One of the most common questions we get is “Should we Download, or get DVD or USB?” All formats have a few pro’s and con’s but with decline of DVD player sales, Download and/or USB is the most practical choice.
Download: Digital downloads are provided via Dropbox link and available for 30 days. Upon receiving the link via email (full payment must be made to receive download link) simply click the link and you will be brought to your download page. Click Download and your digital files will begin downloading. Downloads may take a while depending on how large your project is and your Internet bandwidth. Downloads may take anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours or more, again depending on project size and internet bandwidth.
DVD: If you have a DVD player already connected to your television, a DVD is very simple to use. Simply pop it in and press play. The main drawback of the slowly dieing DVD format is that many households no longer incorporate DVD players in their television setups. If you do not have a DVD player, you have no alternate option to view your videos. Even computers are slowly removing DVD drives from their builds.
USB: Digital files are created as MP4 video files and offer a few different ways to view, including computers, smart phones, Ipads and smart televisions. Digital files on a USB Flash Drive can be viewed, transferred and shared very easily. Many modern smart TV’s allow you to simply insert the flash drive and play your videos. Digital files can also be shared with friends and family in a variety of different options such as social media, Dropbox, Youtube, create your own USB duplicates, etc.
Online Hosting: Online hosting provides a simple way of sharing your video transfers with friends and family. We will provide a link and password which can be shared and those with link and password can view, share and download videos. Click Here for full details on Online Hosting.
Backup: One of the keys to digital media is backups. You can never have too many backups!! Physical media like DVD and/or USB instantly provides the first layer of backup, and with digital downloads, we highly recommend backing up upon completion of your downloads. The fastest and easiest method of backup is USB Flash Drive and a great way to incorporate “redundant backups. Here is a great example of Redundant Backup, lets say you transferred some old home movies to digital and have 4 total family members in these home movies. Creating 4 copies on USB and distributing gives you a great redundant backup plan, especially if they reside in different homes.
Recap: If you have a DVD player and are primarily looking to view on your TV without sharing, DVD may be a good choice. If you do not have a DVD player, or looking to share your transfers and are a bit tech savvy, digital files may be your best bet.
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