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Southtree vs. iMemories

By Dillon Wallace

Who should you trust with converting your memories?


Think about how fun and nostalgic it is to go through all those old photo albums. Now think about that box of old VHS tapes and undeveloped film that’s sitting in your basement. Think of all the fun that could be had going back through all those videos and photos – reliving those memories.


Now stop thinking and start doing! You’ve got the memories and we’ve got the technology to let you experience them again and again – anywhere, anytime. But we don’t want you to just take our word for it when we say we’re the best, so we’ll let the facts speak for themselves. After all, they’re your precious memories, and we don’t expect you to trust just anyone with them.


A little about us

Southtree was founded on the conviction to restore and revalue what’s been devalued. We’re about preserving outdated memories. Turning tapes, film, photos, audio and more into digital keepsakes that can last generations to come. We began with just an idea in garage in Tennessee. Over the last five years, we’ve gone from small start-up to one of the largest and most trusted digital preservation companies in the world – creating nearly 4 million DVDs a year from old media.


Side-by-side comparison

Now that you know us and our mission a little better, it’s time for what you really came for – how do we stack up? Well, here’s a nice, easy-to-read table so you can compare us to iMemories, another leading digital memory company.





Only 1 company handles your film, cassettes and photos?



Anyone can use it?



Easy shipping from home?


Only if you purchase the SafeShip Kit. Otherwise, you purchase your own box and ship yourself.

Film Formats Accepted

Regular 8, Super 8, 16mm

VHS, VHS-C, Hi8, Video 8, Digiatl 8, MiniDV, Betamax, Micro MV, PAL

Regular 8, Super 8, 16mm

VHS, VHS-C, Hi8, Video 8, Digiatl 8, MiniDV, Betamax, Micro MV, PAL

Audio Formats Accepted

Audio cassette, compact, tapes, audio tapes, reel-to-reel


Convenient Packages to Choose?



Package Starting Price

$74.95 – up to 3 items

$29.99 Medium Kit

$39.99 Large Kit

Pricing per tape, film and slide separately

What’s Included?

Welcome guide with instructions

Crush proof box

Barcodes for each item

Pre-paid return shipping label

Digitization by hand

SafeShip Kit includes:

Crush-proof box

Digitization by hand



Turn-around Time?

3-4 weeks

2-3 weeks

Thumb Drive Option?



Customer Service Availability?

Southtree concierge so you can talk to an expert at any time – phone and email

Customer Service line from iMemories (phone and email)

USA Today recommended





Both digital preservation companies can convert your beloved memories safely and accurately, but it’s a classic case of you get what you pay for. Southtree offers convenient, at-home simplicity with more options in their kit, including audio conversions, but they come in at a bit more out-of-pocket cost. But for the little extra cash, Southtree still gets the nod. It’s time to reclaim your glory days with Southtree!

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