Friday, May 8, 2015

Less than Hollywood

I've previously mentioned that I transfer video for a living. It's nothing spectacular or special. I'm "the memory keeper", as my boss jokingly describes my title. I take people's home movies -whether they are on 8mm movie film, VHS, camcorder or any other tape type video, and put it all to DVD. It's either done via Pinnacle Studio 18 Ultimate running on a Dell Inspiron 3847 i3847-2770BK Desktop (in the case of movie film) or via a VCR plugged into a DVD Recorder (in the case of tapes and camcorders).

The problem is, our clientele think we do Hollywood type video production, using "state of the art" recording programs and equipment. We don't. It's a mom and pop business here, and video transfers aren't our main focus. We "over charge" and "under promote". Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining. It's a job that is allowing me to do something every day and have something to look forward to - albeit a crazy something, as not every one knows our service and the ones who do, don't want to pay for analogue video. Nothing is "digitized" / "cleaned up". It's as grainy on a DVD as it was when previously recorded. Like I said, we are not Hollywood. You can not ultra zoom into someone's nose hairs and see they recently cut their nostrils.

So what's my point?