Today’s research roundup is about collecting and processing your audio and video files. While the process of rounding up digital media files is easy yet sometimes tedious, rounding up hard copy media files can be difficult and expensive. You’ll have to make decisions about what files to convert so you can store them digitally and what files to continue to save in their original format.
Rounding up your digital media files is a matter of finding them on your computer or other devices and storing them all in one place. FHnotebook provides a simple framework for you to store your media files, and you can organize them into family-specific notebooks.
Also, as you create new media files in the future, it is easy to create and save audio or video files from within apps or from your computer. Take advantage of new technology to make storing and organizing videos easier on yourself. With FHmedia, you can create audio or video files on the fly and immediately organize them in your FHnotebook.
CDs are easy enough to digitize right now, but cassette tapes, VHS, and other non-digital media is expensive to convert. You often need specialized equipment to do it, so you have to outsource the process. It’s up to you to decide if you can make it happen. Keep in mind that older technology is becoming harder and harder to digitize—pretty soon, even CDs will require specialized equipment to play them.
Benefits of Converting Files
So, if this is such a big hassle, is it really worth digitizing and organizing your audio and video files? Yes. Here are three major reasons why:
- Stored: your files are all in one place, digitized, and taking up as little space as possible.
- Secured: files are backed up in the cloud, so no act of thievery, mother nature, or stupidity can make your files disappear.
- Sorted: all of your files are organized and labeled in your notebooks. You won’t wonder where certain recordings are anymore.
I have been given CDs full of recordings of relatives and videos of the past. I love receiving these, but I struggle to know where to store them. Half of the time, I can’t remember where I put them, and even if I do, they’re stored somewhere out of sight and out of mind. If I would take the time and effort to collect and process these priceless recordings, I would keep them safe from loss or damage as well as give them 100% more airtime than they are currently getting.
Remember, in FHnotebook, not only can you add categories to your files, each file has a note area attached to it in the details view where you can add a description of the file, transcriptions of what’s being said, etc.
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