If you blow on a Polaroid, it appears in a timely manner, but if you blow on a VHS tape, you can't see anything but dust and Dustin Diamond apparitions. Avoid microscopic memory loss with today's Groupon: for $50, you get a one-year Pro membership and four analog-to-digital conversions, including roundtrip shipping, from Pixorial (a $130 total value).
Pixorial is an online video-conversion center that readies old media for the digital age. Users can bring dusty tapes and reels back to life and, at the same time, remix long-form moments into flashy, fast-cutting footage. To begin the process, users send off four pieces—each up to two hours in duration—of original analog media (VHS, VHS-C, mini-DV, beta, Hi-8, or 8mm film; a $14.95 value per piece) in a secure shipping kit. When the materials arrive, the digital sorcerers at Pixorial then convert the textural tapes or film into high-resolution media that can be downloaded or manipulated in the online world. With a one-year Pro membership (a $49.95 value), users will have unlimited access to their digital files, enabling them to edit and share footage via Pixorial's simple, easy-to-navigate interface. If desired, users can also bridge the generational gap by transforming their edited footage into tangible, custom DVDs (for an additional fee). And, unlike most American contests for the funniest videos captured at home, Pixorial returns all original tapes and reels after the conversion is complete (roundtrip shipping included; an approximate value of $20.12).
From start to finish, the Pixorial process is designed to make memory making simple, secure, and inherently inspiring for both amateur and experienced techno-folks. As an added bonus, new customers who install Pixorial's Facebook app will be automatically eligible to win an iPad or MacBook Air, both of which offer suitable screen space for showing off newly renewed memories.
- I had a couple of old VHS tapes that I hadn’t looked at in ages (I don’t even remember when I last had a VHS player). Pixorial let me test out the service and it worked as promised. I shipped off my tape, they digitized it and I spent a good part of one afternoon laughing at my much younger self and editing out the most embarrassing bits. – Chris Albrecht, GigaOm
- Color us impressed with what Pixorial brings to the table. They’ve got a clean and friendly user interface, easy to use tools for video editing and collaborating, and flexible, source-agnostic methods of getting video footage both into and out of the service. – Barb Dybwad, Mashable