Preparing Your Project

 

Below you will find tips and information on preparing your originals for your project. Please see the individual service pages for more information about that service and the available packages.


 

 

General and Mailing Tips

Mailing Your Originals

We recommend a good sturdy box for shipping, that will prevent your collection from being bent folded or damaged during the shipping process. We also recommend wrapping your original film, movies, albums, and carousels in plastic bags to prevent any moisture damage. Be sure to use bubble wrap, paper padding, or packing peanuts to ensure a safe trip.

If you are grouping your originals to be scanned or transferred in a certain order, placing your grouped items in resealable plastic bags will protect your originals from moisture while in transit.

Once you have placed your online order, you will receive an email with a pre-paid shipping label to print and use to ship your order. Securely tape up your box and affix the pre-paid UPS label to the outside of the box, then drop of the box to any UPS location. All of the information needed for shipping is included on the label - you will not be required to complete paperwork or make a payment for shipping.

Be sure to include your project worksheet with your order. Your project worksheet gives us detailed information about your order including titles and special instructions. See the individual service pages or the preparation notes below for more information.

Once your package has been shipped, you'll be able to use the number from the label to track the progress of your package at the UPS website. We will contact you when your package has arrived at our studio and keep you up to date as your project is completed.

 

Audio Transfer

 

The first step in preparing your project is to organize and label your tapes and records.  Up to 80 min of audio can fit on one CD.  If your tapes and records are shorter in length several can be combined onto one CD.  If your tapes and records are longer than 80 min, additional CDs will be required. Label your tapes with the title you would like to be printed on the CD as well as the play order you would like the tracks to be listed in.

 

Film Scanning

 

Our scanning process is a non destructive procedure.  Your slides and negatives will be returned to you in the same condition that they were received. If your slides and negatives are in carousels or boxes, consider the option of upgrading your order to include protective sleeves and decorative binders to keep your slides and negatives clean, safe, and secure for generations to come.  See our Pricing, Options, and Upgrades Page for more information.

 

When preparing your originals, first decide on a title for your project, such as "Taylor Family Slides". This will be the title that will appear on the disc as well as on your contact sheets and insert sleeve (depending on the package ordered).

 

It is not necessary to arrange your slides and negatives into any order prior to scanning because once your slides and negatives have been scanned and the disc is sent to you, you may copy the images to your computer and rearrange and re-title them any way you wish. However, if it is easier for you to organize your collection into groups and/or a specific order before they are scanned, your collection will be scanned just as you have specified at no extra charge.

 

Video Transfer

 

Categorize and label your tapes in the order you would like them to appear on the final DVD.  Up to 120 min of video can be transferred to each DVD.  If your tapes are shorter in length, several tapes can be combined onto one DVD.  If your tapes are longer than 120 min, additional DVDs will be required. If you are combining several tapes, label the tapes with the title that you would like to appear on the DVD as chapter buttons. If you are unsure as to the length of the tapes, we can import them and contact you will the exact length to help you decide how you would like them to be grouped.

 

Your DVD Cover, DVD surface, and DVD menu will all display the name of your movie, ie. "Johnson Family Memories". If your movie project requires more than one DVD, we will include "volume one, volume two, etc." to the additional DVDs.

 

You may want to keep your films as one movie with a single "play" button, but if you have decided on separating your films into categories with chapter buttons on your main menu, be sure to include the titles of each button.

 

8mm & 16mm Film Transfer

 

Estimate the total amount of film you have in feet. Keep in mind that this is only an estimate, if you are unsure how many feet you have just make a good guess.  We will contact you with the exact foot charge prior to completing your project.

 

Organize your films into an order you would like them to be played on the DVD, including groups that will appear as separate buttons on the DVD menu; for example, "Christmas 1968", or "Summer Vacation".  If you are unsure what is on your films, we can import them and make a rough cut DVD that can be edited later once an order has been established. We recommend using sticky notes or maskign tape to label your films in the order you would like them played.

 

Note: It is not necessary to combine small reels onto a larger reel. All reels are imported separately and returned to you in the same condition that they were received.  It is also not necessary to splice together broken films as this service will be provided free of charge.

 

Your DVD Cover, DVD surface, and DVD menu will all display the name of your movie, ie. "Johnson Family Memories". If your movie project requires more than one DVD, we will include "volume one, volume two, etc." to the additional DVDs.

 

You may want to keep your films as one movie with a single "play" button, but if you have decided on separating your films into categories with chapter buttons on your main menu, be sure to include the titles of each button.

 

Photo Restoration

 

If you choose to scan the photograph yourself, try to get the best scan possible as the quality of the restoration is dependent on the quality of the original scan. A scan of 600 DPI is optimal, with 300 DPI being the minimum. We recommend a file size of at least 2mb for the best results

 

Photo Scanning

 

Gathering all of your family’s photographs together to be scanned may seem like a daunting challenge.  If your collection consists of albums, you may send the entire album to be scanned.  All of your photographs will be replaced in the same order and location they were in when you sent them.  If there are photos in the album that you don’t want scanned, it is not necessary to remove them since a custom and secure web page will be created consisting of preview size images of your collection. This will allow you to remove any photographs that you do not want included in your final project. (Up to 50% of your order may be eliminated.)

 

Your final project will have a title printed on the surface of the disc, such as "Johnson Family Photos". If your project requires more than one CD or DVD, we will automatically include "volume one, volume two, etc." on the additional discs.

 

Photo Printing and Photos on Canvas

 

When scanning a print for your project, make sure that you scan the image at a minimum size of 5x7 inches at 300 DPI. Glossy photos provide better results when scanned, as textured paper can cause light glare on your scanned image. Original prints always result in a better quality scan than a second-generation copy.

Image editing is not necessary before you send your picture, as we perform color and contrast enhancement, red-eye removal, and cropping on your image prior to printing your image.

 

When using a digital camera for your photo, make sure your camera is set at the highest resolution possible to ensure the best results on your print. We recommend using a digital camera that is a minimum of 4 Megapixels.

 

We accept virtually all forms of photographic media, including prints, negatives or slides, and digital camera files. We recommend a file size of at least 2mb for the best results file to produce a quality print.