Transfer specialists and digital editors at Canada Home Movies apply advanced technology to conserving the legacy of analog media, particularly film. True preservationists, the team cleans delicate audiotapes before copying them into one of two file types, and manually colour-corrects each photo negative and every scene transferred from film. Film also gets special treatment during the export process, as the resulting MPEG4 files (AVI and DV are also available) stream at 6,000 kbs, making them higher quality than the average DVD and smarter than the average bear. To imbue the digital scrapbooks with personality, Canada Home Movies helps clients customize DVDs with complimentary chapter menus and will emblazon graphics onto discs and cases.
The conversion technicians of MediaGo2 cast many spells of computer wizardry that turn various media forms into digital discs. Birthday parties, high school–graduations, or anniversaries trapped on degenerating tapes can be transmogrified into a DVD, playable on any standard device. Even memories stored on older methods, such as 8mm tape and family portraits on preserved cave walls can be scanned, digitized, and burned onto a brand new disc. Beyond full-motion video, MediaGo2 technicians can convert 35mm slides and photographs into both playable and JPEG formats.
Founded in 1992 with the mission of finding new faces, CA7 Creative Inc. has a staff devoted to helping beginners of all ages break out of obscurity and into the modelling, film, print, and television industries. A team of photographers, booking agents, makeup artists, and marketers congregates under one roof to score auditions for acting and modelling neophytes with no prior experience, shooting photos, augmenting cheekbones, and doling out advice to help them stand out. Their clients' faces have graced print ads, commercials, and billboards for companies including Nikon, Sony, Ikea, and Campbell's. The professional photographers snap shots of aspiring stars with skillfully arranged backdrops in a comfortable studio flanked by wood floors and large windows that permit only the most flattering of natural light to enter. They work with each subject to bring out their natural personality in each shot, capturing some clients mean mugging in leather jackets, others playfully grinning in casual duds, and some casting over-the-shoulder smoulders in cocktail-party attire.
Upholders of ancient Roman mosaic techniques since their foundation in 1990, Glass Mosaic Canada?s team of knowledgeable artisans outfits shoppers with mosaic-making supplies while helming hands-on art courses, which are ideal for summer activities, birthday parties, and pupils of all ages. Staffers bustle about the store stocking shelves with a glittering selection of tiles and tesserae imported from across the globe along with handy tools and accessories. Sage instructors employ upward of 10 years of teaching experience to impart their tile-centric prowess upon students during interactive courses and workshops that teach both basic and advanced mosaic applications depending on students' experience levels and any mosaic work done in a previous life. While specializing in all things mosaic, the store?s staff also works with homeowners to create in-home mosaics and stained-glass pieces to beautify domestic planes.
Touting a degree in Fine Arts, Framing Dames owner Catherine Hawthorn helms art classes and assists her customers in tastefully preserving their work and memorabilia with custom framing. Adults and kids aged 6–13 can learn how to draw, paint, and sculpt in a variety of classes and workshops, then hone their creative skills at home through a wide selection of art supplies available for purchase. On the framing side of the shop, the crew encloses two-dimensional masterpieces or napkins commemorating a first taste of nachos in acid-free materials designed for museum-quality protection. Three-dimensional objects, such as jerseys, can also be preserved by framing with matte and glass. In support of her community and charities, Catherine keeps a gallery dedicated to local artists and works to raise funds for organizations such as Doctors Without Borders. She shows off her skills and shares her vast knowledge in her webinar series.
Flipping through the pages of a Style at Home magazine reveals a world of design and decorating tips. Full-length editorials outline up-and-coming trends in interior design, analyze the style secrets behind real-life homes, and even curate the latest and greatest home appliances and accessories. For readers seeking breezy features, the magazine curates how-to guides and easy-to-browse lists (think "Top 10 Spring Decorating Ideas" or "11 Inspiring Outdoor Living Spaces") that, when paired with carefully snapped photos, instantly conjure up creativity and the suspicion that your walls are not green enough. Although Style at Home primarily focuses on interior design and gardening, the mag—and its online space—also covers a surprising range of topics, including food and entertainment and home organization.