I have a client who needs thousands of feet of 8mm and Super8 film transferred to DV tape so they can edit their family memories. This is not a service I perform so I thought I’d ask the hundreds of TechThoughts visitors every day where is a good place to do this…
The film has been stored indoors, but is several decades old. It may be dry, but I’m pretty sure it’s not brittle. Even so, a place that has a system that doesn’t stress the film would be preferred. Because this is not a production project, there’s not really a set budget for this, but I’ve seen figures around 20¢ a foot bandied about. Tell me in the comments about locations, prices and personal experiences, if you have them and I can relay them to my client. I look forward to your feedback.
This looks promising:
these guys have been around a long time and have been reliable when I used them: http://filmvideoservices.net/
Pro8mm in Burbank are a top-notch service for this and much more. Nice people too. http://www.pro8mm.com
My studio accepts all types of film formats to transfer to video. We have a state-of-the-art film transfer department where the film is color-corrected, if necessary, and run frame-by-frame through a computerized editing system before being transferred to a DVD, mini-DV, or hard drive format. We offer a 10% discount coupon off the entire first order and 100% satisfaction is guaranteed! Please visit the “Home Movie Transfer” link of my website for more information regarding film transfers and pricing (www.homevideostudio.com/videoservices/174/Home_Movie_Transfer.cfm).
For claw-free transfers on a continuous motion, non-projector, ground-up design that’s become the standard of small gauge transfers in Europe, look for locations that use the flashscan from MWA Nova, Berlin.
You can get more information at http://www.flashscan8.us, and get connected to users here in the US.
10-bit uncompressed transfers in real-time, along with DV/DVCAM and analog.
Coming up: The new flashcanHD, which offers up to three times faster than real time speed, cueable color correction and more productivity features. Now in production, the first units will be shipping later in this first quarter of 2009.
I’m the US/Canadian distributor and took on the job after dissatisfaction with transfers done by other methods.
Please keep in mind that moviestuff.tv is not a real transfer process..the film is shot through a projector onto a mirror that then transfers the image to tape. I have used them on several times the quality is good, the coloring is bad.
I stumbled across mymovietransfer.com and for the same price they do a full telecine transfer to HD or SD.