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Angie's List: Digitizing Photos and Videos

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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 this Angie's List report, how you can organize and digitize your memories.

"If you want to scan it yourself. you got to buy a scanner and then the amount of time it takes."

Jim Britt owns a media transfer company -- he says it is not only the time many of you do not have to transfer all that material.

"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."

But you should ask a few questions before handing over your photos or videos. If you need the finished project for a special occasion or event, make sure to ask about turnaround time and charges for rush orders.

"You really want to understand the cost. How do they charge? Do they charge a flat rate? Is it by the photo? Also, are there extra charges for color correction? You want to be sure you get the full glimpse of how much you are going to pay so you can compare quotes," says Angie Hicks, founder of Angie's List.

Also, find out how the company will ensure your history is safe such as what is their process so your originals are not damaged.

"Make sure you are doing a small test with someone before you give them all of your photos. Take a few. See how it works before you do the rest of them."

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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