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I have a quantity of photos/slides that is in between your packages, which one should I order?

It’s rare that clients have exactly 500, 1000 or 2,000 photos.  This is why we have the discounted “overage” fee listed in each of our packages.  We recommend purchasing the lesser quantity of the two packages you fall between and upon completion, we will either bill you the overage fee for the remaining photos or charge for an additional package, whichever is cheaper.

For example, if you have 2500 photos, you don’t need to purchase a 2000 photo package and (1) additional 500 photo package.  Just purchase a 2000-Photo package and we’ll charge the 10 cents/per photo for the remaining 500 ($50) upon completion.

Alternatively, if you purchased a 500-Photo package but send us 1000 photos, it would be cheaper to upgrade you to the 1000-Photo package ($58) rather than charge the 15 cents/per photo overage ($75).

 

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What formats do you scan and what is the cost?

We’re glad you asked!  We scan all formats of film and the pricing is listed below (based on quantity).  Please call us to order any negative scanning services!

Format

Fee

Notes
35mm
(3200dpi)

35¢/per frame

Bulk discounts available depending on quantity (see chart below)

Quantity Price
100-499 30¢/frame
500-1000 27¢/frame
1001-5000 25¢/frame
5000+ Contact Us

4800dpi = .02¢/per frame (upon completion)

Medium Format
(up to 2 ¼ x 3 ½)

1.50/each

2000dpi
Large Format(> 2 ¼ x 3 ½)

$2.00/each

1000dpi
APS

$10/roll

3200dpi
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What formats do you scan and what is the cost?

We’re glad you asked!  Please see the table below for the formats and prices based on quantity:

 

Format

Fee

Notes
35mm
(3200dpi)

35¢/per frame

Bulk discounts available depending on quantity (see chart below)

Quantity Price
100-499 30¢/frame
500-1000 27¢/frame
1001-5000 25¢/frame
5000+ Contact Us

4800dpi = .08¢/per frame (upon completion)

Medium Format
(up to 2 ¼ x 3 ½)

1.50/each

2000dpi
Large Format(> 2 ¼ x 3 ½)

$2.00/each

1000dpi
APS

$10/roll

3200dpi
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Can I play the DVD disc of my photos on a DVD player?

The short answer is no.  We use DVD discs as data discs just like a CD – except they hold more information.  But most DVD players are not able to read the type of file your photos will be burned as (jpeg).  The DVD disc is compatible with any PC/Mac computer and some DVD players that can read data (check your DVD player specifications).  Keep in mind that our photo scanning is not the same as our photo slideshow service in which we add music, special transitions and effects and can be viewed as a movie on your DVD player.

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What makes your video slideshow services different from others?

At VistaPix Media, we believe in the power of a picture. It can invoke emotion, capture a fleeting moment forever, or be the catalyst that sells an idea. We enjoy creating video slideshows for the same reason you enjoy watching them. For some, it may be to celebrate a life changing event like a wedding, birth of a child, or retirement. For others, it may be a somber occasion to pay tribute to a loved one. For a business owner, a slideshow on their website may be the difference between them and the competition. No matter what the occasion, we are honored to play a part in how you remember it. We strive to creatively capture the intent of your slideshow while conveying a message of joy, admiration, reverence, or professionalism. VistaPix Media creates a captivating journey with your photographs by using their individual significance to create a collective presentation that is far more powerful. View our Portfolio to see the VistaPix difference.

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How many photos should I use in a slideshow?

In general, each photo will have a 7 second screen time (including transition time between photos). So, that would equal about 8-9 photos per minute. If an average song lasts 3 minutes, you would need about 24-27 photos per song. This will also allow for an intro and conclusion if you so wish. Keep in mind, more basic transitions and photo effects will run slightly faster than the more complex ones. We will determine the style of slideshow you prefer by asking you some simple questions after you place your order.  In general, we don’t recommend making a slideshow with more than 200 photos as it can be very lengthy to view as well as to create.

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What type of photos should I use for my slideshow?

While digital photos are preferred for both the quality and ease in transfer, you may certainly send us your paper photos to be scanned in at the highest quality (600dpi). Our scanning process automatically performs basic color adjustments as well as dust and scratch removal to assure the best quality possible for your video slideshow. We can also scan negatives as well as slides. Photos that have been cropped at odd angles, used in scrapbooks, or have extensive tears or water damage are not recommended for slideshows. In addition, having a variety of horizontal and vertical photos will give more dimension to your slideshow.

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What size pictures should I send?

If you are sending digital files, you may send us .JPEG, .PNG, or .TIF files. They should be at least 1000×750 pixels (right click on the photo, select “Properties” and look at the “Details” tab to find this number). If you are scanning in your photos and sending the digital versions to us, please make sure to scan at 300dpi or more. If you are sending us paper photographs, we can accept anything from wallet size to 8×10.

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How should I mail my photographs/CDs/documents to VistaPix?

We recommend any form of shipping that can track your shipment. The speed at which you send your items directly impacts how quickly we can start working on your video slideshow, so the faster, the better. Take great care in packaging your photos, mark them “Photos – Do Not Bend” and package them inside a Ziploc bag to protect them from any water damage they could encounter during shipment. VistaPix Media cannot be held responsible for the handling of your material during shipment, but guarantee their security while they are in our care.

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Can I scan my photos myself rather than sending them to you to be scanned?

By all means! This is a great way to avoid the additional labor charge for us to scan them in for you. Just be sure you are using the highest dpi setting (at least 300dpi) on your scanner to ensure the best quality images for your video slideshow. If you have questions about our scanning services, please see our Photo Archiving Info.

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Can I include video clips in my photo slideshow DVD?

Sure! All of our packages include the option to include video clips. It is a good idea to keep clips less than 2 minutes long to increase the dramatic effect of the slideshow. We are able to work with .mpg, .mov, .mpeg, and .avi file types. If you choose to include any video clips, please let us know the start/stopping points.

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How do you get the music I want to play in the slideshow?

VistaPix Media can use any song(s) you request by either purchasing them on your behalf from iTunes (included in the package price) or by having you send the CD that contains the song directly to us. Because these songs are purchased legally and for your personal use, we are abiding by FAIR USE Act Provisions (2007). If you need suggestions for music, please contact us and we’d be happy to suggest the perfect accompaniment to your slideshow. One note regarding song choices: Be sure you listen to the whole song to make sure the lyrics are appropriate for the tone and subject of your slideshow. Sometimes an instrumental version of the song may be a better choice.

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Why should I archive my photos?

Photographs are truly priceless, irreplaceable “bookmarks” that hold each page of our lives as a visual reminder of our past. For something so significant, it is vital to preserve them the best way we know how; digitally. Digital media won’t deteriorate, discolor, or fade with time. They can be stored in a much smaller space than the boxes of photographs currently taking up room in closets, attics, and basements. Multiple copies can be made to share with family and friends. Lastly, the process of transferring your photos is an easy, but time consuming task. That’s where VistaPix Media comes in. Visit our Photo Archiving Information to place an order and have your most treasured memories preserved.

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Will my photos be safe while they are in your possession?

Absolutely! From the time they arrive at our door, we will ensure their safety and confidentiality. We pride ourselves on a fast turnaround time so your precious photos will be out of your possession for the shortest length of time possible.  They will be kept under lock and key at all times, except when we are scanning them or packaging them up securely to return to you.  Although we cannot accept liability of your photos during shipment,  we have had very good service using FedEx.

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Can you scan negatives and slides?

Yes! Our state-of-the-art scanners allow us to scan your slides and negatives at a very high dpi setting (3000). A couple of things to remember: do not cut your negatives apart and leave them in the sleeves (if you have them).  Contact us for quotes on negatives and visit our slide scanning page for current pricing and packages.

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