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Helping You Avoid Technological Obsolescence at PPP

November 7, 2013

At Ann Arbor-based Priceless Photo Preservation, we don’t want to be the car dealership or the computer store that hopes you to come in every few years to buy the latest model.

When we convert your photos, slides, home movies, videos and audio recordings, we take steps to make sure that they will survive for years and years.

That’s why files are saved to specially coated 100-year archival disks that add an extra layer of protection against light damage. And we offer to rehouse your originals in boxes and other material used by libraries and archives.

More than that, however, we protect you against technological progress.

Does that sound kind of funny?

OK. Quick show of hands. How many of you have 3 1/2-inch diskettes you can still access? Zip disks?

How about camcorder tapes? Or even VHS tapes?

We bet a lot of you have long since parted with your VCRs.

The lightning-fast evolution of recorded media storage was brought to the fore yesterday with news that DISH network was officially closing all Blockbuster stores.

This seems slightly unbelievable to us old enough to remember the chain as a juggernaut that dominated the 90s and early 2000s’ retail landscape.

The culprit was nicely summed up in a headline for a New York Times story: “Internet Kills The Video Store.”

Basically, the demand for renting DVDs (and before that, videotapes) has dramatically dropped with Netflix now offering both rentals by mail and internet streaming.

With Netflix shifting its focus away from physical DVDs and computer manufacturers such as Apple no longer including DVD/CD drives in their MacBooks, it looks like the DVD will be the next technological dinosaur.

Which is roundabout way of discussing a feature that we at Ann Arbor-based Priceless Photo Preservation offer as part of our standard package of film and video conversions: Something that no else does.

Yes, you get the playable DVD for instant gratification. But we also give your conversions to you on a separate data disk as Quicktime files. That means you can upload them to videosharing sites such as YouTube and Vimeo, edit them with programs such as iMovie and make endless copies for your friends and family.

More importantly, however, we make sure that once the DVD player becomes just as much an antique as your VCR, you’re not stuck with useless conversions. Your digital files can be stored on a computer so that your streaming devices (Roku, AppleTV or whatever is on the horizon) can access them and put them on your TV screen. And whatever comes next technologically, you are ready to make the transition.

Because really, you never know what’s coming up next.

Just ask the folks at Blockbuster.

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