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At Digital Converters, we’ve made sending your parcels that little bit easier by offering courier collection. This is perfect option for those who cannot easily access a Post Office or are self-isolating.

Here is an in-depth explanation on how it works:

1. Select ‘Collection’ at checkout.

When you checkout, your screen will look like this:

Digital Converters Courier Collection

At the ‘Shipping’ section, you need to select ‘Collection’.

 

2. After placing your order, reply to the automated email sent to you.

You will be sent a confirmation email and a courier collection email. The courier collection email will include instructions on how to prepare for collection.

You will need to reply to this email (or email info@digitalconverters.co.uk) with a weekday where you are available throughout the day (9am to 5:30pm).

Unfortunately, because we use external companies, we cannot specify timeslots for them to come and collect your parcel in.

 

3. Package your media and order number into a box.

We strongly recommend parcelling your media into a box because it is much more secure compared to a jiffy bag. Use plenty of bubble wrap or scrunched paper to protect your precious memories from breaking during transit. But please remember that someone at our end has the chore of unwrapping it!

Before sealing your box, pop your order sheet (or order number written down) into the box so we can identify your order when it arrives. Your order number will be a 5 digit number. Then, write our address on the box:

Digital Converters
Unit 1 Barugh Avenue
Barker Business Park
Melmerby
North Yorkshire
HG4 5FG

 

4. Check your emails for confirmation of courier collection.

Once we have booked in your collection, we will send you another email to confirm that a courier is coming on the day you specified. If an email has not arrived before the day of your collection, please get in touch! (Occasionally, we have the odd technical error and would hate for you to spend a day waiting for a collection which was not booked).

If a confirmation email has not arrived, please contact us:

Contact Number: 01423 319041

Email:  info@digitalconverters.co.uk

 

5. Collection day!

A courier will collect your parcel between 9am to 5:30pm on your specified delivery day. All you have to do is make sure you are in!

 

What happens if things go wrong?

If you have followed these instructions and the courier did not arrive, please contact us as soon as possible (01423 319041). We use two delivery companies to collect parcels and can book in a new collection with the alternate delivery company where required.

 

To get started follow one of the below links to get to your required service:

Convert Tapes: Video to Digital

Convert Cine: Cine to DVD or Digital

Scan Photos: Digitise 35mm Slides or Photos

Convert Audio: Convert Audio Cassettes or Reels

With the consumption of digital media constantly progressing and changing, the thought of having your film photos digitised can feel daunting and obsolete. However, with the use of a professional scanning service, your photos can be revitalised, saved, and shared to your heart’s content.

 

In light of my grandparents passing away, my family were left with albums of photographs of weddings, family memories, and even historical records of the Second World War to distribute among themselves. A simple task, if it wasn’t for the sibling rivalry. What ensued was a year of sorting, sharing and left feeling bereft. You see, the issue with film photography is that each photo archives memories which everyone wants to remember. And, by having these memories encased in a singular physical copy erupts a whole new anxiety around the upkeep and loss of said memories. It was a simple solution to have these photos digitised. Professional photo digitising services offer an affordable solution to archiving old memories and keeping your film photographs staying stylish. Here are four more reasons to convert your photos, negatives, and slides to digital:

 

1. Revitalise your old photographs

It is difficult to avoid your photographs from losing their quality. Whether it be due to colour loss from sunlight; fingerprints and scratches from sharing your albums; or dirt and mould, there will always be signs of ageing. Luckily, by scanning photos into a computer (and with a little bit of editing) these marks can be undone. The best part is your photos will be saved at a higher resolution – allowing you to bask in the glory of your photography at a larger scale than before. Now, home scanning is an option for this – if you know what you are doing. But if you are wanting to achieve the best quality for your photos you will need a professional scanning service. These services will have the equipment and knowledge to clean, scan, and edit each image depending on the format of your photos.

 

2. Saved and future-proofed forever

By saving your film photos digitally, you can protect them from being lost permanently. No longer do you have to fear that your physical copies might be destroyed from a fire or lost in the abyss of your attic. By saving them on the cloud, you will always have a backup in case anything happens to the original. And, thankfully by using photo scanning services, you only have to pay a small one-time fee to keep them saved – as the company will pay the cloud subscription for you! Understandably, if you fear the future of cloud memory space, you can always save your photos on a memory stick or external hard drive. This is especially useful if you are wanting to reprint them because you can use memory sticks on photo printing machines found in supermarkets. Either way, you are insured that your photos will never be lost.

 

3. Photos are supposed to be shared!` current pandemic, sharing photographs in person is becoming more problematic by the day.

Yet, by having old memories digitised you can remember the better times with friends and family by sending photographs through messaging services or emailing. Instantly, you can both relish in what once was without the need of meeting up or a postal service. More to the point, you can keep in trend with the digital era and share your photographs with others through social media. With the current fad of nostalgia posts and #ThrowbackThursday you can now show off your authentic film photography skills with all your friends and family without the need of a filter or ‘Huji’ app.

 

4. Photo digitising is easy when using a photo scanning service

Even if you have equipment readily available, home scanning can be time consuming and stressful to ensure you get the quality that you want. Scanning negatives and slides need additional expensive equipment to guarantee quality. Whereas scanning loose photos can appear to be easy but the quality of printers and flatbed scanners can quickly be lost when editing. It is a common issue that photos appear to look over-edited and lose the original authenticity you were trying to capture.

With the use of professional services like Digital Converters, you can guarantee that your photos will be saved at the highest quality whilst keeping their authentic look. For a small cost, choosing to use a photo and slide scanning service saves you time and money in the long run. High resolution memory sticks and cloud links are included in the price of converting – and cloud links become cost effective within a couple of months. With equipment readily available, photographs can be converted into a digital format within a day of receiving them. Our advanced equipment allows for hundreds of photographs to be scanned and digitised quickly and with the help of our photo editors all your photos will be colour corrected and subtly adjusted without the hassle of doing it yourself. All you have to do is send them in!

Ever wondered what to do with your collection of VHS tapes lying around your house? Have you thought about getting them digitised?

Thirty years ago, VHS tapes were the clunky heroes of the day. A place where you can store 3 hours of home videos whilst also taping all the TV shows you could ever want to watch. It was your saviour for when people made plans at the same time as your favourite television show… and, your worst enemy when you mistakenly chose the wrong VHS to tape over. But, what about now?

With streaming services available to watch the shows that you love without the hassle of taping and mobile phones being a quick solution to capture a memory forever, the thought of searching for a VHS and setting up a camcorder becomes a laughable solution. And now you’re left with a quandary: since you no longer have a VCR due to new televisions making them obsolete – what are you to do with all your VHS tapes? Digitising your VHS tapes preserves your memories and revitalises them in the modern age.

Transferring your VHS to digital can feel like a tiring ordeal when thinking about the appliances and work needed to do so. Yet, with the help of a professional video service all you have to do is select, package and send your tapes to the service.

What if I cannot check what is on my tapes?

No worries! These services will sift through your footage and edit out any unwanted television or static screens. Then, the files will be converted into an MP4 format (or format of your preference) so you can watch, and choose to edit these videos, without the need of prior watching.

I’ve found my tapes but they’re not in great condition…

Using a service like Digital Converters means that cleaning and repairs are included in the price of your transfer. The sooner you send in your tapes, the higher chance you have of recovering your memories from film deterioration or mould. Their expert technicians have the knowledge to repair tapes – and with the help of in-house editing, your videos will play seamlessly.

Brilliant! But what if I only want them repaired – instead of converting as well?

Conversion is included in the price of VHS to digital services. It would be foolish to expect your VHS tapes to keep in a good, high quality condition for the next 20 years. By converting your VHS to DVD, USB or Cloud declutters your house and protects your videos from any future damage.

So… I should transfer my VHS to DVD?

Hold the phone! Choosing to convert your VHS to DVD is better than not converting them at all…however, using a VHS to DVD service will become problematic for you later. DVD’s are quickly following the same route as tapes due to streaming services replacing the need for discs.

Personally, I recommend converting your tapes to a USB or cloud format. USB’s are easy to use on a smart television or computer, and cloud downloads allow you to watch your videos on your phone anywhere. A fantastic option if you are wanting to show them to friends and family outside the home!

Okay, I’ve chosen my tapes and mode to get them transferred. Now, what video service should I use?

Digital Converters is the top video conversion service in the UK. They use the best VHS equipment to ensure your videos are converted at the highest quality. What makes them really unique is their easy to use website where you can create orders and contact the company. Using web chat, email or phone to discuss any other questions you may have.

How to access, stream, share and download your newly converted digital files

When you opt to have your converted files provided via an online download, we’ll upload them to our DropBox cloud storage and send an access link to your email which looks like this. The access link will take you to a new webpage where you can stream and download your files. You can forward this link onto anyone you want to have access to your files.

First click the link to open your files in a new webpage, in this window, you will see a preview of all your files. You can download all your files at once by clicking the download button found at the top right corner of the page.

To view a single video, simply click on the thumbnail of the file you would like to open. From here you can stream the video (like on youtube) or download it individually by clicking the download button. You can also add comments to files in the right hand pane. To go back, click the top left button.

Unzipping Files
If you have downloaded all your files at once, these will download in a single compressed zip file. To access the videos, you need to extract them onto your computer. Below are the different methods to do this on windows or Mac.

Windows
To extract all the files from a zipped folder, do the following:

  • Right-click the compressed (zipped) folder.
  • Select Extract All from the menu.
  • By default, the compressed files will extract in the same location as the zipped folder, but you can click the Browse button to select an alternative location.
  • Press Extract to begin extracting the files

Mac

  1. Double click the zipped file.
  2. The file will automatically be decompressed by Archive Utility into the same folder the compressed file is in.
  3. Access the extracted files by clicking the appropriate icons.

What is MP4?

MP4 is the most common type of video file, which can be played back on most devices such as your computer, TV, phone or tablet. An MP4 file works like any other file and can be copied and pasted from one storage device to another. This means you can easily back up and create digital copies of your converted videos, as well as being able to edit them and share them online. We can provide MP4 files either on a memory stick or on the cloud.

Memory Stick and Online Download

We can provide MP4 files either on a memory stick, or hosted on the cloud, both of which contain exactly the same files. With memory stick you get back all your videos on one memory stick, which you can use your computer or TV. With online download we would upload all the video files to our cloud and share an access link by email.

DVD

You can play our DVD’s on DVD players or computer disc drives. The DVDs will automatically play when inserted into a DVD player. With videotape and VHS to DVD transfers we create one DVD per tape and with photo & cine film transfers we will provide many files on each disc. If a video tape is longer than 3 hours, we will split the video onto multiple DVDs at no additional cost. The main advantage of converting to DVD is that it is very easy to play.

Still Unsure?

If you struggle with technology and are familiar with playing DVD’s, then DVD is the format to convert to. If you want a future proof format that is far more flexible and secure then MP4 is the way to go. In most cases we highly recommend converting to MP4.

Introduction

Did you record 40 minutes of the bottom of your handbag? Want to create a concise compilation of an event? The best way to do this is to edit the footage yourself. We’ll cover some editing packages and requirements in this section.

Requirements

  • A PC that can handle editing software
  • A basic knowledge of general computer use

Wondershare Filmora

If you’re looking for a simple and intuitive editing program that doesn’t break the bank, Wondershare Filmora is a good option with lots of features.

The software is compatible with both Windows and Mac, you can try it for free and there are plenty of guides on how to use the program on the website.

Official Page: https://filmora.wondershare.com/

Cyberlink PowerDirector

PowerDirector offers a unique combination of high-end performance and advanced editing features. It’s easy to use, making video editing accessible to creators of all skill levels, and a huge selection of customisable design tools.

Similar to Filmora, PowerDirector offers a free trial, plenty of guides on the website. The software also has a ‘easy editing’ mode which simplifies the interface providing a more straightforward experience. PowerDirector is only compatible with Windows.

Official Page: https://www.cyberlink.com/products/powerdirector-ultra/

iMovie

For Mac users, it’s probably worth mentioning iMovie. A slick and intuitive interface, iMovie offers a lot of the features of the two previous softwares at a very affordable price.

iMovie is only available for Mac and there is no free trial available for download.

Official Page: https://www.apple.com/uk/imovie/