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Digitize Photos: How to Prepare Your Photos for Scanning

If you’re planning to digitize photos with Current Pixel, then there’s a few things you can do to prepare. Photo scanning is the best way to preserve your photos in one place where you can enjoy them over and over again, and even share them easily with friends and family. You can also organize your photos to view them based on meaningful categories to you. Visit our page to find out more information about Current Pixel’s photo scanning services. At Current Pixel, we love having the chance to help you keep your memories safe and organized through our photo scanning services. Since we have been digitizing photos for decades, we have found our customers appreciate some tips to know before bringing their photos in for scanning. This helps them avoid extra costs, as well as ensures their photos are organized and prepared for the best possible result. Here are some ‘to-dos’ before you bring your photos into Current Pixel for scanning services. Make Sure Your Photos are Clean What this means is that in order to process your photos for scanning, they need to be removed from any albums, album pages, sleeves, mounts, or frames. Also be sure to remove any glue or sticky residue even if tacky or hardened. This process is great for people, because it’s a perfect opportunity to exclude any photos from your order that are duplicates, over or under exposed, out of focus, or just not as important as other photos. Carefully Organize and Store Your Photos After you make sure your photos are clean, place them in photo organizer boxes, other plastic or...

Time-Capsule Family Memories & Convert Old Video Tapes

Remember those home movies you or other family members recorded that are stored on unwatched video tapes in a drawer or cabinet somewhere in your home? Maybe you’ve seen them when searching for a movie to watch and laughed at the titles of the recordings. Maybe you’ve thought about getting them digitized as a gift for someone in your family or to show your children on family movie nights. If you have old video tapes gathering dust somewhere, the time has come to digitize them! Digitize Video Tapes for Easy Accessibility By converting your video tapes to easily accessible formats, like DVD and digital video files, you will be able to actually sit down and enjoy your memories with your family any time you want, and on any of your computers, TVs and devices! By taking the time to convert your old video tapes, you will have a time capsule of memories you can watch over and over again. You can keep the memories for your own personal enjoyment, or make them the entertainment at family reunions and gatherings! You can even use the digital files to share your memories on social media. At Current Pixel, we can digitize your video tapes by converting them to easy-to-store and easy-to-watch archival-grade DVDs, and can also give you digital files in formats like MP4 that you can store on the Cloud and/or your own computer. We also recommend you store them on an external hard drive for extra safekeeping. Remember, expertise matters when customizing your digitization package, and we have that in spades at Current Pixel. Located in Atlanta, our media...

Video Transfer Services – Why Technology & Experience Matter

If you have video memories you want to convert to digital files to keep them safe and viewable for years to come, you might have also pondered investing in professional video transfer services, choosing a cheaper online service, or getting the job done yourself. You do have many options available for media conversion, but not all your choices are going to necessarily get you the results you want. When you’re dealing with your precious memories, it’s important to choose a video transfer service backed by experience, stability, proper technology, superior capabilities, and the flexibility to provide you with options. You also want to think about the way a media conversion provider runs its company, because an organized company that treats its employees and customers with respect and 100 percent focus will make sure your memories are in the best possible hands. Here are some factors to keep in mind when considering a media conversation provider: Experience When you’re looking to convert your videos to digital, you want a company that employs professionals with ample experience to understand exactly how to get the job done but also how to troubleshoot potential problems. Experts will make sure each of your memories gets the individual attention they deserve, and that the job is finished thoroughly rather than just quickly. Stability and Organization A stable and organized company will provide you with dependable service without any hassle. You have many options available to you and can even purchase some equipment to try and convert video yourself.  However, if you don’t invest a reputable company with years of experience and knowledge in the industry, the outcome...

5 Common Media Types You Should Digitize Today

You might be hanging onto some of your old media formats for sentimental reasons, but be careful you don’t wait too long to digitize them if you want to keep your videos, photos, and audio recordings safe from deterioration. Here are five common media types that are especially vulnerable to becoming obsolete and/or deteriorating over time. Digitize them today to keep those memories safe and sound. 1. Movie Film: Regular 8, Super 8, and 16mm Maybe you have film from generations of home movies that you’ve been waiting to digitize. You might recognize Regular 8, Super 8, and 16mm film by its width, either 8mm or 16mm wide depending on the type, and sprockets along either just one side or both sides of the film. Film has a similar appearance to photo negatives, and no matter what type you have, it is susceptible to the same kind of deterioration and color shift problems photo negatives have over time. Colors will begin to fade and change as your film deteriorates. Old consumer film types since the 1950’s can also fall prey to what is known as “Vinegar Syndrome,” which happens due to the acetate base layer put on the film and meant to keep it safe. When the acetate base degrades, though, it will decompose and give off free acetic acid, which not only makes the film smell like vinegar but also causes the film to become brittle and warped. Moreover, there are fewer ways to play film now, so digitizing will allow you to save your memories and take time to enjoy them for years to come. 2. Video...

Why You Should Use a Professional to Transfer Your Memories

Have you considered transferring your photo and video memories to digital files, DVD, or CD, but been hesitant to go to a professional service? Maybe you’ve seen that you can do the same thing on your own, using consumer-based equipment and think you don’t want to spend the money to visit a professional. While you certainly can buy your own equipment, the truth is most consumer transfer equipment is low-quality and produces inferior results. Companies like Current Pixel that specialize in digitizing services, with decades of professional experience, have the right equipment, a variety of resources, and the necessary knowledge to work around typical digitization problems that “do-it-yourself” transfer equipment will not be able to accomplish. As with most things in life, better equipment and proven processes in film, video, and photo transfer provide superior results. By the time you spend the money to purchase the right equipment to complete your digitization, you will probably have spent multiple times the amount it would have cost to have a professional do the work for you the right way, the first time. Time is money, and a professional will be able to save you that time—plus unnecessary stress—by digitizing your memories for you and giving you peace of mind that it will be done properly. Even if you have the right equipment, how do you know you’re using it correctly?  How do you know the equipment is operating as it is should and will keep your memories safe from any potential snags? The fact is, in most cases you simply won’t know. Contacting and visiting a professional service is the only...

How to Share Videos and Photos From the Past to Social Media

(Step 1—Get Them Digitized) Many of our clients have files and boxes full of photos, videotapes, and even old film that their kids, grandkids, and other family members and friends would absolutely love to see. Now that people, especially people in the younger generations, are using social media so frequently, wouldn’t it be nice to have a way to share these memories with them on a medium they will pay attention to and see right away? Maybe you’ve seen family members posting “throwback” photos and videos, and you know have some hilarious or heartwarming moments you would love to add as a throwback on social media. Great news: you can! At Current Pixel, we have the technology and know-how to digitize all your photos, videos, and film to make them sharable via social media. We can digitize most video tape formats, 8mm, Super 8, and 16mm film formats, and photos and slides, making your memories accessible to younger generations and family members on social media. Once we scan and convert your memories to digital files, you will have the ability to save them onto your computer, even save them on your phone, and share them to social media sites for your family and friends to enjoy. Though you might be overwhelmed by all the videos and photos you have, at Current Pixel, our experts are here to help you decide how you want us to convert your memories, and we will take it from there. Current Pixel’s staff does all of the work, never outsourcing to a third party, so you will get the best treatment possible and know...

Advantages of Transferring Recorded Memories to Digital

What does transferring to digital mean? Transferring your video tapes, movie film, photos, slides, and negatives to digital files with Current Pixel means we will use our technology and expertise to scan your old formats and convert them into digital files. These digital files can be saved on your computer, an external hard drive, flash drive, or uploaded to the cloud so you can keep your memories safe, updated, and watchable for decades to come. Video standards vary, and there are several choices you could make when determining what type of video file you want, but the professionals at Current Pixel will work with you and guide you to decide which type of video is easiest for you. We will help you make the right choice. All transfers are done by Current Pixel staff, as has been the case since 1985, in Atlanta, GA rather than outsourcing to a third party or offshore companies. This allows us to optimally control the quality of the conversion process, maintain a higher level of customer service, and ensure your precious memories are handled with the highest level of care. Advantages to digital files Digital files are a great option for keeping your videos safe, since they can be easily backed up, either in the cloud or on a drive stored off site. This is crucial for any disaster recovery plan to ensure these memories live on, even in the face of computer/equipment failure, disaster, or theft. They can also be edited for a variety of uses, including sharing small sections with family and friends. The great news is, with digital files, you...

What Type of Home Movie Film Do I Have?

If you have looked at your film stored at home, filled with precious home movie memories, and wondered, “What type of film do I have?”—you are not alone. There are actually three common consumer film formats: 8mm (also known as Regular 8), Super 8, and 16mm. Depending on when your film was created, you might have any of the three. Luckily, we can convert all three formats to digital files, DVD or Blu-ray at Current Pixel, and our team will know which format you have when you bring it in for conversion. Still, here’s some more information about the three types so you can identify which you might have. 8mm (Regular 8) Regular 8 first became popular for consumers to use in the year 1932, when the Eastman Kodak Company released it onto the market. Regular 8 film is made from 16mm stock but was cheaper for consumers to purchase for their home movies than the 16mm format. To create the 8mm film, only half of the 16mm would be exposed during filming and turned around once the end of the film was reached. During processing, the film would be split down the middle, ending up with the two strips of 8mm film rather than 16mm. By splicing the ends of the two 25-foot 8mm strips together, a 50-foot 8mm reel of film was created, which is why your regular 8 film is 50 feet long rather than 25 feet. Super 8 Super 8 first became popular in the mid-1960s. Both Regular 8 and Super 8 are 8mm wide from one edge to the other, but Super 8 film...