Actually it has already happened before your brain processes it. So if everything you experience has already happened, it is not possible for you to change it. There is no free will. It is all an illusion.
An elderly man with a magnifying glass paints an oil-on-canvas reproduction for each frame of your home movie. Then each painting is photographed with a film camera and each photograph is scanned. Finally these images are combined into a video file which is sent to you on DVD. We call it “artisanal scanning”.
Magnetic formats such as VHS tape are a bit more difficult, but he’s working on it.
@mehgrl I bought a DVD/VCR combo that was supposed to be able to burn the VHS tapes to the DVD player from ebay about 10 years ago. I never could get it to work… but that was the purpose of the machine. I’d still like to convert my VHSs but going direct to thumb drive sounds more reasonable in this digital age too. Is that the type of converter you got? I’d still really like to convert my movies. I have some hi8 tapes that I have no way of playing… including my daughter’s first Christmas.
@mbersiam Yes, it plugs into the VCR and converts it into .avi or .mp4 format. It isn’t fancy and you won’t have a lot of control over it. If you spend a bit more, you can get lots of conversion tools and editing features as well. Once the video is converted, you can store it anywhere you like.
I’ve gone through several of these (bought Groupon or Living Social sales) and have always been very pleased with the care they’ve taken of my items and to keep me apprised of where my items are in the process. I’ve been more than happy with the outcome.
I had a bunch of 8mm family films. They weren’t in perfect shape, and Legacy Box doesn’t do any enhancing, but they’re now digitized and I can share them with family on my YouTube channel.
If you want to enhance your video or photos, you can do that yourself. I know I would never be happy with someone else’s enhancements.
I did have one recording that was done upside down and LegacyBox redid it for me.
As for the YouTube video above, I understand that if you have the equipment and can do it yourself, it will be better (though not being a videophile, I couldn’t really see the differences he so breathlessly complained about).
I was very happy with my conversions at at only a few dollars per film, I got better than I expected.
@docflash The resolution is going to largely be tied to the medium it was originally created on. Unlike film, which can be scanned at higher resolutions, something like VHS-C is always going to be limited by the format’s resolution, 352x240. Going higher than that is only going to degrade the already fairly-low quality. That being said, capturing at 720p is often done to sacrifice encoding time for quality, though I have no idea what Legacy Box is doing.
Honestly, their prices have always struck me as incredibly high. If you have the technical wherewithal, outside of film stock is really not very difficult — though time-consuming — to do this yourself.
@styloroc Wow. It looks like Legacy Box doesn’t have much quality control at all.
Considering things sent to them usually have great sentimental value, it would be a complete waste of time.
Thanks for posting a link to this review.
@bbf my wife is an archivist for a local university (and formerly, the City of Houston) and digitization is just one of those processes that really doesn’t lend itself to automation or mass-production, it’s very tedious and requires meticulous attention to detail to achieve quality that is often underestimated.
Personally, as an amateur film photographer, I’ve never been happy with scans of my negatives – at least compared to what I can do with my own pro-sumer grade scanner. I imagine the same is true (and compounded) with more complicated forms of media like motion picture film reel and analog tape.
I think this might be fine if you are making a quick gift for someone who doesn’t really care as much about the quality as the thought, but your originals may be in peril in the hands of strangers.
@t0nyc0tt4m Same. Been VMP since the very beginning and have no idea what I’m getting out of the deal. Not even socks. I haven’t even ever ever ever been able to score an IRK (or BOC). Wish they would send random crap to loyal VMPers. How many of us could there be?
@Kyeh@t0nyc0tt4m They give away (“sell”) IRKs 100 at a time. Surely they could spare a few hundred random craps for their most loyal customers. (I seriously have no idea how people get 2 & 3 & 4 IRKs. I don’t stalk meh, but I’ve attempted purchase in the first 10 seconds MANY times and never gotten one. Maybe there’s some kind of trick to it.)
@mcanavino Ha! I have a working Olympus OM-1. Maybe if I hang on to it long enough it will be worth something LOL. I guess I am supposed to keep taking photos with it so that I can keep these conversion services in business?
Umm, Isn’t this a SERVICE? How is MEH involved? Overstock??? What percent of each empty box do they get? Do they have so slobs working in a basement somewhere digitizing? On another note…What’s the policy on Amateur Love-making movies??? Strictly classy of course.
VWestlife did a comprehensive review. I’d avoid this company bigly. I bought a “Wolverine” frame by frame 8mm scanner and it’s way better than what Legacybox provides, and I can sell the scanner when I’m done.
This was probably a good business model 15 years ago, but these days, it’s way cheaper to buy a film scanner and/or find a used reel-to-reel player on eBay and do as many conversions as you want at your leisure.
No pretty shoebox, but you can buy those at the dollar store if you feel the need.
Honestly, the DIY folks out there probably have no idea that paying someone else to do this is the only way for some of us to stop procrastinating and get it done.
Sure you can do it cheaper and potentially better yourself, but this deal isn’t a bad one at all.
Plus, it makes a great gift for a tech phobic relative who will trust an “official” company with their mementoes sooner than a son or daughter who means well but takes forever to get around to all those favors they promised.
@brasscupcakes I would agree. The mechanics of scanning hundreds of photos, applying color age corrections based on film brand and age, scratch removal, and doing that consistently for every single scan - and whether you have a photo, a slide, negatives, or 8mm film reels or VCR tapes.
That is the service you’re paying for. There is a time and task where DIY definitely makes sense. This is not one of them. Unfortunately for today’s deal, this one lives up to the site’s ethos and namesake in terms of the quality - if that’s truly what you’re looking for - high resolution archival quality scans to get every bit of information out of what you have.
I could look up how to sew sutures, too. Doesn’t make me want to DIY surgery. Or why go to a restaurant and pay someone else to cook your food. It just slapping some stuff into a pot, apply heat, and presto! Right? Of course not!
If this has value to you, it’s a good deal. If not, and for me, it doesn’t - scancafe offers a much better service, although maybe at a higher price. For me the premium of SC has been well worth it. I’ve had hundreds of photos scanned with them and 30+ reels of films and hundreds of slides - all from my parents who have passed on. They did a spectacular job, and turnaround during peak pandemic was about 3 months. Before that, it was about 2 - to be fair, these were large jobs and the work is time consuming, so the price, time-wise was still worth it.
But for some, this may be “good enough” to get it done at a price they can afford. I won’t begrudge someone that.