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Which is Preferable - Converting Film to USB or DVD

Film formats are forever changing. The most popular and widely used film formats of yesteryear have changed many times over the last few decades. This being the case, it has become a must to convert footage from older film into a modern format, in order to preserve those precious memories.

Until relatively recently, the preferred format to convert old film into was DVD. Chapters and title screens can be built to allow for easy viewing. DVD also provides high picture and sound quality, and can be easily and conveniently viewed at home. A digital format which can be saved to USB is now becoming an ideal option, although often it depends on your specific requirements and capabilities. 

This article will discuss some of the reasons why people prefer one over the other.


One of the main reasons people like to convert their old film to other formats is to preserve their footage. Older film types are in danger of damage and decay after years of sitting in storage, which can mean the end of your preserved memories.Obviously, converting to DVD or USB ensures they are kept safe for longer. 

Generally speaking, converting film to USB drives are best suited for temporary storage. You may better served having your footage on a USB, however, as you can easily make copies on your computer and even upload the files online, where they can exist for as long as you need them. Compare this to a DVD, which is difficult to copy if you don’t have specific software and hardware. Plus, the discs themselves need to be stored correctly to ensure they don’t get damaged.


Convenience is another big factor. No one wants to pull out the ancient projector to watch old film from the good old days. Instead, it’s much better to bring it up on your existing home entertainment system. Converting to DVD and USB allow for this. 

The large majority of Australian homes have a DVD player set up, but many stream content online or even use a Blu-Ray player. Plus, there are many TV and entertainment systems that have USB ports, meaning you can plug in and play the USB files from there.



Having a digital media file of your footage on USB is preferable in this case, as you are able to share it with multiple devices and even put it online all from your computer. These same capabilities are available for DVDs, but they require some advanced knowledge, whereas most computer-literate people can easily share a video file on the computer.

Potential for Customisation

When you have video to DVD conversion service with a professional, you can have your choice of title menu and scene selection, which makes for some pretty neat customization. But in this case the clear winner is the digital option; when you put the video file on your computer, you can edit it and customize it with a range of different options, depending on the software you are using. This means you can add titles, music, cut-out scenes and more.

In most cases having film converted to USB is preferable, provided you have some handle on technology and you have the hardware required. If you’re looking for this kind of service, don’t hesitate to contact us at 03 9598 6463 or get in touch with Cineclair Productions for a free quote today!

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