Film Transfer

You've got a box of old 8 mm, Super 8, and 16 mm films, don't you?

Old films can easily be transferred to gorgeous High Definition video.

Share and stream those old movies on the internet to family and friends. Show them on Vimeo, YouTube, and Facebook.

Combined with video interviews and vintage photos, your old 8mm movies can become an amazing documentary film for your family and grandchildren.

They'll be able to watch your old films on their smart phones, tablets, computers, and smart TVs.

Film Transfer

8mm film transfers

The standard 8 mm (also known as regular 8) film format was developed by the Eastman Kodak company during the Great Depression and released to the market in 1932 to create a home movie format that was less expensive than 16 mm. The film spools actually contain a 16 mm film with twice as many perforations along each edge as normal 16 mm film; on its first pass through the camera, the film is exposed only along half of its width. When the first pass is complete, the operator opens the camera and flips and swaps the spools (the design of the spool hole ensures that the operator does this properly) and the same film is subsequently exposed along its other edge, the edge left unexposed on the first pass. After the film is developed, the processor splits it down the middle, resulting in two lengths of 8 mm film, each with a single row of perforations along one edge.

Each frame is half the width and half the height of a 16 mm frame, so there are four times the number of frames in a given film area, which is what makes it cost less. Because of the two passes of the film,the format was sometimes called Double 8. The frame size of regular 8 mm is 4.8 mm × 3.5 mm and 1 meter of film contains 264 pictures. Normally Double 8 is filmed at 16 or 18 frames per second. Common length film spools allowed filming of about 3 minutes to 4.5 minutes at 12, 15, 16 and 18 frames per second.Kodak ceased sales of standard 8 mm film under its own brand in the early 1990s, but continued to manufacture the film,which was sold via independent film stores. Black-and-white 8 mm film is still manufactured in the Czech Republic, and several companies buy bulk quantities of 16 mm film to make regular 8 mm by re-perforating the stock, cutting it into 25 foot (7.6 m) lengths, and collecting it into special standard 8 mm spools, which they then sell. Re-perforation requires special equipment. Some specialists also produce Super 8 mm film from existing 16 mm, or even 35 mm film stock. We can digitally transfer your developed film and we can arrange developing and transfer of exposed undeveloped film too. 

Frame by Frame Film Transfer to HD Video

Super 8 and Regular 8mm, 16mm and 35mm transfers also available. Includes inspection, cleaning, and repair, splicing if required, contrast and colour correction, image stabilization. Film transfer pricing is by linear foot and based on reel size. Storage is extra and recommended media are portable hard drives, USB Flash Drives, or data DVD optical discs.