Converting old memories into new digital formats means encoding them as a string of zeroes and ones, like a scoring table after a yodeled rendition of "Amazing Grace" divides judges between goose eggs and perfect 10s. Express yourself binarily with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $75 worth of media-conversion services from Southtree.
Having preserved more than 25 billion frames of home-movie magic, Southtree modernizes fading photos and videos to stave off deterioration before it eats away the vibrancy of irreplaceable memories. Customers can immortalize 1980s gazpacho-eating contest triumphs with Southtree's videos-to-DVD service, adding chapters and disc titles to film formats that include MiniDV, Hi8, Video8 and VHS cassettes ($8.95/tape) and Super 8 and 16mm reels ($15.95/50 ft.). Kodak digital image correction and enhancement erases distracting dust and beach-photo belly-button lint during the photos-to-digital service ($0.59/print, negative, or slide). The simple mail-in process takes three to four weeks to complete, with a flat-rate return shipping fee of $9.95 regardless of order size.
In 2001, the team at Southtree converted their first videotape to DVD. By the time they celebrated their 10-year anniversary, they had transferred more than more than 5 million memories for more than a quarter-million customers onto long-lasting digital formats. Today, clients follow a simple process with services that include photo scanning, video to DVD, film to DVD, data DVD, reel to reel digital conversion, and ancient Roman scrolls into text messages about togas. The staff processes each item by hand, yielding high-resolution photos and professionally mastered DVDs. Customers should allow eight weeks from the time materials are sent to Southtree to receive shipment.