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Legacybox vs. ScanCafe

By Dillon Wallace

Congrats! You’ve made it this far in your pursuit of bringing your old movies and pictures into the digital age: Video Transfer. Digitizing your old, beloved media is the best way to preserve, share and enjoy your precious memories while simultaneously decluttering your attic or basement.


But with so many different digitization companies out there to send your memories, how do you know which one is best for your budget? Safety? Quality?


Well, to help narrow the playing field, we’re going to help walk you through the different offerings between Legacybox and ScanCafe. After all, you can’t trust just anyone with safekeeping your most valued nostalgia. So we’ll let you choose.


First, a little introduction

Legacybox is headquartered in Chattanooga, Tennessee where the idea of southern hospitality is truly incorporated into each and every digitization order. They aim to make the process as easy and convenient for you and that starts by sending you a box to drop in your photos and videos, to begin the digitization process. After a short time away, you’ll get your old media back along with DVDs and an optional thumb drive loaded with your new digital memories. ScanCafe’s scanning facility is located in Bangalore, India and requires you to send in your own box.


Going beneath the surface

Let’s dig a little deeper to find out what each company offers. Here’s a nice table to easily compare the two services.








Only 1 company handles your film, cassettes, and photos?



Anyone can use it?



Easy shipping from home?


Yes, but you provide your own box.

Film Formats Accepted

Regular 8, Super 8, 16mm


Regular 8, Super 8, 16mm


Tape Formats Accepted

VHS, VHS-C, Hi8, Video 8, Digital 8, Mini DV, Betamax, Micro MV, PAL


VHS, S-VHS, VHS-C, Hi8, Digital 8, Mini DV, Betamax


Audio Formats Accepted

Audio Cassette, Compact Tapes, Audio Tapes, Reel-to-Reel


Convenient Packages to Choose?




Step-by-Step Tracking?





Package Starting Price

$74.95 – Up to 3 items


$.028/foot of movie film

$7.95/DVD photo disc

$3.95/CD photo disc

$8.95/DVD video disc

$5.45/carousel slide


Click here for more pricing details.

What’s included

• Welcome guide with instructions
• Crush proof box
• Barcodes for each item
• Pre-paid return shipping label
• Digitization by hand
• DVDs

·      Optional thumb drive


·      Digitization by hand

·      DVDs

·      Optional thumb drive



3-4 weeks

4-6 weeks

Thumb drive option



Customer Service Availability

Access to personal Legacybox concierge so you can talk to an expert at any time. By phone and email.

Customer Service from ScanCafe by phone and email Monday thru Friday 9am-6pm EST.


If you want to ensure that your most memorable moments stay that way, either Legacybox or ScanCafe will do a pristine job of digitizing your home movies, photos and cassettes. But if you want a trusted and hospitable domestic partner that takes the effort out of digital conversion, from the very first step of the process – sending you a custom shipping box – then Legacybox gets the nod.

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