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Pixorial collects your video, sells it back to you

Got old VHS, Beta, Super 8 home movies? Pixorial will convert them to digital so you can edit them on the Web.

The family video site Pixorial opens up to the public Wednesday. It solves two problems most people will probably relate to. First, it's a nice little video editor for piecing together clips from digital cameras and the like. Second, if you send Pixorial your old analog media (VHS tapes, Super 8 film, other formats), the company will convert them to digital so you can edit them into new films.

Once your film is edited, you can then press it to DVD ($9.99) or just view it online in smallish window. If you want to download the full, high-resolution video, that's $1.99

You can upload and store video for free, but you only get 10GB of space and 60 days of storage. Pro accounts, for $24.99 a year, get unlimited uploads and archival storage. The company makes additional money selling DVDs. It also charges for the digitization of media--about $7 per hour, CEO Andres Espineira told me.

I gave the editor a quick run-through. It appears basic but functional and more importantly easy enough to use by anyone who's able to put old VHS tapes in the Pixorial mailing box. Users can also invite friends and family to collaborate on edits. There are no length limits on videos.

The Pixorial editor is not fancy, but it's good for creating archives of family videos. Screenshot by Rafe Needleman/CNET

Mostly, I like the business. No freebies here and that's appropriate. People will pay for a simple, reliable way to edit and preserve their old videos and movies.

See also: MotionBox and iMemories. People with only digital movie files might find happiness with Windows Movie Maker or Apple's iMovie.