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Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Freis968, Jan 20, 2009.
Anyone have this done lately and that can recommend a company that does a good job at a fair price?
I too am looking into 8mm film conversion. I've been doing some research on the internet over the last few days, and found this place:
They seem to be a little on the pricey side, but it looks like they do quality work. They detail their entire film conversion process and even offer some example shots. Also, a lot of film conversion sites out there seem unprofessional, while this one seems great.
If I get enough money in the near future, I think I'll give them a go.
Thanks for that! With my 60 reels of 3" tape and the options I want it would cost me close to $900.00!
I found a place similar that was cheaper by about $500.00. If I find the link I will share it with you. I was seeing if anyone had any "concrete" work done already and could recommend a place.
The best way and most expensive is to use , I think its called "telecine" equipment. Basically they scan each frame and assemble at correct frame rate.
I, being cheap, did a poor mans conversion.
I used a projector, a very white sheet of paper and a miniDV camcorder.
I projected onto the white paper on a wall, used the camcorder to record the film. One big issue is that the movie film is at 16 to 18 frames per second. So I varied the projector speed to minimize strobing. Then used FCE to correct the speed.
Results were acceptable.
I was going to do this as well although you were a little more fancy in your method than I was going to get. I was just going to film it using my DV camcorder as well, not doing all the speed correction, etc.
Did you do any kind of restoration work at all?
I did some color correction in FCE.
8mm Conversion try this first
Costco. yes Costco will convert 8mm to DVD. Three 3-minute reels for just $20. I tried it and my movies from the 1970's came out very very well.
I would give them a few tapes and see how they come out before sending to a high-end processing lab.
Note a 3-minute reel is 50 feet.
Will they only convert it to DVD? You cannot have them save it onto a hard drive? I want to do some editing of the footage.