Late Morning Start
I had stayed up late, working on my new computer last night. I’m in a painful learning curve right now, going from a Mac back to a windows based laptop. I’m also having to learn Windows 8.1, which now is quite frustrating for me.
I didn’t get up until almost 8:30 AM which is unusual for me. I was supposed to go over to a friends’ house to help with their videos and computer today. When I checked my email, I saw that they had sent me an email at 6:30 AM and had expected me at 9 AM!
Later Arrival to Friends
I still had to do some computer work before I could leave. I had to make sure that I had emptied my memory disks that I was taking there. I also packed up my new laptop in case I needed it as well. I also had to charge my camera battery and bring the charger with me.
I wasn’t sure how long we would be working on the videos and computer there. I wanted to make sure that I had every piece of equipment that I might need. I wasn’t sure what they would have either.
I had to also gather up all of the home videos that I have. I’ve had them in a safe place and now I need to find them and bring them with me. By the time I packed everything up, it was almost ten.
We both have old home videos that we want to convert to digital files. My friend went to a photography shop, who charged $50 to create a DVD. I had looked at the results and was not at all impressed. He ran the video and I took a video of it with my digital camera. The results were better and it was free!
Today, we would have a set up with a tripod as well. I had 41 family videos. My place isn’t large enough to do a good job, nor do I have a large screen. And I am hopelessly inept at running those old projectors.
My friends have sold their house so we are under a time pressure to do it now before they move. They also want to get rid of their films, projector and screen. Today is the best time.
As we went through all of those old home movies, I marvelled at how much technology has improved since then. I wondered if there was some kind of business I could start. There must be lots of families who want to convert their old home movies to digital–or not.
I was getting quite sentimental as I looked at these old home movies. A lot of the people in these movies are long gone. I didn’t recognize a lot of people. I need to ask my Dad since he was the family videographer. I’m going to post them on youtube under the private setting and then send the link to family and friends.
It took us all day, but we finished. Now, we are free to discard of the films. I want to make sure that all the digital files are okay and make a back up, too. It’ll be hard for me to just throw it all away.
Getting Rid of More Stuff
In addition to getting rid of the home movies, I have a lot of old CDs, DVDs and even VCR tapes I should get rid of. It’ll take a long time, but I’ll have to start digitizing all of my CDs. I did buy a gadget to convert the VCR tapes but wonder if it’s worth the bother. I wonder if there’s even a market for any of them.
I’m going to do some research on Craigslist and eBay to see if it’s even worth the bother of trying to sell any of it or if I should just donate it all. Now that I have my new computer, it should take less time so that’s good.