Time Flies

It has been almost 4 years since Home Video Studio of Mount Dora has opened. Time has flown by – for you maybe… But since we spend so much of our days looking at your past, time is a relative thing for us.

I thought I’d post the video we recorded during our grand opening back in 2014. We love doing what we do. And we hope you like the fact that we are here.


Give us a call or send us an email. We’d love to hear from you and find out how we can help you preserve your family memories.

Michael Ondrasik and Home Video Studio specialize in preserving family memories. For information, call 352-735-8550 or visit http://www.homevideostudio.com/mtd

Opportunity Lost


I hate being the bearer of bad news but it sometimes falls upon me. I received an inquiry from a client who said he had cartridges of film he wanted to transfer to DVD.  Recognizing that some people use different (and sometimes incorrect) terms to describe what they have, I requested more information.

Film is stored on reels and is priced out by the amount of footage tendered. On the other hand, videotape is stored on cassettes or cartridges and is priced by the number of cassettes tendered. I could not give him a quote until I was sure what he had.  He sent me a photo of his project which can be seen above.

He was right with his initial description. This is a film cartridge. Unfortunately, it was never developed. This is what we used to put into our Super 8 cameras to take our home movies. We would then have to send them to a lab for processing and we would receive back small 3” reels of developed film for each cartridge we sent. Those reels could be loaded onto a projector and viewed.

These labs no longer exist. To the best of my knowledge, there is only one company left in the US that can process undeveloped film (Film Rescue International)  and even they cannot process in Kodak color. The formulas and inks simply no longer exist. They can only process in black and white.

It is a harsh reality. Time waits for no one. We no longer have the ability to develop color movies from old undeveloped film. And, as time continues to march forward, we may lose the ability to do other things to preserve our old memories. Procrastination is a common ailment among people. We are all guilty of it from time to time. We need to recognize that by not acting to preserve our past we may be threatening our ability to revisit it. If we wish to once again see the images of our youth, we should act now before time catches up to us.

Michael Ondrasik and Home Video Studio specialize in the preservation of family memories. For more information, call 352-735-8550 or visit www.homevideostudio.com/mtd.

Kiwanis: What’s in a name?

A shout out to the Golden Triangle Kiwanis Club who graciously invited me to be a guest speaker at one of their breakfast meetings last month. I spoke on how digital technology can help us preserve our memories and build a legacy for our families. (And on a side note: the photo infused thank you card was a nice touch. Class move there Kiwanis.)
The Kiwanis are an international, coeducational organization dedicated to serving the needs of children within their local communities through fundraising and participating in local service projects.
The original motto for the Kiwanis was “We Trade.” It was changed by a vote of its members in 1920 to become “We Build,” which stood as its motto for the next 80 years. Recently, a new motto was voted in to better reflect the goals of the organization. “Serving the Children of the World” is its current motto and it is what the Kiwanis are all about.
Oddly enough, the word Kiwanis comes from the Ojibwe language and, according to Wikipedia, can be loosely translated to mean “I fool around.” Whether that is true or not, based on the camaraderie exhibited at the meeting I attended, the members there do know how to entertain themselves while, at the same time making a pretty significant impact in the lives of some local kids.
If anyone is looking for volunteer opportunities to help make this world a better place for our children, the Kiwanis Club may provide you with the perfect platform. Search out a local chapter near you.
Michael Ondrasik and Home Video Studio specialize in the preservation of family memories. And we are available for speaking engagements. For more information, call 352-735-8550 or visit www.homevideostudio.com/mtd

History Tidbits

Kudos to WUCF-TV for this wonderful look at my adopted “home town.” Mount Dora does have a lot going for it – along with a rich history that only adds to its appeal. Enjoy this 20 minute video which puts the spotlight on this most charming little city in Florida.


Michael Ondrasik and Home Video Studio specialize in the preservation of family memories and are centrally located on Donnelly St in Mount Dora, mere minutes from the historic downtown shopping district. If you plan to come to the studio, please give yourself time to explore and enjoy our sights and hospitality. For more information, call 352-735-8550 or visit www.homevideostudio.com/mtd

Santa Who?


Walking around Mount Dora tonight during our annual Christmas walk/street party, I saw two Santa Clauses, situated on different ends of our town square and each Santa attracted his own throng of exited children who were waiting in line for their time to meet him.

Going back in my mind, I cannot honestly remember the first time I met Santa. I do remember that as a child I received presents that had no markings on them other than “To: Mike – From: Santa.” so obviously I knew him (or he knew me) but I don’t remember ever sitting in his lap or telling him what I wanted for Christmas.

I am told that it happened but I no longer have any recollection of it. It is gone from the recesses of my mind and I have yet to come across a photo or a piece of video that has restored that memory for me.

That’s the bad thing about memories. They are so easily lost. Perhaps that is why we take the time to document so many of our events: on film, in video, as photos. To help us visualize a memory so we can recall it long after it is no longer vivid in our minds. And that is exactly why I’m so passionate about helping people preserve the memories they have recorded. Just because technology has moved on doesn’t mean that we have to leave behind all those memories that were stored on the old technology. God forbid. We have the ability to bring those old memories along with us as we move forward in time.

Lest anyone get the wrong idea, I’m happy to say that I have a close relationship with Santa now. In fact, I’m pretty sure he’s a client. Where else would you expect the greatest gift giver in the world to shop for that one of a kind present for someone special?

Michael Ondrasik and Home Video Studio specialize in the preservation of family memories. And while it can’t be proved that the real Santa shops at our studio, we have a sneaking suspicion that’s there’s a little bit of Santa Claus in each of our customers.  And we are happy to help them with whatever gift idea they want us to work on. www.homevideostudio.com/mtd 352-735-8550



When the lights go out

It is frustrating to own a business in a place known for its elaborate Christmas decorations and not be able to participate. This past Saturday, Light Up Mount Dora electrified the downtown area with over 2 million lights in dazzling display. Our studio… not so much.

Here’s the problem. We lease the space we occupy and absolutely love it. But… it has no exterior electrical outlets. And so we cannot hang the elaborate lights that so enamor the visitors that come to our town. The exterior of our building is not what one would call sparkling with Christmas joy. But we will not be deterred.

We have an indomitable Christmas spirit. Since we could not hang sparkling lights outside to show our love for the season, we upped the ante… we offered the interior of our building to someone who was looking for a more southerly location to use as a satellite office. We hope he doesn’t mind – we thought we’d share a quick glimpse that we caught of him the other night in front of our window.

Feel free to stop by to say hello. No guarantees. He seems to disappear from view in a twinkle of an eye.

Michael Ondrasik and Home Video Studio specialize in the preservation of family memories. We have been on Santa’s nice list as long as we’ve been open. We’d love to be on yours. Contact us at 352-735-8550 or visit us at www.homevideostudio.com/mtd.



Light it Up!

In case you missed it, here’s a little glimpse of the tree lighting that took place in Mount Dora Saturday night. This handheld iPhone video doesn’t do justice… you’d have to have been there.  Good news – the display is up all season and you can always make plans to catch the grand reveal next year. #HappyHolidays!


Michael Ondrasik and Home Video Studio specialize in the preservation of family memories. They are still taking orders to be completed before Christmas but the clock is ticking. They can be reached at 352-735-8550. www.homevideostudio.com/mtd