From Analogue to Digital

Recording our families activities and history has always been a priority for humans, no matter where or when you lived. You can find the earliest recordings on cave walls and even as graffiti etched on Roman buildings hundreds of years ago!


As human beings, it’s common for us to want to record some kind of visual diary of our lives to save for future generations. Before film and video, there was no real way to capture the reality of life. Still life drawings and paintings were the best we could do. These often had to be further enhanced by family bibles, diaries and word of mouth in order to get any real idea of what life was like for your ancestors. How much easier will it be for our future generations to see what our lives were like today?

In this Digital age, there are so many options available to record and share your memories. Recordings that were once limited to clumsy analogue forms of media like VHS and Cine Film can now be stored digitally on numerous devices for instant access. And best of all, this data can be shared with family and friends all around the world with the click of a button via such popular media sharing networks as Facebook, Twitter etc.


As well as Cine Film and Video, many of us captured much of our family history in photographic form of one sort or another. Unlike the current form of ‘Digital’ photography, our old fashioned family film and slides don’t lend themselves to sharing very easily and are extremely susceptible to deterioration over time. With Fires and flooding wiping out many a families precious memories, digitizing images is becoming a very popular choice. Once converted these images can be saved in multiple areas assuring that a copy will survive somewhere no matter what, and once again we will be able to share them easily with our friends and family around the world.

Back in the 60’s & 70’s many of us used to record family gatherings on reel to reel audio recorders and later on audio cassettes! These family recordings were sometimes used like email and sent across the country or around the world to family or friends who lived abroad to keep ‘in touch’. Again, these priceless family recordings can be saved and shared with future generations simply by having them transferred to a digital format.

If you have any of these kinds of recordings then take the time to dig them out and save them for your children and grandchildren to marvel over. You can easily do it yourself, but if you don’t feel comfortable with doing it, we can certainly help.


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