posted November 29, 2012 04:36 AM
hi guys. I have a collection of more than 50 8mm private color home movies taken in american and also france, germany, england and scotland from 1935 to 1945. I think i really should scan them and put them on dvd before its too late and they fade away. already a few are starting to smell of vinegar.
But I want to be very careful about how i scan these. some of them are very rare and delicate and I dont want them being burned or damaged by some small unprofessional film transfer company. I think there are a lot of people with a crappy projector and digital camera and thats how they professionally scan your films... oh god :-(
so any tips? thanks. Ian
-------------------- Collecting 1940's photo slides and home movies for 8 years :-)
I recommend looking for a place that uses a Workprinter HD setup unless you have the funds for a full-on pro telecine facility.
I had some 1960es Kodachrome Reg-8mm film I had to get transferred for a friend and I found a place with this setup. It scanned natively in full 1080 with the option of a backup file in SD. The scans were gorgeous, as the unit does scan each frame separately.
Just make sure you get references for the individual running it and spell out the delicate nature of the films. They may need a cleaning or conditioning before going through the machine.
Here's a link to the sales site for the unit, just for you to look at; I have no connection with the company: