YesVideo Review and Giveaway

by Guest Contributor

When I first started blogging, a big reason for me was to have a way to capture the memories I was creating with my family. That’s another reason why I spend a lot of time walking around with my camera taking still pictures and videos. My dad was the same way, and I still remember the size of the VHS player he used to have to unhook from the television and strap to his body as he walked around filming my sister and me.

Unfortunately, that VHS player has long since been relegated to the scrap heap, though we’ve held onto every VHS tape we ever made, including some truly horrible theater that my sister, my friends, and I created over the years. We haven’t been able to watch them anymore because of how technology has changed. Fortunately, there are now services that will transfer your old media into new media.

I recently had the opportunity to update two of my VHS tapes from 1984 to DVD format using the services from YesVideo. It was very easy to use, and there are options to transfer all sorts of media from film to slides to even BetaMax and more. It was easy to select the quantity of tapes I had to transfer and move through the ordering process. There are additional options to make the new DVD more customized including adding a theme and a title to the DVD, though I didn’t find this initially as it’s not prominently displayed when ordering. From there, you can either prepay for UPS shipping or ship them to the company yourself.

 

I chose the UPS option, and it was easy to drop them off at a local store where they took the box from me with no questions. I received my confirmation that my tapes had been received after a few days. I received another email once my tapes had been successfully transferred, keeping me up to date over the three week or so process. The fun came when my tapes arrived on my doorstep. Inside was not only the original VHS tapes and the new DVDs but some microwave popcorn to enjoy while watching them – a special surprise!

 

 

The DVDs are a bit faded and blue tinged, but that is because the VHS tapes were really starting to fade. It’s a good thing we transferred them now and didn’t wait until they had become unwatchable. It was so fun to see what I was like back in 1984, and the wee ones giggled like mad to see the long knee socks we were wearing in the Caribbean (thank you, Mom) and to see how much hair Grandpa used to have.

I know you must have old media laying around that’s deteriorating or unusable with your current technology. Are you ready to transfer it? You can use the code TRANSFER15 to save 15% off your entire transfer order.

 Win a gift card to spend at Yes Video

One lucky reader will also win a $60 credit to YesVideo. Do you want to win it? Leave a comment below to be entered to win. Entries will close at 7pm on December 5th, 2011.  To enter the contest, leave a comment here telling us what your favorite video memory is of your family.

In the interest of full disclosure, I received a credit at YesVideo for the purpose of reviewing this service. I was also compensated for posting this review, though all opinions remain my own.

 

Written by Michelle who needs to start focusing on capturing more memories or at least starting the baby books for her wee ones, who are eight and six. You can find her procrasinating at her blog Honest & Truly! or on Twitter as HonestAndTruly.

 




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1 Liz November 22, 2011 at 10:15 am

I have so many old family videos. This would be awesome.

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2 Liz November 22, 2011 at 10:17 am

We have a great video of my sister singing “Nothing Compares 2 U” with the most hilarious twang in her voice!

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3 Michelle November 22, 2011 at 10:22 am

Thanks for sharing this… we have WAYYYY too many sitting around, and I have been pretty hesitant to let them go to be transferred – even though we do not have a VCR :-). ALSO what a perfect holiday gift, to have an old holiday reel transferred. Me Likey!

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4 Patty November 22, 2011 at 10:33 am

Would love to win so my sisters and I can gather all of our parents’ old videos and transfer to DVD’s as an Anniversary gift to them!

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5 Isabelle November 22, 2011 at 10:48 am

I’ve been meaning to do this for years — our wedding videos (the official and several unofficial versions) are on VHS and our kids’ baby-footage is on those weird mini-size tapes that you have to stick into a full-size adapter. It’s just one of those jobs that keeps getting pushed to the back-burner. Would love a jump-start to get it done!

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6 Tami November 22, 2011 at 3:16 pm

I’m guessing they can convert the mini-tapes from video recorders? I’d love to convert our baby footage to DVD from those …

Thanks!

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7 June November 22, 2011 at 9:27 pm

I have tons of old VHS tapes here at my house, this would be great to use.

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8 Cindy Loo November 22, 2011 at 10:03 pm

My favorite video memory is of my parents and grandparents taking me to see snow for the first time!

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9 Liz November 23, 2011 at 1:54 am

I have a video of the wedding where I met my husband. I know our daughters would LOVE to see that some day.

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10 Dawn November 23, 2011 at 8:20 am

I would love this! I should say I NEED this!!

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11 Angela E. November 23, 2011 at 4:23 pm

Awesome giveaway gift card, would come in handy.

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12 Courtney November 23, 2011 at 6:19 pm

I have video of my son in the hospital after he was born. It’s my favorite.

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13 Jessica T November 23, 2011 at 11:54 pm

This would be so useful!

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14 Mark G. November 24, 2011 at 10:10 am

I love the video of my brother falling off a chair when he was two! Best video ever. You should see his face!

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15 Laura Royal November 27, 2011 at 6:34 am

I could really use this, it would be awesome

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16 NAN November 27, 2011 at 11:16 pm

the best video is of my son playing trains
nannypanpan at gmail.com

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17 Mercedes November 29, 2011 at 7:36 pm

My husband has a video of him winning a pretty important high school race. His father was screaming like a maniac in the stands. That’s my favorite one; we can’t watch it without bursting into laughter!

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18 Chuck November 29, 2011 at 7:43 pm

This would be perfect for the many old tapes we have of the family.

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19 kathy November 30, 2011 at 11:13 am

I dont have any childhood videos, but my husband does. I enjoy all of them. Being able to see them on DVD would be awesome.

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20 Dena December 1, 2011 at 12:30 am

This would be awesome! I have many vhs tapes with family memories.

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21 Garrett December 1, 2011 at 10:11 pm

Man would this ever come in handy for all the tapes that I have.

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22 Don December 3, 2011 at 5:11 pm

This is really nice for all the old video tapes my Mother has of us when we were little.

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23 Van December 3, 2011 at 5:12 pm

I would give this to my Mom, she could really use it.

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24 Chuck December 14, 2011 at 8:46 am

Sorry, but I never received an e-mail on this YES video gift certificate that I had won. Could you please send me one to claim my prize? Thank-you Chuck

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25 Steven April 20, 2012 at 11:57 am

We transferred all of our old 8mm home films to DVD using Yes Video though Costco. We were very excited to get them back and had them make copies for everyone in my family. What a disappointment! We got them back and found that they put them in the wrong order that I had labeled them, plus they took them off the old reels and respliced them out of order. Not only that, but the films were jumpy, like when the tracking is off from a VHS tape. I called their customer service and they said that’s a common occurence and can be corrected by adjusting the projector. OK, then why didn’t they do that in the first place? I had them redo the DVD’s, and when I got them back most of the jumping was corrected, however, I noticed that the total length on the DVD’s differed substancially from the originals (we had 3 separate DVD’s made). Looking into this further, we noticed that there were films and parts of films on the original copy that weren’t on the redo and visa-versa. THEY WEREN’T PUTTING ALL OF OUR FILMS ONTO THE DVD! Also, one of the DVD’s had a different ratio on it causing the film to look zoomed in and cropped. I again contacted their customer service and returned the DVD’s for another redo. The third time I got them back they finally got all the films onto the DVD, but the jumping was back on one of them and another still had the wrong picture ratio. This time when I called them they told me this was the best they could do and they would not correct it. So,after 7 months, not only is this company completely irresponsible and incompetent, but they settle for imperfection with your precious home videos. Yes Video? More like, No Video!

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