Memories in Motion: Why Should I Convert Slides to DVD?

Posted by ed oboyle on Thu, Nov 21, 2013 @ 11:45 AM

convert slides to digitalYou don’t have to be a professional photographer to know it’s easy to develop a love-hate relationship with slides. Although the clear, sharp, large images projected onto walls and screens can’t be beat and encourage nostalgic feelings, handling slides can be troublesome. They can also be risky since, like print photos, it’s possible that slides can be easily lost in the clutter of memories. 

Why Should You Convert Slides to DVD?

Before digitizing slides was an option, creating prints from slides wasn’t easy. Generally, this process was expensive and the quality wasn’t great.

Now, converting slides to digital is easier than ever. With today’s technology, digitized photos can easily be optimized and printed. The new life of photos from converted slides is better or at least as good as viewing them from a projector. Obviously the biggest benefit of digitizing slides is preserving memories, but an added bonus is experiencing memories in a whole new way

After converting slides to DVD, you can:

  • Create high-quality prints from home or via a professional photo scanning service.

  • Easily share images with others. Present your slides on the big screen during family gatherings and share them online with your networks and distant family. 

Benefits of Converting Slides to DVD

  • By digitizing your photos to DVD, you have the ability to create great multi-media presentations with sounds, animation, music, graphics, and creative slideshow transitions, which can be viewed on televisions or computers. 

  • Traditional slide photographs have always fared well on projector screens, but after converting slides to DVD, you may notice an improved quality in your photos due to technology that allows for optimal scanning and quality. 

  • Slide DVDs are also more convenient than CDs. DVDs hold approximately seven times more data than CDs, so you won't need as many discs when converting slides to DVD. Once your slides are on DVD, it will be easier to organize and locate photo collections. Plus, keeping track of discs may be easier than keeping track of a lot of photo slides.

  • Additionally, since DVDs hold more data, slide to DVD storage can also be more economical as you won’t have to pay for as many extra discs as CD storage. For example, a DVD can hold approximately 1500 files, whereas as CDs only hold about 170 files. DVDs can be especially beneficial if you have large slide collections to digitize.  

All FotoBridge slide scanning packages include DVDs, although extras and TV/DVD slideshow movies can also be ordered. This can vary depending on things like file type, size, or quality, but these DVDs are still capable of holding a lot more than CDs. 

There's No Substitution for a Photo Scanning Service

Some people try digitizing slides with a variety of “quick, easy and cheap” methods. These include taking photos of slides with cameras while projected onto a wall, taking them from a “table top” perspective up close, DIY scanning, or buying slide holders that screw into camera lenses. However, these methods can all present a myriad of problems like poor quality or “keystoning” (misalignment).

Instead of all that, choose a slide scanning package and ship your slides to FotoBridge. You’ll be ready to share, edit, create awesome presentations greatly surpassing the “old days” of CD slide-shows, and showcase memories like never before.

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