Film Transfer to Digital
Saving Your Precious Memories
A) Because family films
are a priceless treasure and as you read this they are degrading to an unplayable
B) Recent technological advances have made the digital capture process as good as it is likely to get.
C) Multiple copies can easily be distributed to all family members.
You gather your films and try to number them in the order you want them to be captured. If there is no labeling on your films you can try to view what is on them with a backlighted surface and magnifying glass but take care not to break or contaminate the film - use cotton gloves and don't let the film come into contact with dusty surfaces. You can call us with a list of how many reels you have of what diameters and we can calculate what the cost will be to convert them to DVD.
You can specify up
to 3 lines (35 characters/spaces) of a title that will be printed on the cover
and disc of your DVD's
You can specify a theme and corresponding type of music that will accompany your non-sound movies. (If your movies have sound that will be the sound track)
You bring the films to our location in Golf Manor (about 9 miles north of Downtown). We organize them and package them in groups to fill DVD's if needed. Our local lab picks them up for processing which normally takes about 1-2 weeks. You can get multiple copies of your DVD and even custom printed disc and jacket artwork at a reasonable price.
Film to DVD: $39.95 for the first 100ft then 12 cents a foot after that.
Extra Copies of the transfered DVD are $10 each or less in quantity.
YOUR OWN MUSIC or NARRATION
Generic music is included with the film transfer as a sound track at no charge. You can even supply the CD of music you want to be used for the sound track.
In late 2003 a new high speed technology was introduced to the film transfer market. Applying commercial movie frame by frame capturing technologies into a consumer format produced the best way by far to preserve old movie film. Some videographers still use a projector and record the video off a movie screen - that's the old way and usually gives a poor transfer and a jumpy picture - a waste of your money. I would make more profit if I used this method, but I would rather do the job right and send it to the local lab via the lab's own courier..
Films get brittle over time and will break when played in a projector. Even worst mold and mildew can attack the picture and ruin them for good. If your films smell of vinegar they are breaking down and need to be saved soon. Storing them in a cool dry place will keep them their best but can't stop the inevitable degradation. Older tape formats VHS, VHS-C, 8mm) degrade faster than film so it's a good idea to get them to a digital archive format as well. Your precious family memories will be gone forever unless you take steps to preserve them. The time has finally come where it is affordable to have your films converted to a high quality digital media. Don't put it off any longer or you may loose the battle. Please do not try to project your films unless you have determined they are still in good condition as the projector is much harder on the film than the capture device used and the film may break often as you view it.
Most family films fall into one of three formats:
8mm - the small 3" plastic reels are 3.7 minutes, 7" reels (400ft) about 30 minutes at 18 frames per second
Super8 - the small 3" plastic reels are 50' and run 2.5 or 3.3 minutes (18 or 24fps), 7" reels (400ft) about 20-26 minutes at 18 or 24 frames per second
Super8-sound - the small 3" plastic reels are 50' and run 2.5 or 3.3 minutes (18 or 24fps), 7" reels (400ft) about 20-26 minutes at 18 or 24 frames per second
16mm - A full 7" reel is about 17 minutes at 18 frames per second and 40 frames per foot
16mm with sound - is usually 24 frames per second so a 7" reel is about 13 minutes
A single DVD will hold 2 hrs or about 1600ft of 8mm film or 3200 ft of 16mm film
We are glad to answer
any questions you have - give us a call.