Videocassette technology has created a whole new opportunity in,
of all places, the area of still photography. Instead of having
to take on the endless hassle of correctly arranging hundreds of
35 millimeter slides in slide trays, many people are choosing to
have their slides transferred onto videotape for more compact
storage and easier viewing. Most of these family treasures are
transferred to the popular VHS format.
Photographs can also be copied to videotape in a similar way. By
copying photographs to videotape, you cut your storage needs and
you greatly increase the convenience of viewing the pictures. You
can also make as many copies as you want, so that the loss of a
tape isn't a tragic loss of family history, as it might be with a
single photograph. A typical videotape can hold two hundred or
more slides showing for five to ten seconds each. You can tailor
the timing to the customer's desires.
You don't need a great deal of electronic background or special
skills to do effective videotape transfers, although knowledge of
the audio/video field can help spark new ideas for your business.
The equipment for making these transfers will cost you between
one and two thousand dollars for enough equipment to get started.
You may want to rent some equipment at first, to see how
successful you can be in your area without committing to a large
You may want to start off by specializing in the slide transfers.
For your work you can earn anywhere from fifty to three hundred
dollars per tape. As you grow familiar with the work, you can add
music, voice overs and graphics to the tapes, value-added
services that can earn you even more money.
Not only can you put slides and photos on videotape. Transferring
eight millimeter film or Betamax tapes to VHS has become popular
as these formats go out of style. If you can't afford the
equipment for this work at first, you may choose to broker the
jobs to large transfer outfits until such time as you do acquire
Videotape is a wildly popular medium right now because it's
versatile, convenient and inexpensive. For the entrepreneur, that
versatility spells opportunity. You can hook up with camera
stores, pharmacies, department stores or other outlets that will
send their transfer work to you. And you can come up with new
ways to appeal to the general public, expanding your moneymaking
opportunities with new ways of saving their memories.