highlight reels, or even tribute videos for memorial services.
Thank you Richard! This has been a lot of fun.
AND – Richard has offered to extend a 15% discount to anyone that mentions San Diego Bargain Mama – through July!
For those interested in reaching out to Richard and his team, you can find them in Kearney Mesa at:
DVD Your Memories
8305 Vickers St., Ste. 206
San Diego, CA 92111
Disclaimer: DVD Your Memories is a paying client of SDBM. All opinions are my own.