There are several ways to do an 8mm film to DVD conversion. There are very inexpensive and DIY methods. There are also companies doing professional scanning if you are looking for good or the best quality you can get from the film. So, it really depends on what quality you are looking for. Our table below has the top 4 processes in the world for 8mm film conversions to DVD. There is also a process called real-time that we no longer use that would be at the bottom out of the 5 processes for 8mm film conversions to DVD.
Most companies out there are using a real-time or frame-by-frame system to do 8mm film conversions. There isn’t anything necessarily wrong with it. But, these machines are just limited by the method and technology used. They get about 40% of the quality from the film. There are, of course, better methods and technology to get the best quality from the film.
The Very Best 8mm Film Conversion Technology
If you are looking for the best restoration and 8mm film conversions to DVD, you’ve found it. We use the world’s best and most expensive professional motion picture film scanners and Datacine machines for your Super 8 and 8mm film. As Carol put it in her BBB review, “The end result far exceeded my expectations. Even though the film had not always been stored in ideal conditions, they did a wonderful job with the transfer and restoration.”
Most people are unaware that 8mm positive film was never intended for being converted to video. I know that might be unbelievable but the positive film was really only intended for viewing on a projector.
Most companies today do an 8mm film conversion to DVD by playing the film on a projector and bouncing the image off a mirror into a camcorder in an enclosed box. It’s then up to the camcorder to be good enough to reproduce the 8mm film. Over the years camcorder technology has gotten better over time, but these $2500 budget film transfer machines used by companies like Costco, Walmart, Walgreens, and Sams Club produce poor results relative to the 8mm film. In fact, you can test your film conversion by running the DVD on your TV and compare it to your film running on the projector. This is a good way to test how good the 8mm film conversion really was.
Just like you would not digitize a photograph using a camcorder, you really should not try to convert your film using a camcorder. The best way to reproduce the film in a digital form is to scan the film just like you would scan a photograph. In years past, professional scanning film has been very costly. There now are film conversions companies that can convert your 8mm film to DVD and other digital formats at a reasonable cost. In fact, you can get a high-definition (1080 line) scan of your film with restoration for about the same cost as the original film with Kodak processing. So, the next time you look into doing an 8mm film conversion, look for a company that can do a professional high definition scan of your film with restoration. As Carol by on her BBB review, “they (Video Conversion Experts) did a wonderful job with the transfer and restoration. The color portions are amazing!”.
Breaking News: We are a company continually researching and developing new technologies to get more quality from your film. We are very proud to offer our brand new Advanced Grain Elimination Technology. It removes 95% of grain and video noise from film to give you a clean and sharp video from your old movies. It is an amazing technology that has been in development for years.