Digitizing Your Items — File Format

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 images 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 — each with their own pros and cons.

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 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.

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.

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