Many people, myself included, started recording videos with the good old Sony 8 cassettes. Back in the eighties this was the first real portable format to gain any ground. If you have footage you recorded in this format we can convert it and place it on a modern DVD, or flash drive, to enjoy all over again.
We also have a pair of the legendary Panasonic AG-7700's so that we can edit your VHS, SVHS tapes as well. We even have the adapters to load the VHS-C and SVHS-C mini cassettes.
Once converted to a digital format it will no longer deteriorate, which unfortunately your existing tapes are doing every day. So please, if the tape is important to you, get it transferred to digital media as soon as possible. If you can not, then please store it away from anything magnetic and where the temperature changes slowly and over a small range. There are few place worse than leaving them on that shelf under the TV in the living room!
The two examples shown at the top demonstrate what can be done with an important documentary image. Clearly once detail is lost it can never be put back, but in the case of noise (little white dots in this image) it is possible to guess at the what was there and clone it back. In the case of torn edge it is safe to assume that most of that area was curtain and so again it can be cloned from elsewhere in the image. Even the missing bodies can be cloned, but of course the face cannot (hence the two greyed areas). The rest is just general clean up and colour removal.
The two lower images show someone’s much prized picture of HMS Tiger, taken in the eighties, but sadly greatly deteriorated after twenty years in his wallet. The second image shows what can be done to bring it back to life
This little snap I took of my glamours wife one day at the office, I felt was totally spoilt by the background. This is something that often happens when a photograph is taken on the 'spur of the moment'.
I eventually decided to cut her silhouette out of the office environment and put it in to an outdoor sunrise setting. Then added a poppy to replace the file.
Many glamour shots are done with a blue screen background allowing the background to be easily changed, but of course when there is a background already it can be a little bit more tricky
This image of a 'down on its luck' Ford Granada sleeping in the subway I took in the eighties, had suffered from years of being on National Rescue's wall.
Computer software was used to remove the ageing from the print. Then very careful editing removed the scratches and blemishes. Then lastly rebuilding the right-hand bottom corner.
Like the Ford Granada in the picture, the value of images usually goes down with the years, but when they get to a certain point both come back up again. The car in monetary value and the image in interest and rarity value.