Digitizing Your Items — File Format

How To Digitize

Let’s say you’ve just found a giant stack of family photos and old home movies in your basement. You know the quality won’t last, the images and tapes have already started to degrade, so you have decided to digitize your photos and videos to preserve them safely.

One question we hear a lot from our customers at this point in the process is: “How do I know what format to ask for upon return?”

At PhotoLounge, we have a few options when converting film, photos, and slides — each with their own pros and cons.

Photo & Video Format Options

USB Thumb Drive

First, a thumb drive. This is easy to take with you, but if you happen to set it down somewhere and forget it, or lose it, your photos or videos are lost forever.


The second option is a DVD. This makes it easy for you to watch those home movies again on your TV together, but the same problem applies — they may get lost during a move, and the digitized images are unable to be shared.

Digital Files

That’s why we always recommend our third option: digital download via Dropbox. This offers more freedom and options for you upon return:

  • You are able to organize your files in any way you choose after they are converted.
  • You can easily save them to your computer and share them with friends and family.
  • If you lose the login information, you can always reset your password, eliminating the concern for losing those digitized files altogether.

Have questions about digitizing your collection? We are here to help! Chat directly with one of our team members, or give us a call at 267-322-6651 to get started!

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