One of the things I love about digital photography and videography is that it's so much easier to document life's events.
It's easy to preserve those memories, too. By that, I mean that I can backup my image and video files to the cloud and have easy access to them all.
And since I can access the cloud from everything from my computer to my tablet, my phone to my TV, I get to enjoy all the photos and videos I've taken in the digital age whenever I want.
But the same can't be said for pre-digital memories, like the old reel-to-reel movies of family vacations, birthdays, and other events from my childhood.
For decades, I've been moving my family's 8mm movies from one house to the next, never getting them out of the same box they've been in for years and years.
Every time I see those boxes, I think that I should set up an old projector and relive some of the moments from back in the day.
But that never seems to get done, so the movies continue to sit in the box and rot away with time.
That is, until now.
I recently stumbled upon an awesome little gadget that makes the process of digitizing old 8mm and Super 8 films a breeze.
That gadget is the Wolverine Data 8mm & Super 8 Reels to Digital MovieMaker. See it in action in the video below:
This thing is completely automated, so it takes the hard work out of bringing new life into your old home movies.
The machine supports movie reels up to 9-inches - just mount the reel to the MovieMaker, insert a memory card, and press a few buttons to get the process going.
The MovieMaker will handle the rest, scanning your family films frame-by-frame, and saving them in a digital MP4 file (with no sound).
Just like any MP4, you can view the newly digitized video on your computer, and you can also edit the videos, burn them to DVDs or even upload them to YouTube to share with family and friends.
And since it's fully automated, the MovieMaker allows you to get the process started and then go about other tasks as it works its magic.
You don't even need additional software or a computer or anything! The MovieMaker is a standalone machine that does it all for you. With the included TV cable, you can even watch your digitized movies right from the MovieMaker.
When it comes to preserving old memories, I think most of us have good intentions.
There's always an afternoon here or a weekend there that we pencil in to sort through old photos and watch old home movies, but life tends to get in the way of such laborious tasks.
But with this awesome gadget, you can breathe new life into your old memories in a quick and easy fashion and enjoy seeing your family as it was decades ago!
Don't let your family memories deteriorate in a box in the attic - enjoy them once again by digitizing them and bringing them into the 21st Century with the Wolverine Data 8mm & Super 8 Reels to Digital MovieMaker.