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Archiving your memories.

Written on October 10, 2005 by Kevin.

For over 100 years now, people have been taking pictures or videos of their family or other memories. Fast forward to 2005 and you would be hard pressed to find the equipment capable of playing any of these videos from over 40 years ago. Times change and so does technology. With the increase in digital cameras and camcorders in the home, people are now in full control on what they record and what they do with it after that. Looking ahead, the videos and pictures you take now will likely be seen by your children and probably their children as well.

The problem with technology is that it simply gets out dated and eventually your parents long lost wedding video that was on an 8mm film is hard to get converted to a easy to use format. Hundreds of pictures are printed daily so family and friends can view them and allow others to see a moment in time from one persons eyes. The truth is that the majority of printed pictures will lose their quality. So the ultimate issue is that you have great film or photos that eventually wont be in a usable format or the printed image itself may not be visible. The question is, what do you do about it?

Companies such as FujiFilm and many others are developing DVDs that they call archival quality and they boost a claim that the DVD will remain functional for over 100 years. Many of the cheaper DVD/CD producing companies cannot make this claim. Only time itself will tell whether or not these DVDs truly stand up.

A second issue is that the technology today may not likely be accessible 50 years from now. To think that a DVD player would still be a primary source of media management would be crazy. Just like it would be difficult to track down a working 8mm projector now a days, new technology will come out to replace the old.

The bottom line is that if you want to archive your family and the memories you share, you need to plan ahead. Burn photos and digital videos on archival quality DVDs. For other formats(DVDs included), always include the device necessary to play the necessary format. What good will a wedding movie do if no one can find the equipment necessary to view it?


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