By Brad Hinkle 4/14/2020
8mm refers to many different formats over the last century. Originally 8mm referred to 8mm Kodak Movie film from the 1930's to 1960's. This is the original 8mm. Then Super 8 film came out in mid 1960's. This is also 8mm wide but was called Super 8 film because it was a bit wider aspect ratio. Then in the 1980's 8mm video tape cassettes (also known as Video 8) came out. Following that came Hi8. This was a higher resolution from 8mm or Video 8 cassettes. Hi 8 had 400 lines of resolution compared to 240 that 8mm/Video 8 had. Then came Digital 8. Digital 8 was Sony's own digital format using Hi8 tapes. The resolution is about 480 lines on Digital 8/Hi8 tapes.
If you need 8mm or Super 8 Kodak film converted, see below. If you need 8mm/Video 8, Hi8 or Digital 8 tapes converted see our Video Tape services.
Yes, you can probably find a 8mm to DVD service cheaper than us. Aren't your family memories worth more? It's still true, you get what you pay for. It's definitely true when it comes to transferring your 8mm to DVD. We specialize in scanning 8mm and Super 8 film to DVD. You wont find another company offering to scan your film up to 1556 lines of resolution with restoration. The reason is cost. The machines are very expensive. We do a wide range of film from 8mm and Super 8 to independent movies on Super 16mm to film archiving for NASA and other government agencies. If you know the government, they want the best without paying the premium. That's where we fit in. We offer the best at a discounted price. Our cost basis is cheaper (we aren't in LA or NY) and we buy the top of the line scanners second hand. So, because we buy smart, we can offer the best scans cheaper than any other professional lab.
Many people are not aware that they can convert their old 8mm to DVD from the 1930's through the 1980's. Well, you can. In fact, you can not only transfer your 8mm to DVD, you can get the highest resolution scan available in the world. TVs are on the verge of going to 4K resolution. Are you really going to convert your 8mm to DVD? You can but DVD is only 1/8 the resolution of a 4K TV. So, ask yourself what really makes sense. Scan the film at the highest resolution possible which is 2K (1556 lines). Then you never need to worry about scanning the film again. It doesn't have over 2K resolution. Besides, the film only has 5-10 years left to be scanned before it falls apart. So, now is the time. Video Conversion Experts is the place.
The first question that comes up is, “Does my 8mm film really have 2K quality?” It's actually very close. The resolution of your 8mm film is defined by the size of the grain on the film. In most cases, you can stack about 1000 of these little pieces of film grain from the bottom to the top of the frame. There is a trick and Hollywood has used it for years. They love to scan the film way above the resolution they are outputting to. Why? Because it gives them the best quality. The program making the DVD or BluRay has so much more data to use that it comes out in higher quality. You wan to do the same thing when you convert 8mm to DVD.
The second question that comes up is, “Does my film really need restoration?” It actually does. Once Kodak returned the film, the left over chemicals on the film, together with oxygen, time, heat and humidity caused the film to uniformly color shift and darken. Almost anyone that remembers what the film looked like originally will say, “ I remember the film looking better. What happened?” Well, that’s what happened. Slowly over time the film colors shifts (towards blue in most cases) and gets darker.
So, before you do a 8mm to DVD transfer, make sure you find a company that can scan the film at 2K (1556 lines). As Richard put in his BBB review, "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."
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.
Number the boxes, cans or reels in the best order you can from 1 to X and we'll Follow that order
Produces 50-60% less quality then the film
Produces 20-25% less quality then the film
Scan produces video that is as good as the film
scan produces video that is better then the film
DVD & BluRay
Good for viewing on TV, Not for editing
Good for viewing anywhere and will last longer then DVD/BluRay
AVI, HD-AVI & ProRes
Good for Editing not for Viewing on TV
Professional Editing Only
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*You'll Need to include one copy with the order*
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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 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.