Understanding your different file types

After your originals are digitized, we return them to you in different file types. Here's an explanation of what that means, how they differ, and the advantages to having each.

After your originals are digitized we return them to you in file types that differ depending on the format of the original, and the future use of its digital counterpart. Here’s what you need to know. 
Photos: Save, Show and Share
Every photo is digitized and returned to you in three different file types, each one serving a specific need. 
Save files are uncompressed,16 bit TIFF files (1200 PPI for prints, 4000 for slides and negatives). The TIFF file format is recommended by international guidelines for archival quality digital images, and is approximately 200MB.
Save files have not been altered or edited, and they contain a huge amount of information about the photograph. In the case of original prints, it also captures a colour target allowing for professional colour correction. 
This type of file is sometimes called a preservation or archival master file. We call them Save files because they shouldn’t be edited or altered in any way - they are the backup copies of your images. 
Show files are high quality, medium size JPG files (1200 PPI for prints, 4000 PPI for slides and negatives).They are approximately 30MB.  
Show files have been edited and enhanced to look even better than the originals they came from. They’ve been cropped, rotated, white balanced, and adjusted for contrast and brightness. Each image has been sharpened, while dust and scratches have been softened. 
This type of file is perfect for editing, creating slideshows, printing and saving in online albums. 
Share files are small JPG files (300 PPI), and are approximately 1MB.
Share files have the same adjustments as their Show versions, but are a smaller, more compatible size for social media.
This type of file is made for sharing with friends and family online, and is ideal for platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Videos: Watch
Watch files are high-quality MP4 files (4K 3840 x 2160 resolution). This type of file size varies depending on the length of a scene, but is typically 200MB/minute.
Watch files have been upscaled, and enhanced. Each video has noise reduction and sharpening, as well as colour and exposure correction. You’ll also receive your videos as independent scenes, rather than as an entire tape or one large file. Any blank space/tape is removed so that videos are seamless. 
Watch files are made for sharing, creating movies and slideshows, and for enjoying with friends and family.
Audio: Hear
Hear files are high-quality MP3 files. This type of file size varies depending on the length of a track, but is typically 1MB/minute. 
Hear files are edited in to independent tracks, to represent a single song or sections of audio, rather than receiving an entire tape or CD on one large file. Any blank space/tape is removed so that the tracks are seamless. 
This type of file is perfect for both conserving and sharing your recordings - they sound excellent and are compatible with MP3 playing apps and editing software

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