Let’s Get Digital!

Do you have any old VHS tapes, film negatives, or home cassette tapes that you want to look at again? At the Central Library we can help you convert your old film to digital format!

The reference staff at Central can help you

  • Scan your photographs, using a Fujitsu ScanSnap iX100 wireless mobile scanner
  • Convert film negatives and slides using a Wolverine F2D Mighty 20MP 7-in-1 film to digital converter
  • Convert your old mix tapes and cassettes to MP3
  • Transfer video from VHS tape to a digital format

You have the option of receiving a brief tutorial and continuing on your own or you can get step-by-step assistance the entire time. For your appointment, bring your film/VHS/cassette tapes/photographs, and an USB/SD storage drive of at least 8 GB (preferred) or have a Cloud account to upload to Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, iCloud, Box, Amazon Cloud Drive.

Scanning is by appointment at the Central Library- call 434.979.7151 x 4 or email reference@jmrl.org to set up a time.

Photo Editing Apps

As holidays, graduations, and blooming plants come up over the next few months make sure your photos shine with these free and easy-to-use photo editing apps.

Photo Editor by Aviary (available on iOS and Android) – Use professionally photo 1designed filters and a host of touch-up tools to enhance your photos. The app also lets you create stickers and frames and draw on images.

vscoVSCO (available on iOS and Android) – This app has great editing tools and camera controls, but also includes a social component allowing you to share photos, curate collections, and find and follow others from around the world.

psPhotoshop Express (available on iOSAndroid, and even Windows phone) – Everything you’d expect from the household name in photo editing software including stock filters, red-eye correction, and lots of tools. One great feature is the ability to create and save your own unique filters.

ssSnapseed (available on iOS and Android) – Long a favorite of amateur photographers, this app has professional level tools and filters like lens blur, and precision and layering of edits.

instaAnd of course there is the popular photo-sharing app Instagram (available on iOS and Android), that also includes filters and basic editing tools. Even JMRL is on it, so make sure you follow along.