Thanks for the Online Video Memories
Worldwide Video Sharing
HomeMovie.com's greatest service
may be letting customers share memories with
faraway friends and family. This was particularly
important to Ostrowiak. "A lot of people from South
Africa have emigrated and they live all over the world.
We’ve been able to share video with them in eight or nine
different countries. Of course," he adds, "you have to
have broadband – otherwise this won’t work."
HomeMovie.com operates a system of private
video sharing, and doesn't allow unfettered
access to private memories. Users must invite
friends and family to share videos.
Another advantage of storing videos
online is that they are available wherever and whenever
they're needed. When Ostrowiak visited Israel recently,
he reconnected with family friends he hadn’t seen in 20
years. "I was able to share pictures of
themselves as children as well as video of their parents
on an overseas trip with my parents," he says. "They
just watched with awe."
And because he has video stored
remotely, Ostrowiak knows it’s safe. "I just had a
technical problem with my computer and I lost a lot of
video and pictures,” he says, “but I still had all of my HomeMovie.com
Many of HomeMovie.com's customers
have suffered events more traumatic than computer
malfunctions, including house fires and Hurricane
Katrina. Even though they lost original
videotape and film,
they still had access to their online video
storage on HomeMovie.com’s servers. Archived videos don't deterioriate over time, either.
Editing and sharing his family videos has proven to be a profoundly emotional
experience for Ostrowiak. "It’s given my granddaughters
a feeling of who they are and where they come from," he
says. "They know who my sister is, who my grandparents
are, the names of my parents – even though they were
born in America and have never met any of my family."