HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ – Envision Video Services, located at 224 Boulevard, welcomed its 5,000th unique customer on Monday, October 16. Judy Skillman brought in 8 video tapes to transfer to digital files.
"It's a milestone that is special to us," Pete Gallo, owner, said. "It's a good feeling knowing that you are helping someone preserve priceless family memories. To be able to say we've done it for 5,000 different people is really endearing."
First opened in 2005, Envision Video Services moved to its 2,000-square foot studio on the Boulevard in Hasbrouck Heights in 2013. In addition to shooting videos, the company and its team specialize in transferring outdated media, like VHS tapes, film reels, photos and slides to both DVD and digital formats. By 2016, Envision Video Services had transferred over 30,000 tapes and 3 million feet of film, according to Gallo. The team also utilizes their studio and video equipment to produce videos for small businesses, youth sports teams and dance academies.
Gallo has seen dramatic changes in the industry and how people capture and share their special moments.
"In 2005, we were copying VHS tapes to VHS tapes. Shortly thereafter, DVDs became popular and we started transferring tapes to DVD. DVDs are still popular, but we are now seeing more people go to a digital format as well," he noted. "Home movies used to be something you watched in the living room. Now you can take your entire collection with you on your phones, tablets and computers. You can literally see your videos anywhere in the world."
After 12 years in business, Gallo and his team of six has worked on countless projects, from personal to corporate. But the ones most challenging and poignant where for families affected by Superstorm Sandy, five years ago.
"On the transfer side of the house, our most challenging jobs all came in after Superstorm Sandy. We had many clients who had their tapes, photos, and films submerged under flood waters. It took our staff many months to carefully transfer these irreplaceable memories to the best of our abilities," he recalled. "Sadly many old memories were lost during this storm. We have since seen more people bring their materials in to preserve them from an unanticipated disaster (fire, flood, etc.), including having copies made for other family members to be safely stored in more than one location."
"At the end of the day, yes, this is our job, but we love what we do," Gallo said. "My team has been exposed to so many different types of projects and we're always meeting new people willing to share their memories with us."
With many different formats available for transfer, Envision Video Services has answered many questions in their blog.
The studio is open Monday–Friday from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.