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The best file formats for digitizing your photos and old VHS tapes

The best file formats for digitizing your photos and old VHS tapes

Who doesn't love tech tips? Each week, I will post a new tip and this week's theme is Digitizing 101: File Formats.

We all have that one box, packed away in a dark closet, full of memories we would never dream of discarding. We bring them with us on each move, find new ways to store them so they don't get damaged, and we may even occasionally open up the box to look at them.

As technology evolves it is becoming harder to relive your analog memories in a digital world. You'd be hard-pressed to find a VHS or cassette player these days and storing old photos in physical photo albums is quickly going by the wayside. When we do finally open up that dusty old box, we often find that we no longer have the outdated technology needed to view the media stored inside.

Fortunately, advancements in technology have also made it easier than ever to digitize this content. We can now store decades of memories on a thumb drive or DVD making them accessible at any given moment. Digitizing companies like Legacybox can even preserve your memories for you! Legacybox is offering my listeners 40% off at Legacybox.com/KIM

What's the best format?

If you want to show your kids the videos of your childhood, or what grandma and grandpa used to do on Friday nights, you'll most likely be looking at converting these videos to the MPEG-4 (.mpg) storage format. This file format is the most commonly used option for video playback and works on PCs and Macs.

What about those black and white photos of your dad in the military or your grandmother on her wedding day? By now, you've probably heard of a JPEG (.jpg) file. This is typically the format of choice for digital image compression, providing high-quality images in a reasonable amount of storage space.

When it comes to the cassettes you've been hoarding for decades, you'll want to convert them to the Waveform Audio File Format (.wav) as it is the primary format for PCs and Windows systems. The format can also be played on a Mac using Quicktime player as well as other programs that support .wav files such as iTunes.

You may already be familiar with these file formats, but converting your old memories into these new formats is quite the task! So, what do you do next?

How to start digitizing

Even those with the knowledge and resources needed to digitize old memories struggle to find the time to do so. Luckily, Legacybox can help by taking care of all the heavy lifting. Legacybox is the largest and most trusted digitizing company in the world, so you can rest assured that your precious memories will be taken care of.

Just fill up your Legacybox with all of the media you want to be digitized, and send it off to the professionals to bring your memories back to life. The box includes everything you need to get started including a welcome guide with instructions, a prepaid shipping label and barcodes for your items.

When your box arrives at Legacybox, each item is digitized by hand, right here in the United States. You'll be provided with updates along the way and, when they are done, you'll receive your original memories back along with your new digitized versions. Gather the family for a trip down memory lane, and perhaps a few tears and chuckles along the way.

Over 400,000 families have used Legacybox to preserve, relive, and share their families' memories. If your family's memories are still on old VHS tapes and photos, DON'T WAIT, get them transferred TODAY by visiting Legacybox.com/KIM and receive 40% off your purchase!




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