Photos and text by Gabrielle. This post is brought to you by Legacybox. Get 40% off when you give it a try! Find the code below.
Okay you guys. This one is a game changer. You know that box in the back the closet? The one with photo negatives from the years before your first digital camera and the random camcorder tapes? What is even on those? And you know that shoebox at your Mom’s place? The one with the rolls of Super8 film, and the stacks of slides she inherited from Grandpa? Well pay attention, because I’m about to show you how turn those into high-quality, totally useable digital files. And all you need is Legacybox. It’s like magic!
The reality is, almost all of us have those boxes, because technology changes so fast these days, that even something we used on a daily basis 10 years ago, might not be accessible anymore. Do you still have a VHS camcorder? Or a VHS player? Nope? Neither do we. But we did once, and it would be awesome to be able to watch the movies we made on those VHS tapes, right? Wouldn’t your kids love seeing those?
Legacybox can handle pretty much any old, outdated format you can dish up. Sign up at Legacybox and they will send you a kit which includes a guide, round-trip shipping, a crush proof box, and access to a personal concierge so you can talk to an expert any time. You fill the box with any formats in your collection — tapes, film, image negatives, whatever you’ve got — then send it back with their pre-paid label. Then, you go about your business. In a few weeks you’ll receive your originals back along with DVDs and digital files ready to share and enjoy! I’m telling you, it’s magical.
One of my favorite parts, to make sure nothing gets lost or mixed up, the Legacybox kit includes barcode labels. You add a barcode to every single thing you put in the box, and then you can track it all online to make sure your memories stay safe through the whole process.
We put a bunch of stuff in our Legacybox kit. Photo negatives, a VHS tape from our wedding, a VHS tape with a Bean Society video on it (have I ever told you about The Bean Society?). Getting the box back was such a delight! It felt like finding treasure. One of the things we got back are several photos of baby Ralph — taken before the digital camera era. The first one is from his blessing day:
Such a treat for me to be able to see and easily share these images! Want to give it a try? I’ve got a BIG discount code for you! The first 50 people who you use the code DESIGN at checkout will receive 40% off their Legacybox!
Tell me, Friends. If you were filling a Legacybox kit, what would you put in? What tapes or images or film is waiting patiently in your storage? What footage have you not seen for 20 years? It’s fun to think about!