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Get Updated: Scan Your Old Photos

Get Updated: Scan Your Old Photos

Stacked boxes of old photos may hold your family’s most precious moments, but they are difficult to properly store and preserve for the years to come. Making the decision to digitize your photos will guarantee a lifelong use, giving you the chance to share memories with generations to come. It’s time to get updated by scanning your old photos, and the pros at Keepsake are offering some tips to prepare you for sending us your memories.

Organize Your Photos

Although not necessary, taking the time to organize your old photos will allow you to have a clear image and timeline of your memories. It’s also a great way to relive those times with loved ones, sharing the moment with family members around! Once your photos are sent to Keepsake, we then color correct the images before digitizing them onto a flashdrive. If you are worried about losing the hard copies of your photos when getting them digitized...don’t! We send back the new, scanned digital photos along with the originals.

Clean Off Dust

After organizing your photos and enjoying the past moments, be sure to set aside time to clean off any lingering dust. This will prepare your film for digitization ensuring you’re left with beautiful results. We suggest using a container of compressed air to blow on the photos, rather than blowing air through your mouth which could cause damage from saliva. Using a lint-free cotton cloth is another way to clear the film of fingerprints and oils. If you find you still have smudges or debris on your photos, dab the cotton cloth with 98% isopropyl alcohol and rub across the photos for an extra clean look.

Ventilation is Key

After preparing your photos to be sent for digitization, don’t forget to store them properly until they get to their destination! Your photos should be getting the proper airflow needed after the cleaning process to eliminate dust and dirt from settling yet again. Keep your photos in a temperature controlled zone so that the alcohol can evaporate naturally, and avoid storing them by a window or outside.


Keepsake Solutions is a Columbus, Ohio based memory preservation service with over 15 years of experience.  We use cutting edge technology and state-of-the-art techniques to ensure that your memories are preserved, and that no precious moments are left in the past.  If you'd like to contact us with questions or comments, please feel free to do so at (614)392-1909 or email us below.

Tips on Removing Mold from Slides

Memories from your childhood hold a precious value that aren’t worth the risk of being ruined. Your film carries beautiful stories, unforgettable emotions, and true laughter that should be preserved for your kids and grandkids to watch. If you have yet to digitize your memories, you should consider doing so before deterioration begins! Film does not have a forever lifespan, which is why it’s important to research a local digitization company you can trust with your memories. Chances are, your slides have been in a box in your basement as the years have passed. This puts your media at risk for water damage or mold growth, harming a lifetime of memories. Even when practicing safe storage, unavoidable accidents can happen. Consider these tips on removing mold from slides when preparing them for digitization.

Gather Your Items

  • Cotton gloves

  • Soft pad or absorbent cotton

  • Isopropyl alcohol (98% or greater)

Step by Step

  1. Put on cotton gloves to avoid leaving fingerprints on slides.

  2. Moisten the soft pad or cotton with the Isopropyl alcohol and gently wipe the film until the mold is removed and appears clean.

  3. Remount your slides in a clean glass mount for safety and the prevention of new mold growth.

  4. Allow slides to air dry after alcohol has been applied and wiped.

  5. Repeat application to other slides that show signs of mold growth.

Avoid Doing These

  • Avoid using solution that contains water, as this could promote new mold growth. This includes ordinary alcohol, so be sure you are using the correct solution.

  • Do not store newly clean slides in an area with high levels of humidity and moisture to avoid new mold growth.

  • Don’t let your slides fade away! Digitizing them will preserve your memories for years to come.



Keepsake Solutions is a Columbus, Ohio based memory preservation service with over 15 years of experience.  We use cutting edge technology and state-of-the-art techniques to ensure that your memories are preserved, and that no precious moments are left in the past.  If you'd like to contact us with questions or comments, please feel free to do so at (614)392-1909 or email us below.

What is the Lifespan of Film?

Unfortunately, film is not eternal and overtime will start to deteriorate, putting your loving memories at risk for being lost. So, what is the lifespan of film? There are many factors that alter the lifespan of media, such as how it is stored and handled. Two biggest components that affects film are significant temperature changes and extremely high or low humidity, which is why it is important to store media in a climate controlled environment. Although keeping film and photos in a safe box, that doesn’t mean they should stay in your storage closet forever.

What Causes Film to Age?

After only 15 years, film will start to deteriorate, causing audio and video quality to degrade. This doesn’t mean your media is completely ruined, you will only start to notice a lower quality in pictures or a muted coloring. As mentioned previously, this is often a result of being exposed to years moisture and temperature changes, which causes the acetate base layer to slowly degrade. The color decay will show an overly red or blue rather than the original color palette. As the acetate continues to decompose, you may notice a smell similar to vinegar, which means acetate acid has reached the film base. If you notice this happening to your film, we suggest digitizing immediately to preserve your memories before they are completely deteriorated.

Let’s Get Digitized!

If you’re still weary about handing over your memories to be upgraded to an mp3 file or flash drive, we completely understand the trust that comes along. At Keepsake, we handle your media as if it was our own. Not only will it give you a peace of mind knowing your memories are now preserved forever, but will also free up space consumed by tapes and cassettes that are overflowing your storage closet. If you’re considering digitally transferring your photos, film, or audio, it’s time.

Keepsake Solutions is a Columbus, Ohio based memory preservation service with over 15 years of experience.  We use cutting edge technology and state-of-the-art techniques to ensure that your memories are preserved, and that no precious moments are left in the past.  If you'd like to contact us with questions or comments, please feel free to do so at (614)392-1909 or email us below.

Why You Should Digitize Your Media Locally

Making the choice to transfer your preserved memories from film to digital is a smart decision, as this ensures your memories will be saved for a lifetime. Unfortunately, old film and slides were not designed to last forever, which puts your old photos and videos at risk for being ruined. The good news is with today’s technology, we can digitally transfer your memories in a safe and timely manner allowing you to pass down them down for generations to come. At Keepsake, we understand the amount of trust it takes when handing over old film and photos to digitize as these are precious moments in your life, which is why we take extra care with our services. If you have been asking yourself why you should digitize your media locally, please stay tuned for these key points to consider.

Trusting Relationships

At Keepsake, we hold a passion for building relationships with customers and offering the best service possible. We believe it’s important to keep you updated throughout the digital service process which is why we will email you after every step, because the last thing you should be worrying about are lost and broken tapes.

For those who are not local to Columbus, Ohio, we are proud to offer drop-off and pick-up locations for your media, allowing you to hand your film to a trusted Keepsake partner. Simply find a Keepsake vendor near you, head to their store to drop off your film, and stay tuned for an email on when to pick it up. We feel it’s important to place your film in the hands of a trusted partner, rather than worrying about the chance of it being ruined or lost in mail.

High Quality

Media transfers can be a tricky job, which is why our expert staff specializes in different forms of digitization while focusing on high quality results. We can successfully transfer film, photos, audio, slides, and more without compromising the end product. Preserving these memories will save your precious moments, allowing you to share with generations to come.  

Keepsake Solutions is a Columbus, Ohio based memory preservation service with over 15 years of experience.  We use cutting edge technology and state-of-the-art techniques to ensure that your memories are preserved, and that no precious moments are left in the past.  If you'd like to contact us with questions or comments, please feel free to do so at (614)392-1909 or email us below.

How Digital Video Transfer Works
How Digital Video Transfer Works


Transferring old tapes or videos digitally is becoming a popular phenomena as technology continues to rise. Many may be unaware of the ability to preserve the old box of memories in their basement usually consisting of old film, videos, photos, or audio. In this box holds precious moments once shared with friends and family, and is something that should be remembered forever. Unfortunately, with time comes deterioration of these old tapes then posing a threat to ruining loved memories. With today’s technology we are able to take old photos or videos and digitize them so they can me shared and passed down for years to come. Stay tuned as we dive into what it means to digitize and how digital video transfers work!

What is Digitization?

Digitization services preserves old memories captured on tape and transfers them to a digital file which allows them to perform on today’s technology. This means 8mm film can be cleaned and converted to a digital DVD format or a hard drive, giving you a sense of security of knowing your memories can last a lifetime.

At Keepsake Solutions, we offer a number of digitized services such as:

1. Tape Transfer

VHS tapes are degrading faster than ever, which is why we are proud to offer a transfer service from tape to DVD to preserve their quality and to share with generations to come.

2. Film Transfer

Unfortunately, media such as 8mm, super 8, or 16mm was not built to last forever. Don’t take the chance of your film deteriorating before it’s too late. This process starts by cleaning and prepping the film to digitally scan the film frame-by-frame to ensure the highest quality possible. An expert editor then color corrects the film to bring back the original color, leaving you with a smile on your face.

3. Slides

We treat slides as if each is truly unique, ensuring every scan turns out perfectly. Each individual slide is inspected for scratches and cleaned, where we then scan one-by-one to crop and color correct the image. It is then saved as a high quality .jpg file for digital use.

4. Photos

Do you have negative photos lying around? We hand check and digitally preserve your photos to bring new life to those treasured memories.

5. Audio

Don’t let your favorite tunes go to waste! Rather than tape decks, cars now come with bluetooth speakers and high-tech features that rule out the past. Our team can easily transfer cassette tapes, vinyl records, and reel-to-reel tapes to high quality audio files or CDs.

6. Editing

The professional editors at Keepsake Solutions can help you create a video masterpiece for any occasion. Whether it’s your own footage to tell a story or a video we shoot with your direction, we can help share your thoughts with the world.

Keepsake Solutions is a Columbus, Ohio based memory preservation service with over 15 years of experience transferring VHS tapes to DVD.  We use cutting edge technology and state-of-the-art techniques to ensure that your memories are preserved, and that no precious moments are left in the past.



 

Keepsake Solutions is a Columbus, Ohio based memory preservation service with over 15 years of experience.  We use cutting edge technology and state-of-the-art techniques to ensure that your memories are preserved, and that no precious moments are left in the past.  If you'd like to contact us with questions or comments, please feel free to do so at (614)392-1909 or email us below

How to Prepare Your Film for Digitization
How to Prepare Your Film for Digitization


As time passes, new memories are documented as happy times are shared by all. With each graduation celebration, birthday party, wedding, or valuable moments comes an opportunity to hold those precious moments forever. Although it’s more accessible to capture photos or videos in today’s time, it’s important to not forget the box of memories holding old photos and tapes of your loved ones past. Choosing to get old film digitized will promise a lifelong security, while avoiding deterioration or heat damage. Learning how to prepare your film for digitization will prep those memories for the 21st century and leave you with beautiful results.

First, Say Goodbye to Dust

The first step to preparing old film to be digitized is to get them clean and clear of dust. The most efficient way to do this is to use a canned air compressor, allowing you to not physically blow on the film to avoid saliva. This can also be done with a lint-free cotton cloth to clear the tape of oils or fingerprints. Using gloves for both of these options will help the process go smooth and leave them squeaky clean.

Second, Give A Dab of Alcohol

It’s important to not go overboard with this step, as you only need a small dab of 98% Isopropyl alcohol on a Q-tip to wipe away and leftover smudges. Using an alcohol with a lower percentage may streak marks and will not evaporate quickly, leaving your film to cause a reaction to the alcohol.

Third, Let it Dry and Dust Again

After allowing the alcohol to break down the oils and completely dry, we advice you wipe the tape down one more time with a lint-free cloth. When drying the tapes, make sure the film is completely dry before rolling it back into the tape, as this could cause the film to stick together resulting in damage.

No matter how dirty you find your old tapes, performing these three simple steps will make the digitize process an absolute success. These tapes hold moments in life that were once shared and wanted to be remembered. Taking proper actions to care for their value will pay in the long run!

Keepsake Solutions is a Columbus, Ohio based memory preservation service with over 15 years of experience transferring VHS tapes to DVD.  We use cutting edge technology and state-of-the-art techniques to ensure that your memories are preserved, and that no precious moments are left in the past.


 

Keepsake Solutions is a Columbus, Ohio based memory preservation service with over 15 years of experience.  We use cutting edge technology and state-of-the-art techniques to ensure that your memories are preserved, and that no precious moments are left in the past.  If you'd like to contact us with questions or comments, please feel free to do so at (614)392-1909 or email us below

History of Audio Cassette Tapes
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Originally known as the compact cassette, cassette tapes are a recording format that was introduced in the early 60’s. Due to the new idea of having the ability to record conversations, cassette tapes came at a pricey cost for the user-friendly feature. The invention allowed individuals to record without needing the knowledge or level of training required. The tapes store sound through a magnetic tape that weaves through the two reels.

Baby Steps

When the cassette tape was first born it featured a low, unreliable quality. It became clear how needed and popular the idea was, resulting in a quick turn-around for improving the technology to present a clear, high sound quality. This was done by improving the noise reduction, soon following the capacity of playing stereo tapes. Similar to the competition between disc formats, companies also competed to produce the highest quality cartridge systems that used the magnetic tape format. Philips’ Compact Cassette became the mass leader, due to their decision to format for free unlike Sony and other competitors.

Two years after cassette tapes were invented, pre-recorded cassettes made a popular appearance and introduced a new way to listen to tunes. By 1966, over a quarter of a million recorders were sold in the United States alone. Sony then made an appearance by releasing the Sony Walkman, which allowed music to be taken on-the-go.

The Fall

Peaking in the mid 1980’s, the market then drastically dropped in North America and Western Europe. The rise of CD’s quickly surpassed cassette tapes, causing shipments to drop 7%. Come to the early 2000’s and cassette tapes held less than 5% of music sold. Although most companies ended the production of cassette tapes, there are still a handful that are made and sold in the US today.

Keepsake Solutions is a Columbus, Ohio based memory preservation service with over 15 years of experience transferring VHS tapes to DVD.  We use cutting edge technology and state-of-the-art techniques to ensure that your memories are preserved, and that no precious moments are left in the past.

 

Keepsake Solutions is a Columbus, Ohio based memory preservation service with over 15 years of experience.  We use cutting edge technology and state-of-the-art techniques to ensure that your memories are preserved, and that no precious moments are left in the past.  If you'd like to contact us with questions or comments, please feel free to do so at (614)392-1909 or email us below.

5 Ways to Share Your Digital Prints

You finally made the decision to go digital with your old photos, so now what?! The first thing you should do with your digital prints is to save them on a backup drive or iCloud for extra caution. Be sure to take advantage of these 5 ways to share your digital prints!

1. Share on Social

The best thing about Facebook is being able to stay connected with long distance friends and family. Going through your photos and finding ones your family members and childhood friends will enjoy is a great way to share the love! Post a funny throwback thursday picture on your friend’s wall for a great laugh.

2. Create a Presentation

Family gatherings and social events are a great opportunity to share memories. Direct their attention to a slideshow you created, whether it’s devoted to a marriage anniversary or college graduation. Sharing these memories is a perfect way to reminisce on good times with those you care about.

3. Print Your Favorites

One of the best part of having digital photos is being able to print as many as you would like, even right from home! Print your favorites to hang on your wall, fill some photo albums, or to send as a gift. Taking the time to put memories together for your home shows your value and makes your space cozy with love. If you don’t have a printer, you can easily send your photos to be placed on a large canvas! Express your artwork and dedication into your home with old memories.

4. Digital Scrapbooking

One-up your paper scrapbook by going digital! The internet is full of templates and empty canvas opportunities for you to create a digital piece that personalizes your photos. It’s a fun and easy way to get creative without dealing with the mess!

5. Share as a Gift

Perhaps one of the best gifts are those made with love and compassion. Printing out old photos to share as a gift is a unique way to stay close to those you care about. Put photos in a photo album, single photo frame, or a DIY canvas to your grandparents or sister as a way to say “thinking about you!”.


 

Keepsake Solutions is a Columbus, Ohio based memory preservation service with over 15 years of experience transferring VHS to DVD.  We use cutting edge technology and state-of-the-art techniques to ensure that your memories are preserved, and that no precious moments are left in the past.  

If you'd like to contact us with questions or comments, please feel free to do so at (614)392-1909 or email us below.

How DVD Came to Be

For quite some time, VHS tapes made a statement in the film industry. From the late 70’s to the mid 90’s VHS is what everyone came to know, along with the process of rewinding the film after enjoying the movie. Jump into 1997 and the first DVD option was available, changing the way movie-watchers enjoyed stories. The slim storage, high resolution, and top audio quality gained the attraction of families across the nation. By the year 2000, shelves were wiped from VHS tapes and replaced with DVDs.

The History

While a DVD itself may have held a novelty piece of software to the public, the actual laserdisc technology was invented nearly 40 years before the first DVD was released. In fact, in 1978 David Paul Gregg released a format known as LaserDisc. The LaserDisc format was three times the size of today’s DVD and viewers had to flip the disk halfway through the movie to view the second portion of the show. The high cost of the players and disc eventually led to low consumer adoption, ending the LaserDisc life.

Along with introducing DVDs to the public came the format wars among the DVD manufacturers. Some manufacturers, like Sony and Phillips, supported the Multimedia Compact Disc, while others supported the Super Density format. After years of going back and forth on the format argument, Sony finally caved and agreed to support SD, paving a new road to a single universal format.

First Movies to Make It to DVD

Do you remember transitioning from VHS tapes to DVDs? Here is a fun list of the first movies to make it to the disc!

  • The Wizard of Oz

  • Twister

  • The Mask

  • Goodfellas

  • Interview with a Vampire

Don’t let your own blast from the past deteriorate with the VHS tapes they’re copied on. Look into digital tape transfer with Keepsake, and preserve these stories for years.

 

Keepsake Solutions is a Columbus, Ohio based memory preservation service with over 15 years of experience transferring tapes to DVD.  We use cutting edge technology and state-of-the-art techniques to ensure that your memories are preserved, and that no precious moments are left in the past.  

If you'd like to contact us with questions or comments, please feel free to do so at (614)392-1909 or email us below

Why You Should Avoid Heat Damage to Your Tapes

VHS tapes are a common memory we all share, full of embarrassing home videos and memorable days from the past. These are moments you want to cherish forever, which is why it is important to properly store your VHS tapes, keeping them from water damage as well as heat damage. With summer in full swing, attics and storage areas can easily get overheated causing potential damage to your tapes. So, what happens when your tapes are exposed to the harsh sun rays? Stay tuned for why you should avoid heat damage to your tapes, which could potentially destroy years worth of memories and happy times.

Deterioration

Surprisingly, VHS tapes are pretty resilient when exposed to the elements, but should still be treated with care. Tapes can safely be stored in a hot environment, as long as it is temporary and the space is dry. After a long exposure to a hot, humid environment the tape’s deterioration will start to develop. The discoloration of the tape means a deterioration of both the vision and audio of the film.

Digitized Tape Transfer

Avoid your VHS tapes degrading by making the decision to get them digitized! Digital tape transfers are becoming more popular as families hold value in preserving their old memories. Transferring your tape memories to a DVD or digital file will preserve the quality and give you the ability to share with generations to come. At Keepsake Solutions, we make the transition of converting your videos to DVDs or flash drive effortlessly.

 

Keepsake Solutions is a Columbus, Ohio based memory preservation service with over 15 years of experience transferring VHS tapes to DVD.  We use cutting edge technology and state-of-the-art techniques to ensure that your memories are preserved, and that no precious moments are left in the past.  If you'd like to contact us with questions or comments, please feel free to do so at (614)392-1909 or email us below