25% Off Sale in August for Past Customers!!

August 7th, 2013

If you’ve been a past customer of we are running a special 25% off sale on all film transfer, 8mm film to dvd, super 8 film to dvd, 16mm film to dvd and video tape transfer services. Not valid for resellers of our services.

This makes a great Christmas gift for family and friends and you’ll get it done early! So, come on in or fill out an online order form and check this project off your list!

We can also make any format you want. So, we can convert 8mm film to DVD or BluRay. We can convert Super 8 Film to DVD or BluRay and we can also convert 16mm film to DVD or BluRay. If you are looking for editing files instead, we can convert film and tapes into AVI, MOV, ProRes or HD-AVI on an external hard drive.

Any questions, let us know at sales@videoconversionexperts.com or 1-800-575-6202.

Video Conversion Experts Launches Our Facebook Page!

August 1st, 2013

Finally launched our Facebook page. It’s off to a good start. We’ve uploaded some pictures from 8mm, Super 8 and 16mm film we’ve scanned in the past with a few videos as well. Here’s our facebook page!!

YouTube Video of Converting 8mm Film to DVD

August 1st, 2013

Check out our new video of how we convert 8mm film to dvd on youtube. You’ll see the control software for the 8mm film scanner in action as it scans. You will also see how our automated DVD burner is able to burn and print the disk.

There are many film transfer services, which is best?

September 6th, 2010

There are about 3 different types of film transfer services being used today. The real-time film transfer is used by about 80% of the companies out there today. The Walmarts and Walgreens type stores offer a real-time film transfer service. Real-time machines cost around $3000.

 

The next type of film transfer service is called frame by frame. A frame by frame film transfer service is like real-time but the machine stops and takes a separate picture of each frame. The frame by frame film transfer service results in video that is about 20-30% better than a real-time film transfer service. Frame by frame machines cost around $4000 to $8000.

 

Lastly, we have a professional motion picture film scanner. These were usually build just for the professional Hollywood film types but have recently been build for the small guage formats like 8mm, Super 8 and 16mm films. A professional motion picture film scanner will usually produce results that are 30 to 50% better than a frame by frame machine. So, if you are looking for the best film transfer company, you would want to make sure your film is transferred using a professional motion picture film scanner.

Can I convert VHS tape to Blu-Ray DVDs?

July 6th, 2010

Yes, you can not only convert VHS to Blu-Ray, but 8mm, Hi8, Digital 8 or MiniDV tape to Blu-Ray as well. Keep in mind that the older formats like VHS and 8mm only had 240 lines of resolution. So, putting them on a 1080 line Blu-Ray is not going to make them look any sharper. What it will do is move your degrading video from the aging video tape onto a format that will last further into the future. Professional archival Blu-Ray disks can last up to 100 years.

In addition, any professional or broadcast quality equipment can reduce video noise and tracking issues before writing it to a Blu-Ray disk. So, usually you can get better quality video when you convert your VHS tape to Blu-Ray using professional equipment. If you decide to convert your VHS (or 8mm, Hi8, Digital 8 or MiniDV) to Blu-Ray, search out a company that will do a professional job using professional equipment. This alone can make a 20-40% difference in the quality of the Blu-Ray disk.

After you have converted your VHS to Blu-Ray keep those video tapes around. Do not throw them away. You never know when you might need to transfer video from that tape again. There are cases where the Blu-Ray disk can become scratched or cracked. In this case you would have to have the VHS tape converted again.

Is my film too old to do a 8mm film to DVD transfer?

November 29th, 2009

This is a good question and one that comes up often. 8mm film can last up to 70 or 80 years if stored properly. It should be stored in a cool dry place. Today they recommend storing your 8mm film in vented cans to allow the gases that build up over time to escape. This can make your 8mm film last longer. But, most people didn’t do this. Realistically, your film has around 50-60 years at the most. Now is the time to scan your 8mm film to DVD at 1080 or 1556 lines of resolution.

There are two tests you want to perform to see if you can transfer your 8mm film to DVD today. The first test is to take the first 3-4 feet off the 8mm film reel. Try to lay it flat on the table. If the 8mm film lays flat or relatively flat then you pass this test. If the 8mm film is warped and doesn’t want to lay flat, it may just be the first 20-25 feet of the reel. Unroll 20-25 feet and then perform the test again. If it passes the test, then at least some or the majority of 8mm film can be transferred.

The next 8mm film to DVD test is to see how fragile the 8mm film is. If you take about 6 inches of film and hold one end with your left hand and the right end with your right hand. Now, move you hands together pushing the film in the middle up into a loop. This will show how flexible the film is. When you do this, look for any cracking or breaking film and watch the sprocket holes to see if they crack or break as you do this as well. If none of this happens then you pass this test.

If your film passes both tests, then you can transfer your 8mm film to DVD and may proceed with a 8mm film to DVD order.

If you have any questions, please call us at 1-800-575-6202.

Welcome to our Blog

January 5th, 2009

This is the first post in our new Blog. You can visit our video conversion site for now until we get more content posted here. Thanks!