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Kodak vs. Southtree

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By Dillon Wallace

Converting your old film, photos and analog audio formats is a two-sided affair. On the bright side, the technology to ensure your memories are made to last is out there. On the not-so-bright side, there’s a growing number of digitization companies and DIY software saturating the market, making your decision of who is better than who increasingly difficult. 


But that’s why we’re here, to help you look on the even brighter than bright side and clear any ambiguity. We’ve put together two of today’s most popular digitizing companies in a side-by-side comparison to see what each offers you and your memories.  


Who they are

Southtree is headquartered in Chattanooga, Tennessee that offers a consumer-friendly DIY digitization process. The pricing structure is based on the exact number of items you choose to send in, plus you get the option to select which resolution you want your items converted to, but you are responsible for packaging and mailing your own trove of media-filled memories.


KODAK needs no introduction as the company is one of the original pioneers of the industry. They provide mail-in professional digital conversion services for film, photography, video and audio tapes and more. Simply load up the pre-paid box with your various analog media and send them in for digitization.



KODAK

Southtree

Only 1 company handles your film, cassettes, and photos?

Yes

Yes

 

Anyone can use it?

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Packaging materials included?

 

Yes

 

No

 

Return shipping included?

 

Yes

 

No

 

Film Formats Accepted

 

Regular 8, Super 8, 16mm

 

Regular 8, Super 8, 16mm

 

Tape Formats Accepted

 

VHS, VHS-C, Hi8, Video 8, Digital 8, Mini DV, Betamax, Micro MV, PAL

 

VHS, VHS-C, Hi8, Video 8, Digital 8, Mini DV, Betamax, Micro MV, PAL

 

Convenient Packages to Choose?

 

Yes

 

No

 

Step-by-Step Tracking?

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Package Starting Price

 

$69.99 (3-piece box)

 

N/A

 

Turn-around Time

 

3-4 Weeks

 

3-4 Weeks

 

Optional Thumb Drive of videos/photos included?

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Customer Service Availability

 

Through KODAK. All questions answered by the KODAK team.

 

Through Southtree. All questions answered by the Southtree team.

 

USA Today Recommended?

 

Yes

 

No

 

 

And the winner is …

(Drumroll, please) Both! That’s right, both companies are great for your digitization needs. Ultimately, the only differences comes down to whether you want to custom your package and pricing. If you’ve got the need for just a couple tapes, film or photos, then Southtree is perfect for you. On the other hand, if you’ve got a whole tub in the attic full of old film and tapes, then KODAK’s bulk, pre-paid packaging is probably more for you. Both companies have professional technicians to care for your memoires, keep them private and in good condition – not to mention, return them to you quickly and safely to share with friends and family.

 

So, if you’ve got some memories you’re looking to digitize, look no further than either Southtree or KODAK to help you relive those little league games, dance recitals and family vacations.

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