By Brad Hinkle 3/08/2020
To convert 8mm film to dvd which looks as good as the film requires the best and most expensive film scanning machines. If you are looking for the best quality conversion of 8mm film 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 8mm and Super 8 film. Film shrinks over the decades. So running your film today through a projector or film transfer machine that uses the sprocket holes will damage the film. We get several calls a day about people damaging their film by trying to run it through a projector. Same goes for these low-end film transfer machines used by local camera and video conversion shops and even the big box stores like Walmart, Costco and Walgreens. Make sure your film is scanned on a sprocketless roller based film scanner (like our Pro HD, Pro 2K or Pro 4K). Luckily Video Conversion Experts can help. Damaged sprocket holes? Shrunk film? No problem and we won't damage your film!
If, on the other hand you are looking for a less expensive or the least expensive method to convert your 8mm film to DVD we also have other lower resolution scans available to meet any budget. Take a look at the table below to compare/contrast the cost vs. quality of the different film scanning methods.
Because we understand that most people have a budget for their project we offer various options to keep the project within your budget. In many cases, our low-end is the high-end at most other film transfer companies. Our low-end is actually better than anything you'll get from Costco, Walmart or Walgreens. We always like to give the customer all the information they need to make the best educated decision they can.
There are labs at the bottom like Costco, Walmart and Walgreens to labs at the top like Video Conversion Experts. Pricing usually follows the quality. So, poor quality is the cheapest and the best quality is the most expensive. The good thing about Video Conversion Experts is that we charge middle of the road pricing for the best quality. The reason we can do that some of the technology we use we've developed ourselves. In addition, we are located in Arizona and don't have the high cost of New York or California. So, we are able to offer the best quality at a reduced rate. It's a win win situation. See all the options at convert 8mm film to DVD.
Option #1. Convert your 8mm film to DVD yourself with your projector and a camcorder. The first thing to consider is that your old movie film was recorded at 16 or 18 frames per second (fps). Camcorders in North American record at 29.97 fps. So, you can see that your camcorder will be capturing some film frames more than once and sometimes will capture the film just as it is switching to the next frame. This difference in frame rates causing a flickering affect. Meaning, as you watch the video, you’ll see this flashing light. This is caused by the film and camcorder running at different frame rates. In order to mitigate this, you might try running your projector at 20fps. This frame rate is more in sync with your camcorder and may eliminate some or all of the flickering.
Option #2. Convert your 8mm film to DVD by getting a Elmo Transvideo telecine projector or a Goko telcine projector. You might be able to find one on Ebay for around $1000 to 1500. Run the film and take the output in to a DVD recorder. This eliminates most if not all of the flicker issue.
Option #3. Find the best 8mm film to DVD transfer company to do it for you. There are a number of companies converting 8mm film to DVD. Learn about the basics and the different types of 8mm film transfers. You want a company that's going to produce good results for a good price. Like Art said in his BBB review of Video Conversion Experts, "Excellent service. They know what they're doing and use their experience to help you. They answered all my questions. I have absolutely no complaints. Well worth the price to get a keepsake converted to digital.
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*
Ship film with order form. we recommend using a fedex or uPS
2-3 day air service
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.