Kodachrome: An American Classic in Three Parts
The saga of Kodachrome 35mm Slide Film is a truly American story. Born of necessity in the midst of the Great Depression this film and the slides it produced became as American as...well - vacations, ball games and barbeque. It was in 1916 that two scientists at Eastman Kodak, displeased with the quality of color film at that time, spent years perfecting a revolutionary way of processing color. Finally, in 1934 Kodachrome Slide Film was introduced. This film quickly became the standard for professionals, and soon plain old dads and proud grandparents were using it too as Americans began to document their lives with gusto in the 50's, 60's and 70's. For seventy-five years the quality of the images and the vivid colors made it second to none. Paul Simon even wrote a hit song about the nostalgia of its "nice bright colors" making "all the world a sunny day"! Many an evening in Anytown USA was spent in a darkened living room with a Kodak Carousel projecting memories of good times both long past and recent.
However, the marketplace is fickle and, despite this film's unsurpassed quality, the American appetite for quicker and less expensive service began to rule the day. More easily processed film (but hardly the same quality) began to take Kodachrome's 35mm Slide's market share. And, as Americans began to favor "one hour" service this classic found it hard to compete due to its complex processing requirements. Then, with the advent of digital camera ease combined with the increasing cost of developing this special film, its long life came to a halt when the last processor of Kodachrome announced it was no longer economically feasible to process it. On December 30, 2010, the last day of accepting processing orders for Kodachrome 35mm Slide Film, Dwayne's Photo in Parsons, Kansas witnessed this remarkable film getting its "propers" as they received five hundred FedEx packages and eighteen bags from the Post Office, all full of Kodachrome Slide Film needing to be processed. In fact a woman flew to Kansas from England to personally deliver her film!
But now, with your help, those 35mm slides can live on in all of their glory! Look around in your closets, basements, attics or garage. If you are lucky enough to have 35mm slides of your precious memories your have a treasure! And we have good news. We love slides and we know the treasured family moments they hold. The best news? We are offering generous discounts this month on 35mm slide to DVD transfer! Your slides will look great when we scan them and put them on DVD! Home Video Studio is the leader in 35mm slide preservation. We have been handling slides since 1991 and have transferred literally millions of them. And we realize there's a lot of your life and memories preserved on them.
What you need to know right now is that, besides taking up valuable space, there is something happening to these slides if they are stored improperly. Day by day and minute by minute your slides are at risk for scratching, biological damage, and in some cases, fading, rendering your slides a putrid shade of pink or purple. Now is the time to take action. Don't wait - your memories depend on it.
Call us today for a hands-on approach to scanning and restoring your slides. You'll get:
Once transferred your slide images:
- TLC - We touch every slide. You get ongoing quality control.
- Best image available - Each slide is color-corrected and cropped, rotated and/or flipped if needed.
- Best technology - Dirt, dust or scratches? We have the technology that may be able to digitally "mend" many of the ravages of time and the elements.
- Best resolution - We scan natively to TIFF or JEPGS at a very high resolution which allows for enlargements. All corrections to the image (crop, rotation, touch-up, etc.) are made while still in the TIFF format. This resolution allows for enlargements as well. We can deliver as TIFF files or Hi-Res JPEGS.
- Local service - Did you know some places send your slides away? Even out of the country? Your slides never leave our sides!
Look no further. Home Video Studio has the experience, technology and concern for your precious slides. Give us a call right now!
- will be stored, in jpeg or tiff format, on a scratch-proof Archival Platinum DVD or Gold Archival CD rated for 100+ years
- may also be placed on a hard drive for convenience
- may also be made into a DVD slideshow with background music (to enjoy on TV)
By the way... Corporate customers:
Does your company have old slide shows archived from times before PowerPoint? Do you realize the time and expense it took to create graphics slides on equipment almost as big as your car? Wouldn't it be great to keep these old presentations preserved digitally? We are your partner in saving these artifacts from the past. Call us today!
When grandma sat down on the drum throne many thought she just needed to rest her feet. But when she pulled out a pair of sticks they saw that "resting" was the last thing on her mind! Go, Granny, Go!