Can I convert 8mm Film To Video instead of DVD?
Yes, absolutely. In fact, this is becoming a trend. Most customer's today are converting their 8mm film to editing video files instead of DVD or BluRay. Don't get me wrong. DVD and BluRay have their purpose in the world. They are great for viewing on a TV. They are easy and convenient. But, getting an editing video gives you better quality and so many more options. For example, you can produce any format from an editing video. You can produce DVD or BluRay or You Tube files. Also, in the near future you will be able to stream the video from your computer to your TV. So, converting your 8mm film to a video instead of DVD has many advantages.
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*This includes scanning and any color correction that comes with the process. This does not include the cost of the output format(s) like DVD
To a certain degree, yes, your 8mm film to video can look as good as your film. Most people are unaware that positive 8mm film (the film type you got back from Kodak when you sent it in for processing) was never intended for transfer to video. It was only intended for viewing on a projector. Negative 8mm film was intended for transfer to video. When negative 8mm film is transferred, it is possible to capture all the highlights and low lights in the video. However, when positive film is transferred to video, you cannot reproduce the same degree of low lights and highlights that are present on the film.
Second, make sure that the 8mm film transfer process includes color and exposure restoration. As the old movie 8mm film sits on your shelf, the color shift (usually toward blue) and the exposure gets darker as it ages.
Scanning your film at 1080 resolution and using a film restoration machine is the best way to get a 8mm film to video transfer that is as close to the original film as possible.