Reborn Audio Video in Denver, Colorado converts a variety of slide and negative types to DVD format:
By Jamey Nordby - June 24, 2019
In the modern world, teenagers are sure to know what PowerPoint slides are. However, when it comes to projector slideshows, the chance of them knowing what you’re talking about is slim!
Yet, slides can store an amazing amount of history that you must protect and preserve for future generations. The days of showing our loved ones 35-millimeter slides of our vacations on a projector no longer exist. However, that doesn’t mean we must forget the memories of those vacations. Many families actually have boxes of old slides hidden away in their attics gathering dust. If you’re one of those families, the solution for preserving your memories lies in converting slides to digital in Denver. Here are our top tips to help you convert your slides so you can enjoy all those precious images again.
1. Store the Slides Safely
Like photographs, it is very easy to damage slides. Poor storage methods, incorrect temperatures, improper handling, and sunlight can all cause harm. Keep your slides in a location that is away from sunlight and is temperature-controlled. You should also make sure you’re using archival quality containers. Whenever you handle your slides, make sure your hands are clean. Alternatively, wear a pair of gloves made from non-scratching fibers.
2. Organize Your Slides
If you organize your old slides properly, the process of preservation and digitizing will be quicker. Catalog and sort the slides by date, people, places or events. The idea is to choose a method of organization that works well for your collection and you.
3. Send Your Slides to A Service Offering Slides to Digital in Denver
It can be hard to choose the right slides to digital service in Denver. Which companies can you trust and rely on to preserve your memories? Here at Reborn, we’re proud to be a top choice in Colorado for families wanting to preserve their slides.
4. Hold A Slideshow Viewing Party
Retro and vintage items are very fashionable right now. Antique appliances and vintage treasures fascinate the younger generations. Once you have preserved and digitized your slides, it’s time to make a slideshow. You can use one of the online free services that allow you to add music to your show. Is your old projector still intact? If you have preserved your slides by a digitizing service, you can get them out and have a slide party. What better way to get the old-school vibe?
Are you ready to begin work on your slideshow project? Contact us here at Reborn, and we can convert your slides to digital in Denver. With our professional service, we will scan each slide and carefully adjust the images by hand. Therefore, you can be certain that each slide will have the optimal density and color. Your precious memories will stay looking their best forever! It’s time to reminisce about the good old days. There’s never been a better excuse to get your loved ones together for a party!
By Jamey Nordby - June 24, 2019
If you’ve opted for negative scanning in Denver, you will preserve your precious photographic memories in digital format. However, what’s the best solution in the long term for storing those files? There are several things we would suggest to make sure your memories are well-protected for the future.
When you’re storing digital files on discs, make sure you have multiple copies. DVDs that are properly stored may last for a quarter-century. However, you can easily scratch them. And, if you handle them incorrectly, they may deteriorate rapidly.
You can back up your data by copying files to your PC from the disc itself. If you do this, you’ll have all the data safely stored should you require a replacement disc.
If you’re storing your digital files on your drive, make sure to copy those files to the PC. You should also copy them to a minimum of one extra external drive. An external hard drive will be a more stable option when compared with a flash drive in the long term. Usually, flash drives come with no warranty. You can easily lose them, and, with frequent use, they will degrade rapidly. The more data you add or replace, the more rapidly the drive’s memory degrades. A hard drive comes with a warranty of up to five years. It will also be more durable and stable. However, you could lose, corrupt or damage it when you use it improperly. Therefore, backing up digital files to multiple drives is the safest option for long-term storage.
Once you have backed up the digital files from your negative scanning in Denver, you should store them carefully. Make sure you keep them in a different location than the original copies. You may want to consider backing up your files to one of the available Cloud services. There are several to select from and they are an effective way to store digital memories. However, you should only store files in the Cloud when you have a local backup of your files, too. If you opt to use only the Cloud to store your duplicate files, you’re taking a big risk. Cloud storage could discontinue in the future.
Also, some services make it difficult to download stored data. Some will only permit downloads of low-resolution versions of your files. There will also be fees for using Cloud storage solutions. You must keep all these things in mind when deciding where to store your duplicates.
Once you have backup files carefully stored away, you should take care to check them regularly. Experts recommend you check your data at least every five years. You will then be able to determine whether you should migrate the files to a different storage media. You may also need to convert them into a more modern file format.
However, you choose to store the digital files from your negative scanning in Denver, preserving those memories safely is vital. Here at Reborn, we can ensure we’ll save those precious images of the past for future generations to enjoy.
By Jamey Nordby - June 24, 2019
Slides supply fabulous memories of days gone by. Thanks to today’s digitizing services, it’s now possible to preserve those memories forever. You can scan the slides and make digital copies of the images. However, if you’re going to convert slides in Denver, you’ll need to clean them to ensure the clearest image. Slides these days are usually found stored away in basements and attics. They’re exposed to dust, debris, and dirt. This can damage the slides over time. So how do you go about cleaning them to guarantee they are well-protected and scannable?
Most scanning services utilize Digital ICE technology. This detects minor scratches and particles of dust thanks to infrared light. When you scan the images, you can correct those defects. Even better, ICE technology will color correct, reduce film noise, and optimize exposure and contrast. This means that slides that are only slightly dirty will not need special cleaning. You will be able to scan them in their current state.
If your slides are moderately or severely dirty, you’ll need to clean them before scanning. There are three options open to you.
The hands-on method. You will require microfiber cloths, such as those you would use to clean lenses and glasses. You’ll also need to wear a pair of clean gloves. You can clean the slides by gently wiping off the debris. Take care to avoid excessive pressure as this will leave smudges. If you wear gloves, no fingerprints will be able to get onto the slides. Also, the natural oils in the skin won’t be able to degrade the slide’s emulsion layer. If you do not have any gloves, make sure to hold only the slides’ edges. If you have mounted your slides in plastic or cardboard, you should remove it. This will ensure the debris isn’t just pushed into the edges.
Using compressed air. If you’re worried that cleaning slides manually will cause accidental scratches, compressed air could be the answer. This will blow large debris away from the slides without the possibility of scratching them.
Using an alcohol-based cleaning solution. This method is only recommended for someone who is used to handling film media. The cleaning solution must be alcohol-based. You’ll also need compressed air and cotton pads. The film cleaner must have no water and a neutral pH since water can damage slides. Put some film cleaner onto the cotton pad, then wipe the slide gently. Avoid oversaturating the cotton pad. Once each slide has been fully wiped, you can use the compressed air. This will blow away any loose cotton fibers that remain. It will also help to dry up any remaining film cleaning solution.
All three of these options can clean your slides that you are ready to scan. As long as you take care and stay gentle with your slides, they will stay scratch-free. Once you’ve cleaned your slides, Reborn can convert your slides to digital format. This will preserve those special memories forever!