PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Today it’s easy to share and enjoy the digital pictures and videos we take.

But what about your pictures filed away in photo albums or the home movies sitting in a box?

Chances are you have a stack of old photos, films or slides collecting dust in your home.

“We have a lot of people that come in and they find the films in their grandparent’s house, they have the films done and when they get them back nobody knows who the people are in the film,” said Jim Britt owner of Media Transfer Company. “So get it done now while you still have people around that can identify the people in the films, so you can pass that family history along.”

There are professionals companies that have the knowledge and equipment to digitize a large amount of items in a short period of time and transfer them onto a DVD or a hard drive.

“You really want to understand the cost,” said Angie Hicks, of Angie’s List. “How do they charge? Do they charge a flat rate? Is it by the photo? Also, are there extra charges for color correction? You want to be sure you get the full glimpse of how much you are going to pay so you can compare quotes.”

If you find a local company to do the job, you can likely just drop off your items, otherwise you’ll have to pack up and ship the materials.

Ask what steps the company takes to ensure your item’s safekeeping?

Until you are ready to digitize your photos and videos, store your materials in a safe, dry place like an interior closet.

Keep them away from attics and basements where humidity and moisture can cause damage.

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