Hi, my name is Guy Dvir-Ovadia. As a commando officer in the army for 6 years, a teacher for 14 years, a father to 3 amazing boys and a husband; I know that I value watching my kids grow up on DVD, and I know that you would too.

I’ll be happy to share with you one of my precious moments, together with more than half a million people of a video of my oldest son, Naveh, in 2007 on “Australia got talent”.

I took this as a mission to share these priceless family moments with you and I know how much you will appreciate it.

In 2004, my life time dream was reached, and “A Nice Guy Video Productions” was established, helping others to preserving their precious memories on DVD.

Many of our clients get their professional video clips made by us:

Video to DVD:

If your precious memories are to be passed on for future generations, (or kept for yourself), it's time to take action. Video tapes degrade much faster than most people realize.

Transferring tapes to DVD before they lose quality is a reliable and cost effective way to guarantee a future for your irreplaceable memories.

Converting video to DVD guarantees they will be watched long after the life of a videotape. The home VCR is not made in high quality and many of our clients are going through the terrible experience of having the VCR “chew” their tapes up.

A Nice Guy is able to restore or rescue damaged tapes and capture the content regardless to all the problems.

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Film to DVD: (8mm, 9.5mm 16mm 35mm film available)

I’m not too old and I still remember my family get-togethers around that loud 8mm film projector. We used to do it especially around birthday celebrations. The memory of me and my brothers fighting for the best seat is very strong, my sister never took sides!

Time passes by, and I now have my own kids. We can enjoy the old memories together as all our 8mm films are on a DVD. We all have our own copies, but guess what we still love watching it together.

I know that like me, having the opportunity of sharing the memories with loved ones is important for you. A Nice Guy is committed to providing you with these moments.

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Slide to DVD:

During my childhood, dad used to take photos with the camera creating amazing family slide collections. He always told us that slides were the best way to preserve the high quality of the moment. I never used slides myself, but respected dad’s wishes.

A Nice Guy provides only the highest quality images (around 4000 dpi).

You can print the images & enjoy them together with the family, or just celebrate it as a photo presentation on the TV. A Nice Guy can scan any slides, any size, any kind, and always at best quality resolution.

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Audio tapes and records to CD:

As all films degrade and lose quality over the years, converting your Reel to Reel to CD, audio tapes to CD and Records to CD guarantees a future for those irreplaceable and wonderful memories. The amazing moment hearing myself reading a book in the age of 5, many years later, was irreplaceable I have to be honest I think I was pretending to read.

If one tape can do it for me, I know how good you will feel converting all your collection to CDs and having them for the future.

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DVD to avi (DVD to QT):

Few weeks ago I received a number of calls, asking me how to convert the family DVD to a file that can be edited. I know it is a sign for me not just helping few customers, but all of you in need. I thought I’ll prepare a small presentation that you can all use when you need to create your own video presentation. As a self taught individual, with a degree in Education not technology, I won’t use any complicated instructions. I will help you step by step to successfully create the avi file you need for further editing (Quick Time files are good only for Mac and will not work with PC programs). If you watch the video clip and follow the bullet points you will create the avi file successfully. Happy editing! In this video clip I will guide you step by step how to convert A Nice Guy Precious Memories DVD into a video file that allow you to do farther editing.


1) Download MPEG Streamclip http://www.squared5.com/
2) Open the DVD using MPG Stream Clip
3) Use “Fix Timecode Breaks” to fix this stream
4) Proceed * You can select a segment by position the play line on the start and press I (for In) then position the play line on the end part and press O (For Out)
5) File – Export to AVI
6) Compression – Apple DV–Pal
7) Option – Aspect Ratio – Select 4:3 16:9
8) Quality – %100
9) Sound — Uncompressed
10) Frame Rate — 25
11) Frame size (Confirm the automatic selection)
12) Make AVI
13) I recommend saving your new file to an external drive, to help your computer work faster. Happy editing.

DVD to MPG4:

All websites and YouTube support MPG4 format. I found it the best way to “run” out of problems, keep the high quality video low in size, I strongly recommend it. I do it myself all the time. If you watch the video clip and follow the bullet points you will create the perfect MPG4 file ready to be uploaded onto the web.


1) Download MPEG Streamclip http://www.squared5.com/
2) Open the DVD using MPG Stream Clip
3) Use “Fix Timecode Breaks” to fix this stream
4) Proceed * You can select a segment by position the play line on the start and press I (for In) then position the play line on the end part and press O (For Out)
5) File › Export to MPG4
6) iTunes › (please Select a preset)
8) Quality › %100
10) Frame Rate › 25
12) Make MPG4
13) I recommend saving your new file to an external drive, to help your computer work faster.

Enjoy your video clip on the web.

DVDs manufacturers:

A Nice Guy selected to use Taiyo Yuden DVDs as the selected media used. Taiyo Yuden is a Japanese company which invented the first recordable CD. The DVD quality of Taiyo Yuden is considered to be better quality than all other DVDs.

External Drives:

FAT32 is a version of the file allocation table (FAT). The benefit of using this drive is that MAC & PC are very happy to use it as a storage space. The problem... the maximum possible file size for a FAT32 volume is 4 GB. For most users, this has become the most nagging limit of FAT32 as of 2005, since video capture and editing applications can easily exceed this limit (After 18mins). It is highly recommended to capture all videos onto your external drive in order of keeping your computer "free".

NTFS (New Technology File System) is the standard file system of Windows NT, including Windows 2000, Windows XP, and all their successors to date.
NTFS supersedes the FAT file system as the preferred file system for Microsoft’s Windows operating systems. NTFS has several improvements over FAT and HPFS (High Performance File System) such as improved support for metadata and the use of advanced data structures to improve performance, reliability, and disk space utilization, plus additional extensions such as security access control lists (ACL) and file system journaling.

Mac OS Extended (Journaled) - This is the default file system format for Mac OS X drives.

Advantages: Formatting your USB flash drive this way will give you full interoperability with Macs. The “Mac OS Extended (Journaled)” option will have the highest degree of support for Mac OS X features, and there’s no limit to the size of files you can put on the drive.

Disadvantages: Windows-running PCs can read files from drives formatted this way, but they can't write to them. If you're transferring files from Macs to PCs, this won’t be an issue. You will need to download a MacDrive (http://www.softpedia.com/get/File-managers/MacDrive.shtml) to be able to recognize the Mac drive. Transferring files from PCs to Macs won“t be possible if your drive is formatted in “Mac OS Extended (Journaled).” If you will only be working with Macs and not PCs, this may not be an issue.

Reformat your drive to the Mac OS Extended file system:

Here are some suggestions on preparing the external hard drive for best performance with Aperture. Many external hard drives come pre-formatted as FAT 32. This is a native Windows file format that can be read by Mac OS X, but is not ideal for use with Aperture.

Before you begin to use your new external hard drive, reformat it to the Mac OS Extended file system:

  • 1. Be sure your drive is attached and mounted.
  • 2. If you have already written any data to the drive, back it up before proceeding to the next step.
  • 3. In the Finder, choose Go > Utilities. The /Applications/Utilities folder will open.
  • 4. Launch Disk Utility.
  • 5. Click the icon for your external hard drive in the sidebar on the left.

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  • 6. Click the Erase tab along the top of the window.

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  • 7. From the Volume Format menu, choose Mac OS Extended (Journaled).

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  • 8. Enter a name for the external hard drive in the Name field.
  • 9. Please make sure that no needed files on the drive as this process will erase all file.
  • 10. Click the Erase button.

Q: How do I format a USB Flash Drive to NTFS file system?

A: To enable NTFS on your USB Flash Drive (USB Flash Memory):

  • 1. Right click My Computer and select Manage.
  • 2. Open the Device Manager and find your USB drive under the Disk Drives heading.

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  • 3. Right click the drive and select Properties.
  • 4. Choose Policies tab and select the “Optimize for performance” option.

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  • 5. Click OK.
  • 6. Open My Computer.
  • 7. Select Format on the flash drive.

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  • 8. Choose NTFS in the File System dropdown box.
  • 9. Device Formatting is completed.

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  • 10. Click the Erase button.


Important: To remove a device safely without data loss use a "safely remove hardware" procedure or Eject function from Windows Explorer.

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Create a simple slide show

  • Save all the photos into a single folder
  • Make sure that all the photos are facing the right way up
  • Make sure the photos are cropped
  • Make sure that they are in the correct order (if needed)
  • Rename all the photos (select all –> R click on the first photo –> Rename –> Job done!)
  • Insert a blank CD
  • Insert your new data photos presentation into your DVD player –> Press play
  • Enjoy!
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    Convert YouTube video clip to a video file


    1) Locate you video clip.




    2) Type the letters ‘ss’ in the URL address bar before the word ‘youtube’ and click Enter.




    3) Select FLV 480p (For High Quality) then Download




    4) The file will Download into your "Downloads" folder in "my documents"



    5) Convert the Flash Video into a video file using the MPGStream Clip.

     


    Convert an External Hard Drive from Apple to PC

    If you try to use an external hard drive that's been formatted for Mac OS, you'll find that it will not work on your PC. To convert an external hard drive from Apple to PC you'll have to format the drive so that it can be read by PC.

    Step 1

    Transfer any files or folders that you wish to keep from the external hard drive to another computer. If you wish to use a PC you will need “mac drive” to complete the operation - http://www.squared5.com/

    Step 2

    Connect the external hard drive to the PC

    Step 3

    Click the "Start" icon in the lower left hand corner of the PC desktop. Select “Control Panel” from the pop-up menu. Open “Administrative Tools” at the top of the Control Panel menu.

    Step 4

    Select “Computer Management” from the Administrative Tools menu. Highlight “Disk Management” on the left hand side of the Administrative Tools menu to bring up the disk management interface.

    Step 5

    Locate the external hard drive in the disk management interface. The drives are identified in the first column of the management screen.

    Step 6

    Right click on the external hard drive. Select "Format" from the context menu. When prompted by the system, click “OK” to proceed and then “OK” again to confirm your choice.

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A Nice Guy Video Productions thanks our community support over the years and is committed to preserve precious memories for years to come.