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Creating a DVD from our old slides

We have a closet full of gorgeous old slides from our long ago trips. Is there any at-home device that is easily used to transfer them to a digital file? (I have an iMac). Thanks!

Posted by
5616 posts

I took a huge amount of slides to COSTCO and they put them all on CDs for me and gave me an extra CD. I put them in tne order I wanted them pit on the CD.

Posted by
3216 posts

I vote for the COSTCO option, or if I remember correctly, Walgreens and CVS offer a similar service.

There are multiple ways to do this yourself on any type of home computer. But you will have to buy hardware to accomplish it. And you have to spend time, lots and lots and lots of time, to get decent results out of the process. COSTCO or Walgreens will do the work at a lot lower cost than you will spend on the necessary parts required to do it yourself.

Posted by
1412 posts

Another vote for costco. We purchased a home machine from sharper image and it didnt work. We returned it. They might be better now but we already have our discs.

Posted by
313 posts

Okay! I guess Costco it is! I was looking forward to the process, but I guess it would take too much $$ and work. Thanks for your input.

Posted by
4685 posts

Costco uses YesVideo (like Walmart and CVS) - i.e. Costco doesn't to it themselves. They will send you DVDs at the end with your scans. I highly recommend you copy them immediately to a thumb drive (not just to your computer) - sooo much easier to access later instead of sorting through a few dozen discs, which could become unreadable over time! The YesVideo scans are equivalent to 6MP digital photos, and they are JPEG files so not huge. You could fit a zillion of them on a single 32GB thumb drive that costs $10. Buy two, make a copy of all of your scanned photos on each one, and then you'll have a backup copy of everything. You may never need your DVD copies again. Discs are almost obsolete; it's getting hard to find laptops that even include DVD drives anymore.

Also, be careful if you EDIT one of these pictures not to re-save in JPEG format. Save in a format like PNG instead. JPEG is "lossy" compression, so each time you re-save you lose a tiny bit of picture quality. PNG is "lossless."

Posted by
6027 posts

Walmart also offers this service if you're not a Costco member.

Posted by
4685 posts

Yep - as I said above, Walmart uses the same company, YesVideo, to do the scanning. I suspect they give a better price to Costco members.