8mm Film to Digital Conversion Service

8mm Film to Digital Conversion Services

Old film footage has a lot of precious personal memories wrapped up in it, which is why taking care of that footage should be your number one priority. In order to preserve your memories for all posterity, we suggest trying the 8mm Film to Digital Conversion Services at ARS Video.

Film wears out  easily over time, making it an outdated method for storing footage. As the film corrodes, memories you and your loved ones hold dear could be lost forever. ARS Video will convert 8mm Film to digital files and DVD formats to ensure your memories are preserved for years to come.

What is 8mm Film?

Similar to Super 8 film, 8mm film is one of the most common types of film there is and is exactly 8 millimeters wide. Originally designed back in the 1930s as a smaller, cheaper, and more portable option to the most popular film type of the decade (16mm), 8mm quickly made a name for itself as a more affordable film for the industry to produce and for consumers to store old home movies.

8mm film is similar to16mm film however, the film needs to be manually removed from the camera and flipped over for a second pass-through since it’s so much smaller. Once exposed, the film is sent out for processing, where it is split down the middle and attached into a 50-foot, 3-inch diameter reel that runs for approximately 3 minutes when played on a projector. Oftentimes, people with 8mm film will combine the small reels onto 200, 300, and 400-foot reels before enjoying their movie film at home.

The playing duration of an 8mm film reel is also about twice that of a 16mm reel of the same size, and since the 8mm reel is smaller than previous formats, it is more compact and capable of holding considerably more video.

This video features digitized audio from the original Super 8 reel

Why Convert 8mm film to Digital Video or DVD Format?

There are three main reasons to consider converting your 8mm film to digital files or DVD format.

  1. 8mm film is delicate and must be stored correctly to prevent damage.

In order for the film to prevent the film from degrading quickly, old film formats such as the 8mm must be stored away from anywhere they might be exposed to water, heat, and humidity.   Such exposure can irreversibly ruin the film and your memories.

  1. Converting your 8mm film to digital helps to save space.

Film reels aren’t always massive by themselves, yet just a few will quickly take up more space than you might have available.

Converting all those precious home videos to a high-quality digital format will protect them and instantly create a lot more room in your home, office, attic, and more.

  1. Converted 8mm video makes unique gifts for family, friends, and loved ones.

Digitized films that haven’t been viewed for quite some time—if at all—make for excellent gifts for significant events such as birthdays, family reunions, weddings and anniversaries.

With ARS Video’s 8mm film transfer services, you’ll be able to playback footage of loved ones on any special occasion that you see fit.

Digital Conversion Services at ARS Video

While it might seem simple, converting film to a digital file or DVD format is a very delicate and complex process. With only one hard copy of your footage in existence, it’s important that the process is performed correctly to avoid any film being irreversibly lost.

If you do not know exactly how to digitize that footage, you could ruin it in the process. Damaging your priceless memories is not something you want to have happen to your old video footage. Instead, rely on professionals who understand how to do this process correctly the first time.

At ARS Video, our team has a tremendous amount of experience when it comes to converting old video and film footage to a digital video format. We are a family-owned and operated business, so we understand the importance of preserving your cherished memories.

Before you go with our professional services, you can either bring your old film reels to us or ship them directly to the store. If you decide to ship your film, you can download and fill out a packing slip from our website. Once we receive your items, we will email or call you with an approximate cost.

Finally, our professionals will work with professional equipment to transform analog film into digital files that you will receive on a hard drive. When we are done working on your order, we will let you know. You are certainly welcome to pick up the thumb drive in person, or we can take payment over the phone during checkout and ship the materials back to you.

At ARS Video, we understand there is always something nostalgic that comes with original video footage, which is why we use a process that keeps your original footage intact. After digitizing your materials, we will also return the original film reels to you.

Please give us a call today to learn more about our process!