Although  both  Regular and Super 8 film are 8mm wide, notice that Super 8 film has a larger image area (the "sprocket" perforations are both smaller and more widely spaced.) Q&A

What we transfer                      launched           popular usage by 

  • Regular 8mm reels (silent)       1932               amateur hobbyists
  • Super 8mm reels (silent)           1965                amateur hobbyists;  visual artists               
  • Super 8mm reels  (sound)         1973               amateur hobbyists;  indy film makers
  • 16mm reels (silent)                       1923               (relatively expensive; not so popular)
  • 16mm reels (sound)                      1935                40s, 50s, 60s, education, gov’t, industry 

1    We receive your reels, your order is kept in secure custody, boxed separately. Typically, you are on hand to discuss your project, so we will go through the materials, noting details such as dates, sequence order, subject, film type, reel-length and the condition of the film.

How we transfer 1-€”2-3

It is not unusual for clients to have the odd "unidentified" reel. No worries. Cranking the reel through an old-school manual viewer quickly resolves that mystery.

There is no charge for on-site use of the manual viewer.

2    Behind the scenes, your film is cleaned (if mold or residue are present), any broken splices are mended, lead tape is afixed if necessary, and the reels are processed  in the order you've specified.

Film digitization processes are not all equal. The "frame-by-frame" (i.e. scanning) method we employ produces the sharpest results possible.

3    Professional video editing software is used to apply the correct film speed (which varies by film type), remove blank or dark areas, and adjust degraded film properies (e.g. color shift, contrast, or brightness) as much as possible. Science, meet Art.

What it costs

It was the manual handling of the film spool (cartidge), especially if performed out of doors, that often caused a brief over-exposure along sections of exposed film.  Here's how:

8mm film spools actually contain a 16mm film (w twice as many perforations along its edge as normal 16mm.) On it’s first pass through the camera, the film is exposed only on half its width. When the first pass is complete, the camera operator opens the camera, flips the spool and during subsequent filming the spool is exposed along it's second, previously unexposed half. After the film is processed, the film is split down the middle and the two lengths of 8mm film are spliced together.

image Courtesy of  Super 8 film - Wikipedia

The cost to digitize film (film transfer) is determined by the footage loaded on your reels. Each"foot" of film that physically passes through the equipment during scanning is logged.

  Q    How do I know whether I have  a Regular 8mm or Super-8mm  reel ?

  Q    What causes the iconic flares and flashes at the start, middle, and end of 8mm home movies ?

Q    I have film that seems beyond help. Can you color-correct a magenta, or a yellow color-cast deterioration?

Yes, restoration is often possible. The left-half of the split-screen shows color-deterioration; the right-half shows the salvaged detail.