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15th October 2019 – As we approach the last few months of 2019 and the end of another decade we thought for this weeks news that it would be an idea to talk about another ending and that’s the home entertainment format which we all know and love ‘DVD’.

When VHS was launched in 1975 by JVC and overtaking Betamax in the early 1980’s it became so popular that we all thought it would be around for a very long time. It actually lasted for about 30 years until it was phased out in 2007 in favour of DVD which was of better quality and could hold much more information. Although compressed information! 

DVD was launched in 1997 and when videotape disapeared it had been around for 10 years. If we take VHS for example and how long it lasted we could see DVD only being around for the next 7 years. Blimey! That’s a bit scary! What about all of our DVD memories and Hollywood movies that we have!

We do have to move with the times though and more and more of our clients are chooing to have their memories preserved onto a USB stick rather than DVD. Our feeling is that digital storage and streaming like a memory stick is the future. DVD is of course digital but can only hold about three hours of video, while a 256gb USB will hold about 5000 hours (compressed) video footage. This is enormous!

USB has the advantage that you can plug it into your computer and upload to a server like the cloud, keeping your memories preserved and you can also plug it into your smart TV and watch your videos straight away. All 5000 hours on one stick (If you have that many).

We can preserve your memories onto DVD and USB. You are the customer and it’s what you want. We feel though that to future proof things. USB is the way to go!

USB Stick

Until next time and once again, if you want something like a memory to give for Christmas. Please order early!

Get in touch by visiting our Contact Us page and we will endavour to reply within 24 hours.

 

8th October 2019 – Time once again for our news and we thought this week we would talk about the prices we charge to a customer at Final Cut Video Editing and Photos.

Up until very recently our prices had remained the same for quite a number of years and we thought it was time to make some changes and in doing so also to revamp our pricing and packages page on the website. One of the most important pricing changes is the digitisation of photographs, slides and negatives.

We have always in the past offered two different pricing structures for photograph digitisation. One without enhancements and one with. At Final Cut we have always believed that we should give you the very best when it comes to your final product so we have to decided to abandon our pricing when it comes to just a simple photo transfer.

All Photographs, Slides and Negatives in the future will have dirt and spot removal work with ehnancements to really make your old photographs shine and look beautiful. This does mean a price reduction in some cases! Preserved for the future and look as they actually did when they were taken, sometimes many decades ago. Please go to our pricing and packaging page to find out more just by clicking in the box.

All other prices for Video and Cine transfers will remain the same.

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Until next time and again please please get your CHRISTMAS orders in very early! We have had enquiries.

Get in touch by visting our Contact US page and we will endavour to reply within 24 hours. Until next time.

 

1st October 2019 – It’s news time once again and this week we touch on something that we have mentioned a few months ago and that is your privacy as a client and customer when you do give us Video to transfer that may conatin things you want to keep private.

Did that know that after family events like Weddings, Birthdays, Christmas and Family Time the next subject that people tend to film is intimacy between each other. Doing the job we do, on occasion we have come across footage of an adult content and very personal to the client. Yes we have been asked to transfer this. If it is not illegal then we can do that for you!

Discretion can be assurred though and we will never reveal what you have filmed or what footage we receive to transfer to anyone else! This is the promise we make to you as the customer. What you do is your business and yes it can be special to you and we always keep that in mind. If this is the kind of footage you want to view again then we are more than happy to make that happen for you.

intimate image

Until next time and again please get your CHRISTMAS orders in very early! We are getting enquiries already.

Get in touch by visting our Contact US page and we will endavour to reply within 24 hours. Until next time.

 

24th September 2019 – Our news for this week (the beginning of Autumn) talks about the final product and what you will recieve if you decide to have a Videotape or Cine Film memory preserved onto DVD with Final Cut Video Editing and Photos.

As we mentioned a number of weeks ago we don’t just capture your Videotape or Cine film and burn directly to DVD, we go through quite a long process to get it just right for YOU the customer. We want something you can treasure for many years to come and not just something you can maybe throw in a draw (like a disc with words written on it in felt tip). We give you so much better and something that can have pride and place in your DVD collection. If you decide that you do want a DVD and not a USB!

If it is a DVD you want as your final product then after the process is complete we give you a lovely presentation case with screen grabs taken from your videotape and also some wording so you know exactly what is on the DVD. Our service to you is second to none and always will be. This is an example of what we provide to you as your final product!

Preserved videotape memory on DVD with a case

Until next time and again please get your CHRISTMAS orders in very early!

Get in touch by visting our Contact US page and we will endavour to reply within 24 hours. Until next time.

 

17th September 2019 – Our news for this week talks about one of our latest projects that we have been working on and its something that we do but don’t talk that much about! Photo Restoration!

As we have mentioned before the advent of photography the only way to capture memories was by an artist who painted something that he saw or witnessed. When photography became mainstream though in the early part of the last century, millions of images were taken and of course many still exist today although somewhat faded if they haven’t been looked after that well.

Our latest project was to bring back to life a collection of early photographs from the 1930s that had faded and become damaged. This is one of those images.

FAded Black and White Photograph

After lots of careful work and plenty of time spent using sophisticated computer software we managed to bring this dated and crumpled photograph back to life. All ready to be framed and displayed. Preserved for the future!

Restored Black and White Photograph

As we have said Photo Restoration is not easy and it takes a long time to bring images back to life. Don’t leave these lovely memories in a drawer or cupboard to fade away forever. Restore them, bring them back to life, History needs to be preserved!

Until next time and as mentioned last week get your CHRISTMAS orders in very early!

Get in touch by visting our Contact US page and we will endavour to reply within 24 hours. Until next time.

 

5th September 2019 – What other services do you offer? Sometimes customers come to us and ask that very question. In this weeks news we have decided to answer just that.

We like to call ourselves ‘Memory Preservationists’ and that is in essence what we really do. Preserve your memories! We bring back to life any material that has been stored on old formats that you can no longer view or hear. These can be stored on a multitude of tapes, films, photographs and audio formats too.

Our website isn’t big enough to have a dedicated page on everything we offer though so we have decided to list as many as we can here. On the visual side we can work with VHS Videotapes, Camcorder formats including 8mm and Mini DV, Std and Super 8mm silent Cine Film, 35mm slides and photographs including restoration, reprints and Bespoke Video Editing.

On the audio front we can transfer vinyl, cassette tapes and reel to reel magnetic tape. 

There are a few other things we do too including mobile phone video transfer to DVD/USB and we can bring back images that may have been deleted from SD cards.

We are called Final Cut Video Editing and Photos but we do a whole lot more!

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Get in touch by visting our Contact US page and we will endavour to reply within 24 hours. Until next time.

 

27th August 2019 – In our news for this week we talk about what you can expect when you become a customer of Final Cut Video Editing and Photos.

Our business is built on the foundation that the most important part of it is ‘YOU’ the customer. Without ‘YOU’ we wouldn’t be anything and neither would really any other business. Some companies though don’t put the customer first and end up losing custom because of it. Poor service and bad reviews for work done is not going to bode well for future business is it!

When anyone hands us a project to work on, we always at first gather all of the information so we know exactly what you want to have done with us. Final Cut being a home based business means we can take the upmost care of your special memories and nothing is sent away and if they need to be we will tell you.

During the course of your project we provide you with regular updates by email, text or phone on how it is progressing and the expected finishing time.

The quote we give you for the work won’t change unless for a reason during the project something changes then we inform you as to the reason why. We want you to be totally satisfied with our work and very happy with the finished project. If you are not then we will endeavour to put it right. This is our promise to you!

Becasue we pride ourselves on excellent customer service we have returning customers as our latest review shows.

Final Cut Video Editing and Photos - Yell.com review

Alfred Hitchcock once said.. The Script, The Script, The Script. We say.. The Customer, The Customer, The Customer.

Get in touch by visting our Contact US page and we will endavour to reply within 24 hours. Until next time.

20th August 2019 – Last January we were approached by a new client who the previous August had just lost his dog. It was quite old in doggy years. This was not just any dog though! Jake as he was called was fascinated by trains and used to spend so much time on Stafford (UK) railway station just watching them speed through.

He was most fascinated by the Virgin Trains. Perhaps it was the colour or speed of the Virgin Pendelino. He spent so much time on the station that Virgin Trains cottoned onto this and gave ‘Jake’ his very own uniform and name badge. Jake eventually started doing PR work for Virgin. 

Sadly Jake passed away though and we were asked by his owner Neil Mcnamara to create a lasting tribute to him in the form of a photo montage. This was set to music with some images of him dressed in his Virgin uniform and some other professional photos of him too. 

The Virgin Trains Dog 'Jake'

Jake the Virgin Trains Dog

Did you know that we can create a photo montage for you just as we did for Neil. Maybe you have someone celebrating a special wedding anniversary or birthday. Possibly maybe you want it as a tribute to a long lost loved one who has recently passed.

We can bring these images to life you will have something to treasure as a reminder for long time.

Get in touch by visting our Contact US page and we will endavour to reply within 24 hours. Until next time.

13th August 2019 – Our news for this week talks about the process we go through to transfer an E-180 VHS Videotape to DVD.

An E-180 VHS Videotape can hold up to three hours of footage in SP (Standard Play) or six hours in LP (Long Play). If we were to receive a videotape lasting three hours we would at the first step need to capture the footage which would take of course three hours.

The 2nd step would be to import the three hours of material into some top notch editing software (we use Final Cut Pro X). We do this to clean up the material and try to elimate picture noise problems. Videotape was of course meant to be watched on an old CRT TV in the 4:3 format and not widescreen. So during the editing process we would add a slight border to the top and bottom to make it look better on widescreen Tv’s. We also enhance the sound as VHS can be of low quality.

Final Cut Pro X on iMac

After all this has been done and the video has been rendered we then (third step) export the master file ready to be burned to DVD and before doing so, we give it a final check.

At the 4th step we burn this file to DVD and then create a nice presentation case with some artwork on the sleeve tailored to you, which is printed out and only then is the job complete.

A process in all which can take about six hours. A long time. We don’t just capture and burn to DVD. That’s a poor way of doing it.

Everything is done to make sure you have the best possible product and your memory preserved for the future.

Get in touch by visting out Contact US page and we will endavour to reply within 24 hours. Until next time.

6th August 2019 – In our news for this week we talk about the photographic part of Final Cut.

Did you know that a photograph was one of the very first ways to preserve a memory,  before that artists had to draw and paint what they saw and in doing so preserved an image on a canvas! Without this type of preservation though we might have written history a little differently.

Photography has been around since the mid 19th Century but it wasn’t until the beginning of the 20th that it really became mainstream and readily accessible. I.e Home use. How many of us out there have photographs going back more than 60 or 70 years handed down to us from Parents and Grandparents! Quite a few of us I would think.

Last week recieved a huge amount of 35mm slides (1210 of them to be exact) from a new client in Cheshire (UK). They were part of a collection of over 4000.

35mm-Slides

After a long time spent sorting through them the customer has chosen her favourites to be digitised. They are part of her family history dating from 1967 to 2011.

It’s going to be a momentous undertaking to digitise them. Fascinating though. We really love working with such wonderful material and the memories!

How many 35mm slides are out there that can no longer be viewed Millions probably!! Think about what they may contain. A beloved long lost relative. We can bring that image back to life for you.

Get in touch by visting out Contact US page and we will endavour to reply within 24 hours. Until next time.

30th July 2019 – Last week we were contacted by a lady who asked if we could possibly transfer her Wedding Video which was on VHS, she got married in 1987 ( Yes it was almost 32 years old). When I recieved the tape it was in very poor condition and covered in dirt and mould. I think it had been stored in a damp environment sometime in the past!

Dirty Videotape

After a quite a long time spent cleaning up the tape we did manage to transfer it to DVD for her. The majority of the tape was damaged which resulted in about 75% of the recording to be have pretty bad picture noise.

If you do have precious VHS videotapes our advice is to store them in dry conditions and in a sealed plastic container which will prevent any damp from getting in and causing damage. Your precious memories. I.e ‘Wedding Video’ could be lost forever!

You can of course have them digitised onto DVD or USB. They will then be preserved. Videotape does degrade and the longer you leave then worst it can become. Take action before it happens!

Get in touch by visting out Contact US page and we will endavour to reply within 24 hours. Until next time.

23rd July 2019 – Did you know that a home entertainment format will usually be around for about 30 years. VHS faded away in 2007 after it be came mainstream in the late 1970’s and 80s. This means that DVD might only be around until 2027. It was launched in 1997.

Cine film lasted a very long time though. It began life in 1896 until it’s demise in the early 90s. That almost 100 years and is gradually making a comeback. Yes you can buy Super 8 Cine Cameras once again.

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How many reels of Cine Film are still out there though!! Especially 8mm films. Millions probably. Last week we were contacted by a new customer who had a 400ft reel of Super 8 film from the 1970s. He wanted this transferred to DVD with a USB back up as well.

At Final Cut we have been transferring Cine Film since October 2015. It has to be done correctly though and can be painstaking work. It takes time to do it. Wonderful results can be achieved. This does depend sometimes though on the film itself, the camera used and weather on the day of shooting.

You can see a wonderful example of our work by just clicking into the box. This is how it should be done and in the correct 4:3 format. This is how it was orginally filmed. We do it properly,

Get in touch by visting out Contact US page and we will endavour to reply within 24 hours. Until next time.

16th July 2019 – Phew! What another very busy week for Final Cut Video Editing and Photos. We have finally finished a huge edit on a Wedding Video which was handed to us by a client from Dudley in the West Midlands (UK)

George & Maryja Croft 1.10

As we have mentioned previously the wedding video was almost three and a half hours (far too long) and we were tasked to bring it down to a shorter length, creating some photo montages along the way and really bringing it to life. The video also had blank frames and lots of camera shake! So unprofessional for a wedding videographer.

We don’t often talk about the editing side of our business as we really mostly do Video and Cine transfers to DVD/USB and photo work.

Editing is a big part of our business though. Maybe you have some footage that is far too long like a wedding video that needs a professional touch to bring it alive. We can do this by adding music, montages, transitions, titles and so much more. We can also edit together your mobile phone clips creating a DVD movie. Any type of video footage can be edited to bring it alive.

Something dull can be bought to life!

Get in touch by visting out Contact US page and we will endavour to reply within 24 hours. Until next time.

9th July 2019 – Final Cut has had a website since we launched our business in August 2015 and it’s job is to keep our clients and customers informed about what we do and our services. Preserving memories is our primary goal and making all of our customers a little bit happier.

Did you also know that we have an advert on Yell.com which the biggest online business directory in the UK. Yell.com is the old Yellow pages.

 Yell advert

Since we went into Yell at the beginning of 2016 our reviews which our customers post about the work we have done for them has grown significantly. We currently have 85 reviews with 80 being five star. There are around 200 business who do the same as us throughout the UK (listed on Yell). No one has more reviews than us. We can safely say that we are the best transfer business in the UK.

 You can check out our Yell.com advert by clicking into the box.

Get in touch by visting out Contact US page and we will endavour to reply within 24 hours. Until next time.

1st July 2019 – Late last week we were contacted by a lady and her husband who had a collection of nine VHS Videotapes and some camcorder cassettes that had been in storage box for sometime. The tapes did have some writing on them but they weren’t sure what was actually on the tapes.

They did want their family footage to be transferred to DVD but had no way of finding out which tapes had the material they wanted. Video recorders no longer exist, so the tapes could not be viewed. They were really confused!

We are often asked if we can view tapes and cine films before they are converted, so the customer can find out what is on their old formats!

Maybe you are sure that footage of your son/daughter at a school sports day in the 1970’s or 80’s exists on a cine reel or a videotape somewhere but you are not sure where it is. At Final Cut we can view all of your material for a fee and let you know the contents so when you do go ahead with the transfers you will know exactly what you want when we start a project.

No need to be so confused!

Visit our Contact Us page if we can help at all! Until next time.

25th June 2019 – Recreational Knife Throwing Part II – Advanced Techinques.

Many people take lots of Video footage of trips to far off places and once in a lifetime holidays (We transfer a lot of this type of material). Sometimes though we do get handed something totally different and I must say fascinating.

Recreational Knife Throwing – Part II 2

It’s not everyday we get asked to transfer footage of a unique kind of hobby and a pretty dangerous one as well.

At Final Cut Video Editing and Photos we can transfer video footage of anything as long as it’s not illegal and if it is something very private to you then the upmost discretion will always be provided. We have seen quite a lot of material that people would want to maybe keep to themselves but still view it from time to time.

We can make that happen. Whether its late at night on your TV or on a computer from a USB. Your memories are yours. We can bring them back to life for you. Not matter what it might be!

Visit our Contact Us page if we can help at all! Until next time.

18th June 2019 – No job is too big or small for us at Final Cut Video Editing and Photos.

We sometimes get asked to do something like a simple copy from a DVD as the customer sometimes wants to create a back-up just in case a precious memory becomes damaged or lost. This occurred only yesterday when a lady dropped us in a DVD of a theatre production that her five year old daughter was in. She didn’t want to lose the only copy and have nothing to look back on.

And a few days previously we were handed a collection of 33 videotapes to convert to DVD and USB.

Collection of Videotapes

A very big project which can take sometime to do. We never rush a job so the customer gets something of very good quality and will treasure for many years to come.

We are very busy at the moment but we can still take on new projects. It just might take time to complete it properly.

Visit our Contact Us page if we can help at all! Until next time.

 

11th June 2019 – As we mentioned last week, a new customer whose son got married last September was given a three and a half hour long weddding video which we have been tasked to edit down to a more manageable length.

Weddings are the one memory within our lifetime that always stays in our minds and most people from the mid 1980’s onwards had a Video done of their special day.

We love working on wedding videos and we have transferred hundreds to DVD and USB. This week we have been working on a wedding filmed on a camcorder from 2001, which has been transferred to DVD for the customer. Have a look below at an image from the tape.

Wedding Day Photograph

As we have said on many occassions, Videotape does degrade and the longer you leave it the more degraded the tape can become. Sometimes depending on how it is stored this can be quicker. Would you want the memory of your special day to degrade to such an extent that it is unwatchable! It is best to preserve it before it’s too late. Have it transferred to new media! Don’t let it fade away.

Visit our Contact Us page if we can help at all! Until next time.

 

4th June 2019 – Blimey what a busy few days it has been. We have finished the edit on our new video which now has pride and place on our home page. We thought it was time to be update it as the previous one was a little dated. We hope you enjoy it. A great pleasure to put together! You can view it by going to the home page or just clicking into the box.

In the last few days we have been contacted by two previous clients with more videotapes to transfer onto DVD and we have also recieved a box of fifteen STD 8mm Cine films from a customer in Lancashire which were are currently viewing. They are fascinating. We love working with old material. It going to be very busy during the next few weeks. 

One enquiry we did recieve was from lady whose son got married last September and was given a three and a half hour long Wedding Video which is obviously far to long for family viewing and we have been tasked with cutting it down to a more manageable length with a new photo montage of the special day. We have done this kind of thing before for previous customers.

Visit our Contact Us page if we can help at all! Until next time.

 

28th May 2019 – Last week has definitely been a busy one, we have just completed a shoot for our new home page video. The last one was a little old so we decided it was time for a new one. The edit is almost complete so it will be posted very soon.

We have also taken possession of 8 VHS-C Camcorder tapes from a previous customer. She had a batch of 30 so these ones will be the last ones for the client. More wonderful memories to transfer to DVD.

Enquiries are coming in all the time from all areas of the country for Cine transfers and Editing.

Visit our Contact Us page if we can help at all! Until next time.

 

22nd May 2019 – During the last few weeks we have come into the possession of a 1950’s Ferrograph Reel to Reel Tape recorder that used to belong to the BBC. It is a beautiful peice of history and we shall be using it to transfer these types of audio recordings.

This Ferrograph was sold to us by a retired GP who lives in Lichfield Staffordshire (UK). In the early part of his medical career he did field work in an African Hospital (Botswana) and used reel to reel tapes to record onto and then send back to his family in the UK to tell them about his experiences.

We are currently transferring these tapes onto a USB stick so he can hear them again and relive the past with his family. You can see this machine in action by just clicking into the box.

Visit our Contact Us page if we can help at all! Until next time.

 

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