Many companies can transfer film to DVD, but only a handful do it with professional machines that produce results as good as the film. That is basically the challenge. There are cheap $2500 machines used by camera shops, the Walmarts and Walgreens of the world. Then, there are professional machines in the $100,000 to $500,000 range. There isn’t a lot in the middle. For transferring 8mm and Super 8 film to DVD, we offer the very cheapest to the best with a few in between to give you some options. So, in essence, we are a one stop lab for customers looking to transfer their film to DVD on a tight budget, to independent movie producers and government agencies looking for the best. If you have 16mm or 35mm film click here. The services below are for Super 8 and 8mm film to DVD.
Which process you choose to transfer film to DVD is completely up to you. The main thing is that you are educated on the differences in the film to DVD processes and how that will affect the quality you will get back. The $2500 film to DVD transfer machines used by the Walmart’s and Walgreen’s of the world is nothing more than a projector and camcorder. If you are skilled this is something you could make at home. The resulting transfer of film to DVD would be about the same as if you sent it to them.
In the late 1990s, a company in Texas made an improvement to the $2500 real-time machine. They called it a frame by frame machine. It still used the same parts and camcorder but it stopped on each frame and used the camcorder to take a picture of the film instead of capturing a video of it. There was a slight improvement but in the grand scheme of things, it still came out about 50% less quality compared to the film.
Fast forward to 2008. The first real professional 8mm and Super 8 film transfer machine comes out. It costs around $100,000 fully outfitted. Seems like a lot of money compared to $2500, but it is a true film scanner and state of the art equipment is expensive. Our Pro HD uses this machine to transfer film to DVD. Just like a flatbed scanner would scan a photograph, this scanner professional scans and restore each frame one by one. The results are about 50% better than the $2500 machine.
2012, another major breakthrough in film scanning arrives. The Pro 2K 1556 line scanner for 8mm, Super 8 film. Wow, I say, That’s crazy. Is there really 1556 lines of resolution on 8mm or super 8 film? Well, probably not. But, any artist will tell you that when you convert an analog source to digital you want to scan above the resolution of the art to get the full quality in the digital form. That’s why this machine was made. So, if you are looking for the ultimate film to DVD transfer, consider the Pro 2K process offered by Video Conversion Experts.