THIS POST IS SPONSORED BY LEGACYBOX
I can’t even believe I didn’t think of the cassettes.
Cassette tapes for those of you who don’t know are the most hateful piece of recording equipment ever invented. The sound quality was bad, you had to jam a pencil into the centre of them to rewind them half the time and they were routinely eaten for lunch by even the most perfectly behaved car radio. One minute you were rockin’ out to the synthesized drums of Tears for Fears and the next minute you were screaming down the highway with a cassette in one hand, and a sick cassette player barfing out tangles of ribbon into your other hand.
It’s a well known fact that cassette tapes are the reason anyone who drove in the 1980’s knows how to steer with their knees.
So when Legacybox offered me their services a few weeks ago I don’t know HOW I could have forgotten about all my cassette tapes.
Legacybox is a service out of Chattanooga, Tennessee that will convert anything and everything into digital format.
Old films, old audio tapes, photographs, slides … anything.
Yes. Even that weird roll of film in the metal container from Christmas of 1960.
Some bizarre Beta format from when I was on television? Yup. They’ll do that too.
It’s a ridiculously simple process and SUCH a brilliant idea.
Legacybox sends you a box (literally a crushproof cardboard box) and you fill it with whatever you want converted. Once the box is full you send it back to them by dropping it into any Federal Express box and you’re done.
The second they get your box full of incredibly important memories caged inside outdated technology, they send you an email letting you know it arrived safely.
In a couple of weeks you get everything you sent them transferred onto DVD and a thumb drive to stick in your computer or television.
Plus of course you get all of your original sources back.
I had so many things I wanted to get converted it was a bit overwhelming for me. I have almost 20 years of television hosting under my belt and all the recordings to go along with them. And they were on every kind of recording format known from Beta tapes, to VHS to DVDs.
My very first demo. Well I HAD to preserve that.
To ensure everything gets categorized properly your kit comes with a set or barcode stickers that you place on each item you’re sending them. As soon as Legacybox gets your kit they scan everything.
Just put a sticker on everything you send to them. You’ll notice the slides there which is really exciting to be able to do because while you CAN scan a photograph and save it to your computer if you have a scanner, there’s absolutely NO way (that I know of) to easily do the same thing with slides.
But THIS audio tape is the thing I was most excited about because I had NO idea what was on it. When I was putting together my kit for Legacybox I had my mother give me a box of tapes and film reels that I know have been in her closet since I was young enough to think sitting in her closet was fun.
I had a feeling it’s an audio recording of my aunt from when her husband was stationed in Germany.
And it was. And I was all set to let you listen to it with awe, surprise and excitement like I did, but then I realized you don’t care. It wouldn’t be fun for you to listen to my Auntie Dot blather on about the price of bread in Germany.
However, if YOU happen to have a little audio tape like this I can guarantee it would be a lot of fun to have it converted to something you can actually hear.
You might like to see a picture of my dad though.
Everybody looked super-cool in the olden days.
It was SO much fun going through my old entertainment interviews and remember how many people I’ve met and interviewed over the years. It really wasn’t that long ago but holy crow … you really do forget.
Here’s a few screen grabs from videos Legacybox converted for me from when I was an entertainment reporter.
With Vince Vaughn
With Henry Rollins
With David Gray
With Rufus Wainwright (LOVE him)
With Nelly Furtado
With Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction
So I completely forgot about all the cassette tapes I own that I could have had converted. Perfectly GREAT 80’s music like Tears for Fears, Madonna, Dwight Yoakam … all locked into those angry little reels of tape. Maybe next time.
Now back to the title of this post. Legacybox. The Perfect Gift for the hard to buy for. This would make a FANTASTIC gift for someone. But it takes a little bit of time because you’ll have to search out the photos, videos and audio tapes you’d like to convert. Then you have to mail it to Legacybox and have it converted.
Since you all know I like to have all of my holiday shopping and schlepping done by December 1st I wanted to let you know about this as soon as possible so you had plenty of time to get it all done.
Of course if you want to do it for yourself that’s fine too. We have to do things just for ourselves the odd time. Which is what I told myself last night when I ate a whole bag of Cheezies. It was a special treat for me with the added bonus of making my fingers look exactly like Oompa Loompas. (the green nailpolish is what really made it sing)
Legacybox isn’t available to Canadians YET. But they’re working on it and hopefully will have good news on that front in the coming months. (Part of Legacybox’s motivation for having me, a Canadian blogger, do this sponsored post was to give Legacybox their first test run in Canada.)
Click HERE to get your Legacybox! First 25 people to use the code: STUFF at checkout will receive 40% off their order!
This post was sponsored by Legacybox and is dedicated to everyone who knows how to steer with their knees.