Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Rate Thread
8 mm film transfer advice
#338115 02/12/11 02:47 AM
Joined: Jan 2003
Posts: 315
duckman Offline OP
devotee
OP Offline
devotee
Joined: Jan 2003
Posts: 315
I'm getting prodded to facilitate (pay for) transferring to digital format dozens of 8mm silent home movies shot by my parents and grandparents in probably the 50's and 60's. I'm all for doing this before everyone that cares dies of old age.
So, has anyone done this or had it done? My sister has researched a little and come up with 3 options. 1- put a bulb in the projector we can't find and use a camcorder we don't have to record the image projected on the screen which might be good if we still have it and can find it.
2- Buy this little box to take the place of the screen.
3- pay someone (presumably a professional) to do this.
Do any of the photographers on here do this? Any Idea what it costs? I really do want to do this but don't feel comfortable sending these film reels to some outfit like wallgreens, I want to know where my stuff is going.

Thanks for any advice...


Well, Alright Then.
Re: 8 mm film transfer advice
duckman #338132 02/12/11 04:28 AM
Joined: Jun 2003
Posts: 8,488
T
axiomite
Offline
axiomite
T
Joined: Jun 2003
Posts: 8,488
Where the hell is Mark when you need him?

Wish I could help. I salute you for undertaking this project, which will undoubtedly prove priceless to your family.


bibere usque ad hilaritatem
Re: 8 mm film transfer advice
tomtuttle #338146 02/12/11 06:35 AM
Joined: Dec 2003
Posts: 10,420
J
shareholder in the making
Offline
shareholder in the making
J
Joined: Dec 2003
Posts: 10,420
My wife had some old home movies transfered to VHS a number of years ago around 2001(?) and the cost wasn't too bad they even added a soundtrack that was quite fitting for what was showing on the screen, ie. birds chirping during outdaoor/park/camping scenes etc. To my wife and her family this was well worth the added cost for a pro to do the work and I believe it wasn't horrendously expensive. I would imagine the cost shouldn't be too much more now a day.


Jason
M80 v2
VP160 v3
QS8 v2
PB13 Ultra
Denon 3808
Samsung 85" Q70
Re: 8 mm film transfer advice
jakewash #338168 02/12/11 05:47 PM
Joined: Sep 2004
Posts: 11,450
shareholder in the making
Offline
shareholder in the making
Joined: Sep 2004
Posts: 11,450
Film-to-video is about the only conversion that we don't do. It's a PIA because of the brittleness of old film, and there's an inherent mechanical mismatch between the frame rate of video and film, necessitating a projector with a variable-speed shutter to do the job right.

If they are important to you, let a pro handle it.

You also get to check it off your To-Do list by running an errand instead of dealing with it all week.


::::::: No disrespect to Axiom, but my favorite woofer is my yellow lab :::::::
Re: 8 mm film transfer advice
MarkSJohnson #338169 02/12/11 05:48 PM
Joined: Sep 2004
Posts: 11,450
shareholder in the making
Offline
shareholder in the making
Joined: Sep 2004
Posts: 11,450
PS- get extra copies as backups and to give to other family members as well.

Like Tom said, they're valuable and irreplaceable.

Last edited by MarkSJohnson; 02/12/11 06:08 PM.

::::::: No disrespect to Axiom, but my favorite woofer is my yellow lab :::::::
Re: 8 mm film transfer advice
MarkSJohnson #338172 02/12/11 05:59 PM
Joined: Jun 2003
Posts: 8,488
T
axiomite
Offline
axiomite
T
Joined: Jun 2003
Posts: 8,488
I didn't say that. I said, "where the hell is Mark?" grin


bibere usque ad hilaritatem
Re: 8 mm film transfer advice
tomtuttle #338205 02/13/11 12:01 AM
Joined: Jan 2003
Posts: 315
duckman Offline OP
devotee
OP Offline
devotee
Joined: Jan 2003
Posts: 315
Thanks for the responses. I was holding a silent hope that the square roomed one did this. The quest continues...


Well, Alright Then.
Re: 8 mm film transfer advice
tomtuttle #338232 02/13/11 01:50 AM
Joined: Sep 2004
Posts: 11,450
shareholder in the making
Offline
shareholder in the making
Joined: Sep 2004
Posts: 11,450
Originally Posted By: tomtuttle
I didn't say that. I said, "where the hell is Mark?" grin

I was paraphrasing that "priceless" part.

Leave me alone. I'm full of cold medicine.


::::::: No disrespect to Axiom, but my favorite woofer is my yellow lab :::::::
Re: 8 mm film transfer advice
MarkSJohnson #338254 02/13/11 05:45 AM
Joined: Jun 2003
Posts: 8,488
T
axiomite
Offline
axiomite
T
Joined: Jun 2003
Posts: 8,488
and mucus, no doubt.

Sorry, buddy. Drink lots of fluids and get some rest.


bibere usque ad hilaritatem
Re: 8 mm film transfer advice
tomtuttle #338256 02/13/11 05:49 AM
Joined: Feb 2009
Posts: 3,466
connoisseur
Offline
connoisseur
Joined: Feb 2009
Posts: 3,466
Oh, I just figured he was robotripping.


Pioneer PDP-5020FD, Marantz SR6011
Axiom M5HP, VP160HP, QS8
Sony PS4, surround backs
-Chris

Moderated by  alan, Amie, Andrew, axiomadmin, Brent, Debbie, Ian, Jc 

Link Copied to Clipboard

Need Help Graphic

Forum Statistics
Forums16
Topics24,362
Posts431,677
Members15,414
Most Online2,082
Jan 22nd, 2020
Top Posters
Ken.C 18,044
pmbuko 16,437
SirQuack 13,682
CV 11,797
MarkSJohnson 11,450
Who's Online Now
0 members (), 190 guests, and 4 robots.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Newsletter Signup
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.4