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Southtree vs. Lifewire

By Adam Boeselager


Your basement closet is jam-packed with dusty photo albums, comprised of pictures crinkling and fading with time. CDs are spilling out of bulky boxes, and dysfunctional VHS tapes are being crushed and scratched under the weight of all those 70s-era sweater vests you refuse to part ways with.


Well, at Southtree, we can help you make some room. Your old videos and Polaroid strips are undoubtedly sentimental and valuable, which is why you should be sure to protect them. Our company has the technology necessary to convert all your old memorabilia into timeless, digital content.


Nowadays there are tons of outlets available to you for making this step. One company that teaches you how to digitize on your own is Lifewire. But, we’d like to explain why choosing to trust us with your most precious memories is the best decision.


Who We Are

Our company, Southtree—located in the heart of Chattanooga, Tennessee—has been featured on NPR, Yahoo! Tech, and Inc. 500, to name a few. Over the years, we’ve served more than 350,000 families and have created an estimated three million DVDs. Because we are in charge of the entire digitizing process, you can be certain your items are in safe hands from the moment you make an order, to your final delivery. Throughout each step of the process, we keep you up to date, so you never have to worry about your originals. (We’re kind of like the dog sitter that is well aware of your separation anxiety and sends lots of photos, so that you’re rest-assured your pup is alive and well!) Once we’ve finalized the digital conversion, we make sure to send your original copies back to you, totally in tact, as well as your new DVDs and optional thumb drive.


Who Is Lifewire?

Lifewire is an online company that provides tech-focused how-to’s, gear reviews, and big picture articles to its readers. Lifewire teaches its users how to utilize phones, computers, and more, efficiently, in addition to guiding you to the best tech gadgets available. With the motto “Tech Untangled,” the company does a great job of explaining technology in a digestible, easy-to-understand manner. And one thing they explain is how to digitize your own content. 


Why Us

Of course digitizing independently could save you money (if you already have the required supplies), but there are also a lot of things that can go wrong, as well as several inconvenient steps along the way. Do you have a reliable scanner? Do you have a computer? Are the folders and files on your computer well organized, and is there plenty of space for more data? Are you willing to make sure every photo is prepped and cleaned before scanning? Are you willing to go through and scan your photos one by one? Are you super tech literate? Do you have dependable, high-quality lighting above your scanner?


If your answer is ‘no’ to any of these, it could save you a lot of time and energy in the long-run to go through us. By choosing Southtree, you’ll save yourself a lot of unneeded effort and potential risk, and you’ll be certain that the results are of the highest quality.


Whether you decide to try digitizing on your own, or you put your trust in Southtree, we highly suggest you take the time to clear out that closet space and enter the Digital Era. The poodle skirts can wait, but the VHS tapes, 8 mm films, and grainy photographs are in desperate need of attention!

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