Cottage Industry: Home videos to DVD

Over at JD Lasica‘s blog, a link to this NY Times story.

“The problem people have with their home movies is mostly one of retrieval,” said Mark Smith, a co-owner of Pergamon, a video-editing business in Portland, Ore. “They have all that raw material, but no clue where the good bits are. In which case, there’s little practical use they’ll ever get out of having it in the first place.”

To address the quandary, a growing cottage industry has sprung into action. Companies like Pergamon take customers’ raw video and turn it into short movies containing highlights. They convert analog tapes to digital data, weed out the boring bits and stitch the remainder together, often to a music soundtrack.

Services vary, from just digital transfer to Some companies offer just transfer to DVD, and offsite storage, as a backup.