I recently had an exciting opportunity to try out the iMemories service available at local The UPS Stores. I hadn’t even realized the service was available, so it was a great surprise to hear that our family’s old VHS and VHS-C’s could be digitized and transferred to DVD, preserving all those treasured memories, there. As [...]
I recently had an exciting opportunity to try out the iMemories service available at local The UPS Stores. I hadn’t even realized the service was available, so it was a great surprise to hear that our family’s old VHS and VHS-C’s could be digitized and transferred to DVD, preserving all those treasured memories, there. As a matter of fact, the list of what can be converted is extensive: Beta Max, VHS, VHS-C, 8mm cassettes, Mini DV, 8mm reels, Super 8 reels, 16mm reels, photos, negatives and slides. Isn’t that incredible? As it turned out, some of our oldest VHS tapes were terribly degraded, so we were fortunate to have converted them when we did. I’m thrilled that our family memories have been preserved for future generations and that they are in a format we can enjoy again and again. The process was a little time consuming and it was more costly than we had originally expected, but in the end, I am very pleased with the finished product. This will give you an idea of how the process works.
My nearest The UPS Store is about a 45 minute drive for me, so I planned to make the most of my trip. I needed a couple of grocery items from WalMart and since I was going to be on Lincoln’s south side at The UPS Store, the south WalMart was also on my route. I made my grocery list, pulled out the instructions for packing and preparing our tapes to be shipped and then I set off on my road trip.
I had the address of The UPS Store with me, and I knew I was in the right area, but I was having no luck finding them, so I pulled into a bank parking lot and called the store, gave them my location and discovered I was in the parking lot across the street from them. The employee that answered the phone was very nice and extremely helpful. I drove to the strip mall across the street and just when I thought I was still not going to be able to find them, there it was, tucked in the corner.
I had no idea that The UPS Store offered so many different services. I was really surprised! But, my mission on this day was to get those videos shipped and get the conversion process started. I approached the people working at the counter and explained what I was doing. Initially, I set off quite a panic, as they had never processed an iMemories order before and weren’t sure of the procedure. Needless to say, I was a little more wary of leaving my only family videos with them, at that point. But, they explained they had received information about the program several months earlier and then no one had actually come in to use it. So, while they tracked down information and clarified what should happen, I had a chance to wander around the small shop and check out their other products and services. Once they had gotten things clear in their minds about what to do with my videos, they pulled them out of my shipping box and organized them in the most condensed possible formation on the scale. It was sort of like watching a puzzle being put together. (I discovered that they would be packing and shipping in their own box, so that was why they were trying to get the package “organized” into a small bundle.) Once the desired shape was found, the weight was taken and the rest of the shipping process could move forward.
There was some confusion about including the gift card I had received to pay for processing, in the package I was shipping and it was preferred that I not place it in the box. The store employees also printed another form for me to read and fill out and then printed a shipping label and attached one copy to the new form, which I was required to sign. They kept one copy and gave one to me. They also studied the original shipping label and customer ID card I had filled out (A similar form can be printed from the iMemories website, for your use.) for a few minutes and then gave me one copy and put the rest with my tapes. After that, I was able to use my The UPS Store gift card to pay for the shipping and my part was finished. The store workers let me know they would pack up and prepare my tapes for shipping after I left and that it would ship out that evening and arrive at it’s destination in about 7 days. So, I was off to run my other Lincoln errands and make the 45 minute drive back home.
My next contact during the process, was an email letting me know that the videos had arrived at iMemories, but I would have to pay for the processing before they could begin digitizing the tapes. I explained what had happened with the gift card at The UPS Store and the reluctance to include it in the package. A very friendly iMemories employee called me and took the gift card number over the phone, to get the ball rolling. That was the point where I realized how expensive this process was going to be. I had received a $100 gift card to test the service and during this phone call, found out that it was going to cost $9.99 to digitize each tape. I had sent 11 tapes, so there would essentially be about $10 and some shipping out-of-pocket by the time I was done. The customer service rep explained though, that that price was only for converting the tapes into a digital format. There would be an additional $9.99 charge for each DVD we ordered from them. Needless to say, I was a little overwhelmed at the idea of yet another $110 to put our videos onto DVD after the payment I was making now. The representative explained that I might potentially be able to get all the videos onto only 4 or 5 DVD’s, which would cut the cost. There really wasn’t anything else to do at this point, but to move forward, so I paid for the digitizing and was told I would receive an email in one to two weeks letting me know my digitized videos were ready. At that point I could enter the iMemories website and arrange, organize and build the DVDs I wanted from the videos in my account online. I waited the appointed time and received an email that all but one of the videos were ready and that the last one required a little extra time, but would be available soon. I gave it a couple more days and then logged into my account at the iMemories website.
Once the DVDs were compiled and organized in the way I wanted them, they were saved to my account and then I could go back at any time in the next 30 days, I think, to order anything I wanted. (I received an email, today, that I have two more weeks on my “subscription” and that to save my videos online indefinitely, I could pay $4.99 per month. This would probably be a good option if I intended to order more copies, since I definitely wouldn’t want to pay the price to have the videos digitized, again.) To order DVD’s was pretty simple. The screen had all five DVDs I had put together. All I had to do was click Add to Cart and then go through the checkout process. It was simple and no different than any online shopping experience.
Once, I had ordered my DVD’s, on November 11, it took about ten days to receive them. (I haven’t received my original videos back, yet, but after emailing iMemories, they sent them right out and emailed me a tracking number, so they should be arriving any day, now.) In total, it was a little over one month to complete the transfer to DVD process, since I shipped the original videos on October 18. So, as you can see this is not a fast process. I wouldn’t start, now, thinking that you can have a finished product ready for a Christmas gift. What I will say is that the finished product is PHENOMENAL! If you have the extra cash, understand the costs going in and are not crunched for time, the DVD quality and the opportunity to know your family movies are preserved for the long-term is worth it all. Obviously, the quality of your video will not exceed what was on your VHS, but what I found is that they are just as good. There was no loss of quality. Would I use the service again? You bet! Probably not for 11 videos at once, but I would definitely do one or two videos at a time to be sure we could properly preserve our family memories.
This is just one example of why we wanted these videos preserved. Our kids were pretty creative and considering that the little squirt in this one is going on 16, now, our daughter is now 19, plus the daughter who ran the camera and directed this video is now 25, I love that we can look back at these times when they were little and not lose any of these fun memories. Hope you enjoy my little super hero. In case you can’t understand his last line, he says, “I’m just a guy, doin’ my job.” - lol
This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. #CBias #PreservingMemories A positive review was not required and as with all Busy-at-Home reviews, the views and opinions expressed are wholly my own.
Are you that recordkeeper extraordinaire that writes on the back of all your photos, as soon as they’re printed, creates gorgeous photo albums for each child and has family albums for every year since you’ve been married? (I’m harboring ungracious thoughts about you, right now. ) Or do you have envelopes and boxes of snapshots [...]
Are you that recordkeeper extraordinaire that writes on the back of all your photos, as soon as they’re printed, creates gorgeous photo albums for each child and has family albums for every year since you’ve been married? (I’m harboring ungracious thoughts about you, right now. ) Or do you have envelopes and boxes of snapshots in the garage and in the attic and in the closet and under the bed and well, you get the picture — that cover multiple years in your family’s history — all mixed together — and lots of scrapbooking kits and supplies that are still in their packaging, though you had good intentions of using them?
And now that you have a digital camera, do you faithfully print out all the good photos, delete the bad ones and do all that stuff I talked about in the first sentence (Okay, now you’re making me cry.) or are all your pictures, good and bad, stored in folders on your hard drive, not being enjoyed by anyone and using up tons of space that makes your computer slow and wastes space? Yeah…so…I have some photo issues.
My Memories Digital Photo Album software has given me new hope for our family’s photo history. When I was approached last week, to review it, the timing couldn’t have been more perfect; since we were about to make our cross-country (well, cross-four states) trek on a family vacation to Ohio. This could be REALLY good! I accepted the review opportunity with renewed faith that at least one family event would be recorded for posterity and then we left on our vacation. While we were gone, I took tons of video and I snapped hundreds of photos. Once we returned, I resolved to get right to the project at hand and test out the My Memories software. I absolutely love it! THIS I can do!
What’s so special about this digital photo album software? Well, lets make a list:
- It’s simple to learn and use.
- It comes with hundreds of paper, embellishment and template options – something to fit every occasion, plus I can add more, if I choose.
- I can create a photo album and print it myself in either a 12 x 12 size or and 8.5 x 11 size.
- I can create a custom photo album and have as many hard copies professionally printed as I want, in either a 12 x 12 size or and 8.5 x 11 size. (What great gifts!)
- I can create a photo calendar and have it professionally printed. (Another awesome gift idea!)
- I can create an interactive photo album, burn it onto a DVD and share or gift it to someone. These albums can have links, music and video in them and you “flip” through them just like turning the pages of a real photo album. It’s so cool!
- I can turn my digital scrapbook into a movie and burn it to DVD or share it online.
- I can create high quality jpeg images of my album pages to use online or for other projects.
- I can narrate my album, by adding voice recordings, as I create it.
- I can download different templates, designs, embellishments, papers etc., straight from the My Memories website and they have an entire section of them that are totally free!
- I can add videos and music to my albums, as I create them.
- I can save and share my album in a movie format that is compatible with iPods and other handheld devices.
In the interest of loading time, I am including a link to the User’s Guide, which is loaded with screen shots, and can show how simple this program is to use. You won’t believe how quickly you will be able to create your own gorgeous photo albums.
EVERYBODY WINS!!! Not only is My Memories sponsoring a giveaway for the Digital Photo Album Suite that I reviewed, they are also providing an exclusive Busy-at-Home promo code for ALL our readers to receive $10 off the software download, bringing the cost of the software to only $17.98, during their amazing 30% Off Sale. Using the code with your order will also get you an additional $10 coupon code off any kits or papers you want to add to your program! $10 off and $10 in free add-ons! That’s like everyone winning the giveaway! See why I’m excited? So definitely, enter the giveaway, below; but if you’re in a hurry like me, take advantage of these great savings and order your My Memories Digital Scrapbooking software download, now. Use the exclusive Busy-at-Home Coupon Code : STMMMS23221 and receive $10 off your software + a coupon code for $10 off your next purchase in the My Memories store! I used my $10 coupon to download some adorable cooking and recipe add-ons. My next project will be a Family Cookbook! Plus, I’ll be doing lots of albums of all our holiday celebrations. The timing of this great deal is perfect!
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This is my first Wordless Wednesday post. I get the concept, but seriously; did you really think I would be totally wordless? - lol- Maybe I’ll start calling it Mostly Wordless Wedneday. I love these people and the only ones missing from this day were our daughter and son-in-law, who were just married [...]
This is my first Wordless Wednesday post. I get the concept, but seriously; did you really think I would be totally wordless? - lol- Maybe I’ll start calling it Mostly Wordless Wedneday.
I love these people and the only ones missing from this day were our daughter and son-in-law, who were just married and now live in a distant land called California. I’m putting in a picture of them, anyway. I also realized that our son-in-law, Jason, cleverly maneuvered himself to not be included in any pictures on Sunday. He’s sly like that. So, I am also including a snapshot of the portrait the kids gave me for my birthday, last August. Jason is in it.