Digital transfer buying guides

Technology has moved forward faster in the last 20 years than at any point in history; whilst this is fantastic news for everyone who loves tech and gadgets, it also means that everyone who has precious memories in pictures stored on old film, or treasured records of their favourite songs are finding themselves eclipsed by digital cameras, sharing online and the MP3 player! Fear not, technology has catered for your needs too and it has never been easier to bring all your old favourite images and audio into the new millennium with digital transfer.

Check out our guide to transferring your old photos and music into the modern format below.

Image transfer

The days of your old photographic memories being relegated to a dusty box in the attic are over. Previously only professional solutions were available and for anyone with a large collection of slides, negatives or images the process cost a small fortune. Now there are a number of affordable solutions available designed for home use that allow you to transfer all of your old slides, film, negatives and photos on to your computer.

If it’s time to de clutter, you can keep your old memories safe from the ravages of time and exposure to the elements, create backup copies and store your memories safely, whilst getting rid of those boxes that have been occupying your attic for so long.

It’s quicker and easier than you think to archive your old slides, negatives and photos and once you have them saved as digital JPEG files the possibilities are endless, you can create beautiful reprints of photos you’d forgotten you had, create photo albums to share online, e-mail images to friends and family, even transfer to digital photo frames or compatible mobile phones.

We have a range of slide and negative scanners including all-in-one solutions that scan slides, negatives and photo prints (try Pics2PC), we even have models available for use without a computer that will save to an SD card (try Pics2SD) or Film2SD).

Document Scanner/Photo Scanner:
If you want a document scanner that will also scan photos you will need to look for one that scans colour and also one that an scan in high resolution. We have a range of options available, for a portable option that doesn’t need to be connected to a computer try the ION Copycat.

Slides, or transparencies as they are also known are produced on reversal film that shows a positive image on a transparent base. A slide is a specially mounted individual transparency intended for projection onto a screen using a slide projector.

Most slides are card or plastic mounted up to 2mm thick, our scanners work with all 1&2mm thick slides (try Slides2PC).

Film or Reversal film, as it is also known shows a positive image on a transparent base, it is often known as slide film, and can be cut down to create individual slides.

Film for 35mm cameras once developed creates a long strip of negative images. Our scanners have settings for both slides and negatives so you will always see the images as it is supposed to be viewed.

110 Negatives:
Whilst most film negatives conform to the 35mm size standard, 110 film negative is a miniaturized format where each frame measures just 13 x 17mm.

Positive & negative images:
A positive image is a normal image. A negative image is a total inversion of a positive image, in which light areas appear dark and vice versa. A negative colour image is additionally colour reversed, with red areas appearing cyan, greens appearing magenta and blues appearing yellow.

Standard Photo Formats:
Our all-in-one Photo, slide and negative scanners work with 3x5”, 6x4” and 7x5” photo sizes (try Pics2PC and Pics2SD).

JPEG is a standard form of compression for digital photography, because it is a standard, it is universally accepted, so you can share your images with friends or import them into any photo editing program. All of our scanners save to JPEG file format.

Save to SD Card:

Secure Digital (SD) Cards are memory cards designed to store data. They are portable and compatible with a wide range of devices, including Digital picture frames, Printers with an SD card slot, computers and laptops.

Audio transfer

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Do you still have your cherished Record or tape collection? Perhaps you spent years building up your collection, scouring record shops buying rare limited edition Vinyl and ‘b-sides’, you treasured your collection, gave it pride of place in your home… and then you replaced you old hi-fi with one of those top of the range CD players or one of those new fangled MP3 players and all of a sudden your treasured collection was relegated to a dark dusty space in your attic, never to be seen, or heard again!

Well no more! We have simple technology is available to help you digitally transfer all of your old records and tapes to MP3. Once transferred you can update your computer music library, create CDs, save to USB or SD card or transfer to an MP3 player and listen to all your favourite music and recordings over and over again.

Vinyl Transfer:
We offer a range of USB Turntables that work with your computer to transfer all of your music directly. Easy to use recording software guides you through the process and automatically saves the MP3s to your music library. All of our turntables work with 33 and 45RPM records (Profile Express and Profile LP), for older 78s you will require a specialist styli and one of our units that plays back at 78RPM (LP2CD).

RPM or rotations per minute refers to the speed at which the vinyl was recorded and the resulting playback speed.

33 1/3, 45s and 78s:
There are 3 main types of Vinyl 33 1/3, 45 and 78 RPM.
10” Vinyl, which was the standard of the 1920s plays back at 78 and was later superseded by the 33 1/3 and 45 RPM Record.
78 Records have deeper grooves and require a specialist stylus for playback.
12” Long Play (LP) Vinyl requires playback at 33 1⁄3RPM, the smaller 7” Vinyl that became popular in the 1960s and 1970s plays back at 45 RPM.

MP3 is a compressed audio file that can be stored on your computer or transferred to CD, MP3 players, USB Flash Drives or SD card. The advantage of MP3 is that they require massively reduced storage space, enabling you to save and store much larger quantities of audio files compared to their uncompressed predecessors.

USB (Universal Serial Bus) is a specification to establish communication between devices, in this case your computer and the Turntable. You must ensure your computer has a spare USB 2.0 port

No Computer Needed:
If you don’t have a computer or you aren’t confident installing software you can buy standalone units that transfer directly to CD (LP2CD).

Tape transfer:
For all your old music cassettes, mix tapes, language courses or audio books we have USB tape converters that will play back and transfer to MP3. All of our solutions work with standard and Chrome (CR02) cassette tapes and come with easy to use software for step-by-step transfer to MP3 (Tape2PC). We also offer a portable version (Tape Express)

Chrome/ Cr02 Tapes:
Chrome or Cr02 simply refers to Chromium dioxide, the material used to make the magnetic tape within audio cassettes.

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