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Once you have all your images, number each image to help us keep them in order. Use a pencil if possible, no sticky notes, please. Do not use ink or marker. For mixed-media productions, number each media separately (e.g. photos 1-10, slides 1-25, digital photos 1-15) and provide a master list that indicates how they fit together (photos 1-5, then slide 2, then digital photos 10-14…). Please note, if order is important, the images need to be numbered. If the images are not numbered, we cannot guarantee the order. Also, if you do not specify an order, we will work with the images in the order in which they are provided, doing our best to keep them in that order with no guarantee. If you would like the images randomized, please specifically request that service.
Unlike some services that project your film or use a real-time transfer process, our state of the art equipment digitally scans every frame of your film, capturing the original footage with zero flicker, for perfect sharpness and vibrant color. The high resolution images are sent directly to our computer systems ready for editing, and are never reduced to a lower quality of resolution.
Experience your film in full resolution! Our high-definition frame-by-frame film capture offers resolution gains of 500% over a standard definition capture. Our HD capture is not a mere up-conversion from a standard definition source, but uses a high definition image sensor that takes in 5 times the square pixels per frame of film than standard definition equipment.
Why a High-Definition transfer?
Film has a random grain pattern, which means that the “grain” or pixels of film are in a totally different place from one film frame to the next. These random grains each carry a bit of the detail that makes up the complete picture and, at running speed the random grains overlap each other on the retina of your eye to significantly increase the amount of apparent detail that you can’t get from a single frame of film. This is called “accumulative resolution”. For 8mm films, the HD image sensor generates greater than 4000 pixels per square inch. The accumulative resolution effect found in film can be more readily seen in an HD transfer than in an SD (standard-definition) transfer. The number of pixels is so great and the pattern so insignificant that HD presents like a fine silk stocking compared to the burlap weave of SD. This means that your films have the opportunity to be represented digitally in such a way that when you see the films on an HDTV or HD projector, they will be of much greater quality to what you would be able to experience with an SD transfer, as well as a much greater quality than when projecting the films using a projector for the particular film medium (8 mm, 16 mm).
What type of digital files would you like your movie film converted to?
-Playable Disc- Perfect for watching and sharing on a DVD player (SD)/BR player (HD)
-Full-quality digital files for use on your computer (unedited)- unedited digital replicas of the originals, as AVI (PC) or MOV (Mac) files, perfect for playing on your computer, preserving the footage long-term or editing at home using video editing software.
-Full-quality digital files for use on your computer (edited)- for a small additional cost per foot, get edited versions of the full-quality digital files, as AVI (PC) or MOV (Mac), perfect for playing on your computer, preserving the footage long-term or further editing at home using video editing software.
-Both a playable disc version and full-quality digital files- BONUS: When you order both playable discs and full-quality digital files, the playable disc is on Gold archival media, and AVIs or MOVs of the edited footage are included with the unedited files when we put files on your hard-drive.
For archiving, Gold Archive Grade DVDs and CDs are the preferred media. Gold media uses 24 karat gold as the reflective layer, offering exceptional longevity and durability. Aging tests have shown that Gold DVDs can be used as reliable storage for media for up to 300 years and Gold CDs for up to 100 years. Enjoy your original copy and store your Gold DVD/CD archive copy in a safety deposit box or other safe place.
Unlike other companies that apply one level of auto-correction to an entire film project, we correct each section requiring color or exposure correction separately. Batch enhancement improves some frames while worsening others; here at MemoryWise we guarantee your movies will match or exceed the quality of the original media.
Keep your sounds safe for generations.
Now that your precious home recordings are digital, let everybody listen!
Duplicates are available for home recordings and non-copyright protected material only!
Our audio technicians can make dramatic improvements to original sound quality and restore damaged or degraded audio, transforming garbled hiss into the sounds of Grandpa’s storytelling and children singing.
Cleaning records well, using top-of-the-line audio hardware and software, and keeping our equipment clean and well-maintained, enables us to create the best digital reproduction of your original recordings possible. But in the case of scratches & grooves, degraded tape, or poor original sound quality, it’s often necessary to enhance the sound quality digitally. Let us know if you’d like copies of both the edited and unedited versions.
Most audio enhancement and sound cleaning is billed at $90.00/hour. Call for an estimate to:
Other options to enhance your disc include:
Would you like your original audio file broken into individual tracks or sections of your original deleted?
Most editing is billed at $90.00/hour. Call for an estimate to:
Are all the tracks you want to hear on different source recordings? Don’t know what’s on your original media?
Is this Legal?
Yes, but copyright laws do apply. If you own the copyright for your originals (i.e. they are home recordings you’ve made) or have been given copy permission to use, we can do whatever you want with the material or have been given permission to do.
For studio published music and other copyright protected items, it is legal for an individual to make or have made a single copy for his or her own use as a backup, provided that the originals are owned by the individual. It is not legal to make multiple copies without specific permission
MemoryWise will not make a copy of a copyrighted recording with the intent if the client to make multiple copies without specific permission.
Memorywise assumes that you have gained a legal copy of any materials given to us as part of a project.
MemoryWise transfers records, tapes, and other recordings for your own personal use only.
Unless you own a commercial copyright to the material, commercial use is illegal!
Recordings are output to playable audio CDs unless you request otherwise. If requested, we can provide just about any file format you require, including .WAV,. .WMA, or MP# files, on data CDs or DVDs.
We use top-of-the-line turntables, players, amplifiers, digital equipment and software for optimal quality. We capture your original analog audio at the optimal speed and signal-to-noise ratio (level optimization).
For records, we a new high-quality stylus specific to your type of album. Our equipment is kept clean and well-maintained. All of these things, combined with our audio expertise, result in the best digital reproduction of your original material possible.
Vinyl records are gently cleaned with a soft, carbon fiber brush and antistatic record cleaning fluid that leaved no residue.
Shellac and Acetate records are cleaned with distilled water – not with chemicals that can damage the delicate lacquer used to coat these unique discs – or dry-cleaned with the carbon fiber brush if they have a fiber core.
Digital Images – Digital cameras make it easy to take lots of great pictures, and it is easy to share them instantly online, but when was the last time you looked at your pictures from a year ago or sat down on the couch to share them with a friend?
Putting your digital images on DVD has the benefits of archiving your images and making them easier to share with friends and family anytime you want to relive your memories. For more information on putting your digital images into a DVD Slideshow, click here then click ‘Enhance’ in the left menu.
While the professional imaging work included in our “Scan + Slideshow” package makes a major improvement to most images, we offer specialized photo editing to fix anything from red eye to physical damage like cracks and tears. Advanced Imaging is billed at $90.00/hour.
Want to enhance your DVD Slideshow with music, video, special effects and more? Click here, then click ‘Enhance’ in the left menu.
• Proof Sheets – Preview your images on printed proof sheets with 35 thumbnails per sheet. The perfect solution for difficult-to-view slides and negatives, our proof sheets make organizing easy. Put your images in order and make deletions before we create your DVD slideshow. $0.95/sheet
• Online Preview – Once we’ve converted your images to a digital format, we can post an an online preview so you can review all your materials from the comfort of your home! $19.95/posting
• Digital Image CD/DVD – Preview digital files of your images on your computer before we create your DVD Slideshow. Confirm image order, check image quality and make deletions. no charge
• Full organizing service – Using our best judgement from years of experience, we’ll organize your photographs into a logical order for you (chronologically or by subject/event) and create a custom menu with chapter marks for scene changes or groups of scenes. $90.00/hour editing time
We offer scanning resolutions for all types of images.
File Format Options
Unlike other companies that apply one level of auto-correction to a whole batch of photos, we correct each individual image separately. Batch enhancement improves some images while worsening others; here at Memories to Digital we guarantee your images will match or exceed the quality of the original media provided.