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Pop That In Your Memory Bank

Remember the days when you used to watch your family videos on VHS with a tape player? Yeah, us too.

But with technology changing so rapidly, the means by which to relive our precious pre-DVD or USB memories are slim pickings. If you’re lucky to come by them at all. Cue local biz, Arts Ink.

Servicing the Northern Territory and Top End for over 20 years, and originally called Darwin Pro Video, Arts Ink works to get those precious memories digitised.

With careful and thoughtful handling, the team is on hand with their fully equipped digitisation centre to transfer most kinds of old video, audio and still format media into the 21st century. Owner Miranda Roussel says there have been some wonderful and interesting memories that have come through the biz.

“We get all kinds of memories and types of media. One I recently saw was a debutante ball somewhere in rural Victoria from 1981, which was fantastic,” she says.

“I had a film from somebody recently on a roll to roll film with old scenes from Darwin in the late 60s, early 70s, of the botanic gardens. There was a quirky hand-written sign that said ‘any person seen removing plants from the gardens will be shot’, which I thought was a bit interesting!”

Miranda says she’s honoured to be able to help people preserve their memories.

“I feel like this place is doing a nice service to our community. It helps people, especially nowadays, understand where they come from and where they’ve ended up. When I hand it over to them they’re always really, really excited to get it. I think I get a lot of business from that elation – they get them after huge amount of time and tell their friends about it who say, ‘oh I have some tapes’.”

So if you’ve got some old tapes lying around at home of the kids growing up, milestone birthdays, footage of the grandparents – and of course, weddings – drop the team at Arts Ink a line.


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