Sunday, August 7, 2016

Which is Preferable - Converting Film to USB or DVD?

The most popular and widely used film formats have changed many times through the last few decades. This being the case, it has become a must to convert footage on older film into a modern format, in order to hang onto these precious memories.

Until relatively recently, the preferred format to convert old film was into DVD. Chapters and title screens can be built to allow for easy viewing. It also makes for a high picture and sound quality and can be easily and conveniently viewed at home. The digital format that can be saved to USB is now becoming the ideal option, although often it depends on your specific requirements and capabilities. This article will discuss some of the reasons why people prefer one over the other.



One of the main reasons people like to convert their old film to other formats is to preserve the memories and save them wasting away.Older film types are in danger of damage and decay after years of sitting in storage, which can mean the end of your memories.

Obviously, converting to DVD or USB can mean ensuring they are kept safe for longer. Generally speaking however, you’re better served by having the footage on a USB. You make copies easily on your computer and even upload the files online, so they exist here for as long as you need them. Compare this to a DVD, which is difficult to copy if you don’t have specific software and hardware. Plus, the discs themselves need to be stored correctly to ensure they aren’t damaged.



Convenience is another big factor. No one wants to have to pull out the ancient projector to watch old film from the good old days. Instead, it’s much better to bring it up on your existing home entertainment system. Converting to DVD and USB allow for this, it simply depends on your current set up and how tech-savvy you are. The large majority of Australian homes have a DVD player set up, but many stream content online or even use a Blu-Ray player. Plus, there are many TV and entertainment systems that have USB ports, meaning you can plug it in and play the files from there.

USB and DVD for the New Generation




Having a digital media file of your footage on USB is preferable in this case as you are able to share it between multiple devices and even put it online all from your computer. These same capabilities are available for DVDs, but they require some advanced knowledge, whereas most computer-literate people can do so with a video file on the computer.

Potential for Customisation

When you have film converted to DVD with a professional, you can have your choice of title menu and scene selection, which makes for some pretty neat customisation. But in this case the clear winner is the digital option; when you put the video file on your computer, you can edit it and customise it with a range of different options, depending on the software you are using. This means you can add titles, music, cut-out scenes and more.

As you’ve read, in most cases having film converted to USB is preferable, provided you have some handle on technology and you have the hardware required. If you’re looking for this kind of service, don’t hesitate to contact us at 03 9598 6463 or visit our website for a free quote today!

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