How to Convert 35 mil motion picture to digital

Discussion in 'Film and Processing' started by robertwalker, Mar 6, 2018.

  1. Any ideas?

    Thank you in advance film.jpg golf4.jpg
  2. Have you googled it? Where are you? By far the easiest solution is to just search for local services that will do it for you. In fact, it doesn't need to be local.
  3. Finding a local to convert 35mm to digital will not be easy unless you live in LA. But there are lots of places that do 16mm, so call and ask for a recommendation.

    Judging from the clothing the golfer is wearing, the film could have some historical value.

    Where did it come from? If Bobby Jones visited your area way back when, I'd be pretty excited.

    Just a note: at first glance I thought it was still film, but you can tell movie from still as most often the movie sprocket holes will have more rounded sides.

    And don't be surprised by the cost.

    Hmm - the more I think about it, the more I believe you could well have found some footage of a well known golfer. No amateur movie taker is going to be out shooting 35mm movies. It could be newsreel film from some tournament. I'd check with a local golf association.
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2018
  4. I agree that it's likely of some significance given that it was shot on 35mm. That is a format that has always been expensive both in terms of equipment and operational cost. Even back in the day when it was film or nothing, 35mm was often reserved major motion pictures and big-budget TV shows.

    With that said, I'd be inclined to find someone with a decent flatbed and scan a few frames in high resolution to see if you can make a positive ID. Sometime like an Epson V600 or better should allow you to scan a dozen or so frames.

    You can go from there to decide whether or not to go to the expense of having the full roll digitized.

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