We Transfer -- and Archive -- Movie Film and Legacy Videos
of all kinds
DVD MiniDV D8 Hi8 VHS Video 8mm 16mm Movie Film Transfers
 

Archive Everything From..
Film to DVD

Bruce Mayfield MBA, MSPsy, BSCS
Computer Scientist and Digital Archivist
d.b.a. Film to DVD / Film to Video
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Video Demonstration Clips:
Hybrid Re-Engineering
Up-Close and Personal Clp
FOR ALL READERS:
DVD Dirty Little Secrets
Dirty Little Secret NEWS
Proof of Short DVD Life-spans:
Summary of Longevity Studies
National Archives Newsletter
National Archives FAQ
IBM Warning on Optical Media
DVD Longevity Study-German
DVD Longevity Study-NIST/LC
Archive Gold type DVD-R
Tutorial:
1.Resolution          4.Transfers
2.Media                 5.Innovation
3.Archiving
Problems:
Vinegar Syndrome and Mold
FOR MOVIE FILM CLIENTS:
Dirty Film Transfer Secrets
Page 1 and Page 2
FOR VIDEO TAPE AND
ENDANGERED-DVD
CLIENTS:
Video Tape & DVD Archive Conversion (SOON to OPEN)
Frequently Asked Questions FAQ
about Film Transfer Products
Unsolicited Testimonials
After the transfer: Now what?
Our "Film Transfer Service"
Our "Film Transfer" Products
 

Movie Film Transfer
Clients
(with our special this week)
RECEIVE THE FOLLOWING
in a typical quote:

8mm to DVD &16mm to Blu-ray Film Transfer
Physical
DVD Discs & Blu-ray Discs

6 Complete sets of DVD Discs

1 Complete set of Blu-ray Discs


1 Small Personal Player-Drive
"A Solid State DVD Player-Drive"
LOADED WITH

1 Complete set of
Error-FREE
Disc-FREE DVD Disc-Images
and
Social-Media Files
for the Internet

With it YOU can
Burn Physical DVD discs
from
Error-FREE Disc-IMAGES™".
Duplicate
Error-FREE
Disc-FREE DVD Disc-Images
Play Disc-FREE DVDs
Duplicate the Player-Drive itself

It also has an
On-Board Media-Player
for PC and Mac
On-board Tutorial

Disc-FREE DVD Player-Drive
1 Large Archive Player-Drive
LOADED WITH
everything on the
Small Personal Player-Drive
PLUS
Like Commercial Clients our
Domestic Clients Receive
COPYRIGHT ASSETS
WHICH MOST STUDIOS THROW AWAY

Copyright Assets Include:
1 Complete Set of EACH"
Digital-Film Master-Files
Primal Master-Files
Disc Error-FREE
Disc-FREE DVD Disc-IMAGES
Disc Error-FREE
Disc-FREE Blu-ray Disc-IMAGES

Large Archive Player-Drive
also has

On-board Media-Player
For PC & Mac
to check your archive

On-Board Tutorial
including a family
Strategic Archive Plan

Large Archive Player-Drive
EMPOWERS YOU & YOUR FAMILY
 to duplicate everything
 we make for you, too!

YOU and your FAMILY CAN
Duplicate Large-Player Drives™
Duplicate Small Personal Player-Drives™

Burn Physical DVD Discs
Copy Disc-FREE™ DVD Disc-IMAGES™
Play Disc-FREE DVD Disc-IMAGES™

Copy Primal Master-Files
Play
Primal Master-Files
Edit
Primal Master-Files™*

Copy Digital-Film Master-Files
Play
Digital-Film Master-Files
Edit
Digital-Film Master-Files™*

Play Social-Media Files
Copy Social-Media Files

Copy Disc-Free Blu-ray Disc-Images
Burn Blu-ray Discs*

*NOTE:
Editing requires software
Blu-ray requires software & BD burner

ABOUT YOUR
Copyright Assets

Primal Master-Files

Your Native "Capture Files"
With Color--GUARD

Engineered for Aggressive Image Enhancement

Digital-Film
for HDTV
Master-Files
Each Clip Color Enhanced by Color Artists

Each frame Re-engineered for
Real-Life Motion
& Real-life Speed
reclaiming footage form Speed Distortion.

Each frame of video re-engineered
with Hybrid Progressive-Interlace

to look like a "frame of film" --
thus the name "Digital-Film
™".

8mm to DVD &16mm to Blu-ray Film Transfer
Disc Error-FREE
Disc-FREE DVD Disc-Images
Disc-FREE Blu-ray Disc-Images

To RE-Burn Physical Discs every 5 years or as needed per National Archive Guidelines -- using "Virgin Disc-IMAGES™"

To MAKE Solid-State-DVDs
To UPLOAD to Internet
To COPY to family drives
To PLAY on Player-Drives

MiniDV Film Transfer Product
Optional:
MiniDV Digital-Film Master-Tape
for clients with
MiniDV OR HDV Camcorder

END OF WHAT
Movie Film Transfer
CLIENTS RECEIVE
in typical quote
 
DVD & Video Tape Transfers
Clients
(with our special this week)
RECEIVE THE FOLLOWING
tin a typical quote:

8mm to DVD &16mm to Blu-ray Film Transfer
Physical DVD Discs
1 Complete set of DVD Discs


1 Small Personal Player-Drive
LOADED WITH
 Social-Media Files
for the Internet

With it YOU can
Duplicate Social-Media Files
Play Social-Media Files
Duplicate the Player-Drive itself
It also has an
On-Board Media-Player
for PC and Mac
On-board Tutorial

Disc-FREE DVD Player-Drive
1 Large Archive Player-Drive
LOADED WITH
everything on the
Small Personal Player-Drive
PLUS
Like Commercial Clients
Domestic Clients Receive

Copyright Assets:
1 Complete Set of EACH"
Disc Error-FREE
Digital-Film Master-Files
Disc-FREE DVD Disc-IMAGES

YOUR COPYRIGHT ASSETS
WHICH MOST STUDIOS THROW AWAY

Large Archive Player-Drive
also has

On-board Media-Player
For PC & Mac
to check your archive

On-Board Tutorial
including a family
Strategic Archive Plan

YOUR
Large Archive Player-Drive
EMPOWERS
YOU & YOUR FAMILY
to duplicate everything
we make for you, too!

YOU and your FAMILY
CAN:
Duplicate Large-Player Drive™
Duplicate Small-Personal Player-Drive

Burn Physical DVD Discs
Copy Disc-FREE DVD Disc-IMAGES
Play Disc-FREE DVD Disc-IMAGES

Copy Hybrid Master-Files

Play Social-Media Files
Copy Social-Media Files

ABOUT YOUR
Copyright Assets

Digital-Film
for HDTV
Master-Files

"Each frame of video re-engineered
with Hybrid Progressive-Interlace


For Video from a Movie Film Transfer
you receive
Real-Life Motion & Real-life Speed
to look like a frame of film."

8mm to DVD &16mm to Blu-ray Film Transfer
Disc Error-FREE
Disc-FREE DVD Discs Disc-Images
to
RE-Burn Discs
every 5 years!

To MAKE Solid-State-DVDs
To UPLOAD to Internet
To COPY to family drives
To PLAY on Player-Drives

END OF WHAT
Video Tape and DVD Transfer
CLIENTS RECEIVE
 
Copyright Notice Page

If you are "transferring" your 8mm MOVIE FILMS OR VIDEO TAPES to DVD -- TO PRESERVE THEM  --
YOU NEED TO KNOW THE FOLLOWING:

News:  The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has BANNED "writable" DVD discs -- for "archiving purposes" -- in their own "archive" departments! In their own publications for archive standards, NARA says:

"CDs and DVDs are not an archival storage medium.  Do not rely on them to store permanent records. "

"Writable" DVD discs and CD disc have a life span of 2 to 5 years.

Sorry to Interrupt YOU...

Some people are having trouble loading all pictures from our site. The last picture on this page has
"3 empty movie film spools". If you do NOT see that picture, or big squares -- where pictures should be -- then click here for  "Page Refresh" ;OR


2) Click you "Reload" / "Refresh" icon on your browser (in red circle). Thank you. Bruce

Click National Archives Newsletter, to read if for yourself. 

The NATIONAL ARCHIVE'S STANDARDS are for preserving  -- well --
"OUR National Archives".  

These same "standards" are guidelines for preserving
"YOUR PERSONAL ARCHIVES" -- of videos and photos. too!

News: MOST video archive services -- which I call "transfer mills" -- are "in violation of "The National Archives Standards. Most of them sell DVD discs as an "archive medium" -- without warning the public of what the National Archives recommends and without warning of risks..

Instead, "Transfer Mills" TALK ABOUT
1) TRANSFER EQUIPMENT and
2) VIDEO FORMATS like 2K and 4k -- (that you can not even use); and,
3) ARCHIVING TO DVD -- in direct violation of
The National Archives Standards!

News: Most people their "believe" their priceless home movies and photos are on permanent DVD discs;
HOWEVER, the opposite is true
-- and "wishful thinking" and "marketing lies" do not make it true (learn more)!

News: The act of "recording" to a DVD-R -- slashes "virgin" DVD longevity -- from 45 years -- to 2 to 5 years! 
The NIST / Library of Congress Study on Longevity of Optical Media reveals that "recording a DVD" introduces "recording ERRORS" into the video data -- which dramatically slashes the life of the DVD itself..

What are "recording ERRORS? Think of "recording ERRORS" as tiny "digital scratches" in the DATA of the DVD ITSELF! 
Just like physical scratches on a "DVD rental disc", these little "digital scratches" can result in "video skipping" or eventually, the "sudden death" of your DVD -- "death by hanging". "Error handing" technology in DVD players has its limits. You learned that lesson the first time you rented a "bad" DVD movie disc.

News: If you think you can protect your DVD discs by backing them up to other DVD discs -- THINK AGAIN!
Duplicating an OLD DVD-R onto a NEW DVD-R may give you a NEW DVD that is "digitally" OLDER than the OLD DVD! This is because the NEW DVD contains 1) all the 'ERRORS" of the OLD DVD, PLUS 2) all the NEW RECORDING 'ERRORS" from the NEW RECORDING!  Duplication of a NEW DVD discs, is a "Garbage in; More Garbage out" -- "no win" proposition.

News: YOU MOST LIKELY OWN "ENDANGERED-DVD DISCS" -- which contain your priceless photos and videos!
"Writable" DVD discs are the ONLY DISCS that "video archive companies" -- like Wal-Mart, Walgreen, Costco, and ALL other "transfer mills" use -- in direct violation of Archive Standards Established by the National Archives.
Writable DVD are the ONLY DVD discs that YOU can buy -- to "archive data and images".

If you are reading this, to transfer and preserve your "8mm home movie film" to DVD or "home video tapes" to DVD,
you are trying to buy more -- "Endangered-DVD
" discs!

Some people are so miss-informed, that "ALL they want -- are DVDs"! This is a tragedy; and they are victims -- in process.

What about all those "claims" about new DVD that last for decades?  There are two (2) types of DVD discs...(read more).

To learn more about DVD discs, visit my Dirty Little Secrets NEWS; However, don't jump down that "rabbit hole" just yet!
It is a very deep hole! Just know, that...


As a Computer Scientist and Digital Archivist, I backup everything I say, with what the National Archives says, with what the National Institute of Science and Technology says, with what the Library of Congress says, and with what IBM says! 

Our archive system meets or exceeds "National Archive Standards"! 
NO COMPANY SELLING "archive gold" DVDs says that!  Wonder why? 
(more later)

What you need to know NOW, is that we make thousands of DVD disc each year!  We do NOT sell them as "archive worthy".
What you need to know, it the are MANY OTHER ARCHIVE DANGERS -- WORSE THAN DVD INSTABILITY.
What you need to know, is that we provide a "True Archive System" for our clients that protects them, their children, and their archive "unto all generations".

"FUN-ctional™ Home Movies
From Movie Film, Video Tape, and "Endangered" DVDs

The New Concept of Going Disc-FREE

We archive video in diverse, usable formats FROM your "SOURCE MEDIA" -- like
1) 8mm movie film, Super 8 film, or 16mm movie film,
2) VHS tape, Hi8 tape,  8mm Video tapes, or
3) MiniDV tapes or Digital 8 (D8) tapes, or
4) "Endangered DVD" discs -- which you may NOW -- just this moment -- realize you own.

We do NOT just dump everything to a "dumb" hard drive -- to let you "figure out" -- where your video is, what kind of video it is, what it is for -- and then make you scrounge around for different types of video software -- to "SEE all the different types of video that YOU HAVE".

In stead, we have developed a self-contained" Video-Archive
"Player-Drive" -- as 2 products -- one is a re-purposed hard drive and one is a re-purposed solid state"

Our Video Archive Player-Drive functions as a 1) video player, 2) video duplication platform, 3) training center, and 4) yes, video storage.

Four of these wallet size USB drives -- 2 in 2 locations -- will give you a secure Family Video Archive System -- similar to the way the National Archives protects our "national archives!". No, we don't try to sell you a bunch of drives. We want you to learn how to make more yourself -- using our tutorial.

You can also spread the 4 Player-Drives across up to 4 family house-holds -- but why stop there?  Hard drives are cheap -- and you can duplicate as many as you can find people willing to "hang on to them"! 

Our Small Personal Player-Drive (see below) is very inexpensive, made from a solid state flash drive.
"Every kid in you clan should have one!
™" -- including "the kid in YOU" --- for their keychain.

Our Social-Media" files are Internet-Ready™!
Instead of your raw, unedited videos being hostage to a 3rd party--  like a "drugstore" or a "big box" super-store, YOU control your video. You can edit -- then upload them to any and all sites you choose -- being selective about "who" is able to see "what". No one on the Internet can "hack, steal, and exploit video -- that is on a hard drive in your closet. YOU ARE IN CONTROL of your Internet presence -- and the quality of video on the Internet.

We liberate you from being tied to temporary DVD discs -- and 3rd party control!

Do we make physical DVD disc? You bet we do! We make the very highest quality DVD discs
-- that the MPEG-2 Standard for DVDs will allow! . They are "Rendered" -- not "RIPPED" -- and they are rendered in 2 passes -- for maximum quality -- like a Hollywood Movie Film.  And you can re-make you own DVD discs, too -- form the original, Disc Error-FREE Disc-FREE Disc-IMAGE -- to  enjoy as long as your DVD player lasts!

What is Disc Error-FREE™? Disc Error-FREE™ means your disc image is made from your master-file -- NOT YOUR already "burned" DVD.  The NIST/Library of Congress Study revealed that a disc image on (from) a DVD has so many DISC ERRORS -- co-mingled with your video -- that the "disc errors" push the DVD disc "life" to the brink of a 2 to 5 year window of failure -- according to the National Archives! A Disc image -- already contaminated with "disc errors" is NOT what you want to pass on to the next generation -- or use YOURSELF -- to make DVD discs -- for yourself -- or the most beloved people in you life!

Our DVD disc images are made to the highest levels allowed by the MPEG-4 DVD standards.  They LQQK
better -- than your original film! They are such high quality, than we can only fit up to 1 hour to 1.3 hours -- max -- onto one disc!
They "almost" rival our Blu-ray Discs!

But we have NEVER sold a DVD -- AS AN ARCHIVE!  Any yes, we have sold "archive gold" DVD discs!

Going Disc-FREE liberates your video to be used on any medium -- any where -- anytime.
THAT  FREEDOM INCLUDES MAKING AS MANY PHYSICAL DVD DISCS AS YOU WANT, TOO!  With our Player-Drive and Tutorial, we EMPOWER YOU AND YOUR FAMILY to create a Strategic Family Video Archive -- for ALL generations to come!

Not only does your video become Disc-FREE, but YOU become Disc-FREE!
Our "smallest" Small Personal Player-Drive (above the penny) attaches to your key-ring. We can load up to 14 Disc-FREE DVD Disc-IMAGES on a tiny 64Gb flash drive (below penny). We can load over 100 hours of H.264/MP4 AVC files on to the same size personal player drive.

"Home Movies are NOT -- just for home -- ANY MORE!
"™
 

Our clients "can have it all" -- with one foot in their living room -- with their HDTV; and with one foot in "the Internet Cloud" -- to share with ALL -- on a multitude of handheld, streaming video devices.

How is all this possible? We provide our clients with Disc Error-FREE Disc-FREE Disc-IMAGES -- so that they can "burn" new DVD disc -- of the highest quality -- as often as they like -- or "re-burn" DVD discs every 5 years -- as need!  They can also make "Solid-State DVDs" -- like those above.

Unlike duplicating an OLD DVD to a NEW DVD -- which leaves the NEW DVD DIGITALLY OLDER -- in terms of DATA ERRORS -- our clients use "ERROR FREE" Disc-FREE DVD Disc-IMAGES™ -- as pure as the Digital-Film -- from which they are made!

What is a Disc-FREE
DVD (Virgin) Disc-Image

  1. A Disc-FREE DVD Disc-Image™ is a "digital picture" of 1) all YOUR video and 2) all the DVD control data (PLAY, REVERSE, ETC.) -- that transforms a "blank plastic disc" into a "working DVD disc".
  2. A Disc-FREE DVD Disc-Image is "RENDERED" (not "ripped") -- in a Commercial Grade 2-Pass Render -- directly from your Digital-Film Master-Files. The second pass raised the quality level from "lowest acceptable" to "highest possible"!
  3. A  Disc-FREE DVD Disc-Image does NOT need a "disc" to play. It will play from ANY medium.
  4. Yes, a  Disc-FREE DVD Disc-Image can also play as a "Solid-State DVD".  We call our Solid-State DVD™ a
    Small Personal
    "Player-Drive". A 64Gb Player-Drive holds up to 10 Disc-FREE DVD Disc-Images  -- which you can play, duplicate to other media, or burn to a physical DVD. More later.
  5. Finally, since your Disc-FREE DVD Disc-Image originates from Digital-Film, it does NOT contain all the "recording ERRORS" that you would find in a "DVD disc image" on a DVD disc. Recording your Disc-FREE DVD Disc-Image to a new DVD -- maximizes its life to at least 5 years!

We have a TOTAL VIDEO ARCHIVE solution for ALL your video archiving challenges!

What if I, (gulp) already have my Home Movies on DVD?!

We can right some of the wrongs of companies like Costco, Wal-Mart, Walgreen's. They knowingly sell DVD as archives -- against the advice of the National Archives. They do not "render" DVDs as a Dual-Pass Render, for maximum quality, but they rather "rip" video -- in a single pass process -- directly to DVD. This is called "crushing" video -- instead of "compressing video". "Crushing" video is which is extremely "lossy" with high data ERRORS. They then "cram" "crushed video"  onto a disc -- which means they put 2 hours of video on a DVD which is designed for only 1 hour of "high quality video". Of course, by this stage, your video is no long "high quality" anyway.. Add to this ALL the ERRORS -- inherent from the" recording process" -- and all this means you have inferior video far below your original source video. 

This DVD product IS also a VIDEO PROBLEM -- and will be "dead" in 5 years -- according to the National Archives.
This is even a BIGGER PROBLEM -- sine most people have no "backup" to this DVD.
Worst yet, if you copy this DVD to another DVD, you get ALL the OLD problems and ERRORS -- PLUS all the new recording ERRORS -- from just "burning" the new DVD.

SOLUTION TO YOUR PROBLEM:
Re-Engineered
Disc-FREE DVD Disc-IMAGES™.

There is a way to get rid of many (not all) of those DVD ERRORS and Re-Engineer a New Disc-IMAGE.

To SEE how it works, we have to "change gears"--  to the way a TV signal works on a DVD and Video Tape.
Keep in mind, the demonstration below, is with 2 frames of video -- blended together -- not a single frame.

Click Link To See Video and How We Do
HYBRID RE-ENGINEERING
:
(Hybrid Progressive-Interlace
Re-Engineering)
We call it "Digital-Film
™ for HDTV"

"The way a Motion Pictures studio handles MOTION in MOTION PICTURES is IMPORTANT!"

Frame A: BEFORE (400x Zoom)
FRAME "A" IS ABOUT AS BAD AS MOTION IN VIDEO CAN GET!
"HAND HELD" SHOT WITH CAMERA MOVING
FRAME A IS ACTUALLY 2 FRAMES OF VIDEO
BLENDED INTO A TRANSITIONAL FRAME
FLAGS, CAMERA, AND VIDEO FRAME ARE ALL MOVING!
This is what you give us to work with...
There can be no doubt these flags are in MOTION!

Frame B: Below: After: Hybrid Re-Engineered Frame -- made from the "mess above".
Notice the "subtle motion" after Digital-Film Re-engineering.

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Frame B: AFTER (400x Zoom)
This is what we give you in return!

           Frame C: (below) This is the Digital-Film for HDTV
It is TRUE PROGRESSIVE SCAN -- WITH NO LOSS IN RESOLUTION

Notice the "slight blur" over-all, which will makes this frame a nice transitional "motion" frame.

No Picture (above or below)? Click here for  "Page Refresh"

But Digital-Film is where the quality STARTS -- not where it ENDS.
Our "Dual-Pass Rendering Methods" -- for making your DVD and Blu-ray products --
re-maps images like Frame B (above) with "normal frames" for images that are "better than the original".
 

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THIS CLIP IN MOTION
Yes, the "moving" clip - with Hybrid Re-Engineering --  is 1) sharp and 2) fluid!
That is why we call it Digital-Film!

"The way a Motion Pictures studio handles YOUR MOTION in YOUR MOTION PICTURES is IMPORTANT!"

HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS

As 16mm and 8mm film transfer subcontractors and preservationist, we have direct and indirect client affiliation with FOX, NBC and PBS. Other commercial interests -- include many private movie ventures and societies. As such, we have worked with some of the oldest movie films in the US and with movie films that can only be termed “national treasures” -- a few of them "Legendary" -- as follow:

  • Admiral Byrd’s 1935 expedition to Antarctica (16mm) National treasure owned by private investor.
  • Expedition into the Nyragongo Volcano in 1958 (8mm) -one of the first ever filmed - National treasure owned by private investor.
  • 1940 Ringling Circus archives (16mm) National treasure owned by private investor.
  • Pre-Modern Indigenous People of Taiwan and Philippines (8mm) -- shot by the first missionaries to those areas – pre WWII -- the oldest films known to exist of the indigenous people of Taiwan and Philippines. (National Archives: Taiwan and the Philippines).
  • "Oldest" known films of Tucson, Arizona (16mm) -- kept in "deep freeze" for over 50 years.
  • First Auto Races on the Beach of Daytona Beach (National treasure owned by private investor).
  • Emperor of Japan -- personal news correspondent's Pre-WWII World-wide Film Report (16mm) (National treasure of Japan - private investor) – tour of all national powers -- in preparation for WWII and
  • 1942 Philippines’ Los Banos Japanese Prison Rescue (16mm) (public domain) largest “last minute” prison rescue in WWII history -- (1,200 POWs) Living skeletons. Footage of prisoners from Taiwan, the Philippines -- and US.
  • National Archives of both the US and England (8mm) -- recently "declassified" footage "of interest" by both the US Defense Department and Scotland Yard -- for national security. This historical footage is being studied, frame-by-frame, by 2 major universities.

  • Rodeo Hall of Fame -- The Great Rodeo Clown -- and the bulls he made "Laughing Stock".

We have produced historical films for countless cities and towns, fire departments, football teams, State and Federal government archives, hundreds of hours on Vietnam, declassified ballistic missile test on high speed film, etc. -- the list goes on, now, for about 20 years.

SITE MAP
to film-to-dvd.com
Dirty Film Transfer Secrets™ Buyers Guide™ - 16mm  film Super 8 film 8mm film
:

Home of film-to-dvd.com  for 8mm film, 16mm film, and Super 8 film - Film Transfer YOU ARE HERE NOW.
If you are here for synthetic 24 fps16mm film, you are at the wrong Film Transfer service -- unless you want a 15fps synchronization for FX and speed alterations.
If you have profound vinegar syndrome, we can refer you to the last company left that can work with your  8mm film, 16mm film, Super 8 film with vinegar syndrome.

NOTE: This Site Map is the same as the Navigation bar on the left side of each page.

About Us.

Dirty DVD Trade Secrets
Analysis of Longevity Studies -- a very brief comparison of the two Major DVD-R Longevity Studies
National Archives Newsletter -- what Guidelines on DVD-R disc for Departments of the US National Archives

IBM Warning on Optical Media -- IBM Guidelines on Optical Storage
DVD Longevity Study-German -- The German / International Longevity Study Finding on DVD-R Disc -- reference by US National Archives
DVD Longevity Study-NIST -- The NIST / Library of Congress Longevity Study -- NOT reference by US National Archives
Archive Gold type DVD-R -- FOOL'S GOLD? FACTS, manufactures AND "big box" "transfer mills" do NOT want you to know.

Dirty Film Transfer Secrets -- of 8mm to DVD & Super 8 Film Transfer Mills™ (giving you just what you ask for):
8mm Film Transfer Dirty-Secrets: Page 1  -- 16mm, Super 8, 8mm Film Transfer: Overview and Summary of Dirty Film Transfer Secrets of 8mm Film Transfer Industry
8mm Film Transfer Dirty-Secrets: Page 2  -- 16mm, Super 8, 8mm Film Transfer: In-Depth Dirty Film Transfer Secrets of 8mm Film Transfer Industry -- will blow your mind!

Tutorial:
1.Resolution  Best-Fit™ the resolution of your tiny 8mm with that of your 8mm Film Format --
"Pixel-to-Grain™" - for the best Film Transfer. Hyper-Formatting film will kill true, native resolution.
2.Media        The good bad and ugly of different media -- including 8mm film transfer to DVD
3.Archiving    Film Transfer to DVD is NOT enough!  In the absence of your 8mm film, you MUST have a near-equivalent Digital-Film Master Video.  DVD alone will not do!
4.Transfers    8mm Film Transfer is only ONE STEP in a Multi-step process to Multiple mediums -- if done right.

5.Innovation   Our newest Solid State Archive Solutions -- Home Movies Player
Player-Drives -- using State-of-the-Art DISC-Free™ Disc-IMAGE technology.

Problems:
Vinegar Syndrome and Mold

Our Products-- made from YOUR 16mm, Super 8, 8mm Film Transfer State-of-the-Art DISC-Free™ Disc-IMAGE technology on Solid State Products you will NOT see anywhere else.

Our Service -- Private and Subcontractor Accomplishments    We have produced some of the great "National Treasures" of our nation; we can add you name to the list.

Frequently
Asked
Questions
about Products & Services

Testimonials -- On 16mm film, 8mm film, Super 8 film transfers. Unsolicited comments AFTER "Paying and Approving" our film transfer service.

After the film transfer :Now what do I do?

Contact Us and Request Your 16mm, Super 8, 8mm Film Transfer Price Quotation DVDs PLUS State-of-the-Art DISC-Free™ Disc-IMAGE technology on Solid State Products -- at DVD only prices! 

Special Promotional Offer: I try to do something special in my special!

 

16mm film 8mm film Super 8 film Film Transfer Comparisons

PRIMER

No Picture (above or below)? Click here for  "Page Refresh"

To Arm For Beginners
A little Primer on 16mm, Regular 8mm and Super 8mm Film
1) Identify 8mm or 16mm film you have, and
2) Basic "Film Transfer" Speeds for your film.

The following tutorial on 16mm, Regular 8mm, and Super 8mm film -- which will help you both  identify and date the
16mm, Regular 8mm, and Super 8mm film movie films that you have -- for film transfer.

I HAVE LOCATED THIS PRIMER ON MY FIRST PAGE,
SO YOU CAN FIND IT (AGAIN) QUICK AND EASY -- TO FIGURE OUT WHAT KIND OF FILM YOU HAVE.
IF YOU NEED HELP, THE BEST TIME TO CALL US IS MON THU SAT -- 2PM TO 7PM MOUNTAIN STANDARD TIME.
MY STAFF OR I WILL BE HAPPY TO HELP YOU FIGURE IT ALL OUT AND ANSWER QUESTIONS!
575-377-1001 (SOME CELL PHONES DO NOT LIKE A "1" IN FRONT OF THIS NUMBER.  OUR PHONE DOES WORK)

How to Identify, Date, and Speed-rate Your Movie Film for Film Transfer::
Picture (Above) shows examples of "small format" movie films

16mm movie film,
Regular 8mm film (also called Standard 8mm film) and
Super 8 movie film.

16mm was invented before Regular 8mm and Super 8mm films.  16mm film was made from "hand-milled" silver halide -- the grains of which were very large compared to later films.  Although 16mm is 4 times the size of Regular 8mm film and Super 8mm film, the resolution of the film is comparable to that of Super 8mm and some later dating Also, 16mm film was shot and run at 16fps in the early 1900's.  Modern versions of 16mm film are run at 24 fps -- which actually makes 16mm film a "hybrid" format -- with one foot in the "small format film industry"  and one foot in the "large format film industry". 

It is because of this dual role of 16mm film, that '8mm to DVD & Super 8 Film Transfer Mills™ (giving you just what you ask for) can "get away with" talking about film and equipment in broad terms and then implying that what is "good" for large format films -- like captures with "irregular pull-down patterns" -- is likewise, "good" for "small format films".  In truth the converse ONLY is true, that what is "good" for "small format films" -- like synchronizations at "15fps" -- is also "good" for "large format films" -- but NOT VISA VERSA.

Regular 8mm Film and 16mm Film

Rough Dating of Movie Film:
16mm film - silent -- 1923 to Early 1960's.

16mm film - sound - 1935 to present.
Regular 8mm film, Standard 8 mm -- Late 1932 thru 1990s.
Super 8 film -- Introduced in 1965 to present.

Correct Film Transfer Speeds:
Silent 16mm film - silent -15 fps or 16 fps (with exceptions) with 40 frames per foot
Regular 8mm film - silent -15 fps or 16 fps. with 80 frames per foot

NOTE: 8mm to DVD & Super 8 Film Transfer Mills™ (giving you just what you ask for) transfer this at 20 fps
Introducing a 20% "real-time" distortion - 12 minutes lost per hr.

Super 8mm Film

Super 8 Film was "shot" usually 18 fps; commercially 24 fps and has 72 frames per foot
Super 8 Movie cameras and projectors had "variable speeds".

Correct Film Transfer Speeds:
Super 8 film "silent", 18 fps
Super 8 film "sound", 18 fps OR 24 fps.
NOTE: 8mm to DVD & Super 8 Film Transfer Mills™ (giving you just what you ask for) transfer this at 20 fps
Introducing a 10% "real-time" distortion - 6 minutes lost per hour.

NOTSuper 8 Film Sound for Film TransferE: Super 8 Sound Film has "magnetic" sound tracks glued on both edges of the "under-side" of the film which looks like 2 copper colored stripes
(see to left).

 

 

 

16mm film Optical Sound track for Film TransferCommercial Film: Super 8 Sound and 16mm Sound: Usually "optical" sound tracks.

(Black squiggly tracks: right)==>

Both 16mm movie film and Super 8 movie COMMERCIAL films, were "shot and run" at 24 fps - ONLY.
Most domestic clients, with rare exceptions, do NOT have "commercial films" with "optical sound tracks".

16mm film 8mm film Super 8 film for Film Transfer
Holes Along the Edge of the Film
(see picture above):
The size of the holes are the same for both 16mm film and 8mm film.
Some 16mm has only one set of holes -- like Regular 8 film. 
Spacing of the holes in 16mm movie film is different than Regular 8mm film -- also called  Standard 8 film.

Super 8 movie film has smaller holes - less than half the size of Regular 8mm movie film. Spacing is different.
Correct Film Transfer is very different for each.

Reels or Spools (see Regular 8 mm pictures below):

Hole in Center of Reel or Spool:
Early 16mm and Regular 8mm film: the hole in a spool was
1) the size of a number 2 pencil  -- on one side of the spool -- and 2) square and roughly the same size -- on the other side of the spool.

Later, 16mm spools standardized with a square hole.
Later, Regular 8mm spools standardized with a round hole -- with a notch on one side of the reel or both.

Super 8 spool: The hole in the spool was the size of your "pinky finger" and round on both sides of the spool.

8mm Film Boxes of "double 8" for 8mm Film Transfer

Standard 8mm movie film, 95 percent of the time, is on a grey plastic, 3 inch spool and came in a Yellow cardboard box -- for mailing.

Double 8 movie film came in a yellow box roughly 1 inch thick.
Single 8 also called Standard 8 came in a yellow box roughly 1/2 inch thick.

Both types of  films -- collectively -- are called Regular 8mm film or 8mm film and, before 1965, usually fond on little grey plastic reels -- with excepts around 1942  (see history below), and 1965 (more follows)..

Super 8 movie film (introduced in 1965) was sold and processed on 50 foot spools -- which were usually a blue cover with a white plastic spool.. Rarely covers were also red, yellow, green, black, and white.

About that same  time (1965), Regular 8mm film began to appear spooled onto white plastic reels with blue covers, too.. The hole in those spools was the size of a number 2 pencil or standard pen. Most easily confused with Super 8 film.

ATTENTION:: It is very common for Regular 8mm film to be on a Super 8 spool and Super 8, on a Regular 8mm spool -- by mistake of family members. When in doubt, look at the film itself and the size of the holes in the film -- not the spool.

HISTORICAL NOTE - TO HELP DATE AND IDENTIFY: Earliest Regular 8mm or Standard 8  film was called Double 8, because it was sold as 25 feet of 16mm film. It was called a "25 foot Double 8".

The tell-tell oversized, yellow box contained a tiny back metal canister -- sealed with black cotton tape -- to protect the brown, unexposed 16mm film inside. 

The 16mm film was "double exposed" -- in 2 passes. Each pass -- exposing the entire length of the 16mm wide film -- but only exposed an 8mm wide strip along the length of the16mm film.

The cameraman would shoot one pass and then flip the 16mm film in the camera -- to shoot the second pass. This accounts for the "flashes of yellow light" half-way through early Regular 8mm films.

At the time of film processing, the 16mm film was developed and then split down the center -- thus creating 2 strips of 8mm film.. The two ends of the (now 8mm) film was glued together in the center and spooled onto
Empty 8mm Film Transfer spools from actual Film Transfer
1) a black or aluminum metal reel (pre-WWII) (left top), or 
2) a cardboard reel (WWII) (center bottom), or
3) a grey plastic reel (post-WWII) (right top)

as a 50 foot spool of 8mm film. This is nice to know if you need to date reels of film.

The Double 8: Standard 8mm reel of film was shipped back to owner in the same oversize yellow box -- now twice the width of the Standard 8mm reel of film inside.

NOTE: Many times the cameraman would forget that the film had already been exposed and flipped -- and would expose the same edge twice.  Thus "double exposures" were created on Double 8 film.

 

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TECHNICAL NOTES (VERY BORING)
ON MOVIE FILM TRANSFER SYNTAX AND SEMANTICS:

The "tech note" below  is on film transfer semantics on 16mm, Regular 8mm, and Super 8mm film.  Most readers have some "flavor" of Regular 8mm film or Super 8 film. Therefore, I do not specifically state the words "16mm film" -- every time I mention Super 8 film or Regular 8mm film -- when talking about film transfers to DVD or Master Files. Instead, I just talk about  Regular 8, and Super 8 film to video film transfers  -- with the ASSUMPTION THAT ALL PRINCIPLES APPLY TO 16MM FILM AS WELL.

The same applies to visual and non-visual illustrations -- using  8mm film or Super 8 film or film transfer.  Illustrations about REGULAR 8MM FILM ALSO APPLIES to SILENT 16MM FILM -- as Regular 8mm film -- (see photos above) in may cases IS SILENT 16MM FILM -- "SPLIT IN HALF -- DOWN THE CENTER" literally.

A 16mm film transfer can be much more complex than a 8mm or Super 8 film transfer -- because 16mm film was used domestically, commercially -- as 16mm silent and 16mm sound -- and shot at 1 of 3 speeds -- even early century 1900s. Also 16mm movie film is OLDER and usually is in some stage of "vinegar syndrome".   After you get a film transfer quote, you are advised to call me about your 16mm film for a free 16mm film transfer "evaluation and consult".

I use Regular 8mm or Super 8 terms generically -- for example:

Super 8mm to DVD,
Super 8mm film transfer,
8mm film to H.264,
Super 8mm film transfer,
Single 8mm movie film to HDTV Blu-ray,
Standard 8mm movie film to video,
Double 8mm movie film to video,
8mm to video,
8mm movie to video,
8mm telecine,
movie 8mm film transfer,
8mm film transfer,
Ektasound 8mm to DVD,
Ektachrome 8mm to DVD,
Kotachrome 8mm to DVD.
Film to video,
Film to Flash Drive,
Film to Hard Drive,
Film to Blu-ray, etc

ALL these film transfer phrases refer generically to some "film to video film transfer process" of converting film to digital video unless otherwise stated specifically..

Even though my film transfer terminology may be specific to a stated gauge of film -- Regular 8mm film, Super 8 film, or 16mm film -- you may expand any reference to any gauge of film into a generalized concept that can be applied to all small film formats -- and film transfers -- UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED

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