If you have old home movies on 8mm film, you might be considering conversion to a digital format that will make it easier to share and enjoy your cherished memories. Taking this project to a professional is generally the best option, as doing the conversion yourself requires a great deal of work and time.
In order to transfer 8mm film to a digital format, you will need at a minimum a high-quality working 8mm projector that will handle your film type along with a high-quality camcorder. The camcorder should have a variable exposure option as well as shutter speed control. Finally, you will need a way for the camcorder to capture the actual footage.
These set-ups range from filming the movie off a wall or screen to various box and mirror combinations. The better the system is at capturing typically means a higher and higher learning curve, which means the investment of several hours to get up and running to make test recordings and then make the actual transfer. By the way, don't forget to purchase some movie film cleaning solution and have a set-up that will allow you to fix broken splices.
The quality of your new digitally formatted video can vary significantly if you do the project yourself. There are three aspects of your film capture that are most important:
1. Eliminate flicker, the pulsating light effect that happens when there is a conflict in shutter speeds between your camera and your projector.
2. Capture method of your system, anything short of capturing each individual frame of film in at least full standard definition quality will degrade the quality of your transfer (this can't be accomplished when taking a video of the video).
3. Film preparation, this means cleaning and conditioning the film with the proper solution as well as fixing bad splices and removing torn sprocket holes.
At Memory Keepers in Naperville, you can find quick, friendly and affordable film transfer services to preserve your 8mm home movies with the highest quality possible. Memory Keepers cleans all your film and fixes any bad splices, before a $10,000 piece of equipment captures each individual frame in full 1080P resolution. Those frames are then processed into digital video files overnight. Memory Keepers can also preserve video tapes (VHS, Betamax and camcorder tapes), slides, photos, camcorder files, and even audio, so you are able to hold onto your special family moments for decades to come. To contact Memory Keepers, call 630-717-0278 today.