Home Movies on Film
Part of your family's history is likely recorded on reel to reel film. However, chances are you don't even have a projector to play these 8mm memories anymore. Luckily, ScanDigital can save your home movie footage by converting your reels of 8mm film to digital DVD. Our film to digital transfer service handles 8mm, Super8 and 16mm film. Transfer your memories to DVD in just a few weeks!
Footage Guide for Film Reels
Note: Some 3 inch reels are housed in boxes that list the footage at 25 feet. These are double 8mm reels of film, and in fact have 50 feet of film to be transferred, not the listed 25 feet. Prior to recording, the reel consisted of 25 feet of film. After the film was developed, it was split down the middle and converted to 50 feet of 8mm film, doubling the footage on the reel.
More Details on Preserving Film
Old home movie film dates back to the 1930s. It was a fantastic innovation, allowing families to record motion pictures of everyday life - just like Hollywood. While 8mm and 16mm film is more durable than videotape, it's decades old and currently at the end of its lifespan. It's also highly inconvenient or completely impossible to watch - as home movie projectors are obsolete. Even if you have one, you have likely forgotten how to use it, it's broken, or you don't want to go through the hassle of taking it out of storage. More importantly - running old brittle 8mm film through your projector will possibly break it or burn it, thus ruining the treasured memories forever.
The natural aging process has likely already caused your memories to deteriorate, which includes fading, scratches and other damaging effects of time. Ultimately, damage and decay causes old 8mm film to crack and even break. Fortunately, ScanDigital will repair these imperfections by splicing the film back together to obtain a seamless transfer. You will also never have to worry about your reels of film being lost or damaged due to fire, flooding or any other unforeseen circumstances.
For our film to digital process, we delicately unwind your reels to inspect, repair and clean the film before processing begins. Our highly trained technicians first inspect your 8mm or 16mm film for bad splices and broken sprockets and repair where necessary. Then, we clean your film with an oil based cleaning solution to lubricate it before processing. Our intensive preparation allows for a more flawless film to digital transfer process.
- Cleaning and Splicing
All film is inspected and cleaned - Smaller reels are spliced together
- Inventory and Barcoding
Materials are entered into our system and given a barcode #
- Processing and Conversion
Film footage is captured with our state of the art system
- Burning to DVD and/or Hard Drive
All film footage is transferred to DVD, and video files are loaded to an external hard drive if requested
- Share and Enjoy
Enjoy your old home movies that haven't been seen for years and share them with family
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Your memories are safe
Through our integration with UPS and our world class EssentialTracker system for internal tracking, your order is carefully monitored from door to door
We scan by hand
To ensure the highest quality and to protect every image, we will never use an auto-feeder to process your materials.
"I received confirmation that my order was completed today. I went to the online gallery at my office and was laughing out loud with the memories that these pictures brought back of my kids when they were younger. My daughter is a senior in high school now and we can share these at her graduation. She was born in Long Beach and we moved to El Segundo shortly after her birth. We really enjoyed El Segundo but moved back to Texas in 1994 to be closer to my family. I am very pleased with the service and it was worth the wait. I am likely to use the service again- probably when there is a special offered (2 kids and 22 years of marriage equals tons of negatives). I would recommend the service to family members and am sure that they will ask about how I got all these old pictures converted to digital."
- Diane San Antonio, TX October 2010 -
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