16mm Home Movie Film to
DVD and Blu-ray Media
Featuring free pickup and delivery in Ann Arbor, Chelsea and many parts of Washtenaw County.
All Work Performed On-site
All transfer, conversion, and duplication of 16mm silent and sound home movie film to the digital domain is done in Chelsea, Michigan. The person you hand your irreplaceable family legacy memories to is the one who will personally either oversee or perform the carefully designed tasks that will convert, transfer and copy them to modern and durable digital media including mobile.
For 16mm film we recommend duplication to HD delivered on Blu-ray media. We have found that the 16mm format supports sufficient resolution to benefit from a true HD duplication. There is no additional fee for an HD upgrade.
Duplication Monitored in Real Time
We look for ever changing exposure and white balance levels. Scenes in your film having dark areas are made to show more detail when we adjust the video gamma level as the film rolls. Special attention is given to producing brilliant flesh tones. This means that someone is literally babysitting your film with each foot of its roll making adjustments as the need arises. Complimentary color correction is included where it will be beneficial.
Because of our attention to critical telecine techniques you will never see flicker or what is commonly called a "rolling bar" in your transferred and converted regular, Super 8mm and 16mm home movies. Film advances at 16-24 frames per second while a television or computer screen will scan at 30 frames per second. Not addressing this miss-match issue results in an annoying pulsation or rolling bar in your converted and transferred family memories.
Special Attention to Memory Archival
We will coordinate with you to maintain any archival scheme or arrangement your films may have. Often times the films have hand written notes on film leader, reels, boxes, or film cans. These notes, written by now gone mom or pops, many times provide important clues to a family history and play a large part in identifying film content. In processing your films we will make every effort to maintain and preserve such archival information during conversion, transfer, and copy. Your films are returned to you unchanged in any way.
We offer an option for a nominal fee to clean the film prior to duplication using a process designed specifically for movie film. This not only improves the film quality by removing excessive dust and lint but also gives new longevity to your home movie film. This process is usually only a benefit to films that have been left uncovered to collect dust over the decades or exposed to extremes of heat or humidity.
Our capabilities for sound include both optical and magnetic for both Super 8mm and 16mm films. This is not a misprint. Almost all Super 8mm sound films have a magnetic sound track while most 16mm sound films use an optical technology. For a few years television stations were making 16mm sound films using magnetic technology. We can transfer those films to DVD.
Custom Titling Option
Custom titling is also available for a nominal fee. With custom titling, text appears on the screen before its associated reel describing briefly what the reel is all about. Use as much text as you like but shorter is usually better.
Your Family Heirloom Legacy
Your DVD will be delivered with professionally designed graphics coordinated between the interactive menu, the photo quality water resistant label printed directly on the disk, and the DVD case jacket. When you play the DVD you will see a fully interactive menu where the various regular and Super 8mm or 16mm films will be individually selectable for playing by the viewer.
Please take a moment to view an animation of what your finished product might look like. Titling, of course, would be customized.
Don't Know What's On Your Films?
You may have a shoe box full of films inherited from mom and pops and have no clue what is on them. Wouldn't it be nice if you could preview those films to determine a chronology and subject matter before conversion and transfer into the digital domain? For a nominal fee you can rent one of our viewers. The full rental fee will be applied as a credit for film transfer when you return the viewer with your order.
We are able to say with confidence that the quality we deliver with our duplication, transfer, and copy process of regular, Super 8mm, and 16mm home movie films to DVD is as good as it gets. We have such complete confidence that we invite you to give us one 3 inch reel (50 feet) of regular 8mm, Super 8mm, or 16mm home movie film (silent or sound) which we will transfer to DVD without charge. If you have already had film transferred elsewhere we will copy at half-price up to 400 feet of that same film when you give us your original DVD. You owe it to yourself to be certain that your family legacy memories on home movie film converted to digital and copied to DVD retain all the quality that modern technology can deliver.
Our price list is available for you to examine: Film Transfer Pricelist Please visit our blog to see a wealth of information relating the conversion and transfer of legacy media. New information is added regularly.