If you’re sitting on stacks of paper, old photos, VHS tapes, vinyl records, and photo slides… you really should join us in this century. Your old media isn’t gonna last forever. Tapes degrade, photos age, and, before you know it, those memories are just that – memories. Don’t worry, though, Tekserve’s got you covered. We’ve got the tools you need to digitize your analog life, keep those old memories safe, and make some new ones.
Great Products to Help You Go Digital
So you digitized your vinyl, scanned your photos, and have started storing HD movies in the cloud. Now, you’ve gotta tie it all together with the Swiss Army Knife of set-top boxes. This little guy packs quite a punch – just don’t confuse it with a hockey puck. Plug it in to your HDTV and you’ve got access to all your music, movies, and photos on the big screen. If that’s not enough for you, access an endless amount of content from services like iTunes, Netflix, and Hulu. And with AirPlay you can show off content from your Mac or iOS device too. Easily a must-have device for any digital archive.
Look, we’re not going to judge you for your taste in music (even though it’s probably bad). But if you want to keep your old cassettes and vinyl, now it the time to digitize it. The UFO202 connects to your Mac/PC and virtually any audio output device. It’ll even remove the annoying pops and scratches that are so common with vinyl records. The UFO also comes with tons of free software for things like podcasting. This one is a must have for anyone looking to bring their audio with them into the digital age.
There was a time when music took up quite a bit of room. No, not on your hard drive, but in your house or apartment. Building a serious music library meant you probably had lots of heavy milk crates full of records. Any audiophile will tell you that vinyl has better sound than digital. That would be really great if record players fit in your pocket. They don’t. But, with the Numark, you’ll be able to take that warm analog sound with you anywhere.
Nobody uses VHS tapes anymore. Most people don’t even own a VCR these days. That’s all well and good, but what about those dusty stacks of home movies you’ve got on VHS? Those tapes won’t last forever. Chances are they’ve already degraded a bit. Digitize them now while you still can. The Elgato EyeTV HD
, USB Video Capture Unit
, and more can all digitize your analog videos. If you’re a big TV watcher, the EyeTV models also allow you to watch and record live TV on your Mac.
Speaking of home movies, we’ve all got boxes full of photos and stacks of albums floating around too. Sure you drag them out once in a while, but we know they mostly collect dust. Time to take back those memories! Digitizing those photos is no easy task, but having a good scanner can make the herculean task a little more manageable. We like the Canon 5600F because it has the ability to make digital scans of photos as well as 35mm film. Scanning film is great for making digital copies of photos that have been damaged or degraded.
A great podcast, a useful lecture, an inspiring speech, and a sentimental story. They all have one thing in common. You won’t want to listen to them if they sound like crap. At least you won’t have to worry about that anymore if you’ve got the iRig MiC Cast for your iPhone. Its unidirectional pickup pattern means you’ll get a crisp, clean recording without lots of background noise.
You’ve digitized it all, now you need somewhere to keep it. Your files should be stored in at least
two places. There’s nothing quite as soul-crushing as a hard drive failure. Take it from us. We know
. If you’re storing them on your computer’s internal hard drive (like most people), you should also keep a copy on a backup drive. We prefer LaCie external hard drives because they’re reliable, inexpensive, and have enough capacity to store all your media.
Some Great Apps to Get Your Digital Media Under Control
Cloud storage is pretty common these days, but few companies do it as seamlessly as Dropbox. If you’re looking to back up some important files or documents, Dropbox will give you 2GB of cloud storage for free (more storage is available for purchase). Using Dropbox you can back up important photos, videos, etc. to Dropbox’s servers and access them anywhere on any device.
After you’re done recording your home movies on your iOS device, edit them into finished projects in a couple minutes. The app makes it easy to cut videos together and add things like sound effects and music. Once you’ve finished a project, you can export it to iMovie on the Mac or upload it directly to YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, or CNN iReport.
If you’re at all into scrapbooking or just looking for something clever to do with the photos on your iPad, check out ScrapPad. You’ll be able to use the photos on your iPad and in your Photo Stream to create professional quality scrapbooks you can save as PDFs or JPEGs. You can also order printed versions of your scrapbooks through Printzel directly within the app.
Happening Around Tekserve
So you’ve got the tools and you’ve digitized your entire analog life. Now what? Time to get it organized. Tekserve Academy offers small group classes to get you started on different Mac and iOS topics. Learn how to edit your home movies with iMovie, organize your photos using iPhoto, and catalog all your albums in the new iTunes. Classes are priced at $19 or free for Tekserve INsiders. View the course schedule now.