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Film Transfers

The best way to preserve your priceless family films is to transfer them to DVD. We convert your 16mm, Super 8 or 8mm to DVD, so you can view your precious memories on your television or computer. We treat your film with care and transfer the best image possible from your original film.
   



Formats:
8mm, Super 8, & 16mm film



 
 

8mm Reel Measurement Table
*Measure entire reel from left to right

REEL SIZE # OF FEET Amount Of Time
(In Minutes)
7" 400 28
6" 300 21
5" 200 14
4" 100 7
3" 50 3.5

16mm Reel Measurement Table
*Measure entire reel from left to right

REEL SIZE # OF FEET Amount Of Time
(In Minutes)
11" 1000 28
9" 600 17
7.5" 400 11
6" 200 5.5
5" 100 3
 

Is my film 8mm, Super 8mm,16mm, or 35mm Film?

  • 8mm & Super 8m film are about a quarter of an inch wide, or about the width of a pencil. They both have sprocket holes along only one edge. Super 8mm film has smaller sprocket holes than Regular 8mm film, which fall in line with the frames rather than between them. The easiest way to tell the difference is by looking at the sprocket holes. If you have both formats, look at them together side by side. Super 8mm film will have much smaller sprocket holes.
  • 16mm film is about 5/8 of an inch wide, or about the width of a penny. Often it will have sprocket holes along both edges, though some film may have sprocket holes along only one edge.
  • 35mm film is more than an inch wide, and is uncommon outside of professional filmmaking. It has sprocket holes along both edges.

 

The 3 inch box of my Regular 8mm film says 25 feet. Where does the 50 feet come from?

  • The 25 feet refers to the film when it was originally purchased. Before your 8mm film was shot in the camera, it was 25 feet of 16mm, or Dual 8mm Film. The unexposed film reel was inserted into the camera, then shot, exposing one side of 25 feet. It was then turned around to run through a second time, exposing the other side of the 25 feet. When the film was processed, it was cut down the center and the ends spliced together, making it 50 feet long.

 

My 8mm film reels are larger than 3 inches, but not full. How do I determine how much film is on the reel?

  • Measure the diameter of the film on the reel - not the reel itself. The first 3 inches would be 50 feet, the 4th inch would be an additional 50 feet, then for every inch greater than 4, add 100 feet.

 

Sound or Silent?

Though the vast majority of film is silent, there are several types of film that include a soundtrack.
  • 35mm film can be silent or include a magnetic soundtrack.
  • 16mm film may have either an optical or a magnetic soundtrack. In either case, the film will have sprocket holes along only one edge, and the soundtrack will be along the opposite edge. Optical sound looks like a white waveform that is part of the film. Magnetic sound looks like a solid brown stripe that has been glued to the surface of the film.
  • Super 8mm film shot after 1973 may have a magnetic soundtrack. If so, there will be a brown stripe glued to the surface of the film on the edge opposite the sprocket holes.
  • In extremely rare cases, Regular 8mm film may have a magnetic soundtrack. If so, there will be a brown stripe glued to the surface of the film on the edge with the sprocket holes.

 


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Quality Transfers

We understand the importance and value of your irreplaceable films, which is why we treat your film with care. We check for and repair any bad splices so that we can transfer the best image possible from your original film. Please note that the quality of the finished film transfer is affected by the film's original photography and the storage conditions.

Pricing

Film Transfer $.33 / foot
$65 min, qty discounts available