There are many ways to transfer your 8mm film. If you are looking for the best 8mm film transfer, you've found it. We use the highest quality and highest resolution 8mm film scanners in the world! These professional film scanners range from $100,000 to $350,000. Most 8mm film transfer companies spend no more than $4000 on a machine. The $4000 machines use a projector and camcorder setup which will produce low quality VHS type video from your 8mm film. Your film has about 3 times the resolution of VHS tape.
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1Scanning per foot cost includes scanning only. This does not include the cost of the output format(s) like DVD. 2The example Pro 2K and Pro 4K picture includes optional color correction.
Today, there are about 4 different types of 8mm film to DVD film transfer machines. 99% of companies providing this service will use one of these types of machines. At the very bottom is a real-time machine. These are used at your Mom & Pop shops, Camera shops, Walmart, Costco and Walgreens. It uses a 8mm film projector and a camcorder. As the film plays, the images are bounced off a mirror and recorded by the camcorder. As you can imagine, this is not the best way to capture all the details from your film. You only get about 30% of the details with this approach. The video will be cloudy and almost blurry.
Next is 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, the camcorder snaps a picture of the frame. This is an improvement but it is a slight improvement of about 20-30%. These machines are used by your small film transfer houses. Most companies that use them refer to this process as "frame by frame". It will get about 50% of the details from your film.
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.
So, the best 8mm film transfer company will be using a professional 1080 or 2K (1556) 8mm film scanner for your 8mm film transfer. As Jeffrey B puts it on his BBB review, "I have used Video Conversion Experts numerous times for 8MM film to BluRay conversion. The quality of their work, and customer service, is excellent. They have an order and follow through process which provides the highest level of confidence when your valuable originals are "in play". I would recommend them to anyone without hesitation. This IS the place to trust with your cherished memories."
100% Satisfaction Guarantee. Our service is the best in the business and so is our customer support. If for any reason you are unsatisfied with our results please contact us to discuss any options. *Quality of film transfer (for example 8mm film to DVD, VHS to DVD, etc.) and restoration is dependent upon condition of existing film stock and/or videotape; severely deteriorated original materials may be beyond the reach of even the most sophisticated restoration methods. To learn more, see our exclusive Film Transfer Technology, Slide Transfer Technology, or Video Transfer Technology.