How can I transfer 8mm Film to digital files?
More and more customers want their 8mm film transferred to a digital file instead of DVD or BluRay. Why? It is because DVD and BluRay have a limited life associated with them. Digital files do not as long as you back up the files over time. Also, digital files can be used to create any format from DVD to BluRay to You Tube files, etc. So, you are limited to a format that will eventually die out.
So, yes, you can get your 8mm film transferred to a digital file instead of DVD or BluRay. DVD and BluRay are still useful but digital files will allow you to edit the content, put in titles, music, etc., and then allow you to make what ever format you want.
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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
Just above that we have a frame by frame 8mm film transfer process. In this type of process, the same projector and camcorder are used but the camcorder is pointed right at the film in the projector. As a new frame enters the gate, a sync signal is sent to the camcorder and computer to take a picture of the frame. In this type of 8mm film transfer process, the results are about 20-30% better than a real-time process.
The best 8mm film transfer process uses a professional 8mm film scanner or datacine machine. There are older professional scanners like Rank Cintel but these scanners use technology from the 1980s and can only scan at standard definition resolution. There are a handful of new high definition professional 8mm film scanners as well as brand new 2K (1556) 8mm and Super 8 film scanners. These scanners typically cost over $100,000 each. These professional high definition and 2K film scanners provide the best possible 8mm film transfer quality available.