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Published On: Wed, Nov 28th, 2018

Time is running out, convert your old 8mm film before it’s gone

Save All Those Memories on 8mm Film

Sometimes when space is needed that’s when those old 8mm films are found at the back of a closet.

Other times, when the contents of an estate are sorted through before an estate sale, these films are found and are quite valuable. Old 8mm film contains a wealth of memories of family, friends and events long forgotten.

When the 8mm projector is no longer available or needs repair, keep the film and find a service that can convert it professionally.

photo/ Gerd Altmann via pixabay

You will need to know the type of 8mm film before you present it to a company for conversion.

There are several types of 8mm film varieties to consider. These include:

  • Standard 8
  • Super 8
  • Single 8
  • Double 8
  • Straight 8
  • 8mm film with sound

Ref: Wikipedia.

Depending on the age of the film and condition it has been stored in, it takes a professional video and film conversion or film transfer expert to make your 8mm film available on BluRay, DVD or digital files.

How 8mm Film is Converted

Thanks to today’s hi-tech scanning devices and film restoration equipment, it is possible to restore even damaged 8mm film. DIY is not recommended since it further damages the film.

Rather than spending money on a low-cost transfer machine, be aware that misuse or misunderstanding of the operation of this type of equipment also damages film.

In fact, if the film has been previously scanned with a projector, frame by frame equipment or camcorder, only 40 to 60 percent of the film will provide image quality.

8mm film is converted by professionals with high level training in state-of-the-art (SOTA)video and sound equipment. So,8mm film is converted by expert scanning through several film scanners to achieve optimal film quality for the final result.

Time is Running Out – Convert Your Old 8mm Film Before It’s Too Late

Old 8mm film once removed from protective storage may become brittle due to the interaction of film chemicals, such as cellulose nitrate and chemicals in ambient air. Once exposed to air, 8mm film begins to decompose rapidly depending on the age of the film.

Why Choose a Professional to Convert 8mm Film?

One of the best reasons to choose a professional to convert 8mm film is that treasured memories are preserved for future use and enjoyment. In addition, experts can remove flaws in films that appear grainy or have poor quality resolution.

When you bring your 8mm film to an expert, even some film damaged by flood or fire, may be restored with SOTA equipment. It all depends on the condition of the film at the time the conversion company receives it. Professionals can determine the film’s condition and advise on the possible results.

Businesses with archived 8mm film should have a professional conversion company service these films to be used for promotions, advertising and human resources training programs for employees.

Church and civic organizations also benefit from having archived 8mm film properly converted and restored.

Knowledge, Training and Experience

Now is the time to convert old 8mmm film. There are three companies that have earned high customer ranking for their excellent quality services. These are:

. VCE found at: videoconversionexperts.com

. Film Transfer Company found at: filmtransfercompany.com

Author: Jeremy Biberdorf

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