Friday, May 10, 2013

Why You Should Scan Your Film to Digital

<Scene> Your daughter brings home a young gentleman to meet the family.  The relationship is getting serious.  You had always dreamed of the day when your little girl would bring someone home for the mere fact that you could embarrass her with a photo from her past.  It was a photo from her childhood when she had a style and opinion of her own.  You couldn't wait any longer to show the photo off, so you run to the basement to grab the photo album that holds this treasure.  As you run downstairs you hear a drip dripping of water.  Upon nearing the location of the album, the sound of water drops gets louder.  You find that the box containing the photo album sits nicely below a water leak, and has slowly been storing inches of water for who knows how long.  You grab the album to find the pages soaking.  <End Scene>

This is a story we hear all too often.  People store their precious film in places where they don't think any harm could occur.  Then... one of the four D's occur.  Damage.  Disaster.  Deterioration.  Discoloration These are the reasons it is so important to get your film converted to digital format!  Once your memories are in digital form, the D's stop, as digital images and videos will not degrade or deteriorate over time. 

Damage:  Over time, our favorite photos can take a beating; leaving us with partial photos or badly damaged ones. Luckily, we can digitally repair the damage.  With our digital photo restoration services, we can take your damaged photos, whether your pictures are torn, colored on, bent, wrinkled, or other scenario, our talented graphic artists will make that photo look new again!  

Disaster: One of the hidden dangers of leaving your photos & film boxed up in a closet, the attic or basement is that you forget about them. Not only is that sad because you are not enjoying a lifetime of memories, but it's terrifying when you realize they have been lost due to flooding, fire, mold or mildew damage.
prevent disaster, safely store your slides, negatives on digital

When a person's home is on fire, obviously getting the family out of the house is the first priority- but what do people run back for next? 

Clothing, electronics, and furniture can be replaced, memories can not. Not only do we recommend scanning all your photos, slides, negatives and movie film and converting them to digital, but we also recommend getting an extra copy and keeping it in a safety deposit box or at a family members house. This way, in times of tragedy, you can know that not all has been lost.
The majority of all homeowner claims are due to flooding, and the potential of having your photos, slides, negatives and movie film damaged in that flood is pretty high. Once those items are damaged by water, some, if not all, may be damaged beyond repair. Don't take the risk of losing a lifetime of memories to a faulty pipe. Once your family memories are scanned and saved digitally, you know they will be preserved.
Deterioration: We all have them - home movies from our childhood.
Video Tape VHS Tape Deterioration
Some people have boxes full of them, but don't actually own a VCR to watch them. The unfortunate part about video tapes is that they were never intended to last forever.

Over time, video tapes lose their magnetism, which causes deterioration in the picture you see.

Other things that cause damage to video tapes is humidity in the air, the number of times you have watched your video tape, the number of times you recorded over a specific section and general damage of the tape. All these things will result in the loss of video quality and it will eventually lead your tape to be un-playable.
Luckily, you can convert your video tape to digital and stop the natural deterioration.

Fading & Discoloration example and digital correction

Don't lose your family memories to the effects of time, convert your film and photos to digital.

Over time, the dyes in your film and photos will begin to fade. This fading will essentially make it appear as if your photographs, slide film and negatives are slowly disappearing. Making matters worse, light speeds up the fading process. We have all seen photos that are prominently displayed in someone's home that has faded over the years. Eventually, the picture will fade away to the point it is no longer usable.
Fading and discoloration, Digitally color corrected images
The most common discoloration you will experience is film that turns red or has a yellow hue to it.

Luckily, with today's digital technology, you can convert all your photos, slides, and negatives to digital and repair the years of fading.

Movie Film discoloration, color correction, fading dyes
Movie film is similar to slide film, as the film ages, the dyes will begin to deteriorate leaving the film discolored or faded. We have had great success in converting your old 8mm, Super8 and 16mm movie film to digital. We even offer color correction to help correct the years aging.

Beat the clock on your old movie film, slides, negatives, photos, video tapes, audio tapes, and other formats!  Convert them to digital today and sleep soundly knowing that the new D: DIGITAL is the best way to store your life's many stories!  Order today and make sure to take advantage of our Mother's Day Sale ending May 15th!


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