Save your old movie film before it’s lost to time. (If you want to transfer from video tapes, not film, please click here.)
Most of us have old home movie film containing priceless memories that we’d love to share with our kids, spouses, friends, and parents, but unfortunately, movie projectors are scarce, and even in the best conditions, film decomposes over the years, becoming flaky, brittle, and unviewable. With Patchin Pictures® Direct Film Transfers, we can help save your home movies before they’re lost to time. We’ll take your movie films and transfer them to DVD and/or Blu-ray by directly scanning the frames of the film, not by some cheap projection as many of our competitors do. We use a custom made film transfer system, and in fact, this system is brand new, not a rigged system from old projector parts. All work is done in-house. We do not send your precious films out for transfer elsewhere.
With our custom film transfers, your home movies will look even better than they did when your dad used to show them on a screen, and they’ll be viewable on a TV, computer, smartphone, or tablet for easy enjoyment with your loved ones. We at Patchin Pictures understand that your film transfer is an important investment, and we take very seriously the trust you place in us when you choose to preserve your film with a Patchin Pictures® Direct Film Transfer. Save your 8mm, Super 8mm and 16mm films today with Patchin Pictures.
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Well, it means you should transfer your 8mm, Super 8mm and 16mm home movies to DVD so you can see them in a better light than you ever did when you watched the old projections on a roll-up movie screen.
That’s not to say that movie film is somehow a bad format because it’s old. On the contrary, there is still nothing better than film for recording moving images. But people get their movie film transferred to DVD because it is not practical to set up a movie screen, get out an old projector with a hot bulb, and watch their home movies reel by reel. The film transfers we do at Patchin Pictures use a proprietary film transfer system to record from the frames of the movie film, not from a projected image. This provides high resolution film transfers to video that reveal even more of each film frame than people would have seen years ago when watching their home movies projected on a screen. The images from the movie films are brighter and easier to watch on DVD, and they even look better, even though the resolution of movie film is considerably higher than any video yet invented.
You also want to transfer your home movies to DVD so you can back them up. This way you’ll have a DVD copy of your 8mm, Super 8mm and 16mm home movie film even if something happens to the original home movies themselves. At Patchin Pictures Film Transfers, we’ve seen lots of problems with people’s celluloid movies, including heat damage, water damage, fungus damage and brittleness. Get your film transferred to DVD while the film can still go through a projector. Call Patchin Pictures today.
We do all our home movie transfers to video right here in our Patchin Pictures Studio in Las Vegas, Nevada. Patchin Pictures’ Las Vegas film to video transfers are a service we’ve been providing since 2000. Sometimes people confuse 8mm movies on celluloid (film) with 8mm video tapes. They are not the same. Reels of movie film are stored on round reels, the small 50 foot 8mm film reels are often white plastic with blue or red covers. Many film reels are on metal reels that can range in size from 5 to 12 inches or more. 8mm video tapes, however, are housed in rectangular plastic casings and play back on tape players rather than 8mm movie projectors.
At Patchin Pictures Film, Tape and DVD Transfers, we transfer both formats, movie film and video tapes, but the pricing is very different. Refer to our film transfer price calculator above for movie film transfers to DVD. For tape transfers to DVD, including VHS, VHS-C, Super VHS, Video 8, Hi 8, Digital 8, mini DV, DV, DV Cam, U-Matic, Betamax, ¾ tape, Beta SP and more, go to our video transfer page: http://patchinpictures.com/transfers-to-dvd/.
For 8mm, Super 8mm, and 16mm film transfers to DVD, we splice small film reels, such as 50 foot reels, to larger reels, so your film will be more ready for transfer. We also clean the movie film with film cleaner to get rid of much of the dust and debris. After cleaning and splicing the film, we transfer it into our computer system, in essence “digitizing the film” so we can make a master DVD of the transfer.
The pricing of film transfers to DVD is done in two parts: 1) Splicing, cleaning and transfer into the computer system. 2) Mastering the transferred film to DVD or a video file format, or both. The pricing for the first part is based on the film reel size, such as 50 foot, 100 foot, 200 foot, 400 foot and larger, up to 1,600 foot film reels. The pricing for the DVD master or video files is based on the number of DVD discs needed or the length of the video transferred from film. Use our film transfer price calculator to estimate the cost for your transfer, or feel free to give us a call at 702-240-6777.
Regular 8mm movie film does not allow for recording audio (sound), however Super 8mm does have the potential for recording sound. We have seen a rare and unique exception whereby regular 8 film had sound recording on it, but that was a specially engineered recorder and playback system that was not used for everyday home movie film. Super 8mm film, when it has the ability to record sound, does so through the use of a magnetic strip just to the outside of the film sprocket holes. Super 8mm film has smaller sprocket holes than regular 8mm film, leaving more room for the magnetic sound stripe. Not all Super 8mm film has sound stripes, so if you have Super 8 film, it does not necessarily have to include audio on it. At Patchin Pictures, we transfer Super 8 film to DVD with or without sound. The prices for transferring with sound are different from film without sound. Very few film transfer companies transfer Super 8mm film with sound because of the playback speed of film needing to be synced with the different playback speed of video, thus making the audio “sound” as though it is running at the wrong speed. We have a method for compensating for the film versus video playback speeds versus the playback speed of audio, so we do transfer Super 8mm film with sound to video.
What is the difference between Super 8mm film and regular 8mm film? The celluloid of 8mm film is just that: 8mm. But the image sizes, or frame sizes, of Super 8mm and regular 8mm film are different. The best way to tell the difference between Super 8 film and regular 8 film is by looking at the film sprocket holes. When you compare the two different film types, you will see that the Super 8 has smaller sprocket holes than the regular 8. The Super 8 also uses more of the celluloid for the image, basically using more of the film. It also allows for room to include the magnetic stripe for recording sound with the film. This type of sound playback and recording uses magnetic heads similar to those on video tape and audio tape players and recorders.
When sound was originally developed for movie film, it was recorded optically. That is to say that the movie film had “visual” sound, basically sound waves recorded directly on the movie film as visual lines. To play back sound from film with optically recorded audio, the film projector needed an optical audio reader which included a light passing through the sound section of the film to “read” the optical sound images. Later, magnetic audio was introduced to film. More recently, digital (ones and zeros) recording was adopted as the most efficient and best quality method for recording audio with film. None of the home movie films you may have for transfer to video will include digital audio, but they may have optical or magnetic audio, both of which Patchin Pictures can transfer to DVD or other video file formats.
In addition to providing your film transfers on DVD, we can also provide many video file formats and various sizes, codecs and resolutions for the different purposes you might have for your film transfers. MP4 is a common compatible video file format we can provide on your hard drive, flash drive, or a data disc. This is a good option for backing up and sharing your film transfers. You can also upload your video files to the web and share them on social media sites such as YouTube and Vimeo.
Call Patchin Pictures Film Transfers at 702-240-6777 or fill out the contact form to the right, so you can get started with your film transfer today. We do all our transfers here in our Las Vegas, Nevada studio, and we do not send the film out to be transferred.