Colby Reynolds, 28, found himself in a situation that many people have faced during this economic downturn when he was laid off from a local company in February.

But after several weeks of unsuccessfully searching for another job, Reynolds decided to go out on a limb and turn a hobby into a business. He created myDigitalTransitions.com, a company that converts old technology such as VHS tapes to new technology such as DVDs.

“It’s always been in the back of my mind,” Reynolds said. “I got frustrated looking for work so I decided to give this a try.”

Reynolds, who graduated from Tarleton State University with a degree in computer information systems, said he has always been drawn to technology.

“Computers always interested me in high school,” Reynolds said. “It took me a while to decide what I wanted to do (in college) but then I settled on CIS.”

After losing his IT, or Information Technology, gig at FMC Technologies, Reynolds began working part time at odd jobs.

He would think about the mantra of an old boss and wondered how he could make it work for him.

“He would say, ‘never work for anyone else, be your own boss.’ That always stuck with me,” Reynolds said. “Doing conversions has always been a hobby and I realized how important it is to digitize all the old technology.

“My hobby started off several years ago when I started archiving my family photos onto disks,” Reynolds said. “My father was an avid picture taker and I probably scanned over 12,000 pictures one by one, cropped them, organized them and put them on DVDs. As I was working on all of those in my spare time, I then started learning about digitizing older media forms and the types of mediums to use, and the types of software to use as well.”

Reynolds can convert old VHS tapes, which only last about 10 years, to DVDs, which last closer to 30 years, or flash drives. This service is good for any kind of tape, from home movies to weddings. Reynolds can even send the old tape off to be recycled.

He can also scan standard size slides, negatives or photos and burn them to a DVD for easy storage.

He can create slide shows with photos that can be used for special occasions such as weddings, memorials or graduations.

“Sometimes people need a consultation about what they need,” Reynolds said. “That can be the best way to set up projects and talk about prices.”

And if you just can’t seem to get all your stuff to Reynolds, Reynolds also offers a pickup and delivery service.

For a complete list of services and a price list, visit www.mydigitaltransitions.com. Contact Reynolds by e-mail at conversion@mydigitaltransitions.com or call (254) 592-1175.