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3 Film and Video Conversion Services Compared

By Denise May Levenick

Have you watched any old home movies lately? Compared to family photographs, film and video have a short lifespan — so don’t let your own “moving pictures” fade into oblivion. Each of the services below can convert your old movie film or videotapes to digital format, then burn the footage to DVDs you can view on your TV or computer. Many services also offer custom chapter marks and other personalization features.

Use this free form to record and organize information about your family’s old home movies.

iMemories

Cost: Digital conversion starts at $29.99 per videotape or 50-foot film reel; add $19.99 to get a DVD.
Options: For an extra fee, get a USB drive loaded with your movies. They also offer cloud storage. Ship in your own box or a prepaid SafeShip Kit.
Features: “Foreverize” your memories stored on many various media types by mailing them in SafeShip Kit. After digitization you will be download all your memories to watch and share with family.
Locations: Lab is in Scottsdale, Ariz. Set up your account and order online.

ScanDigital

Cost: Prices start at $20.95 to convert video to DVD; film starts at $9.50.
Options: ScanDigital can provide editable files on a USB drive.
Features: Chapter points are set using Scene Detection, or choose custom points.
Locations: Lab is in Fishers, Ind. Set up your order online and follow instructions for secure shipping.

YesVideo

Cost: A two-hour VHS-to-DVD conversion costs $28.99; film starts at $28.99 for the first 100 feet.
Options: YesVideo doesn’t offer editable files or any type of custom work.
Features: DVDs feature chapter menus and the ability to personalize with a title, background music and theme. Purchase includes 60 days free access to view and share videos online.
Locations: Labs in Norcross, Ga., and Campbell, Calif.

A version of this article appeared in the March 2011 issue of Family Tree Magazine.

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