Home Movies, Photos, Slides,

and Negatives Digitization Experts

Lotus Media

What exactly do I get?

An MP4 file.  MP4s are digital video files. They are a breeze to view, edit, and share. They are way more versatile than DVDs, but we can make those for you too if you like.


What's the current processing time?

Turn-around for most orders is one week (7 business days).  Order of 50+ tapes may take up to two weeks.

We offer Rush Processing for an extra $3/tape if you would like the tapes processed in 1-2 business days.


What resolution will the output be in?

640 x 480 for videos.  Photos are scanned at 600 dpi.


Is there a storefront where I can drop off my stuff?
Nope.  To keep our costs low, we operate like a food truck for photo and video digitization.  All drop-offs are by appointment only.  Drop-off location details.


How and when do I pay?

We'll send an invoice after the work has been completed that can be paid with a credit or debit card.  There is no need to pre-pay.


How much will my project cost?

We tried setting-up an online calculator, but that created more questions than it answered.  For a rough estimate multiply the number of tapes/photos/feet of film by the rate from our Price Sheet and add 20% for delivery options, tax, etc.  

Example: 14 tapes.  14 x $12(per tape) x 1.2 = $201


Is there a price break for tapes shorter than 2 hours?

Nope.  The same flat rate applies to tapes regardless of length.  We do offer a volume discount for orders of 10 tapes or more.


What about blank tapes?

Yes!  If the tape turns out to be totally blank it will be billed at just $5 bucks.


Are my photos and videos enhanced or cleaned in any way?

They are not.  We are taking a straight feed of what's on the video tape, with a slight (+5db) audio boost.  If the tape is broken and doesn't play we can repair it for $10.


A quick note on negatives and slides.  As noted above, our digitization process doesn't enhance/clean-up the images, which some folks don't love.  To be on the safe side, our suggestion is to start with a few slides (or negative film strips) to ensure you are happy with the results before pulling the trigger on the entire archive.  


Do you offer a "premium" encoding option?

We do not.  All videos is processed at 640x480.  Photos can be scanned at 1200 dpi for an addition $.30 per image.


How will the video files be named?

Each tape will be a separate MP4 video file, and the file name will contain what's written on the label/box.  File names will look something like this: 

    Bob S. - 1 of 12 (Katie's Birthday, Nov 1986).mp4

We suggest numbering the tapes 1-x with a marker if you would like them processed in a specific order.


Are you able to scan scrapbooks / full photo album pages?
We sure can!  Full page (12x12) scans are $1.50 per page for 600dpi.


How big of a flash drive should I provide and what kind?

An hour of footage is roughly 1GB.  To be on the safe side, budget 2GB per tape, and keep in mind that most drives have slightly less capacity than advertised (i.e. a 32GB drive only has about 27GB of usable space). Delivery Options chart.


Should I order direct or via Amazon?

For orders of up to 10 tapes, the pricing is almost identical either way.  For larger orders, you'll get a better volume discount when ordering direct.


Do I need to rewind my tapes before mailing?

You do not, but we sure would appreciate it if you did :)

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