should I transfer 8mm film to DVD or an editing file?

August 22nd, 2009

8mm film to DVD is the most common film transfer. But, this isn’t for everyone. For people who want to edit the 8mm footage on a computer and produce their own 8mm to DVD or 8mm to Blu-Ray, HD-AVI is a great option. Like it sounds HD-AVI is a high definition version of AVI. HD-AVI is considered a master quality format for 8mm and Super 8 film. Meaning, it is not compressed near as much as DVD and Blu-Ray. So, you can transfer your 8mm film to HD-AVI, edit it and produce good quality DVDs or Blu-Ray. In contrast, if you transferred your 8mm film to DVD and edited it and then produced another DVD, you would loose significant quality in that process.

So, if you are looking to do a 8mm film to DVD transfer but want to edit the footage, consider getting your film transferred to HD-AVI. In the end, this will produce a better DVD from 8mm film.

Will my 8mm film to DVD transfer work in Europe?

August 10th, 2009

8mm film itself will play on any 8mm projector in the world. DVDs though, are targeted for a specific region. Because we are based in the United States, our DVDs from a 8mm film to DVD transfer are playable in NTSC (North American) players.

Upon request, we can transfer your 8mm film to PAL DVD transfer.

In addition, some people have a region free DVD player. These DVD players can play a NTSC, PAL or SECAM DVD.

So, if you are getting your 8mm film to DVD transfer done and you want to be able to play them in Europe, just request a PAL DVD. In addition, if you want a NTSC (North American) DVD, you can request this as well.

In addition to creating a PAL DVD from a 8mm film to DVD transfer, we can make PAL AVI or HD-AVI editing files as well. Again, just request a PAL version of the file.

My 8mm film to DVD conversion doesn’t look at good as the 8mm film

August 3rd, 2009

8mm film has around 800 to 1000 lines of resolution. DVD only has 480 lines of resolution. So, any 8mm film transfer to DVD is going to turn out a DVD with significantly less resolution than the original film.

The best way to preserve the resolution on the film is to transfer your 8mm film to Blu-Ray instead of transferring your 8mm film to DVD. Because some customer’s don’t currently have a Blu-Ray player they order a DVD and Blu-Ray so they can play it now and play it on a Blu-Ray player when they get one. This is probably the best way to transfer your 8mm film today.

Some customers are interested in getting the best 8mm film to DVD transfer. The best master format would be HD-AVI. HD-AVI video is 1080 lines of resolution and is compressed about 4 times less than Blu-Ray DVDs.