What We Transfer

16mm, 8mm, and Super 8. We'll digitize them once, the right way, so you never have to do it again.

  • 16mm
    16mm

    16mm is the oldest format of film we transfer, dating back to the 1920s.

  • 8mm (Regular 8)
    8mm (Regular 8)

    The original consumer film format introduced in the 30s (widely adopted in the 40s).

  • Super 8
    Super 8

    A variant of 8mm with smaller sprockets to allow a larger film frame (60s and later).

They did a perfect job of over 20 rolls of 16mm from the 50's. The quality of the work is excellent....none of the colors look faded and the framing perfect.
Vivian K. - Yelp

Smaller Reels and Splicing

Most films started as 3-inch reels (50 feet), which were sometimes spliced together onto larger 5, 6 and 7-inch reels (200, 300, and 400 feet, respectively). An order with more than a few small reels will be spliced together during the cleaning and repair process. You will receive the original, now empty, 3-inch reels back along with a larger reel containing the film.

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Why We're The Best

There are many different ways to digitize film. The trick is to find that sweet spot between a big, expensive process and a cheap process that sacrifices on quality. Simply put, we did our homework.

Every frame is checked for proper focus and exposure. We often transfer a reel multiple times.

Top of The Class

We’ve done the comparisons and have mastered methods that produce the best looking images possible in this price range, and back it up with great service. Our system and staff ensure every request is met and communication is made with honesty and respect. Our culture is to focus on the relationship with the client as much as the digitization process itself. Just ask the internet!

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Service Options

We offer different resolutions and levels of service to meet the different needs of our clients. We also have a handy tool on our estimation page to help you determine which options may suit you best.

Standard and High Definition

Standard Definition (SD) is the equivalent of DVD resolution. The aspect ratio is more square, like film, and you will get most of the useful detail from regular 8mm and even Super 8 film. High Definition (HD) is a wider format with about 4 times the resolution of SD, and is the most common resolution in use today. It will retrieve every ounce of detail from 8mm and Super 8 film, and for 16mm makes an even more dramatic difference. The differences between HD and SD can be subtle on smaller screens but as they are viewed on larger displays with increasingly large resolution (such as the latest 4K, also known as Ultra HD) the difference becomes more noticeable.

Tech Specs

Need more details? You got it. SD is 720 x 480 pixels. HD is 1920 x 1080 pixels. We always output progressive frames, not interlaced. By default, we output to editable AVI or MOV files (AVI for Windows, and MOV for Mac). SD files are saved as DV codec files which are ~15 GB per hour, and HD files are Motion JPG for AVI and ProRes HQ for MOV which are ~40-60 GB per hour (ProRes files are larger).

Service Levels

  • Raw

    Raw service means you will receive the transferred files without any editing. We often must re-transfer sections of film so you will have fragmented files that will require editing to stitch together.

  • Direct

    Direct service adds editing so that you receive one complete file for each reel or group of small reels. Blank or obviously unwanted areas are removed along with any leader in the editing process.

  • Complete

    Complete service adds hand adjustments to color and contrast for each scene. Color shifting is removed as much as possible, and under or overexposed images are improved.

Digital Output

Digital films are output to an external USB drive as data, and as DVD (SD) or Blu-Ray (HD) discs. All files are backed up on our servers for 30 days.

File Types

  • AVI/MOV/MP4 (Drive)
    AVI/MOV/MP4 (Drive)

    AVI or MOV archival backup file or MP4 compressed share-able file, for digital editing/viewing.

  • MPEG-2 (DVD or Blu-Ray)
    MPEG-2 (DVD or Blu-Ray)

    Standard Definition DVD or High Definition Blu-Ray Disc for viewing on a set-top player or PC.

Output Types

  • USB Drive
    USB Drive

    A small thumb-sized or wallet-sized drive for portable digital storage and transfer of your data.

  • CD/DVD/Blu-Ray (Data or Audio/Video)
    CD/DVD/Blu-Ray (Data or Audio/Video)

    Data files can be burned to disc, or burned as an audio CD or video DVD/Blu-Ray for set-top players.