Frequently Asked Questions
If you have a question and it's not on the list, feel free to call or e-mail us!
How much does _____ cost?
We wish we could put up a convienient price list, but it would be pages long! Most of our services are priced by-the-foot or per photo/slide. The more you transfer, the better deal you get per foot/photo/slide, so the pricing can get a bit complicated (we've got spreadsheets and computers to help us out!). Give us a call about your project and we'll be glad to give you an estimate!
Will the quality be the same?
While we can't improve something that's already begun to deteriorate, we can stop the loss in quality and help preserve your memories for years to come.
Most video tape begins to break down after 10 years, and every time you watch your old home movies the tape can deteriorate even more! Not to mention those pesky VCR's that love to eat tape! Old film can become dry and brittle in certain storage conditions and might fall apart as soon as you try to feed it through a projector. Old photos and slides can also start to fade and become brittle and crack.
By transferring your old film, tapes, and slides or photos to DVD you can prevent them from deteriorating further and view them as many times as you like without risking any damage! Not only can you view them regularly, DVD's also allow you to make copies for friends and family without losing any quality!
Can't I just buy a VHS-to-DVD recorder?
You could, but the quality won't be the same.
We use only professional transfer equipment with built in amplifiers and filters to get the best results
How long will my film/tape/slides/photos last?
Most VHS tapes begins to break down after 8 to 10 years, and every time you watch your old home movies the tape can deteriorate even more. Not to mention those pesky VCR's that love to eat tape!
Old film may have a longer lifespan than VHS tapes at 40 to 60 years, but most of the reels have already passed this milestone. Film can become vinegary or brittle when not stored properly and might fall apart as soon as you try to feed it through a projector!
Color photos can last 20 to 30 years, while slides are estimated to stay in good condition for 50 to 70 years, though if stored imporperly they can start to fade or become brittle as well.
How can I store my items to best preserve them?
Keeping old film, tape, slides, or photos in a dark, cool, dry location will help preserve them for their average lifespan, but transferring them to DVD will guarantee that they don't lose further quality.