We will preserve your film as editable digital files to high-quality DVDs, USB flash drives, SD cards, even hard drives. Once you have the digital files, you (or a friend or relative) can use Windows Media Maker or any other video editing software to make your custom “Family Movies”. Or, we can do that as well, for a very reasonable fee. See sample demos below.
Regular 8 mm
Time is of the essence…
If your film has been stored in cooler and drier climates, you might get 70 years before the film goes completely bad, but fading and other loss can still occur.
What is “Vinegar Syndrome”?
As acetate film deteriorates it releases acetic acid that gives it a vinegar smell (known as ‘vinegar syndrome’). As the deterioration progresses the base starts to shrink, causing the emulsion layer to buckle and pop off the base. It can also develop bubbles under the emulsion layer and white crystalline deposits on the surface. Ultimately the film will weaken and crumble. Vinegar Syndrome is inevitable and leads to the total loss of your film. Once vinegar syndrome sets in, you should expect less than 20 months of life remaining. Another common, and devastating problem is emulsion layer fungus, that can also quickly ravage a film once it starts. See a frightening example below.
Film with Fungus Mold
What Should You Do Now?
Contact us today. Pick up the phone now, and call 509-226-3540, or email to; Info@GeoVideoProductions.com. It’s so easy! Don’t put it off! Just tell us what you have. We will happily give you a free cost estimate. Then, if you have a preference, number your films in the sequential order you would like to see them transferred. Carefully package them in a box, and send them via USPS Priority or Media Mail with tracking to:
24707 E. Kildea Ave.
Otis Orchards, WA 99027-9713
What will we do?
When we receive your film(s), you will be notified. We will look it all over and confirm our initial estimate. As your order comes up, the films will be cleaned at no charge.
Once your film is ready, it is then digitally transferred. The files are created on our hard drive systems and output to the desired digital media.
How should you pay?
When the job is complete, you will be emailed a PayPal invoice for payment, unless you have already pre-paid. You do not need a PayPal account or PayPal card. You can pay with your own credit/debit card without worry. The PayPal site and payment process is the most secure anywhere. As soon as payment is received, all film and transferred media files are returned via insured USPS Media Mail or Priority Mail, with tracking numbers.
What else can we do?
We can edit the film files into a program with Titles and Music. As a rule, video editing will add roughly $100 to each hour of film. This is not overly complicated or expensive. Again, we can give quotes for additional work.
Film to DVD transfer rates:
8mm & Super8 reels
50′ length silent – $5.00
50′ length with sound – $8.50
100′ length silent – $10.00
100′ length with sound – $16.00
200′ length silent – $20.00
200′ length with sound – $30.00
400′ length silent – $40.00
400′ length with sound – $60.00
Extra DVD’s $10 each
Amount of Film on Standard 8mm & Super8 Reels
Use the following table as a guide to help you estimate approximately how much footage you have when the reel is FULL.
Diameter of Reel
Film Length When Full
Approx. Running Time When Full
|3 inch reel||7.6 cm reel||50 ft||3 – 4 minutes|
|4 inch reel||10.1 cm reel||100 ft||7 – 8 minutes|
|5 inch reel||12.7 cm reel||200 ft||14 – 16 minutes|
|6 inch reel||15.2 cm reel||300 ft||21 – 24 minutes|
|7 inch reel||17.7 cm reel||400 ft||28 – 32 minutes|
There are three main types of film we convert: 8mm film, Super 8 film and 16mm film. For most people, film rolls have been sitting in a box, not getting normal use.
Luckily, understanding what type of film you have is pretty straightforward. Simply look at the size of the film and its sprockets (the holes on the side of the film) and match the shape to determine what type of film it is.
8mm stereo sound
8mm film format was around for 33 years during the mid 20th century when many very pivotal historical events occurred before it evolved into something slightly greater. That means many standard 8mm film rolls are still sitting in storage around the world awaiting a digital transfer, if not done already.
Super 8mm film:
Super8 stereo sound
You may not even be aware of Super 8mm film’s existence, much less it’s description and history, if you grew up long after the 1960s or 1970s. But for the Generation X era, Super 8 was the home movie film stock that was standard for capturing family events and making home movies right up until the video era. Despite being an upgrade from its predecessor (8mm), however, its title was always a bit of an exaggeration.
16mm stereo sound