film transfers

8mm/super 8mm/16mm/35mm slides & negatives transferred (digitized)

Example of my film transfer work. This is from a 16mm silent Kodachrome, circa 1944.

Film is fragile; transfer with care.

As a 40-year collector of motion picture film and color transparency (slide) photographer for even longer, I have both the technical knowledge and a deep appreciation for these media, now all but extinct.

Embedded in their emulsions are memories, history and stories than will be lost without proper care and digitalization. My services include:

  • Frame-by-frame scanning of 8mm, Super 8mm and 16mm motion picture film, color or black and white, at 720p HD video resolution;
  • Color and density correction;
  • Restoration of proper timing (frame rates);
  • Addition of titles and copyright-release music;
  • Burning of video to a DVD or Blu Ray with meun system.
  • Scanning of 35mm slides with dust and damage removal, color/density correction and cropping;
  • Burning of slides as individual files or part of a DVD video story.

Pricing:

  • There is minimum motion picture per job charge of $25.
  • Film scanning is priced by the foot: 20 cents for silent regular 8mm/Super 8mm; 25 cents per foot for 16mm. Sound is double the silent price as it requires two passes and additional post-capture work to synchronize.
  • Prices include two DVDs, one for viewing, a second for your family archive. The archive DVD is burned to a premium, archive DVD. Copies of the standard use DVD are $5 each; of the archival, $10 each.
  • For Blu-Ray, there is a flat charge of $10 additional.
  • I will burn all the image files from your scans to a DVD or Blu-Ray disc, or save them to your hard drive. Call for pricing. With this service, you will be able to print any image that is in your motion picture film (due to the process of making a motion picture, the images may be blurry [motion blur]). Sometimes, the only image of a deceased loved one is in a home movie — the scanning technology I use allows you to have those images as still pictures!
  • There is minimum motion picture per job charge of $25.

Slide & print scanning charge:

  • 50 cents for 8X10 resolution, plus storage media; $10 minimum
  • $5 for 4K resolution, includes DVD media
I offer coupons for first-time users who want to have a sample of film transferred before investing in larger quantities of transfers. Click here to download.

 Collecting

Collecting and screening 16mm films has been my hobby since high school. My collection is centered around the short subjects of Hal Roach, although my eclectic tastes also delve into anything Appalachian, odd-ball educational shorts and features starring old-time radio performers.

I’m always interested in purchasing films of historical interest, including home movies from northeast Ohio and West Virginia.