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The Brantford Public Library continues to add photo and film conversion items to its collection so people can digitize family memories.

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Several resources can be borrowed and taken home, while others are available at the library. All of them are pretty easy to use and will allow you to convert old materials including slides, film negatives, 8mm film and VHS tapes into digital files.

Let’s take a look at the digital conversion items available to borrow.

The first is the Wolverine Super Film to Digital Converter. This easy-to-use device allows users to save slides to digital files with just the press of a few buttons.

Another conversion tool that can be taken home is the Wolverine Film2digital Movie Make, which converts 8mm and Super 8mm home movies to digital files. No computer or special software is required for the slide or film converter. Both converters can be borrowed from the main branch.

The library also has two digital conversion resources for use at the main branch.

The first is a VHS to DVD converter in the MakerSpace area. Call 519-756-2220 or visit the library to reserve time on this device. And don’t forget to bring your own blank DVD to back up your recording.

The second is a high-end 11 x 17-inch photo scanner available in the Digital Media Lab. This scanner is connected to both an iMac and a Windows computer, which means users can scan and save their photos quickly and easily.

The multimedia lab must be reserved in advance by calling the library or using the online room reservation tool.

The lab can be booked for periods of two hours up to two weeks in advance.

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Both lab computers are equipped with the full Adobe Creative Suite, which means that everyone in the community has free access to world-class photo and video editing tools that can be used to restore old photos and create videos.

To learn how to use the programs contained in the suite, such as Adobe Photoshop, users can watch in-depth video tutorials via the library’s LinkedIn learning platform. These videos, which range from beginner to expert, are available online 24/7 with a library card.

At Your Library is a weekly column provided by the staff of the Brantford Public Library. Readers wanting more information can visit www.brantfordlibrary.ca.