Digital Film Restoration

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Most old movie film needs digital restoration. The colors have faded or color shifted, the overall exposure has darkened and you probably have some amount of surface damage. This is normal. Even if you have old Black and white film, it will also color shift (towards the sepia tones) and will get darker and have surface damage.

This is where Video Conversion Experts comes in. We've been working with film scanning companies for years to build digital restoration into the scanners. In addition to the digital restoration the scanner can do, an editor will also go through the scanned images and color correct them as much as possible on our Pro HD and Pro 2K process. For more information on our digital restoration click here.

Digital Restoration is one of those things that is normally reserved for Hollywood movies only. Not anymore. We've been working with film scanning manufactures for years to incorporate the latest digital restoration technology. It is always better to try and perform digital restoration at scan time then after the scan.

The goal of any 8mm or Super 8 film restoration is to get an digital image that looks as good as the original film. So, that means a few things. Digital restoration wont fix original recording problems. If the film was shot over or under exposed, double exposed, blurry etc, the restored digital version will be that way too.

What has happened to the 8mm or Super 8 film since it was taken is that is has color shifted (toward blue in most cases) and has gotten darker. Our 8mm film restoration will be able to reverse this color shift is almost all cases and can lighten up the darkening that has been going on for decades.

One other aspect of film restoration is that the film needs to be scanned at or above the resolution of the film if you ever want to get a digital video as good as the 8mm or Super 8 film. Most customers miss this very important point. For example, if you scan 8mm film at 480 lines even though it has 800 to 1000, you will never get a digital video, no matter how much you restore it, to look at good as the 8mm film. So, scanning at 1080 or 1556 lines is the first step in any successful restoration. This is why we only offer 8mm and Super 8 film restoration on our Pro HD and Pro 2K processes.

In addition to color and exposure, our film restoration can hide about 50-80% of the surface defects. Surface defects can include scratches, nicks, dust or dirt now adhered to the film. There are also defects that have gone past the surface and into the image layer. These cannot be fixed. So, for example, a deep scratch into the image layer cannot be fixed. To learn more about our film restoration, click here.

So, if you are looking to get the best film restoration when you convert your 8mm film to DVD, go no further than Video Conversion Experts.

8mm and Super 8 Film Conversion Services

*Scanning per foot cost includes scanning only. This does not include the cost of the output format(s) like DVD*
**The example Pro 2K and Pro 4K picture includes optional color correction**
Order Process
Step 1

Organize and Number

Number the boxes, cans or reels in the best order you can from 1 to X and we'll Follow that order

Step 2

Choose Process

SD Scan
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

Step 3

Choose Format

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

Step 4

Order Online

Fill out the appropriate order form online and print invoice.
*You'll Need to include one copy with the order*

Step 5

Ship with Order Form

Ship film with order form. we recommend using a fedex or uPS
2-3 day air service

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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.