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A few reader wrote in with suggestions after a recent column about converting VHS tapes to DVD.
From Arlington: "There is another great place in Arlington: Trans Video Productions, .... I have taken many reel-to-reel tapes there over the past years and received excellent service. David Downey, the one-man owner, is terrific and has every kind of audiovisual equipment imaginable..."
The Washington Post, Alexandria-Arlington, June 24, 2010
"The task? Transfer footage of fun times with friends from a 8mm mini video cassette to a DVD. Next step? Initially I had no idea where to begin or what to look for. So I did various searches....and came across Trans Video Productions. Within 30 minutes I'd chatted with David and dropped off the cassette at his office. I was thrilled that he could have it done so quickly (under 24 hours)...and more amazed at the range of technologies available to him. Whatever you need on the video front he seems to have it! I'll definitely be going back to preserve memories as formats change."
Deanna N., Arlington, VA, 5/14/2009
With the Rise of DVDs, It's Transfer Time again.
Miles of Home-Movie Film Became VHS, but Now a New Medium Backons.
Phillip Grace's childhood was chronicled in three-minute snippets on itty-bitty rolls of film, kept in dozens of metal film cans, then crammed into his closets to collect dust...
That's when boredom drove him to unearth the films his parents had lovingly created with their 16mm movie camera, starting with his sixth-birthday party.
But because the family projector was long gone, Grace, now 60, had no way of watching the mini-movies. He decided to transfer them onto videotape, with the help of a professional, so his children could see them. Three months and hundreds of dollars later, Grace had an eight-hour tape.
This all took place about 10 years ago, before he knew videotape didn't last forever. Now that he does, the D.C. resident has transferred the video images to the longer-lasting DVD format, again with professional's help.
"The whole idea is to preserve this for posterity," Grace said.
That's also the whole idea behind a new crop of consumer services that translate old film and videotape onto the increasingly popular discs.
Grace, the D.C. resident with the eight-hour DVD, ... started with film, not tape. And in the end, he's pleased with the product he got, using TransVideo Productions in Arlington. He's so pleased that he keeps the master DVD under lock and key.
Dina ElBoghdady, Staff Writer
The Washington Post, June 30, 2002