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Yes, as mentioned above, there are many options and price points. There are labs at the bottom like Costco, Walmart and Walgreens to labs at the top like Video Conversion Experts. Pricing usually follows the quality. So, poor quality is the cheapest and the best quality is the most expensive. The good thing about Video Conversion Experts is that we charge middle of the road pricing for the best quality. The reason we can do that some of the technology we use we've developed ourselves. In addition, we are located in Arizona and don't have the high cost of New York or California. So, we are able to offer the best quality at a reduced rate. It's a win win situation. See all the options at convert 8mm film to DVD.
Option #1. Convert your 8mm film to DVD yourself with your projector and a camcorder. The first thing to consider is that your old movie film was recorded at 16 or 18 frames per second (fps). Camcorders in North American record at 29.97 fps. So, you can see that your camcorder will be capturing some film frames more than once and sometimes will capture the film just as it is switching to the next frame. This difference in frame rates causing a flickering affect. Meaning, as you watch the video, you’ll see this flashing light. This is caused by the film and camcorder running at different frame rates. In order to mitigate this, you might try running your projector at 20fps. This frame rate is more in sync with your camcorder and may eliminate some or all of the flickering.
Option #2. Convert your 8mm film to DVD by getting a Elmo Transvideo telecine projector or a Goko telcine projector. You might be able to find one on Ebay for around $1000 to 1500. Run the film and take the output in to a DVD recorder. This eliminates most if not all of the flicker issue.