Movie Film & Video Tape Re-Mastering for HDTV



Bruce Mayfield MBA,BSCS
Video Preservationist & Computer Scientist
d.b.a. Film to Video

Virtually-For-EVER™ Video Preservation Using Virtual-Reality™

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We convert

  1. movie film and
  2. video tapes (of all kinds) and
  3. Optical Discs (DVD & Blu-ray) and
  4. Digital Video files like HDV and AVCHD

Which are UNIVERSALLY COMPATIBLE with any modern video device -- FOREVER!

We do for your family or business what NetFlix, iTunes Movies have done for the Movie Industry.

Imagine having having all your home movies available to your entire family via a "Virtual-Drive" -- which they can instantly connect to their "video device" -- via the Internet. Imagine that "Virtual-Drive" has "Universally Compatible" video formats that will work on any device anyone in your family happens to be using.

Home-Movies-N-a-Flash™ Drive and Home-Movies-N-a-Memory™ Drive

which we call "Cloud Storage" -- via the Internet -- like on on a Google Drive. Imagine having your videos instantly available -- in any any video format your family will need -- for any device they happen to be using. Imagine using this "Virtual-Drive" to make your own DVD or Blu-ray discs -- or virtual-DVD discs -- to enjoy on any device they happen to have -- any time, anywhere.

By converting your video to a "virtual-reality" products your home movies can be preserved Virtually-For-EVER!

Why? Because "Virtualization" frees your home movies from any ONE physical device or medium and make makes your home movies "forward compatible" with ALL video devices -- that will ever be developed in the future.

As for the "quality of your video", our multi-pass enhancement process allows us to guarantee that your "virtual-home-movies" will be "as good as" or "better than" -- the source of your video images -- or your money back! We do this by using an "approve-before-you-pay" business model. More later.

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Home-Movies-N-a-Flash™ Drive

Pictured above and below are just a few of hundreds of "flash drives" now available.

Use these drives to give to select family members your entire "home movie" video library; OR

Use these drive to "up-load" your entire "home movie" video library to a "cloud drive" -- which is available every video device -- cell phones, tablet, laptop, desktop -- in your entire family.

"LONG TERM" Video Preservation (Archive) Products:

High Capacity Hard DriveHigh Capacity Flash Drive

Home-Movies-N-a-Memory™ Drive

Pictured: High Capacity 3 Terabyte Hard Drive (left) High Capacity 250Gb Flash Drive (right)

These "little" drives contain

  • ALL your "virtual-discs" (Virtual-DVD discs and Virtual-Blu-ray disc) PLUS
  • ALL your video administration tools -- like "on-board" media player and tutorial PLUS
  • ALL the extra storage you will need for videos and pictures you will want to add.

 

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and many more video product options -- customized to YOUR FAMILY needs!

INCLUDING...

For example, many people do not know they can play video -- from a flash drive -- on their PlayStation, Wii, or XBox. We can make this possible.

What better way is there to "personalize" the gift of "your home movies" to anyone in the family -- under the age of 18 -- with a Home-Movies-N-a-Flash Drive -- targeting their "game console".

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Introduction to
Virtually-For-Ever™
Virtual-Transfers™
for Movie Film and
Video Tapes and
Optical Discs and
much more...


For Forgetful Dummies (like me) and the Innocently Ignorant:

If YOU KNOW NOTHING about Super 8mm 16mm Movies Film -- Keep Reading:

The following information is provided, to identify Super8, Standard 8mm and 16mm movie films -- which will help you request a quote.

OTHERWISE: CLICK THE LINK ABOVE FOR A GUIDED TOUR OF THIS SITE.


8mm 16mm Movie Film Identification:

Our service is very personal, professional, and Client centered. My staff or I will be happy to help you identify, organize, number, and safely ship your film, video tapes and optical discs.

Call Mon though Sat – 10 AM to 7 PM -- Mountain Standard Time.

Phone: 575-377-1001

IMPORTANT NOTE: Reportedly, some cell phones do not like a "1" in front of this number. If you get an Error messages, like "invalid number" or "number not in service". try the number without a leading "1". I assure you our phones work! You may also contact us below.

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Introduction to Virtually-For-Ever™ Virtual-Transfers™


<b>16mm film</b> 
    <b>8mm film</b><b>Super 8mm</b>film Film Transfer Comparisons (PICTURE)

16mm Film, 8mm Film & Super 8 Film PRIMER

For Beginners...

A little Primer on 16mm film, Standard 8mm movie film (Regular 8mm movie film) and Super 8mm movie film.

The following tutorial is for people new to

This primer will help you both identify and date
16mm film, Standard 8mm movie film (Regular 8mm movie film), and Super 8mm movie films that you have -- for film transfer.

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

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

16mm was invented before Standard 8mm movie film (Regular 8mm movie film) and Super 8mm movie films. 16mm movie 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 Standard 8mm movie film (Regular 8mm movie film) and Super 8mm movie film, the resolution of the film is comparable to that of Super 8mm movie film and some later dating Also, 16mm movie film was shot and run at 16fps in the early 1900's. Modern versions of 16mm movie film are run at 24 fps -- which actually makes 16mm movie 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 movie film, that '8mm Film-Transfer Mills™ 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.

Standard 8mm movie film (Regular 8mm movie film) and 16mm movie film

Rough Dating of Movie film :
16mm movie film - silent -- 1923 to Early 1960's.
16mm movie film - sound - 1935 to present.
Standard 8mm movie film (Regular 8mm movie film), Standard 8mm movie film -- Late 1932 thru 1990s.
Super 8mm movie 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
Standard 8mm movie film (Regular 8mm movie film) film - silent -15 fps or 16 fps. with 80 frames per foot

NOTE: 8mm Film-Transfer Mills™ transfer this at 20 fps
Introducing a 20% "real-time" distortion - 12 minutes lost per hour.

Super 8mm movie film

Super 8mm movie film was" Shot" usually 18 fps; commercially 24 fps and has 72 frames per foot
Super 8mm movie Movie cameras and projectors had "variable speeds".

Correct Film Transfer Speeds:
Super 8mm movie film" Silent", 18 fps
Super 8mm movie film" Sound", 18 fps OR 24 fps.
NOTE: 8mm Film-Transfer Mills™ transfer this at 20 fps
Introducing a 10% "real-time" distortion - 6 minutes lost per hour.

Super 8 Film Sound for Film Transfer (Click to Refresh Pictures) NOTE: 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 above).

<b>16mm film</b> Optical Sound track for Film Transfer (Click to Refresh Pictures) Commercial film : Super 8mm movie Sound and 16mm Sound: Usually "optical" Sound tracks. (Black squiggly tracks: above)

Both 16mm movie film and Super 8mm movie 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".

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

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

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

Hole in Center of Reel or Spool:
Early 16mm and Standard 8mm movie film (Regular 8mm movie 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, Standard 8mm movie film (Regular 8mm movie film) spools standardized with a round hole -- with a notch on one side of the reel or both.

Super 8mm movie 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 <b>8mm film</b> Transfer (Click to Refresh Pictures)

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 Standard 8mm movie film (Regular 8mm movie film) or Standard 8mm movie 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), Standard 8mm movie film (Regular 8mm movie 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 8mm movie film.

ATTENTION: : It is very common for Standard 8mm movie film (Regular 8mm movie film) to be on a Super 8mm movie spool and Super 8mm movie film, on a Standard 8mm movie film (Regular 8mm movie film) 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 Standard 8mm movie film (Regular 8mm movie film) or Standard 8 film was called Double 8, because it was sold as 25 feet of 16mm movie 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 movie film inside.

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

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

At the time of film processing, the 16mm movie film was developed and then split down the center -- thus creating 2 strips of Standard 8mm movie film. . The two ends of the (now Standard 8mm movie ) film was glued together in the center and spooled onto a 50 foot spool of Standard 8mm movie film (shown below). This is nice to know if you need to date reels of film.


(Click to Refresh Pictures)

All 3 reels above are Double 8mm 25 foot movie film -- which is actually 2 strips of 25 foot film -- glued together (doubled) to make a 50 foot spool.

Proof of this is the splice located exactly dead center of the length of movie film.

DATING INFORMATION:Double 8mm & Standard 8mm Movie films

  1. (left top) Double 8mm 25 foot movie film reel -- aluminum (shown) or black metal reel (not shown) (pre-WWII), or

  2. (center bottom) Double 8mm 25 foot movie film reel a cardboard reel (WWII), or

  3. (right top) Double 8mm 25 foot movie film OR Standard 8mm movie film reel -- a grey plastic reel (post-WWII)

    In the1950s Kodok started spooling a solid 50 foot strip of film onto the same plastic grey reels (above right); however, the little yellow box (not shown) was only half the width of the yellow Double 8mm box (above).


Double 8mm 25 foot movie film was shipped back to owner in the same oversize yellow box -- now twice the length and half the width of the original 25 foot reel of 16mm movie film.

WARNING:Because the box "looks too big for the reel", many people wrongly assume the reel is in the "wrong box". This is one of the major reasons reels become disassociated from the correct box.

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 Telecine TRANSFER SYNTAX AND SEMANTICS:

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

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

A 16mm movie film transfer can be much more complex than a Standard 8mm movie film or Super 8mm movie film transfer -- because 16mm movie film was used domestically, commercially -- as 16mm silent movie film and 16mm sound movie film -- 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 telecine film transfer quote, you are advised to call me about your 16mm movie film for a free 16mm movie film transfer "evaluation and consult".

I use Standard 8mm movie film (Regular 8mm movie film) or Super 8mm movie terms -- for example:

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

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

 

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