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8mm Film to Video

Can I Convert 8MM Film To Video Instead Of DVD?

Yes, absolutely. In fact, this is becoming a trend. Most customers today are converting their 8mm film to editing video files instead of DVD or BluRay. Don’t get me wrong. DVD and BluRay have their purpose in the world. They are great for viewing on a TV. They are easy and convenient. But, getting an editing video gives you better quality and so many more options. For example, you can produce any format from an editing video. You can produce DVD or BluRay or YouTube files. Also, in the near future, you will be able to stream the video from your computer to your TV. So, converting your 8mm film to a video instead of a DVD has many advantages.

Most people are unaware that positive 8mm film (the film type you got back from Kodak when you sent it in for processing) was never intended for transfer to video. It was only intended for viewing on a projector. Negative 8mm film was intended for transfer to video. When negative 8mm film is transferred, it is possible to capture all the highlights and low lights in the video. However, when the positive film is transferred to video, you cannot reproduce the same degree of low lights and highlights that are present in the film.

There are a few things you can do to get the best 8mm film to video transfer possible. The first is to scan the film at 1080 or 1556 lines of resolution. The 8mm film has around 800 to 1000 lines and scanning the film at 1080 lines will at least get all the details from the film. Many experts will argue that you should always overscan your film. So, any professional labs order a 2K (1556) line scan from us to ensure they get the best quality.

Second, make sure that the 8mm film transfer process includes color and exposure restoration. As the old movie 8mm film sits on your shelf, the color shift (usually toward blue) and the exposure gets darker as it ages.

Scanning your film at 1080 resolution and using a film restoration machine is the best way to get an 8mm film to video transfer that is as close to the original film as possible.

As Tim H states in his BBB review, “they did a wonderful job with the transfer and restoration. The color portions are amazing! The service was very prompt (less than 2-week turnaround) and highly professional.”

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.

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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 the condition of existing film stock and/or videotape; severely deteriorated original materials may be beyond the reach of even the most sophisticated restoration methods.