Angie's List: Digitizing old photos and films

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POSTED: Saturday, November 2, 2013 - 10:59am

UPDATED: Saturday, November 2, 2013 - 3:09pm

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?

In our Angie's' list report, how companies can organize and digitize your memories.

Chances are you have a stack of old photos, films, or slides collecting dust in your home.

But are you able to easily view and share them with family and friends?

"We have a lot of people that come in and they find the films in their grandparents house, they have films done when they they get them back nobody knows tho the people are in the film. So get it done now while you still have people around that can identify people in the films, so you can pass that family history along.

These are professional companies that have the knowledge and equipment to digitize a large amount of items in a short period of time and transfer them to a DVD or hard drive.

"The main benefit is time for people and expense. If you want to scan it yourself you got to buy a scanner and then the amount of time it takes. 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 go to look up and spend their time figuring it out.

Angie's list suggests asking some questions before handing over your photos or videos.

If you need the finished project for a social occasion or event, ask about the turnaround time, do they charge for additional for a rush order?

Ask what steps the company takes to ensure your item's safekeeping?

"What's their process to make sure they are not damaged because if the original is damaged you are out of luck and that brings up another good point, make sure you are doing a small test with someone before you give them all your photos, give them a few and see how it works before you do the rest of them.

Until you are ready to digitize your photos and videos, store them 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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