Why do we make home videos?

“The unexamined life is not worth living,” said Socrates. And what I’ve learned from my video-transfer project is this: You can’t examine your life if you can’t remember it.

We’ve been through multiple generations of sunset movie tech — from 16mm film to 8mm video to Hi-8 to MiniDV. Each transition orphans the earlier content — absent a lot of work and money to convert formats. Now MiniDV is dead, so our library (in storage, no room on the boat) of LOTS of content will be orphaned just like our library of Hi-8.

David Pogue has been struggling with this latest sunset problem — and along the way he discovered why the Pogue family takes the videos in the first place. Enjoy…

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