What to do with 8mm movies ...

Discussion in 'Video' started by carbon_dragon, Sep 30, 2015.

  1. My parents passed away in the last couple of years and I inherited a bunch of 8mm movies. I'm a stills hobbiest and have film scanners
    for 35mm but I have no idea what to do with their movies. Anyone have a suggestion on what to do with them? Maybe someplace that
    reliably converts them to DVD so I can at least see them?

  2. I guess the question is how much time and money are you willing to invest. There are no shortage of conversion houses out there that will put them on DVD or give you a digital file. If there are a LOT of films, you might consider doing it yourself. The cheapest way is to project them and point a video camera at the projected image. For best results, you can get a film scanner that will digitize each individual frame. Last I looked at one, they ran about $1600. If you hire it done, you might ask what method will be used and pick a service house accordingly.
  3. Can you give me a feel for the economics? I have 8 small 8mm reels and 3 larger cans. How much would I pay to have those transcribed to DVD -- or Blueray? I have a feeling by the time I buy the necessary equipment my self I'd probably spend more wouldn't I?
  4. They probably don't have sound. Do you have a screen and projector? Cheap way is to use a camcorder/dslr to record the screen. I do know Berger Brothers does conversions. They probably can do 8mm. Give them a call and see http://berger-bros.com/
  5. http://www.dijifi.com/
  6. See link below. A friend of mine used them a couple of years ago and got excellent results at a fair price. They use a Rank Cintel, which has been the standard for Hollywood transfers for years.

    For reference, if you have three inch diameter reels they run about 3-4 minutes. Five inch runs about 15 minutes and seven inch half an hour. As others have said the cheap and dirty way is to project them on a small screen and shoot the screen with a video camera. You don't want to invest in a scanner/transfer setup unless you're going into this as a business.

    Whatever you do, keep the originals and store them carefully after the transfer. As with still film, digital/video technology comes and goes. Whatever you transfer them to today will be obsolete by the time your grandchildren try to look at, maybe even your children. As long as you have the originals, they can always be re-transferred to whatever technology tomorrow brings.

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