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!!

Should I transfer my 8mm film to HD or Bluray?

October 20th, 2009

8mm film has about 800 to 1000 lines of resolution. DVD has 480 lines. A HD scan of your 8mm film will capture 100% of the details from the film. An 8mm film to DVD transfer will only capture about 60% of the details from your film.

But, there are different ways to perform an 8mm film HD transfer which can make a huge difference. There is a real-time HD process, a frame by frame HD process and a film scanner HD process. A real-time HD film transfer process uses a HD camcorder and records your film as it goes by in real-time (the same speed it would play on a projector). Because it uses a camcorder in a real-time fashion, this process will produce video that is about 40-50% worse than the film itself.

A frame by frame HD process still uses a HD camcorder but the equipment stops at each frame and the camcorder is used to take a picture of the frame. This produces slightly better quality than a real-time HD film transfer process.

The best process is a HD film scanning process. The film is scanned using a professional broadcast quality film scanner used by the movie studios. An HD film scanner will produce video is that about 30 to 50% better quality than a HD frame by frame process.

I converted 8mm film to DVD, can I put this on BluRay?

July 9th, 2009

Today, most people are still converting their 8mm film to DVD. But, there are some people that are starting to think about  Blu-Ray DVD.  There are a couple of things to think about.

First, there is enough resolution on 8mm film (800 to 1000 lines) for Blu-Ray DVD. Most people are unaware that their 8mm film has near HD quality on it.

Second, you want to start with the 8mm film in order to get the best results on Blu-Ray DVD. Taking video from your 8mm film to DVD transfer and writing that to Blu-Ray will not produce good quality. The video on DVD is highly compressed. If you take that, edit it and then burn that to a highly compressed Blu-Ray DVD, it wont look very good.

The best way to get your film on Blu-Ray DVD is to scan the 8mm film at 1080 lines first instead of putting your 8mm film to DVD.  The best format for this would be HD-AVI files. These are the best quality HD files available today that can be edited on today’s PCs and Mac computers.

So, get the film scanned at 1080 lines to HD-AVI and then use a HD video editing program to write the HD-AVI files to Blu-Ray DVD. This is the best way to get your 8mm film onto Blu-Ray DVD.