Santa Clarita Valley residents who have home movies on 8mm or Super 8mm film reels have a chance this Saturday to learn the best way to preserve their memories.
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Home movie educator and expert Rhonda Vigeant will give a free workshop at the Valencia Public Library on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
She will explain how to organize, digitize and share old home movies on social media.
Viegeant asks that guests bring a reel of home footage or even their entire archive to start planning their digital preservation strategy.
On her website, HomeMovieLegacy.com, Vigeant suggests that home movies can be turned into a valuable piece of family history if they are edited to tell a story or preserved in such a way to be easily accessible, such as on YouTube, Blu-ray discs or wireless storage.
There is also currently a market for footage taken between 1930 and 1980 for use in documentaries, museums and presidential libraries. Single 8mm clips sold on Getty Images have been known to go for more than $5,000.
Guests at the workshop will also learn about the Santa Clarita Home Movie History Project, which is scheduled to launch later this year.
Vigeant is the author of the book “Get ‘REEL’ About Your Home Movie Legacy: Before It’s Too Late!”–available on Amazon.com–and co-owner of Pro8mm, which specializes in archiving old footage.
She also hosts “The Home Movie Legacy Project” radio show, available here.
To learn more about how to preserve old footage and the services that Pro8mm offers, click here or call 818-848-5522.
For a full calendar of events at the Santa Clarita Public Libraries, including a Celebration of Local Authors coming up on Jan. 18, click here.
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Source: Santa Clarita News