video and film conversion experts
We only use professional broadcast equipment and are able to offer services for about 1/2 of what it would cost from a professional lab in NY or LA. If you are looking for the best quality video or film conversion at a good price, you found it. We do a wide range of work from amateur film and video tape to Government archives and Hollywood Independent Movies. We also offer restoration services to make your 8mm, Super 8, 16mm film, video tape and 35mm slides look like it did when it was first taken*. To learn more, see our exclusive Film Conversion Technology, Slide Transfer Technology, or Video Transfer Technology.
Leading Technology and Equipment For The Best Video and Film Conversions
Breaking News: We are a company continually researching and developing new technologies to get more quality from your film and video tape conversions. We are very proud to offer our brand new Advanced Grain Elimination Technology for film and our Advanced Noise Reduction Technology for video tapes. It removes 95% of grain and video noise from film and tapes to give you a clean, sharp video from your old movies. It is an amazing technology that has been in development for years.
We are the leading 8mm, Super 8, 16mm and 35mm film transfer and 35mm slide transfer lab in the world. It is our equipment and restoration technology that sets us apart. No one else offers anything like it, and the results are stunning! See our film transfer product offerings for your movie films from the 1930's through the 1980's. Also, check out our reviews at the bottom of the page. For your 35mm slides see our slide transfer processes. For any kind of video tape from the 1980's to present, see our video tape transfer products. Digitally transferring your Super 8 film to DVD (or other digital video formats), will be one of the most important things you do — for yourself, your family, your kids ... and your kids' kids!
Transferring movie film to DVD (and other digital video formats) can be an expensive undertaking. But remember, we're talking about preserving priceless memories that cannot be replaced.
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We can convert Super 8 film, 16mm film 35mm film and 8mm to DVD, AVI files, Blu-Ray DVD, HDV, HD-AVI and uncompressed HD. We can also transfer slides to DVD, JPG and TIFF files, and we transfer video tapes to DVD and AVI files.
8mm film conversion to DVD, Slides to CD and Video Tape to DVD are the most common transfers we perform.
Our 16mm, 8mm and Super 8 film conversion services are available throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. We are not only known for our high end film conversion services but also for the restoration technologies we use to make our film conversion services the best in the industry.
DVD is the most popular format we produce. We use 25+ and 100 year professional DVDs. It is true that not all DVDs last forever. In fact, government studies show that a good percentage of DVDs (20%) will only last about 10 years on average. Yes, 10 years! Some will start to fail around 5 years. Another independent study shows that only 47% of DVDs will last longer than 15 years. We know this first hand because we used "average" DVDs about 10 years ago and started to get a 3% return rate from customers that we did work for less then 5 years prior. So, DVD is a convenient format but not a long lasting format like most people thought. So, at that point we moved to a professional DVD that has a 25+ year life time. So, I wouldn't be afraid of using DVD. You just have to know the limitation of using DVD. If you truly want to archive your 8mm, Super 8 or 16mm film to a digital format then you really need to consider getting an editing format like HD-AVI or ProRes Editing files.
You might ask, why do I want an editing file, I just want a DVD from my film conversion. The reason is that even though DVD is a convenient format it is not a digital master of your film. DVD is highly compressed and is only about half the resolution of your film. We offer more editing formats that any other company. We also offer professional formats like DPX. DPX is the ultimate format. There is no compression. There is 1 file per frame of film. The best quality also means that the files are large. DPX at 2K resolution runs about 1 TB per hour of film. In addition, editing DPX requires a minimum of a 2 drive RAID 0 setup, 16GB of RAM, a QUAD-Core processor and a editor that support DPX like Premier Pro CS5 or newer.
Because DPX is not the easiest format to edit from, we have other high quality formats like HD-AVI and ProRes. Both are 1080p progressive formats. Converting your 8mm or Super 8 film to a digital HD file like HD-AVI or ProRes is a great way get a high quality master format from which you can make DVD, BluRay and what ever replaces BluRay. We can also convert your Super 8 or 8mm film to digital standard definition files like AVI or MOV. Just keep in mind that standard definition AVI or MOV will only have about 1/2 the resolution of your 8mm or Super 8 film.
Editing files for 16mm and 35mm film requires a higher resolution format to create a digital master as good as the original 16mm or 35mm film. Today, DPX is the only format capable of providing that resolution and detail of the original 16mm and 35mm film. For 16mm film you want to scan to 2k DPX files. For 35mm film you want to scan to 4K DPX files. As mentioned, DPX is not the easiest format to edit. For this reason we have many customer order HD-AVI or ProRes for easier editing. Many of these customers also want their 35mm and 16mm film converted to DVD or BluRay so they can easily watch it and make copies for other family members. That's a great idea.
How Much Resolution is on Film?
Many times we are asked "What resolution should I convert my 8mm or Super 8 film at?" That's a good question. It depends on your goals and also on what format you want to go out to. If you want to archive your film to a digital format like DVD, BluRay or an editing format we recommend scanning your 8mm or Super 8 film at 2K resolution. HD (1080) is not quite enough. I know there are many people that would argue with us but the fact is that we've done about 50 comparisons between our Pro HD and Pro 2K process and in 49 of those comparisons the Pro 2K creates video from Super 8 film that is about 25-30% sharper. So, from our experience a 2K scan is required if you want to archive your 8mm film to a digital format. We've talked to several film scanner manufactures and asked this same question. The answer is that each scanner, no matter how sophisticated, will loose some quality during the scan. There are many variables and many opportunities to loose quality along the chain from the lighting to the pickup device to the lenses and on and on. So, even if you have a 1080p scanner you might only be getting an effective scan of 700 or 750 lines because of the loss through the system. This explains why a 480 line frame by frame machine (using a modified projector and camcorder) gets so much less of the 8mm film's quality compared to a true 480 line scanner. The frame by frame machines looses a lot more of the quality through the system compared to the 480 line scanner. As a general rule, the more expensive the film scanner, the better quality and higher resolution you will get in the digital format you choose. It's kind of like copying a color photograph. The more expensive the copier, the closer the copy looks compared to the original.
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100% Satisfaction Guarantee. Our service is the best in the business and so is our customer support. If for any reason you are unsatisfied with our results please contact us to discuss any options. *Quality of film conversion and restoration is dependent upon condition of existing film stock and/or videotape; severely deteriorated original materials may be beyond the reach of even the most sophisticated restoration methods. To learn more, see our exclusive Film Conversion Technology, Slide Transfer Technology, or Video Transfer Technology. Online Video Customer Index
Video and Film Conversion Customer Reviews
Reviews #1 - I have used Video Conversion Experts numerous times for 8MM film to BlueRay conversion. The quality of their work, and customer service, is excellent. They have an order and follow through process which provides the highest level of confidence when your valuable originals are "in play". I would recommend them to anyone without hesitation. This IS the place to trust with your cherished memories. - Jeffrey B. on 6/16/2014
Reviews #2 - I had some very old film's, that were quite grainy. I called to have them made into CD's. I was not sure what to ask for, and they led me through the entire process. My films were converted , in a timely manner, and I was thrilled with the results ! The CD's brought back wonderful memories in a very high quality product. I can't wait to share these with my family and friends. I will certainly recommend Video Conversion Experts !! Thank you so much !. - by Nancy D. on 5/7/2014
Reviews #3 - Video Conversion Experts are the best! The owner, spoke with me directly, gave me complimentary guidance and delivered a finished product that far exceeded any of my dreams! In addition to being highly professional, They showed compassion towards my situation. My mother has Alzheimers, and without his dedication and expertise we never would have enjoyed watching beautiful DVDs of restored 8MM family films taken almost 60 years ago which were damaged over the years from dampness. Many of our forgotten memories were restored to life. by Barry F. on 1/20/2014
Reviews #4 - The customer assistance I received from Video Conversion Experts was fantastic and the transfer looked great. I will definitely be sending more Super 8mm transfer work here. - by Robyn M. on 12/15/2013
Reviews #5 - I discovered two reels of 16mm film from my parents' wedding in 1946. I sent them to Video Conversion Experts and a week later, the film was returned together with an archival DVD (with music added) and a Passport hard drive with an AVI file of the movie in Hi Def. The results are amazing. The service was prompt and the conversion exceeded my expectations and I couldn't be more pleased with the results. I highly recommend them to anyone wanting to preserve their legacy films in a digital format. Thank you, Brad. - by Richard S. on 12/11/2012
Reviews #6 - The folks at Video Conversion Experts take very great care to give you exactly the kind of transfer you need. I've used them several times now, and the couple of times I had problems, they were extremely accommodating and dedicated to fixing whatever issues I had. Brad in particular has been very kind, and has been a big help to me on several occasions. Highly recommended service! - by Michael P. on 11/25/2013
Reviews #7 - I am incredibly happy with Video Conversion Experts. I first contacted them by phone. Brad took the time to explain everything to me regarding prices, the technique they use and delivery. I sent in my order and got confirmation right away. Then I sent over 7000 feet of very old Super 8mm film with weak splices to Arizona from California. I will admit, I was pretty nervous parting with these gems, but they were virtually useless to my family as they were. Within 10 days, I received back beautiful DVDs, along with the originals. They put sound to them, which the original film didn't have, which really makes it much nicer to watch. I can't tell you how thrilled I am to see all these family memories preserved from the 1950's and 1960's and it was so painless. I couldn't give high enough marks for this company! - by Terri K. on 9/27/2012
Reviews #8 - My dad traveled around the world in 1938 when he was nine. His dad had just bought one of the newfangled 8mm cameras. For nearly 75 years 1,800 feet of film sat in three cans of 600 feet each forgotten in the basement. When I unearthed these aluminum containers, dad thought it might be this film. We did a high-rez scan of the first frames, and confirmed this assumption. Remarkably the film was in good shape despite never having anything but ignorant and thoughtless storage. So as dad and his older sister grow closer knowing their end is nigh, how do we get this footage (never seen by either) recorded digitally for them and their families. After a good bit of research, I chose Video Conversion Experts seemed a good risk. We had BluRays made from the Pro2K (DataCine) process. Costs seemed reasonable, but quite honestly we did not focus on that. Safe-handling of this very old film, and best quality for a uniquely important event was paramount. One always considers the many risks inherent in trying a service like this where a bad decision could be ruinous (e.g. film damaged.) Sent some emails to VCE, and got prompt and professional responses. This plus the fact that the investment in a DataCine is a major one caused the trigger to be pulled. Well, thanks for that. Video quality is incredible. Grandad did a pretty good job for a guy who had never held a camera before. And even my young daughters were fascinated by seeing the Sphinx, Pyramids, Eiffle Tower, Sri Lanka, Bali, Cairo, Rome, Paris, Amsterdam and New York as they were in 1938. So we trusted VCE, and two families are thrilled with the result. Thanks. - by Steve P. on 10/15/2012