Wow! What an honor! Memories Renewed was chosen by The Wirecutter as the best option for most people looking to get their collection scanned. It truly is an honor because there is a sea of options available when choosing a service.
Your photos and videos are important! We strive to do our best to provide you with an affordable yet personalized service. We’ve found that a one size fits all package deal does not jive with the variety of projects and does not meet the specific needs for most people. We don’t require payment upfront; every project is different! We will give you an initial quote, digitize your materials and charge you for only the work done. Simple!
Thanks again to The Wirecutter and to all our customers over the years!
Scrapbooks are One of a Kind
If you have ever created a scrapbook on your own or looked through one made by someone else, you can appreciate the amount of love and effort that goes into making one. The unique nature of such an album makes it one of a kind and irreplaceable if lost or destroyed by natural disaster.
Digitally Preserve for the Future
The best way to ensure a scrapbook is around for the future is by digitally scanning all the pages. Not only is the scrapbook backed up, but also available to view with a computer and magnified on a screen to easily read and view photos.
Family Members Each Have a Copy
The problem with a scrapbook is there is only one copy that one person is in possession of. Once digital, the images can be easily shared with family members so everyone has their own copy. We can create multiple data discs or can load the images on a USB flash drive to be copied. We can also compile the pages into a PDF document for easy viewing.
The most common size of scrapbook pages are 12″ x 12″. We have the equipment to large enough to scan each page as one image at high resolution for archival quality digital images.
Memories Renewed is happy to announce that we now offer 16mm film transfer services!
We have recently acquired the professional 16mm version of equipment that we currently use for our 8mm and Super 8 film transfer service. The equipment was originally designed for the Academy of Motion Picture Film Archives in Hollywood. It is very gentle on your film and does not use sprockets or claws to advance the film during transfer. Each frame of film is scanned using a high bit sensor to capture each image with accurate color and no vignetting on the edges of the frame.
With this new state of the art equipment, we can now digitize a wide variety of new formats of film, including regular 16mm, super 16mm, double or single perforation 16mm film with optical sound. Current pricing and more information can be found here.
Digital Image Megapixels
We are all familiar with the term ‘megapixels’ in describing the image size and clarity of pictures taken with digital cameras and smartphones. A large megapixel image contains a high density of image pixels that make up the image. This is great for enlargement and cropping with maximum detail.
Scanning print photos and film to digital uses the same concept as a digital camera, only the image is produced during the scanning process. The term scanning resolution refers to the size of the digital image produced from scanning. A higher resolution allows for flexibility of enlargement for cropping or printing. It is important to understand this concept before pursuing any scanning project.
Choosing a Resolution Setting
The scanning resolution to choose is first determined by the size of the original media. The smaller the original, the higher the resolution setting needs to be to produce a large scan. The output digital image can be calculated by multiplying the dimensions of the original source by the resolution setting, giving you the image pixel size.
Here is an example illustration based on scanning a 4×6 photo to digital.
Scan a 4×6 photo at 96dpi = 384×576
Scan a 4×6 photo at 300dpi = 1200×1800
Scan a 4×6 photo at 600dpi = 2400×3600
You can then calculate the image dimensions for the megapixel size in relation to digital camera photos.
96dpi = 384×576 = 0.22 Megapixels
300dpi = 1200×1800 = 2.16 Megapixels
600dpi = 2400×3600 = 8.64 Megapixels
As a general rule it is best to scan at high resolution for increased flexibility for cropping, enlarging, or printing. A high resolution image can always be downsized for multimedia uses like email and slide shows, but a low resolution cannot be enlarged to produce a quality image due to lack of image pixels. If a low resolution photo is enlarged, this results in a pixelated image lacking in detail.