Film to DVD

We dig­i­tally trans­fer 8mm, Super 8mm & 16mm films to DVD and hard-drive stor­age. There are a few very impor­tant fac­tors to con­sider when choos­ing a com­pany to trans­fer your old films:

  1. Do they have the nec­es­sary equip­ment for a pro­fes­sional qual­ity trans­fer? I use a spe­cially mod­i­fied pro­jec­tion sys­tem designed for super high qual­ity trans­fers. Unlike typ­i­cal pro­jec­tors or other 1CCD telecine units that crop the image and shoot off the softer, base side of the film, my sys­tem uses broad­cast qual­ity 3CCD optics to image off the sharper, emul­sion side of the film via a pre­ci­sion, jumbo 5 inch con­denser lens. The sprock­et­less drive pro­tects your films from the poten­tial dam­age typ­i­cally found on other sprocket dri­ven pro­jec­tors and trans­fer devices.
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  2. Do they have a com­pe­tent, unin­ter­rupted tech­ni­cian that is tend­ing to your trans­fer? I tend to your films through the entire trans­fer process, con­stantly mon­i­tor­ing focus, shut­ter speed and over­all quality.
  3. Is the ser­vice facil­ity local, or do they have to send your films out? Fam­ily Doc­u­men­taries is a local com­pany. Your films are not but at risk of loss or dam­age by plac­ing them in the mail.
The Cin­e­Mate series is designed for super high qual­ity trans­fers of both reg­u­lar 8mm and super 8mm film to video via one, easy to use unit. The Cin­e­Mate is avail­able in two NTSC mod­els of 15fps and 20fps. It also is avail­able in PAL mod­els of 16.66fps and 20fps.   And unlike typ­i­cal pro­jec­tors or other 1CCD telecine units that crop the image and shoot off the softer, base side of the film, the CineMate-20 lets you use a high qual­ity 3CCD cam­era or even an HD cam­era to image off the sharper, emul­sion side of the film via a pre­ci­sion, jumbo 5 inch con­denser lens. The enlarged gate allows access to 100% of the film frame and your res­o­lu­tion is lim­ited only by the qual­ity of the cam­era that you use. The orig­i­nal lamp has been replaced with a no heat, super-bright LED light source that should last darned near for­ever (but spares are avail­able). The sprock­et­less drive pro­tects your cus­tomers’ films from the poten­tial dam­age typ­i­cally found on other sprocket dri­ven pro­jec­tors and trans­fer devices.