How Does a Video Camera Work?

Video cameras are one of the best ways to capture some of your most treasured memories, such as your child’s first steps, your wedding ceremony, or a holiday that you want to remember forever. Because of this, if your video camera suddenly stops working, it’s definitely worth knowing how they work so that you can fix it to ensure your memories are kept safe.

How Video Changed The World

If you grew up in the 80s, you would have been used to having to choose between your favourite programmes, as you could only watch one.

You wouldn’t have had the luxury of fast forwarding, pausing or recording one programme whilst watching another. Christmas would be stressful as all your favourite films would be shown at the same time, and you had to sacrifice one for the other.

If you were out, or went on holiday, you could not record any shows, and you simply missed them.

The End of an Era: The Last VCR

In an age where social media and modern technologies rule the roost, the VHS tape and the VCR have become the acronyms that time forgot. Those of us that do remember them look back at them with both fond memories and minor frustration.

 

The Top Five Book-to-Film Adaptations

When thinking of the best ever films that started off life as a book, two names spring instantly to mind: Harry Potter and James Bond. Between them, these two cult titles have earned huge fortunes in box office revenue, not to mention millions of fans. But who are their nearest competitors? Here are the top five book to film adaptations of all time.

 

Learning from the Pros: Directors Advice for Home Film Makers

For many people, creating a home video is a hobby. Whether it’s filming a family wedding or documenting a birthday party to remember years down the line, creating something that you’re proud of is generally the ultimate aim.

Home videos might not be intended to be shown in cinemas around the world like huge blockbuster movies, but the principles of movie making still apply – albeit on a much smaller scale. There are plenty of directors who have happily imparted some of their knowledge and experience to other directors – but that doesn’t mean it can’t be useful for home video creators, too!

Are you ready to get inspired by some of the biggest name in film?

 

 

Steven Spielberg 

Although you’re probably not going to want to be adding blockbuster style effects to your home videos, Steven Spielberg has some sound advice for those who are looking to keep things simple.

 

“Bloated budgets are ruining Hollywood — these pictures are squeezing all the other types of movies out of Hollywood. It’s disastrous. When I made The Lost World, I limited the amount of special-effects shots because they were incredibly expensive. If a dinosaur walks around, it costs $80,000 for eight seconds. If four dinosaurs are in the background, it’s $150,000. More doesn’t always make things better.”

Even though your home video won’t be heading near Hollywood, Spielberg has a point; many people who are creating videos for their own home use for the future often feel that cramming more content in there is better than only having those special moments, when you’re often just wasting valuable filming time and resources instead.

Keep your video as short as possible and to the point – it might not save you money like it did for Spielberg, but it will cut down your editing time and give you more filming time to play with while still keeping those special moments special.

Stanley Kubrick

Well known for films which push at the boundaries of film making, Stanley Kubrick is also one of the directors which has given the world of film makers some helpful tips on how to be successful.

 

According to his mantra, “If it can be written, or thought, it can be filmed”, which is great advice for those people who are worried about whether what they have in mind can be easily translated to film. Kubrick’s style is a great representation of this, with the majority of his films being weird and wonderful creations which many people may have once thought impossible.

If you have an idea, try it out – you never know what the outcome will look like until you do. You may even create a film which you are incredibly proud of that you’ll be able to hand down to your family one day!

It doesn’t matter whether you’re producing a personal home video or a blockbuster movie; knowing how to create something that people want to watch is essential – even if it’s only you who will be seeing it! If you’ve got some old cine film that you’d like transferring to DVD, please don’t hesitate to contact us today – we’d love to help you keep those memories preserved for as long as possible!

How to Hold Your Audience’s Attention

Is your loved one’s birthday coming up, and you want to record it for posterity? If your filmmaking skills are a bit lacking and you’re not sure how to make an amazing video, we have a few tips for you. Keeping audiences engaged can be tricky; attention spans are getting shorter and shorter, so how do you get people to stay engaged?

History of Film: A Home Movies Timeline

Home video is something that we’re extremely passionate about here at Video2DVD Transfers, and in order to fully appreciate just how far it’s come since the first home video was made, we thought it would be a good idea to head down memory lane and take a look at the rich history of film in a home movies timeline!

The Best of the 2016 BAFTAs

The 69th British Academy Film Awards took place at the Royal Opera House in London on the 14th February, celebrating the very best of British and international talent in films throughout 2015.

When the nominations for the awards were released at the beginning of January, it was clear to us that it was going to be a huge night for popular films such as The Revenant and Mad Max: Fury Road.

We were right! Both films won a handful of awards, with The Revenant picking up gold for Best Film!

Composers of Famous Movie Scores: Part 1

A lot of things truly make a movie; the techniques used by the director, the choice of cast members and setting. But one thing that really brings movies to life is the music. Some of the most famous movies in the world are recognised by their breathtaking score.

A movie without music lacks life and lustre, but films with beautifully composed music exist as the most memorable, and their composers are recognised through their individual instrumental techniques. Here is a list of the most influential composers in the movie world and their unmistakable sounds that have brought the genre of classical music to the forefront of popular culture.

The Best of Batman: The Greatest Batman Movies Ever Made

As the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice draws even closer, we’ve taken the time to look back at some of our all time favourite Batman movies. These live action movies have been keeping us entertained for years – a couple of them more so than others.

After a lot of thinking, we’ve picked a selection of our personal favourites – are any of these on your list?