Chances are you have a stack of old photos, films, or slides collecting dust in your home. 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.
Jim Britt, a media transfer company owner, said the main benefit of using these services is time and expense.
"If you want to scan it yourself you got to buy a scanner and then the amount of time it takes," Britt said. "And then also the expertise that we have in cleaning up the pictures and fixing them it's something they are going to have to have to go look up and spend the time to figure out. Then also, just the amount of equipment that we have we are able to do things a lot quicker than most people."
Until you are ready to digitize your photos and videos, store your materials in a safe, dry place like an interior closet. Keep them away from attics and basements where humidity and moisture can cause damage.
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