Words like VCR, negatives—even CD—have fallen out of everyday usage. But just because your memories are stored on last century’s technology doesn’t mean they are forever banished from the digital age. There are a number of simple ways to import, organize and share your slides, photo prints, and home movies with the Facebook generation.
As a part of Celebrity’s iLearn program, ship passengers can learn how to turn digital photos into artistic masterpieces. For those not traveling with us, here are a few of our favorite services:
If you want to go the DIY route and do the digitizing yourself, Hammacher Schlemmer’s VHS to DVD Converter transfers tapes to discs with the touch of a button. Or, connect a camcorder to the device to transfer content directly to a DVD. For photos, Hammacher Schlemmer’s Cordless Slide and Negative to Digital Picture Converter transfers slides and negatives to JPEGs in seconds. The images can be immediately previewed on the built-in color display. Canon’s CanoScan 9000F Mark II Color Image Scanner is a suberb options for importing photos and slides to your computer, and the 9600 x 9600 dpi scanning resolution leads to ultra-crisp digital results.
If you prefer to use a digitizing service for your archival needs, we recommend five options. If you have old records and cassettes in a box and still want to listen to them, Digital Pickle transfers all kinds of audiotapes into MP3 files, in addition to the standard photo scanning and restoration options. Flat-rate pricing makes FotoBridge the ideal choice if you have a mountain of slides, negatives, Polaroids, or home movies that you want to process. (NBCUniversal entrusted the company to digitize 40,000 35 mm slides from their archives.) With Dig My Pics, manual image-by image enhancements are included in the price and you can view images online before they are printed, and only pay for the ones you decide to keep. Digital Memories offers a free 60-day subscription to MiMedia, a cloud-computing service that makes all of your media available almost anywhere on a nearly any device with the MiMedia app. Finally, if your old photos are organized in albums that are collecting dust on a shelf, opt for Scan Digital‘s album-scanning service, which digitally mimics the photo books in their analog order. Your memories are then returned to you in the same condition that they were sent.