8mm and super 8 film conversion to DVD, BluRay or Files
We only use professional broadcast equipment and are able to offer services for about 1/2 of what it would cost from a professional lab in NY or LA. If you are looking for the best film conversion quality at a good price, you found it. We do a wide range of work from amateur film to Government archives to Hollywood Independent Movies.
Leading Technology and Equipment For The Best Film Conversions
Breaking News: We are a company continually researching and developing new technologies to get more quality from your film conversions. We are very proud to offer our brand new Advanced Grain Elimination Technology. It removes 95% of grain and video noise from film to give you a clean, sharp video from your old movies. It is an amazing technology that has been in development for years.
Damaged sprocket holes? Shrunk film? No problem. These professional film scanners are roller based so they don't use the sprocket holes and have laser frame alignment to get 100% of the frame no matter how shrunk it is. If you have 16mm or 35mm film click here to view our 16mm and 35mm film services.
1Scanning per foot cost includes scanning only. This does not include the cost of the output format(s) like DVD. 2The example Pro 2K and Pro 4K picture includes optional color correction.
Did You Know You Lost So Much Quality Converting Film to VHS?
Most customers are unaware that when we went from 8mm and Super 8 film to VHS that we lost about 75% of the quality of our home movies. Yes, you heard me, 75%! 8mm and Super 8 film have around HD (1080) lines of resolution. VHS has 240 lines. So, when people converted their 8mm or Super 8 film to VHS they lost about 75% of the quality. One reason you may not of noticed was that your TV was only 240 to 300 lines itself. So, you wouldn't of been able to see the additional quality except by playing the film through a projector. Now that we have HDTVs and Ultra HDTVs the VHS transfer from your film would look like you did it in your garage with a projector playing the film and a VHS camcorder recording it. In fact, this was the basic technology of the day. There are still companies today converting your 8mm and Super 8 film using a modified projector and camcorder. Walmart, Costco and Walgreens all use a third party company that uses a modified projector and camcorder system. You only get 25% of the details from your film.
To truly archive your 8mm film you need to scan one level above the resolution. This is the generally accepted practice for film archiving. So, for 8mm and Super 8 film this means scanning your Super 8 film at 2K resolution. Even though this is the generally accepted practice we have always done our own research and in many cases developed our own leading edge technology. We have done many Pro HD vs Pro 2K comparisons. In all but one case it was clear that the Pro 2K process delivers video that was about 25-30% sharper and more detailed. On today's HDTVs that is a noticeable difference.
How Should I Store My 8mm and Super 8 Film?
One frequently asked question we get asked is, "how should I store my film?". According to the national film preservation foundation ,the Super 8 film should be kept in a dry cool place. Film stored in a closet of an air conditioned home (which averages about 65°F and 50% humidity) will last about 50 years. Reducing the temperature by just 15° will extend the life of the film to around 150 years! That's amazing. Because of this we recommend storing your film in your refrigerator. The Home Film Preservation Guide (www.filmforever.org) will show you the steps you need to follow in order to safely store your film in a refrigerator.
How Can I Create a Digital Master From My 8mm or Super 8 Film?
The second most frequently asked question we get asked is, "how can I create a digital master from my super 8 film and ensure it's safe keeping for decades to come?". The first part is the hardest. Creating a digital master as good as the 8mm or Super 8 film requires scanning one level above the film's resolution. In general, 8mm and Super 8 film are around 800 to 1000 lines. So, we recommend a 2K scan to ensure you get all the details. Our studies also indicate that scanning 8mm at 2K is required to truly archive the film. We've done several side by side comparisons between HD and 2K and 95% of the time the 2K scans look noticeable more detailed and sharper. After you have a good digital master you need to make sure it will be around for decades to come. Using today's technology that means you need the files on 2 separate drives at 2 separate locations. Those drives should not be hooked up to a computer or running. They should only be plugged in and used to check the files about every 6 months. If one fails immediate use a new drive to copy the files to. Even if the drives don't fail they should be replaced about every 5 years.
8mm and Super 8 film conversions are the most common services we perform. We can convert film to DVD and Super 8 film to DVD or BluRay but this is challenging because the frame size is so small. Our Pro HD film conversion service is designed to get all of the details from a film to DVD transfer. For more information on super 8 film conversion to DVD and Super 8 conversion to DVD services, please contact us.
100% Satisfaction Guarantee
100% Satisfaction Guarantee. Our service is the best in the business and so is our customer support. If for any reason you are unsatisfied with our results please contact us to discuss any options. *Quality of film conversion and restoration is dependent upon condition of existing film stock; severely deteriorated original materials may be beyond the reach of even the most sophisticated restoration methods. To learn more, see our 8mm and Super 8 Pro Hollywood Restoration.