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September: National Save Your Photos Month

It’s the end of summer—and what a perfect time to take stock of some old memories! And guess what? September is National Save Your Photos Month! What does that mean? Well, September is the month in which we can take the time to remember that our precious photographs are perishable, and we need to do all we can to save those memories for lifetimes to come. Photos deteriorate over time, especially based on how they’ve been stored, but with modern technology, you can save them on a CD, DVD, or even digital files to keep them pristine and easily viewable. How to Observe National Save Your Photos Month September is the month to go through old photos and organize them for future safety and sharing. For instance, some of your photos might not have any information on them, like names, dates, or locations. Take the time to sort your photos, adding information as needed. Most importantly, you can scan all your photographs to CD, DVD, and digital formats so not only you but also future generations can enjoy your family’s important memories. National Save Your Photos Day: Saturday, September 30th Every September, National Save Your Photos Day falls on the last Saturday of the month. This year, it will be Saturday, September 30th. On this day, you have the opportunity to take special action to preserve your photos. Take the time to protect your precious photographs, whether you use your phone or digital camera to take pictures, or take the step to scan your photos to DVD, CD, or digital formats with a professional company like Current Pixel. Of...

For Professional Film Transfer in Atlanta, Choose Current Pixel

Current Pixel has been preserving memories with professional film transfer since 1985, and members of our team of professionals have decades of experience. We make sure to have the most updated and efficient technology, and all our digital convergence happens on site at our Atlanta location, meaning we never outsource to a third party! The Importance of Digitizing Film with a Professional Working with a professional, experienced expert in converting 8mm, Super 8, and 16mm film allows you to transfer your memories to usable, updated formats without worrying about losing any of the footage or not getting what you want. We utilize advanced technology and an experienced staff to make sure your memories are safe and returned exactly the way you want them. Serving All Kinds of Customer Needs At Current Pixel, we are able to help customers with all different types of film conversion needs. Some individuals and families might have old film with mystery footage on them without the technology to access them. Some might know exactly what they would find on their old film without the ability to watch. Such precious film being stored in homes could be from much older generations and contain priceless memories of parents, grandparents, etc. Some customers might want to convert the home movie film of parents and grandparents to give them as a gift. Other customers might be enthusiasts of old films or even professionals interested in digitizing an archive or collection of film but do not want to invest in expensive conversion equipment. Contact Current Pixel Whatever your situation and whatever film you might have in need of conversion, Current Pixel...

Why Families Are Saving Old Memories with Current Pixel

If you have boxes full of family movies on film or videotape you barely watch but would love to save and enjoy for years to come, you are not alone. So many memories are stored on outdated formats in homes, gathering dust or threatening to deteriorate. Luckily, you can absolutely save them and actually start watching them again! Convert to Digital The great news is—you can absolutely save your memories from never being watched again or from being lost on these old formats. Digital convergence is a great way to time capsule your memories by converting them to sustainable digital formats that you can save and watch over and over! At Current Pixel, we can convert your film, video, and other outdated formats to DVD and digital files. Once you have your digital files, you will be able to back them up to protect them from any number of “God forbid” scenarios. Watch Anytime, Anywhere, on Any Device with Digital Files Another benefit to digitizing your memories is having the ability to easily view and experience them in your home—not only on your TV but also on any other device you might have, from a laptop to a tablet or smart phone. Imagine spending time with friends and family in the kitchen when a past vacation comes up in conversation. With digitization of your memories, you can just whip out your smart phone, iPad, or other device and show the videos and photos of your vacation right there! There would be no need to even disrupt the flow of the get-together by having to converge in the media room,...

Digitize Your Favorite Vinyl Records for Accessibility & Versatility

If you have vinyl records that you absolutely love, it might be time to preserve these sounds through digitization. Before you start to have doubts, most of us can agree that nothing beats listening to your favorite tracks on vinyl. However, there are certainly benefits to be had in preserving your favorite music by converting vinyl to digital files and CD’s. Benefits of Going Digital Not only does having a digital version of your favorite music make it more accessible, but it also makes it more versatile. Rather than always having your record player around, you can play your music on your phone, iPod, iPad, computer, or even from a CD or USB drive. And, of course, by having your all-time favorite records in digital formats, you will keep them safe for years to come should anything happen to your records—though we hope nothing does! Going digital is like an insurance plan for your cherished sounds. Though you can still listen to them on vinyl, you’ll be able to better preserve your media in case of a catastrophe. For Any Type of Vinyl-Owning Customer Current Pixel’s vinyl transfer services extend to customers with simple vinyl collections to major music enthusiasts and professionals with thousands of records in their music library. We can even help music professionals with very specific sound quality needs. For DJ’s and music producers—you do not have to settle on CDs or MP3 files. Current Pixel can convert vinyl to other file formats, like .wav for optimal sound quality and compatibility with advanced music playing technology! Digitize Vinyl with Current Pixel Whatever your vinyl transfer needs are,...

Where Can I Transfer 8mm Tape to DVD?

Are you searching for the best way to convert your 8mm tape to DVD in order to preserve memories or meaningful content? When you’re looking for a place to convert your 8mm tape—including Video8, Hi8, and Digital8—to DVD, you have multiple options. Options for 8mm Video Transfer to DVD You can find an online provider through an Internet search, go to a conventional retailer like Costco, Walmart or Walgreens, or even buy your own converter and try your luck with a DIY video transfer. However, you can also choose to find a local specialist in video transfer services like Current Pixel. If you’re not sure where to turn, when you need expert services and an array of options for your DVDs, you can trust local companies like Current Pixel that have decades of experience.  These veteran companies provide you with custom 8mm video transfer services to deliver your memories safely, on a quality DVD and with personalized service to make sure you are completely happy with the result. More About Current Pixel Current Pixel has been in business since 1985—that’s over 32 years! We transfer tons of 8mm tapes every year and have many staff members who have decades of experience in the field. Rather than trust your memories with an impersonal online service or major retailer that outsources the work to a separate company, you can come in and meet us at Current Pixel, or call and speak to experts—or even the very technician working on your order. Our technicians will be sure to reach out to you with any questions or suggestions they have about your transfer....

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...