Angie's List Report: Digitizing Your Old Photos and Movies

Reported by: Amy Katcher
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Updated: 11/13/2013 11:35 pm
(WDEF) Chances are you have a stack of old photos, films or slides collecting dust in your home.
      Jim Britt owns a transfer company.  He said, "We have a lot of people that come in and they find the films in their grandparent's house, they have the films done and when they get them back nobody knows who the people are in the film. So get it done now while you still have people around that can identify the people in the films, so you can pass that family history along."
     Angie's List suggests asking some questions before handing over your photos or videos.
     If you need the finished project for a special occasion or event, ask about the turnaround time - do they charge additional for a rush order?
     Angie Hicks of Angie's List said, "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."
     Ask what steps the company takes to ensure your item's safekeeping.
     Hicks added, "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 of your photos. Take a few. See how it works before you do the rest of them."
     If you find a local company to do the job, you can likely just drop off your items, otherwise you'll have to pack up and ship the materials.


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