Archiving 8mm Film

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Archiving 8mm Film

 

Specializing in Film/Video transfer of 8mm and S-8mm Home Movies and Family Video to Blu-ray & DVD Discs. VHS, Hi-8mm and 8mm analog video tapes to DVD discs are also our specialty. Return Digital Media can be on Mini-DV Tapes, DVD/Blu-ray discs, Hard Drives, USB Flash Drives or Memory Sticks.

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Please don't discard your R8mm/S8mm home movie reels of film. Preserve them and save them for future generations.

From: Paul Schreiber

The preservation and archiving of family films is a subject dear to all of us. Whether the media is printed Photos, 35mm Slides, Film Transparencies, Movie Film or digital phone/camera shots, we, as family members, need to save them and preserve them for future generations. We want to re-live the events and memories of loved ones gone before us. We also want to pass on our history to our children and grandchildren. It does not matter if the media is photos, albums, movies, physical scrap booking , electronic scrap booking , DVD discs or Blu-ray discs.

I am a graduate Mechanical Engineer that was fascinated by home movies since I was a child and had the fortune to follow the example set by my uncle in filming family events using an 8mm camera and flood lights. I started  recording my own family on S8mm sound films in 1973 and now have over 37 years of my kids and grandkids on film, video tape, DVD discs and PC hard drives. Counting my uncle's and my father's films,  we now have over 65 years of family history and memories to share around with our extended family. I also have been entrusted with some of the in-law film collections which are also under safe storage conditions.

My first S8mm camera was in 1973. I started transferring these S8mm films to VHS tapes in 1987. It was the dawn of the  video camera and video tape. This new technology was to eliminate forever the need for developed film processes and film cameras. Using the best technology available to me at that time, I used a Professional Tube Video camera, a digital mixer and a Telecine projector in a lens to lens transfer. By today's standards the results of 1987 were poor (240 lines of resolution) and today my VHS tapes are worthless. However, I did keep my S8mm film reels and other family members film stored in plastic cases in dry, clean, warm places. I also kept up with the latest technologies as they became available. I moved from S8mm sound film to VHS tapes to 8mm digital tapes to MiniDV tapes and finally to Hi Def HDV tapes. Each time I made a move in technology, I moved up in cameras and the various recorders and machines needed to share these family memories. I also moved up in PCs as needed to handle Hi-Def digital video. I have transferred all video tapes onto the latest digital tapes until, I moved all digital video tapes onto PC hard drives and DVD discs. I am now ready to move the old film to HDV, Blu-ray discs and PC hard drives.

The reason for the telling of my short film history is to convey a point. That point is that in over 60 years of my personal experience, I have found  old surviving photo prints, 35mm slides and 8mm/16mm film, to be in better shape than the so-called new and improved 1970's technology of VHS tapes, BetaMax tapes and Polaroid prints. Yes some of the old stuff may be bad and cannot be saved without huge expense, but without fail the VHS stuff was poor to begin with and deteriorated from there.  I encourage my customers and others, to save their old film for as long as possible. There is definitely new and better technologies that will be developed in the decades to come. Save your film and let each new generation (every 20 years or so)  move the old film forward to the latest technology while preserving the old film reels.

If you or someone you know does not want their old 8mm film reels, I am willing to accept them on a temporary basis. There are several groups that will accept "orphan" films and I will then pass these films on (without transfer) to these organizations. But before you send film away from your local city or state, you may want to inquire if your local library or local museums, or historical societies would accept them for archival or historical reasons and keep them in the area where they were shot, developed and shown.

One group for your consideration would be the non-profit group

The Center for Home Movies.

http://www.centerforhomemovies.org/

The most informational website for this non-profit group is:

http://www.homemovieday.com/

 

 

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