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Does My Film Need to Be Developed Before Digitizing?

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By Dillon Wallace

If you look hard enough – scouring those dusty boxes in the attic or digging in those stacked bins in the basement – you’re bound to find some old film, from photographs to reels. You’ll probably even stumble across some film that never got developed because it got forgotten in the shuffle of moving or your parents just kept putting it off.


That brings some frequently asked questions to mind. What do you do with your undeveloped film? Do you develop? If so, where? Or maybe you’re looking at getting it digitized, in which case, does your film need to be developed before digitizing?


These are questions we get asked quite often by patrons. So, let’s answer the question: Does film need to be developed before scanning?


That depends.


For Legacybox, we DO require developed film before being able to digitize it. That’s because we want to deliver the most seamless and quality controlled service available to our customers. After all, sending off your precious memories to complete strangers to digitize can be a difficult decision to make in the first place, let alone develop first AND then digitize. We want to make sure your mind is at ease and your film is in safe hands (our hands), which is why we excel in digitization, not film development. 


However, if you do have undeveloped film, a quick Google search will bring up companies out there like Sharp Prints, who will develop old undeveloped film so that it can then be digitized. 


When it comes to the digitizing stage, just look at the more than one million satisfied customers that have chosen Legacybox to bring their analog memories into the digital world.


Happy digitizing! 

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