Can Old 8mm Film Be Converted To DVD?
Yes, old 8mm film can be converted to DVD and many other formats. Print film like 8mm and Super 8 was never really intended to be copied. It was only for viewing on a projector. With decades of technology advancement we are now able to scan 8mm and Super 8 film at 2K resolution which will get the full resolution and color dynamic range of the original film. This is the first step in a film to DVD conversion project.
It is true that there are many cheaper methods to convert film to DVD but none of them will compare to an archival scanner like our Pro 2K machine. So, do your homework and make sure you are comparing apples to apples. When you do that you will find that Video Conversion Experts offers the best quality film to DVD service at the best price. If, however, you are looking for the cheapest, it isn't us. We specialize in high resolution, high quality scanning. We scan everything from amateur film to professional independent movies and film archives for NASA and USGS among other government agencies. We can convert 8mm film to DVD, Super 8 film to DVD, 16mm film to DVD and 35mm film to DVD. We don't stop there, we can do film to BluRay conversions and can also convert your film to editing files like ProRes, HD-AVI, AVI, MOV and DPX. Our 8mm and Super 8 film to DVD conversion services are below. If you have 16mm or 35mm film click here.
*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
Even though film to dvd conversion is the most common film transfer we do, we can also convert your 8mm or Super 8 film to other formats like AVI, MOV, ProRes, BluRay and DPX. Film to DVD is still by far the most popular conversion we do. The good thing is that 8mm and Super 8 film have more resolution than DVD. So, if you are looking for the best quality from your 8mm or Super 8, you should consider getting your films scanning at 1080p or 1556p and getting it put on BluRay, or HD editing files.
8mm film was shot at 16 fps. Super 8 was shot at 18 or 24 fps. DVD runs at 29.97 fps. Some customers are concerned that their film wont play back at the right rate of motion on the DVD. This is understandable given the different frame rates of the film vs. DVD. There are a few options. We can do the pull-down to 29.97 using interlaced frames (2 fields blended together0 or progressive frames. We decided years ago that when we do the film to dvd conversion we would use progressive frames to pull it down from 16, 18 or 24 fps to 29.97 fps. That way it keeps each frame sharp and you avoid the ghosting type affect you get when you use interlacing pull-down for your film to dvd conversion.
Many customers are also concerned with cleaning of the film prior to conversion to DVD. Most companies don't clean your film, but we do. There is dust, dirt and sometimes damaged film. So, before we do the film to dvd conversion, we always clean the film with an anti-static film cleaner and at the same time we are looking to repair any 8mm or Super 8 film that needs to be repaired. In addition, our Pro HD and Pro 2K process include automatic dust busting.