CLEVELAND - Today it's easy to share and enjoy the digital pictures and videos we take. But what about your pictures filed away in photo albums or the home movies sitting in a box?
If you don't have the time to do it yourself, you can hire professional companies to take old videotapes, 16 and 18 mm films, slides, and photos and put them in a digital format such as a DVD or on a hard drive so you can preserve your memories for many years.
Professionals have the knowledge and equipment to digitize a large amount of items in a short period of time. Several different types of companies exist. If there is a local company you can just drop off your items, otherwise you can pack up and ship the materials.
Angie's List Tips: Hiring a professional to digitize your photos & videos
· Check reputation: Do your research to ensure you are hiring a reputable company. Ask family and friends. Check Angie's List. Ask the company for references.
· How do you charge? Companies vary with how they charge so it pays to compare prices. Ask about any additional fees, for example, how much extra do they charge for color correction?
· What steps to you take to ensure safekeeping? Ask about the process the company has in place to ensure your items are safe and secure. How do they prevent your items from getting damaged, lost, or mixed up with someone else?
· What is your turnaround time? If you need the items returned in time for an occasion/event, be sure to understand how long it will take. Do they charge additional for a rush order?
· Organization and Preparation: How do your items need to be dropped off or mailed? Some companies require similar sized photos bundled together and labeled with index cards. What prep work?
If you don't have time, or the budget, right now to digitize your photos and videos, store your materials in a safe, dry place, like and interior closet. Photos and videos should be kept away from attics and basements where the climate is not easily controlled.