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Super 8 Film Transfers

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Other FormatsI come into contact with a lot of people who want to transfer their old Super 8 and 8MM film to DVD or file. Most people don’t realize that although the film will deteriorate over time, it tends to hold up better than you may expect. Also, because it’s film, you’re likely to have a much better image than say VHS to DVD transfers will. I’ve seen some amazing footage in my time and the Super 8 tends to be the best. The colors are more vibrant. The image is more clear. When you only get a 5 minute reel, you don’t let the camera roll. Family photographers tended to only capture the most important events. Also, the resolution can be amazing given that we’re offering high definition transfers at a fraction of the cost of most major companies. The technology has finally caught up with the consumer market. That’s full HD for $3/minute. There are a few things that can go wrong with film storage which can cause problems down the line. Film can become warped. This is somewhat rare but you can actually see if the film is warped just by looking at it. You don’t have to be an expert. Even if it’s warped, it’s often still possible to transfer it. Also, old film can start to smell like vinegar. That’s a sign that the deterioration has begun and in order to save it from being completely destroyed, it’s important to preserve it digitally, either on a file stored on your hard drive or as a DVD for the whole family to watch. Also, old film tends to turn red over time. If this is the case, we can offer to correct it for you. Personally, I like the way it looks. So if you found an old box of footage in your garage, bring it in for a quote. I’m pretty sure you’ll be surprised by the treasure trove of recorded events too valuable to let them go to the dogs for eternity.

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