Like sugar cubes and sidewalk-chalk portraits of the Wicked Witch of the West, film tends to vanish when it gets wet. Keep memories from melting with today's Groupon: for $40, you get $100 worth of film, video, or slide transfers from FilmTransfer.com in Northbrook. Today's deal may be used in-store or online, but it may not be used toward a hard-drive purchase. Local pickup and drop-off is free, or customers can ship anywhere in the continental U.S. for a flat rate of $15.
FilmTransfer.com preserves cherished memories by converting film, video, and slides to digital formats. Family historians can digitize photos ($1.99 each) and 35mm negatives ($1.49 each), shielding them from dust, fading, and trash-can fires for years to come. Reels of 8mm, Super 8, and 16mm film ($0.18–$0.50/ft.) morph into color-corrected, brightness-adjusted masterpieces in the hands of skilled editors, who carefully clean each spool and transfer the images frame by frame. Up to 1,200 feet of film fit on a single DVD ($19.99), and the team will sequence images to the customer's liking, letting families watch wedding events in order or bar mitzvah speeches backwards. The company also transfers slides ($0.99 each) and videos ($15+/tape)—including VHS, Betamax, and 8mm tapes—to one of several newfangled formats, creating chapters every five minutes. Consult the shop's price list for additional details.
The physical-to-digital technicians of Memorable understand that old media can slowly deteriorate from age, improper handling, or the focused fury of Leonard Maltin’s trained moths. Through their transfer services, the staffers can skillfully turn photographs and slides, VHS and camcorder tapes, and film into everlasting memories. They can also upgrade the quality of images, increasing clarity and removing artifacts of age through high resolution scanning, dust and dirt removal, and grain reduction.