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Is a 8mm or Super8 film to DVD transfer using a frame by frame method the best?

There are 4 types of Super 8 and 8mm to DVD transfer machines out there today. Both real-time and frame by frame use a modified projector and camcorder. A real-time 8mm film to DVD transfer runs the film at full speed like on a projector. Well, on this machine it is running on a projector. The film is projected onto a mirror or surface and the camcorder records that surface. You could basically do this at home.

A frame by frame 8mm film to DVD process still uses a projector and camcorder but the camcorder is pointed directly at the film and the camcorder captures one frame at a time. A frame by frame 8mm film to DVD process will result in video that is about 20-30% better than a real-time 8mm or Super 8 film to DVD process.

The best 8mm or Super 8 film to DVD transfer is done using a professional film scanner like a motion picture film scanner or Datacine machine. A professional film scanner is made with state of the art components. These scanners typically have the ability to deal with shrunk film or film with sprocket hole damage. A professional film scanner will produce video that is about 30-50% better than a frame by frame 8mm or super 8 process.

This 8mm film to DVD order form will let you compare the options and costs of each type of film transfer. This way you can make an informed decision and stay within your budget.

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
ProHD
Produces 20-25% less quality then the film
PRO 2K
Scan produces video that is as good as the film
PRO 4K
scan produces video that is better then the film

Step 3

Choose Format

DVD & BluRay
Good for viewing on TV, Not for editing
MP4
Good for viewing anywhere and will last longer then DVD/BluRay
AVI, HD-AVI & ProRes
Good for Editing not for Viewing on TV
DPX
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

100% Satisfaction Guarantee

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.