It probably sound familiar: you or your family have a box full of old films and you want to be able to see them and preserve them for the future. The equipment to play your films is often defective. Wouldn't it be nice to view these memories on TV, tablet or computer! By digitizing your old films you can view them in a modern way.
We can digitize your old cine films professionally. We'll transfer your films to files which can be played on almost all modern TV's, tablets (iPad) and smartphones. We can also put your films on DVD or Blu-Ray.
Different scanning options
We can digitize the following types of cine film:
Super8 (with sound)
Single8 (with sound)
Regular 8 (with sound)
9,5mm film without sound
16mm without sound
16mm optical sound
16mm magnetic sound
Our way of working
Preparing the films
Every film gets an unique number.
If absent, a film leader will be attached to the film.
The films will be checked for bad welds. If there are any bad welds they will be repaired.
If necessary the films will be cleaned with professional filmcleaner.
For Polavision films cassettes: the films are extracted from the cassette and put on normal super8 film reels.
When the preparationproces is complete the films will be scanned.
Scanning will be done with the best tested scanning equipment. Every frame will get a separate recording. We can scan in Standard and High Definintion. We can handle every speed in which the film is recorded (for example 16, 18 or 24 frames per second).
If there is sound (mono or stereo) on the film it will be transferred too. 16mm films sometimes have an extra perforated tape: this is a magnetic tape with the same measurements as the original film and contains the soundtrack. Both tapes will be digitized and synchronysed afterwards. With perforated tape, stereo or multiple languages are possible, which is not the case if the soundtrack is on the film itself. Perforated tape was used for reports and by montage companies because working with perforated tape was very easy, which was important in bilingual countries like Belgium.
After scanning and possibly applying image corrections, the films can be transferred to any format you want. Almost everything is possible. We can transfer it as ready-made video files so you can play it directly onto your computer, TV, tablet, smartphone, mediaplayer, etc. Also, we can transfer the files to DVD's orBlu-Ray's. Many customers choose to have the films on DVD and USB stick, because:
Grandpa and/or grandma want to watch it with their DVD player.
Children and grandchildren want to watch it on their SmartTV, tablets, smartphones, computers or mediaplayer.
And you can edit the films on the computer.
We can convert your video recordings for all modern video formats. We deliver your digitized tapes in the format: H.264 by default. We can also deliver other formats if required, of course. For example, DV AVI Apple Prores 422 HQ or uncompressed AVI. If you want to work professionally with video you can consider other codecs.
In contrast to many companies that still use old-fashioned scanners that use a 25fps video signal when transferring, we deliver digital files in the right frame rate, without adding frames.
The output file you receive from us contains as many images per second as the original film material.
Hereby an example of super8 films with 18 images per second is included:
When digitizing your films we can choose image corrections as an extra option. This will correct the images on brightness, image stabilisation, colour, sharpness, noise, dirt and stains.
Colour correction: We can correct the colours so that it looks as natural as possible. Colours that went wrong with filming and colours that came with the ages, will be corrected as much as possible. Many films change colour over time. This is commonly known as a blue or red-trace.
Image Stabilization: Vibrations in the image, for example vibrations during original film camera recordings or by damaged perforations are reduced as much as possible.
Brightness: More depth in the ligntning of the film. The total brightness spectrum will be used optimal.
Dirt and stains: Stains and dirt in the images will be removed. Even "frost flower"-like effects in films (sometimes old Agfa films) can be taken out for a big proportion.
Sharpness: The images will be much sharper and the details are much more visible.
Noise: Noise will be removed as much as possible.
Free sample scan
If you have any doubts about choosing image enhancements or not, we can make a sample scan for you, with and without image enhancements. On the basis of these scans you can make your choice. The scans will be made available via e-mail.
After scanning we can edit the film for you. We can cut the film, change the order of fragments, put titles in the film, transitions, voice-overs and background music.
You can specify how you want us to edit the film or we can edit it ourself to make a really good film. Of course you may also choose yourself if and which fragments should be cut out of the film.
Our film scanners are equipped with high quality industrial cameras which are controlled with an optocoupler.
You can see some scan examples here
Each image is scanned separately (no shutter in scanner as in projectors, but a picture of every image).
Automatic light correction ensures that the complete spectrum of the CCD is used in an optimal way.
Audio included in the films (both stereo as mono) will be transfered. The automatic quary synchronized system ensures that image and sound are kept in sync.
Steady images (a short shutter lag gives a steady image, even with various broken cine films).
We use a cold light source (LED) as to make sure the film can't burn through.
Direct projection of image. We don't use glass screens or focussing screens and this results in very sharp images.
Even if you recorded the sound separately on, for example, 1/4 inch audio tapes or audio cassettes with a Noris Norimat Electronic projector with tape recorder, we can transfer this sound.
Standard Definition vs. High Definition
Beside digitizing your cine films in DVD quality (also known as Standard Defintion (SD) with 720×576 pixels), we can scan in High Definition (HD) with 1920×1080 pixels.
To do this we use the latest generation of film scanners. With this we take separate images with a high resolution image sensor. The HD-files are optimally adapted to the newest generation flat TVs. To play HD-files you need a fast computer or a Blu-Ray player/media player.
If you can't choose between Standard Definition versus High Definition, we can, as a test and without extra charge, digitize a fragment of one of your films and scan it in SD and HD and send it to you via the internet, so that you can choose the format you prefer.
Here you'll find an overview of the prices. If you want to estimate the costs for digitizing yourself you can use our, easy-to-use, price calculator 8mm or price calculator 16mm. All prices include 21% VAT and are subjective to change.
The prices include:
Transferring files onto data carrier (USB/hard disk)
Files available via the internet (with persenal link)
Cleaning the film
Repairing broken welds
Repairing film leader
Setup costs for equipment - changing films (per order)
1. What should I choose? High Definition (HD) or Standard Definition (SD)? TOP
If you'd like to make the most of your films, scanning in High Definition (HD) is the best option. The resolution that is used for scanning in HD is 1024×768 to 720×576 at scanning in Standard Definition (SD). All the resolving power (resolution) of the cine film will be used. A 8mm film has an resolving power of about 600-700 screen lines, depending on the type of film and the quality of the camera(lens) that was used.
After scanning in HD quality the film will be recalibrated to an imagefile that is compatible with modern HD (HD-ready) TV's screens (1920×1080). To view the film on your TV we can transfer the files to a Blu-Ray or a computer file. Many modern TVs can play videos from an USB-stick or a hard disk.
If you're recordings are of good quality and you want really sharp results we recommend scanning in High Definition.
2. How many minutes of fims are there on my cine film rolls? TOP
That depends on a few factors. Like the amount of frames per second (18 of 24), if it is normal 8 or super 8 or etcetera.
Here is an overview of the most commonly used formats (18 frames per second and super-8):
Amount of minutes
Click here for the complete table of running time of cine films.
3. I want to watch my films before I let them be digitized, but something is broken. Can you repair projectors or supply necessities?TOP
Yes, our repair department specializes in maintenance and repair of your film or slide projector. See our spare parts finder for which spare parts belong to your projector. Most spare parts can be found in our webshop. There you can also find film patches, movie reels, film boxes and film cleaner, etcetera.
Somebody told me that if I take soured films through a projector and play a non-soured film through the projector afterwards, the non-soured also will sour. Is that true? Is a soured film contagious? Is there a solution, like rinsing the film?
Yes, there is certainly a risk. If a film is soured (acetata decay, vinegar syndrome) it releases a substance called "acetic acid" (smells like vinegar). This substance can infect other films. Rinsing films with vinegar syndrome doesn't help.
The detoriation of the film can be restrained by keeping the film in a cold place (preferably in het freezer).
There are also special bags which you keep in the film cans to restrain the acidic process: Kodak Molecular Sieve.
The best solution is to copy or digitize the film immediately.
For more information you can click here and read the Film Preservation Guide.
9. Is it worthwhile to transfer my cine films to DVD myself? TOP
Transferring 8mm cine films yourself is possible. Although the quality is signifficantly less than if it is done professionally. For more information about transferring cine films yourself, see: Transferring films yourself.
10. Is it still possible to develop cine films? TOP
Yes, this can be done. There are a few specialized laboratories left who can do this. We often work with super8.nl. With newly shot films it's still affordable!
Developing cine films that are shot a long time ago can become pricey (€ 60-€ 80 per cine film). The quality of the film won't be as good as it used to be. Also, these films often can't be developed in color, only black and white and the images of cine films can become blurry if it's left undeveloped for a long time
11. Can I still buy Regular8 / Super8 / 16mm cine film? TOP
Yes! In 2018, Kodak reintroduced new Kodak Reversal Color film! In the Netherlads you can buy new cine film at super8.nl.