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How Much Does Digitization Cost?

So, you have a bunch of old films, VHS, or other types of analog tapes that need to be converted into DVDs but aren't sure what the price will end up being or if it's even worth it in the end? If this interests you, you should definitely look into this because it can get confusing and lead people down some expensive paths if they don't choose wisely.

It's important to find the right price for your transfer. Services offering conversions to DVDs and USB may be tempting, but there are other options available at some services, such as digital downloads from cloud storage providers, which can save you money in the long run. With prices varying by transfer service and the different downloading options, choosing which one will work best is a real task to find.

How Video Digitization Work

how digitizing process works

The company you entrust your videotapes to will clean them up and convert the footage into modern media format and then transfer it to DVDs or any other digital form you choose. You can then play that footage on computers and later on copy all of it onto a new blank disc.

The video transfer process is an art. It's not always perfect, but it can bring your memories alive with the help of some talented technicians who can get all those precious moments saved forever.

Depending on service and price, you can expect technicians to fix colors and light editing, including removing track breaks or blue screens.

If the video contains chapter points or titles, these can be included at no extra charge. However, sometimes tapes may need fixes to be made before they can transfer. This typically costs more than just transferring files from one format into another, and it depends on how much work needs to be done, which also increases the price.

Note: The digitizing companies cannot process copyrighted materials such as TV shows and Hollywood movies. If there are home movies mixed in with videos from other sources like films or concerts, they'll remove it so that only your footage remains untouched.

Please Read This for a Better Understanding of Prices in This Review

  • Provided prices in this review are total, representing the price for the digitization process as of writing this article. 
  • Additional discounts may be applied from 20% to 45% at some digitizing services.
  • Digitization services may include additional charges, which we will talk about later.
  • Some services will charge you a 20$ or $30 minimum order fee, but upon order completion, it will calculate the total amount with a previously set minimum fee.

Types of Video, Photos, and Audio Files That Services Usually Digitize

Type of Media

Formats

Video

VHS, VHS-C, Betamax, Betacam, BetacamSP, 8mm, Hi8, Video8, Digital8, MiniDV, MicroMini

Film

8mm, Super 8, 16mm (with and without sound)

Photos

Photo prints

Slides

35mm slides, stereo slides, 126 slides, 127 slides, 110 slides, Super35mm slides

Negatives

35mm Negative Scanning
APS Negative Scanning
120mm Negative Scanning

Audio

Vinyl, Audio cassettes, Reel-to-reel

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Difference from Upfront Vs. Total Digitization Costs

Upfront and total costs can be hard to understand if you're unfamiliar with them. They might seem like a steal at first, but they could cost more than expected at the end of your purchase.

Take a few minutes to understand the two types of costs better to avoid any surprises.

The good digitizing company services will not try to hide any fees. You should be seeing the upfront of every charge involved in the process to get a clear picture of what different providers are charging for their service without being overcharged or misinformed by hidden costs.

Upfront Cost

The upfront costs are calculated by ordering a safe box with the number of items. For example, you have to choose a box that fits the number of your media items. Typically with these services, you have boxes sized into 2, 10, 20, 40 items, and the price is calculated by the number you pick. Also, it is essential to know that there's a minimum order of $30 on average with these types of services.

What If You Have Extra Items but Order a Smaller Box?

In that case, some services include extra labels so you can mark added extra media items, which you will pay additionally. Also, keep in mind that besides the digitization price, you also need to pay for how you will receive your items back like DVDs or USB.

Total Cost

Total costs are what you pay for when it's all said and done, and you will know what you are paying for.

Total price may include digitizing files, edits, needed repairs, and transferring it on DVD or digital copy.

Video Digitizing Services Pricing

video digitizing services pricing

The video transfer is priced per videotape, which includes VHS, VHS-C, S-VHS, Hi8, Digital 8, MiniDVD, etc. For only the digitizing process, you can expect a price between $15 to 35$, with the average being $19. Additional discounts can be applied from 20% to 45% for videotapes.

iMemories

Legacybox

ScanMyPhotos

Costco Digitizing

ScanCafe

iMemories
Legacybox
Southtree
Costco digitizing
Kodak digitizing

Website Link

Video Conversion

Betamax, VHS, VHS-C, 8mm, Hi8, Digital 8, MiniDV, MicroMini, DVDs, MiniDVDs

VHS, VHS-C, Mini-DV, Hi8, Digital 8, MicroMV, Betamax, 8mm Video Cassette

VHS, VHS-C, MiniDV, Hi8, Digital 8, MicroMV, Beta, PAL to NTSC

VHS, S-VHS, Betamax, VHS-C, S-VHS-C, Video8, Hi8, Digital 8, DV, DVCAM, MiniDV, DVC

VHS, Mini DV, Hi8 and VHS-C

Video Conversion Price

$11.99 per tape

$30 for 2 tapes

 
$140 for 10 tapes

 
$280 for 20 tapes

 
$550 for 40 tapes

Starting at $19.95 for single tape


$19.99 per tape

$22.99 per tape

Minimum Order Fee

$20

Prepaid Box Kit

$14.99

$30 for 2 items

 
$140 for 10 items

 
$280 for 20 items

 
$550 for 40 items

Prepaid Box $17.50 per tape - $245.00 per box of 15 tapes

Return Media Options

Digital File Download - Free


$9.99 per DVD


$14.99 per Bly-ray

$19.99 per 8GB USB

$99.99 per 1T
Portable HDD


iMemories Cloud $5.99 per month or $49.99 per year

One-time Digital Download starting at $5.99

Starting at $5.99 per DVD

Starting at $5.99 per USB


Cloud starting at $5.99 for year

$9.95 per DVD



$20.95 per 8GB USB


Starting $10.99 for 5 day upload

2 Archival DVDs

USB

2 Archival DVDs + 1 USB

Digital Download Free

$11.95 per DVD set

$9.95 per USB

$199.99 per 500GB
Portable HDD

Film Digitizing Services Prices

What is 8mm film

When it comes to film digitization, services can charge in three different ways:

  • a fixed price for a set amount of items
  • per film ($25 - $30)
  • 50ft per film ($15.99 - 35$)
  • per foot ($0.13 - $0.29)

iMemories

ScanMyPhotos

Legacybox

EverPresent

ScanCafe

iMemories
Southtree
Legacybox
Costco digitizing
Kodak digitizing

Website Link

Film Conversion

8mm, 16mm, Super 8 (with and without sound)

8mm, 16mm

16mm, 8mm, Super 8, Regular 8

16mm, 8mm, Super 8

35mm, 16mm, 8mm, Super 8

Minimum Order Fee

$20

Film Conversion Price

$11.99 per 50ft.

Starting at $0.19 per foot

$30 for 2 reels

 
$140 for 10 reels

 
$280 for 20 reels

 
$550 for 40 reels

Starting at $0.22 per foot

$0.30 per foot

Prepaid Box Kit

$14.99

Prepaid Box $0.17 per foot - $599.95 per box

$30 for 2 items

 
$140 for 10 items

 
$280 for 20 items

 
$550 for 40 items

Return Media Options

Digital File Download - Free


$9.99 per DVD


$14.99 per Bly-ray

$19.99 per 8GB USB

$99.99 per 1T
Portable HDD


iMemories Cloud $5.99 per month or $49.99 per year

$9.95 per DVD



$20.95 per 8GB USB


Starting $10.99 for 5 day upload

One-time Digital Download starting at $5.99

Starting at $5.99 per DVD

Starting at $5.99 per USB


Cloud starting at $5.99 for year

Digital download

DVD


USB

Private cloud

Digital Download Free

$11.95 per DVD set

$9.95 per USB

$199.90 per 500GB
Portable HDD

Photo Scanning and Digitizing Services Pricing

photo scanning services pricing

The difference between a 12MP image and a 24MP shot is pretty vast, especially if you want the option to print in a larger format down the line. Also, shipping costs can vary, and paying extra for an external hard drive or flash drive could save you in the long run if you decide to upload those images later on the cloud.

There are many options to cover when it comes to photo digitization, but here are the three most common types :

  • Photos
  • Slides
  • Negatives

Let's put all that aside and check the basic costs for scanning and digitizing photos:

  • Photos: Price ranges from $0.17 per photo to $30 for 25 photos. The average price is $0.44 per photo.
  • Slides: Price ranges from $0.21 per slide to 30$ for 25 slides. The average price is $0.44 per slide.
  • Negatives: Price ranges from $0.44 per frame to $30 for 25 negatives. The average price is $0.47 per slide.

Note: Included prices are for a minimum of 300 DPI (photo resolution quality). With some services, while placing an order, you can choose from 72 DPI, 150 DPI, 300 DPI, and 600 DPI.

ScanMyPhotos

iMemories

Legacybox

ScanCafe

Nostalgic Media

Southtree
iMemories
Legacybox
Kodak digitizing
Costco digitizing

Website Link

Photo Conversion

Prints from 3x3" to 8x10", 35mm Negatives, APS Negative, 120mm Negative, Slides

Photos, Negatives, Slides

Prints, 35mm Negatives, 35mm/126 slides

Prints, Slides, Negatives, APS Film, Black & White

Photos, Negatives, Slides

Minimum Order Fee

$25

$30

Photo Conversion Price

$0.10 per photo 72 DPI

$0.14 per photo 150 DPI

$0.18 per photo 300 DPI

$0.23 per photo 600 DPI

$0.47 per photo

$30 for 2 sets of 25 pictures

$140 for 10 sets of 25 pictures

$280 for 20 sets of 25 pictures

$550 for 40 sets of 25 pictures

$0.44 per photo

$0.19 per 3x3 to 4x6 300DPI photo

$0.75 per 5x7 to 8x10 300DPI photo

Prepaid Box Kit

Starting $0.09 per scan - $170 per box of 1.800 photos

$14.99

$30 for 2 items

 
$140 for 10 items

 
$280 for 20 items

 
$550 for 40 items

Return Media Options

$9.95 per DVD


USB - $15.95 per 3.000 photos


Starting $4.95 for 5 day upload

Digital File Download - Free


$9.99 per DVD


$14.99 per Bly-ray

$19.99 per 8GB USB

$99.99 per 1T
Portable HDD


iMemories Cloud $5.99 per month or $49.99 per year

One-time Digital Download starting at $5.99

Starting at $5.99 per DVD

Starting at $5.99 per USB


Cloud starting at $5.99 for year

Digital Download Free

$11.95 per DVD set

$9.95 per USB

$199.90 per 500GB
Portable HDD

DVD


USB:
16gb - $15
32gb - $20
64gb - $30
128gb - $45 

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Audio Digitizing Services Prices

audio digitizing services prices

The prices for digitizing audio reels and tapes go from $9 to $35 per audiotape. The average price is $15 per audiotape.

Additional charges that apply:

  • $9.99 - $79.99 for a Disc
  • $9.99 - $79.99 for a USB thumb drive
  • $9.99 - $79.99 for a digital download

Legacybox

ScanDigital

EverPresent

ScanCafe

Nostalgic Media

Legacybox
Southtree
iMemories
Kodak digitizing
Costco digitizing

Website Link

Audio Conversion

Reel to Reel, Audio Cassette, Micro-Cassette

Audio Cassette, Reel-to-Reel

Cassette, Mini/Micro, Vinyl records, Reel to Reel

Cassette Tapes, Rell-to- Rell Tapes

Audio Cassette, Reel-to-Reel

Minimum Order Fee

Audio Conversion Price

$30 for 2 audio items

$140 for 10 audio items

$280 for 20 audio items

$550 for 40 audio items

Starting $20.95 per tape

Starting $9.50 per reel

$25.99 per cassette

$35.99 per mini/micro audio

$35.99 per vinyl record

$35.99 per reel-to-reel

$22.99 per cassette

$0.29 per feet of audio reel

$35 per Cassette


$45 per Reel-to-Reel


$35 each 33, 45 & 78 rpm Record

Return Media Options

One-time Digital Download starting at $5.99

Starting at $5.99 per Disc Set

Starting at $5.99 per USB


Cloud starting at $5.99 for year

USB - $15.95 

Digital download

DVD


USB


Private cloud

Digital Download Free

$11.95 per DVD set

$9.95 per USB

$199.90 per 500GB
Portable HDD

DVD


USB:
16gb - $15
32gb - $20
64gb - $30
128gb - $45 

Prepaid Box Kit

$30 for 2 items

 
$140 for 10 items

 
$280 for 20 items

 
$550 for 40 items

Additional Charges That Can Be Included and Options

Priority Digitizing

Paying extra for priority digitizing or scanning service treats you with special privileges and custom services. For example, your order is next in line for digitization regardless of when it arrives in company service. So instead of waiting for weeks, you can get your order in a couple of days. Some digitizing services charge this feature as low as $2 per item up to $28 per box of items.

Return Delivery Options

You can choose how you want to receive your files back. It can be a DVD, Blu-ray disc, USB flash drive, External Hard Drive, or cloud storage. Of course, besides the digitizing process, you have to pay extra for these options.

DVD, Blu-ray, and CD

digitizing to dvd

The price range for digitizing analog to DVD goes from $5.99 per DVD up to $79.99 per custom DVD. Some services include the Blu-ray option, which is $14.99 per disc.

USB

digitizing to usb

Transferring memories to a USB drive starting at:

  • $6 for 8GB
  • $15 for 16GB
  • $20 for 32GB
  • $30 for 64GB
  • $45 for 128GB

Note: Some services charge even more for specific memory sizes.

External Hard Drive

digitizing to external hdd

Several services offer the external hard drive as a solution for easy and safe storage for a more significant amount of files that customers request.

The current price for an External Hard Drive goes from $99.99 to $199.

Cloud Storage

digitizing cloud

Cloud storage is the newest way to preserve digital memories after digitization. Your files are safe and secure in an online account that you can access anywhere on all devices, so you'll never worry about losing memories.

Services like iMemories even have cloud storage and mobile apps, enabling you to access media anytime, share privately, and download on your device. iMemories charges $5.99/month and $49.99/year for cloud storage. When you order with iMemories, you will get a 30-day free cloud trial.

Digitizing services usually charge cloud storage by time and the number of digitized files:

  • $5.99 for two items per month
  • $4.95 for five days and one item

Note: Some services charge $5.99 per month for an unlimited number of items.

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Shipping Fees

Highly-rated digitizing companies include a reasonable price for shipping and returning boxes with originals. In addition, with digitizing boxes, you will find pre-paid return shipping labels inside them for sending your media to digitizing service.

Note: Most services return originals by default with no extra charge, and some will charge you for that.

Conclusion

The delicate process of converting memories into digital formats can be challenging and time-consuming. Many companies offer this service, but few have the proper resources to do so in-house without any help from outside specialists.

Some companies send media from their customers and ship them to other larger companies to be converted. This is why the process may last up to 8 weeks with some services.

Choosing a reputable company with good reviews and a complete in-house process gives you relief to know that your tapes are being handled with care.

Using a good digitizing company also includes process speed and flexibility. For example, they can turn your VHS to DVD within one to three weeks or offer same-day services for an additional price.

We've compiled a list of some of the best-rated and most experienced digitizing companies to make your decision easier. All of these companies have reasonable prices and great customer service records. Plus, they all use state-of-the-art equipment to ensure the highest quality results for your project. So what are you waiting for? Start browsing through our selection and find the perfect company for your needs!

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