I formed the idea for savethosememories.co.uk in 2003. I had spent 18 years in the Pharmaceutical industry after gaining my Honours Degree at Aston University in the mid-1980s. Working for major Blue Chip companies in sales, training and junior management I realized my young family were growing up with me away, abroad or at meetings.
I had grown up with a large family archive of cinefilms and slides which I wanted to preserve as well as a huge music collection on video that I wanted presented in a different way (I had been recording Top of the Pops since 1982 plus 100s of episodes of The Tube and similar programmes). I couldn't find a company that would do it the way I wanted, it was done to a template, done too simply and I couldn't get exactly what I wanted. There were plenty of companies who would do it quickly or cheaply, or not so cheaply. But none who were operating at the high level I wanted with any kind of customer input. I didn't want branded DVDs with a hand written scrawl in felt tip pen. This set me off on the path of learning how to edit, how to capture various formats and my first experiences with cine film that didn't just involve playing them on a projector.
At this point I realized I had turned a 20 year hobby and past-time into a minor obsession and with the support of my wife left my previous career behind. The last 15 years has been a journey, I have constantly upgraded my processes and equipment so that everything I use, from high quality wiring and powerful time base correctors to the "Memory HD" cine film digitizer, is the best it can be.
Moving well away from old technology such as inkjet printing, frame by frame capture of cinefilm, flatbed scanners and camcorders with the awful thin wiring that comes with them.... All old and obsolete practices have been abandoned over the years and money and time invested in ways of doing things better.
15 years later and I am still making minor changes to various bits of equipment as something better becomes available. All changes are designed to make your images, files and discs better than before. An example of this way of thinking is to be found on the cinefilm cleaning pages where I have upgraded my film cleaning system to use "FilmGuard" which is several steps up from the cleaning system I used to use. "FilmGuard" by Film-Tech not only cleans the film but lubricates it as well, this is not only brilliant for long term storage and archiving as it preserves the film for longer, but is also gives the film a "wetgate" finish, minimizing scratches and blemishes even more than the "Memory HD" does already. I am really excited about this. I just wanted the images I produce to look even better. There are many other examples of just doing things better on most pages and "If you are going to do it, do it properly" has become my ethos over the last decade and a half.
If, as a new or previous customer or casual visitor you feel there is any way I could improve the service I give to my customers or you are just thrilled at what I have already presented back to you then please use the feedback link at the bottom right of the screen and do let me know.
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