During the last ten years, most of us have changed two or three PC’s, several smartphones and cameras, owned 1-3 hard drives, lots of flashcards and cloud storage space. If you’re like most people, the photos and videos you’ve taken over the years are scattered across several data carriers.
At first, it might seem there’s nothing wrong with this situation. All your memories are just a few minutes away… Aren’t they?
Think about it and answer this question in full honesty: how easily can you reach the photos and videos you took in 2007?
If you’ve been very diligent, you’ve moved all the footage from your old phones, camera SD cards or external hard drives to your present computer or cloud service. Maybe you’ve even printed your photos and arranged them in neat photo albums. But most likely, you’ve led a busy life during the last decade, working, holidaying and making new memories… instead of organizing the old ones.
Here’s food for thought. The videos from the 90’s ended up on outdated VHS cassettes while many photos became floppy disk prisoners forever. You might object that today the technology has advanced and that all your data is safe in the cloud or external drive. Hate to ruin it for you, but storage solutions will keep changing due to the increased amount of data generated by humans. In fact, DNA is found to be the future medium for storing data.
Even if you’re not ready to think that far ahead – do you really feel 100% safe when keeping your precious memories in some distant cloud? What if your subscription runs out and you cannot access your data? In this article, we will present some solutions for saving your photos and videos in a smart way and even transforming them into something more viable.
Can there be too many memories?
Serge, a friend of mine, is 29. Since the age of 19, he has owned eight smartphones. He started taking pictures since he got his first iPhone, 10 years ago. He is also a rare example of someone who films a lot, backs up and categorizes his content.
I can’t say the same about myself. My first phone that could take pictures was a Sony Ericsson T610 with a 0.1 MP camera. Today I’m not sure what happened to the images I took back then. Since then I’ve changed five phones, and again – most of the photos and videos I made a few years ago have gone missing. Some of them can still be found on Facebook and shared as memories. But all the other fun and precious stuff seems to be lost forever.
I’m sure many of you have experienced something similar.
Maybe you have gone on a trip and never had time to properly edit all the photos or create a travel video. You forget about this material for years and then you go on your next trip and do the same thing over again.
It’s natural to feel a bit guilty about it. A study done jointly by IceCream and Ondevice surveyed 1,000 people in the USA and UK and found that nearly a quarter suffer from “photo burnout”, because they’ll never have the time to review them all. Another study suggests that we actually leave the task of remembering to the phones or cameras. In other words – we take the picture and forget because we rely on the photo to safeguard this memory in our place. But what’s the point, if we never look at those photos?
So is there any escape from this vicious circle of making new photos while forgetting or even losing the ones you made earlier? We believe there are several.
How to backup and organize your footage
Smartphones have transformed photography from a profession or hobby to a part of everyday life. There is no doubt that the current generation will have every moment of their lives recorded and stored somewhere.
Market research firm KeyPoint Intelligence estimated that by the end of this year, 1.2 trillion digital photos will be taken worldwide, and 85 percent of those will be taken on phones. In comparison, “only” 400 billion digital photos were taken in 2011 (Source).
That’s an insane amount of data, and it doesn’t even include videos. Of course, not all of this material is precious or even worth keeping, but some moments deserve to be passed along to your kids, family, friends. Kids grow up too fast, and you wouldn’t want to lose a minute of your family video footage.
As we get swarmed by data, a new problem arises: in order to free our phone’s or computer’s storage, we delete other important moments. A 2015 study from IPSOS indicated that more than one-third of US smartphone users are forced to free their phone’s storage at least once per month.
Don’t fret – there is a way out (even several). The most obvious solution is to store your data on one of many cloud services out there. Google Drive, iCloud, Dropbox, One Drive and Mega are among the best, offering decent free storage options or affordable upgrade prices.
Alternatively, consider using an external hard drive – this is generally a cheaper and, some would argue, a safer option, as your data won’t be susceptible to hacking or theft. Read this article to choose the best storage solution for your personal or professional needs.
💡Tip for systematizing your photos & videos
Organize your photos and videos by date instead of the theme. Otherwise, with time you might have difficulty remembering if you stored your last holiday under “Family”, “Traveling” or some other folder. You are much more likely to remember the year, month and approximate dates for it.
This tip comes from Casey Neistat – a popular Youtube vlogger who not only stores a crazy amount of data but also backs everything up. Every day he shoots up to 300 GB of video footage, arranging it by year, month, day and medium as opposed to organizing it by theme or even project name. (Source).
Revive your memories using a video editor
Alternatively, you can “compress your memories” and turn them into something new. The most obvious way is to order prints of the best photos and arrange them in albums, but this takes quite some time. You can also print a collage on a canvas and hang it in your living room. But how many framed photos can you fit in your house?
We have a better idea. Turn your photos into a wonderful video to watch every time you feel nostalgic.
Or, better yet, make it a gift video that will bring lasting joy to you, the recipient of the gift and all the people around you. For example, travel videos can serve as an essence of your holiday, compressed in one short movie and enhanced by music that brings back all those memories.
Don’t have the time or skills for this?
It’s easy. Get someone to sort the memoirs for you. A personal video editor will go through the raw footage and photos you provide, choosing the best shots and considering all your special wishes and comments. A professional video maker will edit the footage in a few days time and send you a concentrated final movie that will bring back amazing memories every time you watch it – even in 10 or 20 years time! All you have to do is properly store it and choose one of the backup solutions we mentioned before.
Don’t lose your precious memories in the ocean of trivial images we take every day! VideoDone video editing software is a perfect way to filter the most valued experiences and give them a second life in a new format.