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The Future of the DVD

The familiar DVD became the standard format for storing media in the 1990s and has seen several improvements since then.  We built our company with the DVD as our main delivery device – you send pictures, slides, and video to us, and we return them to you digitally on a DVD.  It sounds like a simple proposition, but the reality is a little more complex. When the DVD came out in the mid-1990s, personal computers were not the fixture in homes that they are today.  So DVD players dominated the landscape for more than a decade, and tens of millions of consumers dove in and purchased one.  Along the way, they made sure to get their favorite movies on DVD as well, for superior visual display and lack of degradation of quality over time. Now we are in the middle of yet another format shift, moving away from DVDs and towards larger storage devices such as USB flash drives, external hard drives, and cloud-based delivery systems.  Consumers don’t purchase DVDs anymore, they simply use WiFi to stream their content on demand.  Many computer manufacturers have stopped putting DVD drives in computers at all. Within ten years, it will be difficult to purchase...
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What’s With The Low Prices On Photo Scanning?

This is a question that we get so often, we decided to do a full post about it.  When we were first deciding what we wanted Memory Fortress to be, it was incredibly important to us that everyone’s story be told, not just the folks with money.  That led to the obvious conclusion that if we were going to be accessible to everyone, then we needed price points on all of our offerings that reflected that commitment to digitize the images and videos of our great country. We decided to be a low-cost provider of quality services, which means that we are competitive with our prices on every single offering.  There are no sales at Memory Fortress, no one-day specials, no super-saver weeks.  We don’t use any coupon codes either.  We simply have low prices every single day of the year.  It is our goal to make it obvious to the customer that we want their business. A standard price on photo scanning might be 33-50 cents per image from our competitors; Memory Fortress customers can get it as low as 14 cents per image.  Scrapbooks are usually scanned in the $2.50-$4.00 per page range. We offer it at $1.39/$1.79 for 300/600...
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Delivery Devices – Rules Of Thumb

We get so many questions about types of storage devices, formats, and capacities that we figured that they are worthy of one comprehensive blog post.  Delivery devices are what you actually receive from us!   We’ll add some of the actual questions to our FAQ section, but for now, let’s dive in.  These are common questions we get from customers every day.   Q:  I have X number of photos.  How many will fit on Y device? Rule of Thumb:  A picture scanned at 300 dpi averages about 500KB, while a 600dpi file averages about 1.5MB. Translation:  We can fit about 9,000 of your pictures on a single DVD (300dpi) and even at higher 600dpi resolution, we can fit over 3,000 pictures on one DVD.  Our smallest USB flash drive holds 8GB of data, which translates to over 15,000 images at 300dpi and over 5,000 images at 600dpi.   Q:  I have X number of 35mm slides/negatives.  How many will fit on Y device? Rule of Thumb:Our average slide file is around 6MB, with a normal range of 4-8MB depending on the images.  Since all of our slides are scanned at over 4,000 dpi, the file sizes are larger than for photos. Translation:  We can get 700-800...
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Image Deterioration Can Be Stopped

Here at Memory Fortress, we see it every day, several times a day.  Pictures, slides, and negatives will arrive in boxes to be processed, and we quickly assess the condition of all.  Most of the time, we see the effects of the ravages of time.  Images which were once pristine have now deteriorated, sometimes to the point of being unrecognizable.  And while we can halt the process (via scanning and some software corrections), it doesn’t change the fact that the original images are not of the same quality they once were.  Image deterioration is a real problem for many Americans. So why does this happen? Back 40-60 years ago, film manufacturers like Kodak didn’t fully understand how their products would hold up in the future.  While great improvements were made in the 1980s, film products from before then haven’t fared as well.  The chemicals used in make film negatives, slides, and photographic prints were less stable, and prone to color skewing over time.  What this means is that even if the owner of the images took excellent care of them over the years, there is still a very good chance that the dyes have undergone miniature chemical reactions that slowly changed...
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