I have some old Kodak Super 8 film, can I transfer it to BluRay?

July 29th, 2013

Yes, we can transfer Super 8 and 8mm film to BluRay. There are many different ways to transfer film to BluRay. In order to transfer you film to BluRay you’ll need to do a 1080p or 1556p line scan of your film since BluRay is 1080 lines.

In general, most film can last up to 70 to 80 years if stored properly. If you can play the film in a projector is can be transferred without any problem. If you can’t, you still might be able to run the film through our professional film scanner. It is roller based and does not touch the film to move it forward or during the scanning. This is the best type of machine to to get your Super 8 film to BluRay.

Most film transfer companies today still use a real-time based transfer system. This is similar to using a project and camcorder to record the film. This wont work out well if you want it on BluRay because the machine creates VHS level quality. So, your BluRay would look like old VHS. The best film to BluRay process uses a professional film scanner or Datacine machine. A professional film scanner will create video as good as the film. There are only a few companies using a professional film scanner. They normally charge around 40 to 60 cents/ft. But, it’s well worth the price to archive family memories and history going back 50 to 80 years!!

Looking for the best 16mm Film to DVD film transfer process

July 28th, 2013

Your 16mm film has up to 2K (1556 lines) of resolution. In order to get 100% of the film you need to get a 2K scan. If you just want DVD back then we would suggest a 1080p scan to ensure the DVD looks as good as it can.

Today, there are about 4 different types of 16mm film to DVD film transfer machines. At the low-end we have the real-time 16mm film to DVD machine. It uses a 16mm 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 digitize your film. But unfortunately this is what you get when you take it to your local camera shop, Walmart, Costco or Walgreens. So, buyer beware!

At the middle-end we have a frame by frame 16mm film to DVD 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 16mm film to DVD process, the results are about 20-30% better than a real-time process. Yes, better than Walmart but not much.

The best 16mm film to DVD film transfer process uses a professional 16mm 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. You’ll see a few companies saying they can scan the film at 1080 lines or even 2K or 3K but the fact is these old machines can’t get even close to HD resolution. So, again, buyer beware!

There are a handful of new high definition professional 16mm film scanners. These scanners typically cost over $150,000 each. These professional high definition film scanners provide the best possible 16mm film to DVD quality available.

So, the best 16mm film to DVD company will be using a professional high definition 16mm film scanner for you 16mm film transfer.

How often can I convert Super 8 to DVD?

July 27th, 2013

Super 8 Film holds up pretty good over time. Most 8mm and Super 8 film can last 50 to 70 years if stored right. However, each time you play your Super 8 film in a projector, you take the chance of scratching, burning or tearing the super 8 film.

If you look around at all the Super 8 film to DVD companies you find that over 98% of them are using a sprocket driven machine if not an old projector or modified projector. This means that each time you transfer your Super 8 film to DVD you take the chance of scratching, burning or tearing the Super 8 film.

Another factor in deciding how many times you can transfer your 8mm film to DVD is the age of the 8mm film and the way in which it has been stored. 8mm film can last up to 60-70 years if stored properly. In general, if the 8mm film can be played in a projector, it can still be transferred.

Less than 1% of the companies out today use a professional film scanners like a motion picture film scanner or Datacine machine for your Super 8 film to DVD project. These machines don’t use the sprocket holes or an old projector to transfer the film. So, these professional Super 8 film scanners can’t scratch, burn or tear the film. In addition, these Super 8 film to DVD film scanners can better deal with fragile or warped film. If you have a choice, choose to transfer your Super 8 film to DVD using a professional Super 8 film scanner.