Here’s some facts about the Musings from Me family’s love of recording our travels, adventures, and moments:
- My kids range in age from 16 to 9.
- My husband records EVERYTHING from the first steps, to playing outside on the swingset, to piano recitals, to soccer games, to beach trips, to “just” hanging out in the family room doing nothing, to First Communions, to volleyball games, to swim meets…well you get the picture.
- Videoing activities is my husband’s “thing” while I am more of a “record the moment in a photo” person.
- We love watching “baby” movies as a family.
But, here is where it gets complicated:
- We’ve had 4 video cameras since our teen was a newborn.
- Two video cameras broke.
- One went missing…possibly left at a game?
- One video camera is still with us…thankfully.
- Two of the video cameras used VHS-C tapes. Do you remember those tapes? VHS-C fit in to a VHS cassette tape so that you could watch the videos on a TV. A very clunky way to watch home movies.
- One video camera used MiniDVs. The only way to watch a MiniDV is to hook the video camera to the TV. However, we can never find the correct cable to hook the video camera to the TV. Frustrating!
- The most recent video camera uses a flash card making copying videos easy, plus it is still a hassle to watch the digital files as our TV is not connected to our computer.
All of these “facts” account for the two boxes of assorted video tapes gathering dust in my office. My desire has been to convert all the various formats of videotapes to DVDs, so that we can watch all of our home movies. At some point in time, my husband copied most of the VHS-C tapes onto VHS tapes. Time passed and those VHS recordings of our family adventures and travels are also gathering dust in a box in my office. It’s a veritable graveyard of home movies that we are unable to watch.
The MANY hours of home movies seemed destined to languish in boxes forever until either my husband or I found a spare moment to convert the various video formats to ONE watchable digital format. Time is a hot commodity in this house. With three kids on the go, a mom who works at home, and a dad who works long hours, time is something we crave. Which is why when I was offered the chance to try out YesVideo’s Videotape to DVD conversion service, I jumped at the chance. I might have jumped for joy, too!
Here’s how the step-by-step YesVideo Videotape to DVD process:
- Visit Costco (which is where I was able to convert my home movie videotapes to DVD through YesVideo) or Walmart, Meijer, RiteAid, Sam’s Club, Bartell Drugs, CVS Photo, or Walgreens.
- Find the Photo Department in the store you visit.
- Use one of the computer terminals at the store’s Photo Department to start your Videotape to DVD Conversion process.
- You will be asked to choose a style for the title page of the DVD (Children, Travel, etc.). I chose “Children.”
- You will be asked to specify the format of your videotapes (VHS, Beta, VHS-C, Hi-8, Digital, 8 mm, and miniDV).
- Hand your videotapes (any format) to Photo Booth with the order slip you printed out from the computer terminal.
- In about a week, you will receive an email with a tracking number, so that you can track when your DVDs are ready for pickup at the store where you ordered.
The Videotape to DVD conversion order process was straightforward. In late November, I had to get one of my front tires checked at Costco, so I brought 4 MiniDV tapes to Costco to try out the YesVideo Videotape to DVD processing. As luck would have it, the 4 MiniDVs tapes covered all of 2005.
I planned to separate the four miniDVs in to two Videotape to DVD orders; two MiniDVs per order. At the Costco computer terminal, I placed one order for “2 Tapes to DVD,” since I had two MiniDVs to convert to DVD. I was asked to verify that the total length of both tapes was not greater than 2 hours. I placed a second order for 2 Tapes to DVD with the other two MiniDVs tapes. I was charged $17.99 for each order.
About a week later, I received an email with tracking information for both orders. Two-and-a-half weeks later, I had my husband stop by Costco to pick up the order on his way home from the car dealership where he had his car in for service. See what I mean about time…both of us do errands on the same day to save time. Even though I placed both orders on the same day, one order arrived a day before the other, but since I had the tracking information I knew which day to go to Costco to pick up the DVDs.
We watched the home movie DVDs the other night on the family desktop. I had planned to wait for family movie night to “screen” the DVD, but I couldn’t stop myself from taking a peek. The kids heard all the squeaky baby voices and me oooohhing and aaaahhing over what I saw in the computer monitor, and had to watch, too. Soon all 5 of us were crowded round the desktop watching the cutest scenes from 2005:
- my toddler speechless standing in front of the penguin enclosure at the Central Park Zoo.
- My 6-year-old dancing around the hotel room with her new American Girl doll.
- My 8-year-old walking through the Museum of Natural History in New York City.
- All of us opening gifts on Christmas morning.
- My toddler encountering his “big boy bed” for the first time.
- My 6-year-old in her first theatrical production…Cats.
- My 8-year-old playing in her first piano recital.
- My husband trick or treating with the kids.
- My toddler’s first Easter Egg Hunt.
- A Nativity play at church where my daughter was an angel with her cousins.
I could go on and on about the sweet, and sometimes forgotten memories on that DVD. I had forgotten how many words my toddler had. I heard him say…very clearly for a not-quite-two-year-old…”frog,” “bear,” and “monkey.” Amazing memories. Those videotapes would still be in the box gathering dust, but instead we are able to marvel at how much the kids have grown over the years.
I plan to play these DVDs on Christmas Day for my parents. We’ll call it the Musings from Me movie screening of “Family Adventures 2005”!
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