How do I Convert my Film To DVD?
To convert 8mm, Super 8 or 16mm film to DVD requires the best equipment to get great results. There are ways you can do this at home with a projector and camcorder. But, you will end up with very poor results, flicker in the video and may damage your film.
Yes, you can take your film to Walmart, Costco or Walgreens but you wont be happy and it will be money down the drain. Do your research. Ask questions. Many companies tell you they offer the best quality. So, start to compare them. What type of transfer system do they use? Real-Time, Frame by Frame, Motion picture film scanner or Datacine. The machines get more expensive left to right. So, Real-Time is the cheapest and produces VHS level quality. Datacine machines offer the best quality and are used to scan Hollywood films.
What resolution are they scanning at? 480, 720, 1080 or 1556 lines. Be careful, many companies up convert the video they get from the scanner to the format you want back. For example, you might ask for an HD 1080p file. They might scan it at 480 using an old machine and up convert it to 1080p. This wont give you the same quality as a 1080p scanner. Not even close. Do they do any restoration during or after the scan? These are the 3 basic questions you can use to compare company A to B, to C.
Video Conversion Experts can convert film to DVD at various levels of quality. We not only can scan the film with professional film scanners and Datacine machines, we also restore each frame for color, exposure and can remove the majority of surface damage. grain and scratches. To convert film to DVD with the best results choose our Pro 2K process. You wont find a better film transfer process in the USA. In fact, most of our machines are strictly professional and are used for independent and Hollywood movies.
*This includes scanning and any color correction that comes with the process. This does not include the cost of the output format(s) like DVD
But, you have options. And that's another thing that sets us apart. Most companies just have one process that they swear its the best. Customers what choice and they want to see the details of each process and how they compare against each other and compared to other companies so they can get the best conversion from film to DVD.
We never talk down any other company. We all have a place to fill. We simply educate the customer to ensure they get the facts and can make the best decision to convert film to DVD. We want a happy customer wether they choose us or another company.