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How Much Time Would I Spend Digitizing Myself?

By Katy Sommerfeld

If you have thought about getting your analog media digitized, you’re on the right track to preserving your memories for a lifetime. Digitization is the only way to ensure the preservation of the sound and picture quality of your various media formats, and it also protects your media from any physical damage caused by aging. If you’re savvy, you may have also looked into digitizing photos, film, or tapes at home.

There are plenty of ways you can accomplish digitization at home, but is it worth the time and effort?

At-home digitization can seem convenient, but the amount of time it can take, especially if you have a number of photos or videos, can be overwhelming. So how much time would at-home digitization actually take?

Scanning Photos at Home

Depending on the quality of the scanner and how many photos you want to scan, digitizing photos can take a very long time. In most cases, photos can only be scanned one at a time, and this process is monotonous and time-consuming for the person doing the scanning. In order to get your scanning done, you would have to use your scanner for possibly hours on end. If you want to scan just a few photos, scanning from home may not be so inconvenient. However, if you have a significant amount of photos to digitize, a digitizing service will be your best bet.

Digitizing Tapes at Home

In order to digitize different tapes (audio cassettes, VHS, miniDV, etc.) at home, special digitization equipment is required. These converters and additional pieces of equipment can have a hefty price tag, and the conversion process takes much longer than you may realize.  Video-to-digital conversion in all its forms requires you to play the tapes through their entirety in order to convert them properly. If you have lots of tapes that need digitizing, this process could take days or even weeks.

Digitizing Film at Home

With digitizing film at home, specialty equipment is usually necessary. Good quality film-to-video converters can be costly, and the length of conversion time is totally inconvenient. Similar to the tape-to-digital conversion process, digitizing film at home requires the films to be played through their entirety in order for the digitization to be complete, which can take hours, days, or weeks depending on how much film you have.

What’s the Tea?

If you are looking to save time and money, at-home digitization may not be the best option for you. Specialty equipment of good quality can be very expensive, and once you are finished digitizing your media, you won’t have much use for those converters. On top of that, the time it could take to scan your entire photo, tape, and film collection could be weeks. The time you spend digitizing could be spent with friends and family making more memories instead!

The best choice in most cases is to hire a digitization service to take care of all the hard work for the customer. Digitization services like Legacybox can save you time and money, and they can make the process of converting analog media to digital a piece of cake. Also, the professionals who work for digitization companies are familiar with editing software and can make your newly digitized media look so much more spectacular than if you had digitized them yourself at home. The easiest, cheapest, and most time-convenient method for digitization is hiring a professional digitization service.

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