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Richard Ebner
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From: Mesa, AZ 85207
Registered: Mar 2012


 - posted March 05, 2012 02:57 PM      Profile for Richard Ebner   Email Richard Ebner   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I have a bunch of old 8mmm and super 8 mm film that I want to digitize and share copies with my family.

What are the best methods for making the conversion and what is the cost to make the conversion? I think my preference is to have a service do the digitizing rather than buy the equipment to do it myself( It would probably never get it done). Does anyone out there have a suggested service that they can recommend or suggest?
I have tried Costco' service on about 150 ft( 3 rolls) for a cost of about 18$. However , the DVD I got back from Costco was locked and I could not edit the DVD nor make copies. So, I am looking for something more user friendly.
I am using an iMAC running Snow Leopard .

Thx for what ever suggestions you might have to offer.
Regards, Richard Ebner

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Janice Glesser
Film Goddess

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From: Sunnyvale, CA USA
Registered: Sep 2011


 - posted March 05, 2012 04:30 PM      Profile for Janice Glesser   Email Janice Glesser   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Richard...I don't have any specific transfer service to recommend since I do my own transfers...however for the best quality choose a vendor that does it with a frame-by-frame system opposed to a realtime time projection system. In addition to having DVDs made, have the original files transferred to a hard drive for archiving or future editing. You will be preserving the images at a higher quality since standard DVDs are a compressed format....not the highest quality.

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Bryan Chernick
Jedi Master Film Handler

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From: Bothell, WA, USA
Registered: Mar 2010


 - posted March 05, 2012 04:31 PM      Profile for Bryan Chernick   Email Bryan Chernick   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I looked into Costco to transfer 8mm film and found that they are inexpensive ($0.11 per foot) but you get what you pay for. I heard bad things about the quality of their transfers on another forum. A good HD transfer can cost around $0.35 per foot.

You may want to contact Roger at Movie Stuff, they build high quality transfer equipment and do transfers. If they can't do it for you they should be able to recommend someone.

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Joe Taffis
Phenomenal Film Handler

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From: United States
Registered: Jun 2003


 - posted March 05, 2012 04:57 PM      Profile for Joe Taffis   Email Joe Taffis   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I can recommend INTEGRATED IMAGING in Wyoming. They have all the info on their website. They did some transfer work for me and I was very pleased with the quality.

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Claus Harding
Phenomenal Film Handler

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From: Washington DC
Registered: Oct 2006


 - posted March 05, 2012 05:39 PM      Profile for Claus Harding   Email Claus Harding   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I have had wonderful (and affordable) results with this gentleman from Northern Virginia. His name is Tom Houston and he uses the Workprinter XP setup (frame by frame digital scanning):

http://www.filmmaker8.com/

You can have a choice of either Regular Def or HD (or both) to download from his server when he has done the transfers.

He made some transfers for me off Kodachrome Reg-8 films from about 1962 and they looked great. I can recommend him without reservation.

Claus.

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