Why should I transfer my 8mm and
home movie film to video?
For most people, it has been a long time
since you have seen your old home movie films. Getting the
projector and screen set up can be a hassle, and disappointing
too, if the projector lamp is burned out or if the projector
“eats” your precious movies. Having your films
transferred will make viewing them so much easier!
Also, film deteriorates over time - and without transferring
the film images to another media like DVD or digital video,
they will be lost.
Is this expensive? How much does it
are there any options to choose from?
Transferring your old home movies to video
is something that you will likely do only once. It is an
investment in your family heritage to ensure that the
precious memories captured on your films years ago are
preserved. Also video
transfer allows you and your family to easily enjoy these films using
a DVD player, instead of relying on
obsolete film projectors.
You can choose to have your films
transferred to DVD or a digital video format such as digital tape (miniDV,
8mm or DVCAM) - or hard drive. The transfer fee is determined by the amount of film to
be transferred. Our pricing
is based on a sliding scale so that a greater quantity of film
would result in a greater discounting of the transfer fee. For example,
the transfer fee for 20 small 50ft reels of film is not double the
price for 10 reels - it is less. All transfers are priced using the
same schedule whether you have 16mm film, Regular 8mm film or Super 8mm
Which video medium should I have my
films transferred to - DVD, Hard Drive or Digital Tape?
clients, transfer to DVD is the most popular choice - but
increasingly many are also asking for their footage on hard drive too.
Likewise fewer clients are requesting transfer to digital videotape. To
simplify this FAQ, we will discuss only DVD and hard drive options -
but we do offer digital tape as an option too. If you have questions
about transfer to digital tape, please feel free to e-mail or call.
Transferring your films to DVD enables easy viewing and exceptional audio/video
quality. Remember how awkward it was to search for a
scene manually by forwarding and rewinding through a VHS tape?
With all transfers to DVD, we make 'chapter stops' at
about every 3 to 5 minutes. This makes scanning through your
films so much faster and convenient. HOWEVER, please note that in
everyday use DVDs can be lost, scratched or otherwise damaged
by children, pets, etc. Fortunately, DVD copies are
inexpensive, so it is wise to order several extra copies for family
and friends - and be sure to keep at least one set of DVDs in a safe
place to ensure that more copies can be made if necessary.
can also transfer
your 8mm & 16mm films to hard drives. Most commonly, this
option is for those clients
that plan on using computer software to edit
their home movie films further or as a secondary form of archive. The
video file that we will put on your hard drive is a standard DV stream
and it will be 'large' (about 12 gigs/hour of video) and will typically
show as an .avi file. This file will play on windows media player.
You may certainly opt to have your films recorded to both DVD and hard
drive. Unlike transfers to DVD, film transfers
on to hard drive do not
include any titles or music.
pricing for each of
these options, please use the scrolling box below:
|| DVD or
There is an additional charge
of $7.50 to switch back and forth between regular and super 8mm
or 16mm films in the same order because each are run on
separate equipment. The most economical way to transfer your films is
to number them so that all the regular 8mm films, the
super 8mm films and 16mm films are grouped together. If you
are unsure, we will be glad to do this for you - just write
this request on your order form.
For help in determining the type
quantity of film that you have, click here.
included in the
film transfer fee?
- We clean and lubricate your film and
weak splices or broken film.
- We rewind and repair any film that
'upside down', 'backwards', etc.
- We use aerial image technology for high
quality image transfer.
- We use modern video cameras for the
image quality. Some of our competitors utilize single-chip
cameras that are 20+ years old!
- We add a FREE
background music sound track. The music we use for the
background is 'orchestral' (no vocals) and the mood is nostalgic and
(Note: We do not add music to any order containing a film that has
sound unless you specifically request us to do so.)
- We add complementary title screens to
the beginning and at the end of your film transfer.
- We have over 25 years of experience in
film transfer. We understand that your films are
'priceless' and we treat them with the care that you expect.
Most families order
so that there are copies for each sibling and for the parents. By
the technique that we use, all your copies will be equally high quality
originals! Up to 2
hours of footage (this is about 1700-1800 feet of 8mm film) will fit
onto one DVD disk (or VHS video).
should I do and how long does it take?
All you need to do is to:
the film reels in the order that you would like them
||3. Send the
order form along with your films to the address shown below.
Processing your order
normally takes about 2-3 weeks from the time that we receive it. This
timing may extend longer based on order backlog. The best way
to check on the current backlog status is to email us at