Examples of Single Frames from Converted Regular 8mm Films
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Preservation - our primary goal
Our primary goal for your movies is preservation. Let it be your main focus as well! For excellent background knowledge on this topic, consult the Preservation tab of the Little Film website. It tells you how to store and care for your 8mm film. This website also has a wealth of information on all narrow gauge film formats, including 9.5mm and 16mm.
8mm Film to Video Telecine Transfer
If you do not have 8mm film projection equipment in good condition (make sure you do not damage your films with inferior equipment!), and you want to enjoy your movies now, then VintageMedia can make video copies onto digital storage devices, such as external hard drives or flash drives. Note that flash drives have severe storage limitations, typically maximum of 64 GB.
Our transfers use widened gate projection and frame by frame copying of the 8mm film to video at low speed. This results in full frame, flicker free, image accurate transfers of superior quality, suitable for the quality as well as cost conscious consumer, including those who intend to further edit the resulting videos. As the examples above demonstrate, the quality is so good that in many cases single frames can be extracted as individual pictures, if desired.
Please note that some transfer houses use an inferior real-time transfer method, where the speeds of the film projector and video camera must be manually synchronized. This results in a "fuzzier" look (due to some of the individual video frames being double exposures of two adjacent film frames) as well as poor colour rendition of the resulting video . Additionally, the transfers are usually not full frame, may run at the wrong speed (usually too fast), and may even contain a certain amount of flicker.
Our 8mm film to video transfer method utilizes aerial copying, i.e. the projected film images follow a purely optical path into the video system. This means that the film is not projected onto a screen as part of the conversion process. The aerial method was chosen since an intermediary screen tends to degrade the quality of the resulting video, by making it grainy and less sharp with excessive contrast. In addition, our 8mm projector utilizes a low wattage diffused LED light source that does not burn your film. It provides evenly lit video images of outstanding clarity and true, vivid colours. To achieve this excellent performance and quality we use the fabulous Video WorkPrinter by Moviestuff coupled with a high quality Canon CMOS video camera. This combination ensures truly unbeatable results.
Available File Delivery Choices
All transfers can be provided as either high definition .AVI files in the Motion JPEG (MJPEG) Codec or as Numbered Image Sequences that are independent of any video compression. This latter method is truly archival, as it is independent of video compression-decompression algorithms (codecs), which may change over time or become obsolete. Numbered Image Sequences can currently be processed by many Non-linear Editing (NLE) editing software. This will also hold true in the future, years from now.
Film Transfer and Video Format Conversion Services
The following services are currently available:
1. Transfer of regular 8mm and super 8mm silent movies to NTSC (North American Standard) video or PAL (European Standard) video. As part of this service, films are inspected, cleaned and lubricated. Minor repairs are also included. All transfers can be provided as either
2. Digital Video Disc (DVD) for playback from DVD player to TV set or computer monitor. Excellent quality and immediately playable in most NTSC or PAL DVD players.
3. Film editing before transfer to video, such as mounting the film from several small reels onto a larger reel.
4. Video editing after conversion to video.
Contact us for additional details of our transfer method or if you require services that are not specifically listed.
My Father's Camera (National Film Board of Canada Video)