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Photo Finishers offers in-store, pickup services

March 1, 2021 at 2:30 a.m.
Sandy Rader, store manager, left, and Waco Hill, owner. - Submitted photo

Has your VCR stopped working, is it eating your tapes, or long ago migrated to the landfill, and you have no way to play your family home movies?

The last VHS VCRs were manufactured by Funai Electric in Japan in July 2016, and the last Beta machine rolled off the assembly line in 2002. Now is the time to have family movies on videotape transferred to DVD.

"There will come a time when consumers will no longer be able to play their videos," says Waco Hill, owner of The Photo Finishers, "and we continue to ensure that we can work with any video format our customers have so their memories won't be lost."

Videotape has a limited life span, depending a great deal on the temperature and humidity condition that the tape has been exposed to over the course of its life. Under ideal conditions, a magnetic polyester polyurethane tape such as VHS could expect a usable life of up to 30 years, but if the tape (especially poor quality tape) is stored in an environment with higher humidity and temperature, or played in un-maintenanced equipment, it can degrade quickly and have an expected life of five years or less.

"Your home movie video will be lost and unplayable if not converted to a newer format like DVD. All your hard work, time and effort put into creating the video will be wasted and your memories lost forever," a news release said.

"We do lots of videotape transfer to DVD including phone videos, VHS, 8 mm, Beta, MiniDV, and more, we even have very substantial volume discounts, as low as $9.99 right now, so it's a very affordable service," with all the work done right in-store, no sending out, it said.

Video formats and recording devices are constantly changing. The Photo Finishers is equipped to transfer video and photos to formats that are permanent and easy to enjoy.

"In addition to tape transfers, we are now offering services to take your video from your phones and tablets and put it on media (DVD, Flash Drives, Blu-ray, etc.) that make it safe, secure and easy to enjoy. We see people all the time whose phone crashes or is damaged and they lose all the photos and videos they had created. It's heartbreaking to us. Don't let it happen to you. Have us transfer your videos and photos off your phone to a permanent media so you don't lose it," the release said.

"We have been doing film to video and video slideshows for over 23 years, and we have continued to invest in new technology and training to provide services for all the new digital video file formats as well as the capability to migrate all the memories you have stored on film and analog media to modern storage devices such as DVD, CD, Blu-ray or drives. In short, we can take all your old tapes, regardless of format and transfer the video to a modern DVD format so you can enjoy them as new. We can also create custom-edited video for that extra special someone or event."

Since 1996, The Photo Finishers has been serving the photo and video imaging needs of clients in Hot Springs and all over the United States. From very humble beginnings, the list of basic photo/video services has expanded to encompass the truly dizzying amount of services performed locally by the experts at the 1819 Albert Pike Suite F location.

"My goal with this business is, and has always been, to offer the most complete variety and highest quality of photography and video services available anywhere under one roof, and I think we have been very successful with that," Hill said. "It's really hard for me to think of any photo or video imaging service -- traditional or digital -- that we have not provided over the years. It seems like we do it all. If we don't we will find a way to make it happen for you; we always have."

In addition to video, The Photo Finishers transfers analog audio tape like cassettes, records or reel to reel to CD format. Audio and video restoration and repair services are available if needed to improve the originals.

All printing and video transfer services are done locally inside The Photo Finishers Albert Pike location, so there are no worries about sending them through the mail to "some far off place you've never seen or met the people doing the work."

For almost 25 years, The Photo Finishers has been located at 1819 Albert Pike Suite F in Hot Springs.

For more information about The Photo Finishers' services, call 501-624-4029 or visit http://www.thephotofinishers.com or The Photo Finishers Facebook page.

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