Sweet Critique: iMemories #PreservingMemories #CBias

iMemoriesMany of us have memories we want to preserve, both in the form of old home movies and photos.  I know we “became adults” right as digital stuff was getting really popular, and then we were too poor to afford it.  But, since I love my tech stuff, I really hated not having our home movies in digital format.  For one, we never watched them because of the hassle involved in doing so, and two, you can’t share something digitally that’s on a Hi8 tape…

iMemories

How to Convert the Movies?

 

I knew I didn’t want to do this myself.  I have access to most of the stuff I would need to do so, and the instructions on how to do so, but I’ve had that all for a while and I’ve never done it.  So a DIY was out of the question.

I knew there were services out there that could do this for me, but I never really looked into them and they didn’t seem to be readily available, you know?  If it wasn’t marketed to me actively, I probably didn’t see it…  I’m a busy mom.

Then I had the opportunity to use iMemories.  I understood the concept, but I didn’t quite understand how I’d come to love it.

Because iMemories teamed up with The UPS Store, the process is so unbelievably easy!  You literally gather up your old movie, bring them in to The UPS Store, and they pack and ship them for you.  I brought mine stuff in a plastic grocery bag!

The UPS Store

Shipping to iMemories at The UPS Store

Myra at The UPS Store

Once iMemories gets it, they label and log it, digitize it, and then post it on their secure site for you to either label and organize them, or just have them put directly onto DVD.  When they’re done, they mail back the originals and the DVDs.

That’s it.  That’s the whole process.  It’s a simple trip to The UPS Store, and a few mouse clicks.  Uber-bonus:  while you’re waiting for your DVDs to arrive, you can watch your home movies online.  We’ve been enjoying that so much.  It’s brought the three of us together at the table several times now, watching what life was like years ago.  Warm fuzzies baby, warm fuzzies.

digitized home movies

What Did I Think?

 

Overall I’m happy with the service.  This really makes me want to digitize the rest of our stuff.  It was so easy.  My outbound shipping got a bit wonky {the package left AL, and then came back and sat for a couple of day…}, so my package was delivered a couple of days late, but other than working with a deadline, that’s really a non-issue for me.  And for the record, I love UPS as a shipping provider, and am rarely ever presented with delayed shipments.  Like I could probably count them on one hand…

The customer service I received at both The UPS Store and from iMemories was exceptional.  I love that I got a personal email from someone at iMemories letting me know I could view my videos online and that my DVDs would be shipped out soon.

I do wish I could get them on Blu-Ray, though.  Maybe someday!

I can’t show you my DVDs just yet {they’re supposed to be here tomorrow}, but I’ll update you as soon as they come in!

If you’re looking to do this for yourself or as a gift, for whatever reason, I definitely recommend using this service.  To find out a bit more about the whole process, check out my Google+ photo story!

#PreservingMemories with iMemories & The UPS Store

True Confessions:  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. #CBias All statements are my own.