8mm refers to many different formats over the last century. Originally 8mm referred to 8mm Kodak Movie film from the 1930s to 1960s. This is the original 8mm. Then Super 8 film came out in the mid-1960s. This is also 8mm wide but was called Super 8 film because it was a bit wider aspect ratio. Then in the 1980s, 8mm videotape 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 tapes 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 an 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 won’t 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 films 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 1930s through the 1980s. Well, you can. In fact, you can not only transfer your 8mm to DVD, but you can also 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 the 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 want 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 leftover 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 shift (towards blue in most cases) and get darker.
So, before you do an 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.