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VHS Resurgence

The VHS format is obsolete. Nevertheless, there are vast libraries of films and TV shows on VHS that are unavailable elsewhere. There is a big nostalgia factor even though the last VCR was manufactured in 2006. There is also a surprising market for prerecorded VHS...

Feel Good TV Stories

"Alex Trebek's wardrobe donated to help Americans in need" "Louisiana sanitation workers help police find missing girl" "Amanda Gorman recites powerful original poem at Super Bowl LV" These are just a few of the "Uplift Stories" from CBS news. The TV networks use...

5 Second Super Bowl Ad

5 Second Super Bowl Ad

Reddit, the message board, says they couldn't afford a super bowl ad so they bought five seconds. Other companies spent millions on ambitious TV commercials made for advertising’s biggest day of the year. Reddit’s tiny ad was made in less than a week and connected...

Canon XA-11 Review

Canon XA-11 Review

This $1300 camcorder is a good choice for documentary filmmaking and event coverage. It includes the Canon DIGIC DV 4 image processor, advanced HD CMOS pro image sensor, and a 20x HD optical (not digital) zoom lens with a focal length range of 26.8–576mm to produce...

Flight Simulators

Flight Simulators

It's winter and Covid is keeping us inside and away from people. I briefly owned the great Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 Laptop. It was intended for use in my transfer business. After I was convinced it would handle the video editing and other transfer software, I thought I...

Closing Costco Photo Centers

Closing Costco Photo Centers

Good News For Transfer Businesses The company is closing Costco Photo Centers effective February 14, 2021. Costco had already closed some of them a couple years ago. But now they say " the need for printing photos has steeply declined, even though the number of...

Photokina Photography Trade Show Closes

Photokina has been the largest, best known photography and imaging trade show in the world, but it is now closing its doors "until further notice." It began in 1950 and was held every two years in...

NASA Footage

These top 20 Earth Images of 2020 are a perfect example of NASA footage you can use. NASA allows anyone to use these photos and videos according to the NASA FAQ. There are a few conditions, but in general "NASA material is not protected by copyright unless noted. If...

FAA To Require Drone Location ID

In 2023, you won’t be able to fly most drones in the US without broadcasting your location. The F.A.A. (Federal Aviation Administration) has just issued a major change to the US Drone law. Starting in 2023, drones may be required to broadcast their drone location ID...