Copying cine film to video

The transfer of old cine films to video needs to be done properly, and with care.

A tin containing Super-8mm Cine Films

Typical: Super-8mm Cine Films in a tin!

Here’s a collection of 50ft Super-8mm ciné film reels that have been kept in a tin for 30 years. I won’t say where they came from or whose they are but let’s just say that the owner is very close to home!

Super-8mm film, like the Standard-8mm that came before it, was a common home-movie format for those who could afford not only to buy the hardware but also the film stock required to run through the camera.

Here in the UK, that usually meant buying your film in 50ft Kodak spools and then, when they were exposed, sent to the infamous PO Box 400, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire (just down the road from us here in Milton Keynes) for processing.

Whilst the film stock is robust, it’s not such an easy job to get it transferred to a future-proof digital medium like DVD or as a desktop-playable file on your computer.

That’s why we recommend the use of the experts who can pass the film through a sprocketless telecine machine (as used by broadcasters and other professionals) in order to minimise the damage to the film emulsion and the sprocket holes.

One word of advice: please do not try loading them to a projector and filming the result with a camcorder. Not only might you further damage the film but the results will look really horrible!

Come to me. I can help!

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