There are 3 basic types of 8mm film to DVD processes. Real-Time, Frame by Frame and Film Scanner. Both Real-Time and Frame by Frame use a old projector and video camcorder. They use them differently. A Frame by Frame process can get 20-30% better quality based on how it is acquiring the image relative to a Real-Time process. A film scanner will produce 50-80% better quality 8mm film to DVD compared to a real-time process and 30-50% better quality than a Frame By Frame process.
Among the different type of film scanners, there are certain attributes that help one film scanner produce better quality images than others. The most important aspect is the scan resolution. The scan resolution will affect the sharpness of the 8mm film to DVD film transfer. Increasing the resolution will always result in a better digital representation until you’ve reached the limit of the 8mm film. 8mm film has a horizontal limit of around 900 to 1000 lines. So, a 1080 lines scan is as high as you would want to go for 8mm or Super 8 film.
Because old film has degraded over time (color shifted, is darker, grainy and scratched) it really requires some sort of restoration as well in order to make the 8mm film to DVD transfer turn out as good as possible.
Our Platinum process includes a 1080 line scan and correction of color shifting, darkening of the film, and reduces the amount of grain and scratches you see from the film. This is the best possible process available today for your 8mm film to DVD project.