Photo Restoration
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145 W. Alameda Ave
Denver, CO 80223
(303) 623-0607
Fort Collins Studio
1827 E Harmony Road
Fort Collins, Colorado 80528
(970) 226-0102
On Aug 17 2018, Leave A Legacy

Organization Service

If you live a fun-packed life, we say: WONDERFUL.

Leave A Legacy is all over this sort of deliberate memory making.

But what about some downtime for reflection and sharing of your many precious moments?

Oh, you don’t have any downtime? We can solve that for you! We are offering something altogether new! A comprehensive solution to getting your pictures into the light of day and out of your shoeboxes.

Let US sort out your life for you!

Send us your dusty boxes full of slides, filmstrips and prints. We’ll organize everything to tell the story you want to share.

It’s like taking your receipts to the CPA and that financial genius getting your tax deductions figured out from there. All on her own. We do the same sort of sleuthing – only with your happy memories. It’s a huge added value in the world of capturing and sharing memories.

Let US pour through your mementos, images and movie clips. We’re sleuthing storytellers and we are expert at putting everything in chronological or thematic order.

We’ve had a tub of mixed up photos brought to us with the simple instruction to tell a graduating senior’s life story. We turned that large pile of photos into a riveting DVD slide show of choice moments from his babyhood to his prom night. We didn’t even have to call the client – we figured out who belonged to whom and the full sequencing of the piece. No worries!

You are out making memories. That is SO great! Whether it’s a baby’s baptism or a boomers’ bowling tournament, such joy deserves to be both cherished and captured. And then taken out of the closet!

Now you can celebrate events like your parents’ Silver Anniversary or the Bowling Team tournament via digital photobooks or custom video clips that WE put together for you.  We do all the work, not only arranging the pictures in a way that packs an emotional punch, but also embellishing the images with graphics and call outs – even audio sound bites if you like.

So, what about that shoebox in your closet? Some of your finest memories are curling at the edges, collecting dust. Remember: it’s not just about getting the perfect shot—it’s about sharing them. So leave the storytelling to us.

Leave A Legacy can be both the producer and director of your next story. Find out how to bring your story to light by calling Marsha at 970-226-0102 or 303-623-0607.You can count on Leave A Legacy to make your experiences come vividly to life, for generations to enjoy.

We preserve memories with digital creations that are one of a kind. Your kind! 

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Happy New Year to all!

We hope that you had a wonderful Holiday Season filled with family, friends, and of course, good food!

2015 is going to be absolutely wonderful! A new year filled with excellent potential to create new memories as well as restore past ones!

Leave A Legacy is your one stop shop for everything when it comes to memory preservation. It’s time you got those old memories out of storage and bring them into Leave A Legacy!

With your imagination and our expertise, you can truly create something amazing!

Let’s start out with film. Remember those family films that your family made all those years ago? Remember the wonderful events? Family barbecues, vacations, birthdays, holidays, graduations, the list goes on and on. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there was a place that you could go and get all of them preserved? Oh wait! There is! Here at Leave A Legacy, we pride ourselves in helping new clients with their family film projects.

Bring in your old film and get it transferred to DVD. We can also transfer it to an external hard drive so you can make additional edits in the comfort of your home. If you don’t personally own any editing software, no problem, you are more than welcome to use our computers to do the work.


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On Aug 14 2018, Leave A Legacy

Most of us in the United State are used to using the NTSC format for all of our videos and even discs for that matter.  We at Leave A Legacy VHS tapecan also work with VHS and VHS-C tapes that are formatted as PAL (the format used in Europe except for France and in Australia), M-PAL (the format used in Brazil), N-PAL (the format used in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay), Sea cam (the format used in France) and Me Sea cam (the format used in the Middle East).  We can burn and rip discs (CDs and DVDs)  in both PAL and NTSC.  All of our players for 8mm, digital 8, Hi-8, Beta, and miniDV are NTSC format.  If you have a video tape, besides a VHS or VHS-C which is a different format then we would need to have your camera in order to transfer the video into another format or a digital file.

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  Notable relative:  Marcia came in with a fun story about her photo.  Her relative, Florence Chauncey, was the first woman to vote in a New York election once it became legal.  The wife of a local minister, she cast her vote in the morning at 6:10 a.m. on Jan. 5, 1918. Marcia brought in her collection of photos of her notable relative and had us digitize them and make reprints for her.  You can read more about her in this article.

Buckaroo Renew:  Enjoy this seeing this young man’s youth restored.  Billie’s dad never looked so cute.

Aileen amazing history: Aileen came in recently to have a record transferred to both a playable CD and also to mp3 files.  The record was of her uncle, Louis Paparello , in his Mandolin Orchestra.  Follow this link if you want to hear a sample.

She also shared about some books she has written. According To Aileen: America’s Ten Decades That Changed The World. A memoir of the disadvantaged immigrant: dedicated to ethnic, racial, and female equality who influenced the progress of America’s greatest one hundred years. Her second book is a pleasant read of moments filled with characters that embody the good, the bad, and the evil in today’s new world of uncertain living. Check out her site to read more of this fascinating client of ours.

Fun film clips of man’s best friend:  I pulled in a handful of film clips from several old 8mm and 16mm films that we have transferred that all have clips of our favorite companion….dogs.  The whole segment is just 2 minutes long  is sure to make you smile.

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Reprinting His Book: Richard Thompson a long time client of ours recently brought in a book that he published in 1995 when he retired from the ministry.  It is entitled, Preaching the Practice. It is a timeless handbook of parish practice for clergy and lay leaders.  It captures his quick wit and wisdom.  We scanned in his original pages laid out for the printer and recompiled it, making 6 new soft sided (perfect bound) copies. His daughter recently requested a copy and he plans to donate a copy to his Alma mater and to have some extra copies on hand.  We also gave him a flash drive with all of the pages on it in case he wants to order more copies in the future.

Colorized History  Here is another sample of a photo restoration that we completed.  No extra charge for the blue sky with fluffy clouds.

We created a unique memorial slideshow for one of our long-time clients, Lori.  We had transferred countless videos and movie films over the years.  Her husband and brother discovered the treasure of memories she had left them and had us incorporate several clips and photos and appropriate music into a digital slideshow for her service.  Her slideshow concluded with her singing in a performance several years ago and ended with her giving a little wave as she exited the stage.  It brought tears you your eyes but it was a very special celebration of her life.

Large collections of memories coming in.  May was a time for several large collections to come in and June looks to be no different.  When you come in with a large project we can certainly help you unload your vehicle or if you live in the Fort Collins or Denver areas we will even stop by your place and pick it up for you.  Annalee’s husband recently passed away and we stopped by her home in Lakewood to pick up her large project.  We put a rush on scanning the photos so that they could create their own slideshow from them.  The rest of the collection was of boxes of audio CDs and cassettes and a few videos.  You could certainly tell that he was a connoisseur of Jazz music.  Now all 3 of his daughters can share his interest though their digital copies of his extensive collection.

Another client, a transplant from France, brought in his whole collection of meticulously cataloged slides, videos and films that we transferred to digital for him.  He is in the process of downsizing and wants to be able to share all the memories with his kids.

We got a call some months ago about helping the Wish of a Lifetime organization to fulfill a wish for one of their clients. This May we got the thumbs up to proceed with the project.  We picked up over 1000 slides from Judy in Boulder.  We scanned them all in and grouped them by categories for her.  We delivered the digital files and the originals back to her a week later.  Her son, Rick, will pull them up on her iPad so that she can easily view them all.

We’ve gotten calls from a couple of clients about having us scan their 20 boxes of documents and photos

Are you ready to have your family memories digitized so that you can share it with everyone in the family?  Check out this recent video testimonial from one happy client we’ve shared about before.

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We rent out slide projectors like this Kodak 4200 Slide Projector.  It has a unique attachment that you can use to view a stack of slides individually without having to load them up in a projector. 

You can use the Kodak 4200 Slide Projector to preview your slides before you have the slides scanned so you can see which ones you want to preserve. 

This video is of Marsha, the owner of Leave A Legacy, Inc. demonstrating how to use a Kodak 4200 Slide Projector and it’s optional slide stack loader. 

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We have all sorts of VCRs, video cameras, reel-to-reel, 8-track, and record players that you can use in our Fort Collins store to preview your videos or old audio before you have us transfer it to digital for you.  We also have a light table that you can use to look at negatives, slides and frames of old movie films. 

Not everyone wants to capture and preserve all the information on all of their old media.  Do you really want that old TV show transferred?  Do you really want hours and hours of your kid’s sporting events?  Come in a review it before you have it transferred. 

If you are using the equipment ever so briefly there is no charge but if you decide to sit and stay for a spell we charge a low $15/hour equipment fee.

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Problem solved!  We can change your blog into a book.

We have had several clients come in who have enjoyed a trip of a life time and have wanted to capture their blog to memorialize it  since it was a perfect compilation of their thoughts and their best photos.  Some years ago, a client had blogged about the process of adopting their son from Kazakhstan and now they have the whole experience memorialized in a hard copy book. 

How we do it.

You need to give us the information or permission to access your blog.

We will go in and copy all of the text and the photos for each entry.  We will reverse their order so that the earliest information is first and the latest information is last.  We will resize the photos as necessary to fit on a page and do as much creative layout as you would like.  Once we have it all laid out we will have you proof it to see any changes you would like to make.  Then we print and bind your book all in store.  If you choose the really nice library type binding with buckram and embossing we will take the pages to our binder and Denver who will do a top notch job of encasing all of your priceless memories.

Don’t be discouraged by others who say “It can’t be done” and bring it to Leave A Legacy where we preserve memories into digital creations.  One client went into a local Apple store where she was told just that….”It can’t be done”.  We’ve done it time and again…problem solved….memories preserved!

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Leave A Legacy, Inc. has an InFocus digital projector that you can rent out to help you project your video or slideshow at your event or meeting.  This projector displays images from your computer or DVD player with one simple connection.  It connects with either a USB or a 15 pin Computer VGA connection. Your rental includes a carrying case, all the necessary cables, extension cord and remote.  Most clients find a blank wall to project on to but we also have some of the old style screens that you can borrow to project onto.  Give us a call to make your reservation.  We rent it on a per day basis but since we are closed on Sundays you aren’t charged for that day.

Leave A Legacy, Inc. specializes in transferring your old media be it video tapes (VHS, VHSC, 8mm, Umatic, Beta, Betacam, Digi Beta, miniDV, foreign formatted videos and more), movie films (8mm, super 8 and 16mm), old audio (reel-to-reel, 8-track, cassette, mini-&micro-cassette and records).  We turn them into DVDs, CDs and digital files on flash drives and external hard drives.  We can also scan all kinds of images (photos, negatives, scrapbooks, posters news articles, and more) and give you jpg or pdf files of all of them or turn all of the digital images into a digital or DVD slideshow.

With this projector you will be able to share your memories with family, friends, colleagues and clients all on a big screen….or big wall for that matter.  With your computer or other video player you will be able to share at all sorts of events like weddings, funerals, anniversary parties, graduations, business meetings and reunions.

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Do you get an error message that says your computer won’t play your video file?  Is it asking for a codec to play your video and you have no idea what a codec is?!

We typically give our PC using clients mp2 or avi video files and we give our MAC clients mov or mg4 files.  We have found that a change was made on Widows 10 computers that has them now preferring mg4 files.  So the problem you have is that whatever file you got whether you are a PC or a MAC just isn’t playing.  Here is the solution:


You can download the VLC video app.  It is simple, fast and powerful.

  • Plays everything – Files, Discs, Webcams, Devices and Streams.
  • Plays most codecs with no codec packs needed – MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264, MKV, WebM, WMV, MP3 and more.
  • Runs on all platforms – Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, Unix, iOS, Android and more.
  • Completely Free – no spyware, no ads and no user tracking

If you are trying to use Windows Media Player but get one of the following error messages:                                                             

  • Windows Media Player cannot play the file because the required video codec is not installed on your computer.
  • Windows Media Player cannot play, burn, rip, or sync the file because a required audio codec is not installed on your computer.
  • A codec is required to play this file. To determine if this codec is available to download from the Web, click Web Help.
  • Invalid File Format.

To resolve this problem, configure Windows Media Player to download codecs automatically. To do this, follow these steps in Windows Media Player 11:

  1. On the Tools menu, click Options.
  2. Click the Player tab, click to select the Download codecs automatically check box, and then click OK.
  3. Try to play the file. If you are prompted to install the codec, click Install.

We hope that helped you out.  Now you can bring in/ or send in all of your old analog media to Leave A Legacy and we’ll transfer it all to digital files for you. And now all your video files should play on your computer of choice.


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