By Brad Hinkle 4/18/2020
Believe it or not, your Super 8 film has up to and sometimes over 1000 lines of resolution. Super 8 was a great format. If you want a digital file or disk from your super 8 film transfer as good as you film, you to need to consider several things. The equipment and resolution is the first and primary thing you need to consider. A machine that scans at 1080p resolution is good but there are cheap projector/camcorder setups that also use a 1080p camcorder. So, you want to look for a professional 1080p scanner that ranges in cost from $50,000 to $100,00 each. That's how you'll know it is a professional super 8 film conversion machine. You want to stay away from any machine with a camcorder or projector in it. They call these real-time or frame-by-frame machine.
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!
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
Fill out the appropriate order form online and print invoice.
*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
Super 8 can be scanned up to 1556 lines of resolution. We are 1 of 2 labs in the United States that can scan Super 8 that high. Is it absolutely necessary? No. But, if you want to archive your Super 8 film or are looking for the best super 8 film transfer quality then yes, you want to consider the Pro 2K process. We scan super 8 film at 2K resolution for amateurs, semi professional and professional film labs doing documentary work.
We also offer the best formats in the industry. Our DVDs and BluRay disks are archival quality. They wont fail at 10 years like the average burnable disk sold in retail stores. If you need an editing file, we offer a wide choice from HD-AVI, Apple ProRes and the ultimate master DPX files.
The other important factor when considering a Super 8 film transfer is restoration. Most old movie film needs restoration. The film has usually color shifted toward blue and in many cases has gotten darker. Our Pro HD and Pro 2K process include restoration that is provided by the scanner and by an editor after the scan.
As German B commented on his BBB review, "I was very hesitant about sending my wife's 8mm childhood movies to anyone for transferring. I researched a number of companies, check them with the BBB, then finally took a deep breath and send them to Video Conversion Experts. The results (I did the Gold level) were well beyond what I expected! My wife and her mother were thrilled, literally, to tears! I could not have been happier. Thanks for doing a great job, and for great communication throughout the process. Highly recommended!!"
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.