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Films2Digital FAQ

Please find some hopefully useful questions that have been asked and the answers.

When we get asked a question we will post it here.

Question:

I haven’t got a projector. I have found some old reel to reel films in my parents house. How do I know that these will work.

Answer:

Unfortunately you don’t. 8mm films will deteriorate over time. We will not know if the film will stick in the machine film shoe or break while going through the machine mechanism. Depending on the severity of the complete film deterioration we may not be able to recover the memories. If it is only 1 or 2 breaks in the film due to the fragile nature we can fix these. Obviously as you can imagine, if we fix one break and then start again only to get another break, then another break, etc. we may have to give in and send the film back. If the film leader ( normally the white bit at the beginning of the film reel) breaks while loading, we will repair this, but it could be an indication of trouble ahead. Please also note if the film breaks, we will repair as above, but the end result of the repair will cause the scene to ‘jump’. It may hardly be noticeable if it is a small break, but if a whole section is deteriorated it will be noticeable. We will always treat your film with ‘kid gloves’ but even the best laid plans sometimes go wrong. Our frame by frame transfer machine is gentle on the film, but we can’t guarantee that no breaks will occur.

Question:

I would prefer my media to be on a DVD, is there a charge for this and can this be done.

Answer:

Yes instead of uploading, then we can provide the media on a DVD for you. There is no cost for this. The DVD will be sent to you with the original media.

Question:

Can I add a title to my Film and end credits.

Answer:

Yes we have now started to do this for a small extra charge. You will of course need to let us know what the title should say.

Question:

Do you send back the slides, is this cost included.

Answer:

Yes we will send back the media to the address provided at the time of ordering. The cost is advertised on the pricing page.

Question:

Do you give Discounts for ‘Bulk Orders’ on 8mm films.

Answer:

Yes we do. If you have more than one film to process please let us know how many and the size(s). We take this as the diameter of the reel of film. I.e. 3 inch, 4 inch, etc. We do not as yet, give discounts on sound films due to the time the 2 stage conversion takes. Reel diameter ø     Film length Run-time 18 fps 3 in/7.6 cm              50 ft (15.2 m) 3 - 4 min. 4 in/10.1 cm           100 ft (30.5 m) 7 - 8 min. 5 in/12.7 cm           200 ft (60.9 m) 14 - 16 min. 6 in/15.2 cm           300 ft (91.4 m) 21 - 24 min.

Question:

How do you transfer the film to digital.

Answer:

Some companies simply use the projector to project on to a screen of some sorts. This can be a proper screen or into a converter, basically a 45 degree mirror. The converter takes the projected image and reflects it 45 degrees on to a camcorder. This is a quick way to do it, It is ok to do your own this way but you will see differences in the output. If we get our hands on this equipment then we will produce two examples, one doing it the reflected way and one doing it the proper way, on the same piece of film. What we do is treat the film ‘gently’. We use a slow speed frame by frame reel to digital transfer machine. Each frame is scanned and stored. We say treat it gently and we do mean that. The film could be 50 years old. Putting it through the gate of a projector normally causes problems on old stock. The projector auto feed system may cause the film to break. The film is then run onto the take up reel at quite a high speed. To compare our machine. In the table above you will see the run time for a 3 inch and a 5 inch film. The conversion machine takes 35 minutes to convert a 3 inch film and 1 hour and 45 minutes for a 5 inch film. Gently does it.

Question:

Why is the charge for sound much more than the standard reel.

Answer:

With a sound film, we first have to get the recording off the film itself. The only way we can do this is actually run the film through our sound projector and ‘grab’ the sound on to a PC and save as a file. Then the film is placed in to our digital converter, and as before, it is scanned frame by frame. The Film is then added to our editing software along with the sound. Both are then married up to give the correct output. This all takes time, hence the price increase from a standard film.

Question:

Do you add music to the film.

Answer:

Yes we can add royalty free instrumental music to your film for an extra charge ( this service will be soon free if required - from April 2018 ). If you want your own music to be added then again we can add this, again for a small extra charge. The music must be provided as an MP3 and must be owned/purchased by you.

Question:

Will you take care of my film.

Answer:

Yes. We will treat your film, like we did with my dads films, gently. As mentioned, the machine we use is a low speed converter. Advancing the 8mm film, 1 frame at a time, in slow speed. Before we start to transfer the film it is treated with a cleaning solution that not only softens the film, but as the name suggests cleans it. The film that is left in a cupboard will collect dust and hairs. The machines prior to starting the transfer will also be cleaned prior to each new film transfer.

Question:

For my images to be uploaded, do I need a Google Drive account.

Answer:

NO, is the one word answer. We will provide you with a link to the files for you to download. However please note, Google Drive is free as well as others, like Dropbox, and is useful to you, in that you too will be able to invite your family and friends to view the media.

Question:

How do you transfer the film to digital.

Answer:

Some companies simply use the projector to project on to a screen of some sorts. This can be a proper screen or into a converter, basically a 45 degree mirror. The converter takes the projected image and reflects it 45 degrees on to a camcorder. This is a quick way to do it, It is ok to do your own this way but you will see differences in the output. If we get our hands on this equipment then we will produce two examples, one doing it the reflected way and one doing it the proper way, on the same piece of film. What we do is treat the film ‘gently’. We use a slow speed frame by frame reel to digital transfer machine. Each frame is scanned and stored. We say treat it gently and we do mean that. The film could be 50 years old. Putting it through the gate of a projector normally causes problems on old stock. The projector auto feed system may cause the film to break. The film is then run onto the take up reel at quite a high speed. To compare our machine. In the table above you will see the run time for a 3 inch and a 5 inch film. The conversion machine takes 35 minutes to convert a 3 inch film and 1 hour and 45 minutes for a 5 inch film. Gently does it.

Question:

Why is the charge for sound much more than the standard reel.

Answer:

With a sound film, we first have to get the recording off the film itself. The only way we can do this is actually run the film through our sound projector and ‘grab’ the sound on to a PC and save as a file. Then the film is placed in to our digital converter, and as before, it is scanned frame by frame. The Film is then added to our editing software along with the sound. Both are then married up to give the correct output. This all takes time, hence the price increase from a standard film.
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Films 2 Digital

Films2Digital FAQ

Please find some hopefully useful

questions that have been asked and

the answers.

When we get asked a question we will post it here.

Question:

I haven’t got a projector. I have found some old reel to reel films in my parents house. How do I know that these will work.

Answer:

Unfortunately you don’t. 8mm films will deteriorate over time. We will not know if the film will stick in the machine film shoe or break while going through the machine mechanism. Depending on the severity of the complete film deterioration we may not be able to recover the memories. If it is only 1 or 2 breaks in the film due to the fragile nature we can fix these. Obviously as you can imagine, if we fix one break and then start again only to get another break, then another break, etc. we may have to give in and send the film back. If the film leader ( normally the white bit at the beginning of the film reel) breaks while loading, we will repair this, but it could be an indication of trouble ahead. Please also note if the film breaks, we will repair as above, but the end result of the repair will cause the scene to ‘jump’. It may hardly be noticeable if it is a small break, but if a whole section is deteriorated it will be noticeable. We will always treat your film with ‘kid gloves’ but even the best laid plans sometimes go wrong. Our frame by frame transfer machine is gentle on the film, but we can’t guarantee that no breaks will occur.

Question:

I would prefer my media to be on a DVD, is there a charge for this and can this be done.

Answer:

Yes instead of uploading, then we can provide the media on a DVD for you. There is no cost for this. The DVD will be sent to you with the original media.

Question:

Can I add a title to my Film and end credits.

Answer:

Yes we have now started to do this for a small extra charge. You will of course need to let us know what the title should say.

Question:

Do you send back the slides, is this cost included.

Answer:

Yes we will send back the media to the address provided at the time of ordering. The cost is advertised on the pricing page.

Question:

Do you give Discounts for ‘Bulk Orders’ on 8mm films.

Answer:

Yes we do. If you have more than one film to process please let us know how many and the size(s). We take this as the diameter of the reel of film. I.e. 3 inch, 4 inch, etc. We do not as yet, give discounts on sound films due to the time the 2 stage conversion takes. Reel diameter ø     Film length Run-time 18 fps 3 in/7.6 cm              50 ft (15.2 m) 3 - 4 min. 4 in/10.1 cm           100 ft (30.5 m) 7 - 8 min. 5 in/12.7 cm           200 ft (60.9 m) 14 - 16 min. 6 in/15.2 cm           300 ft (91.4 m) 21 - 24 min.

Question:

How do you transfer the film to digital.

Answer:

Some companies simply use the projector to project on to a screen of some sorts. This can be a proper screen or into a converter, basically a 45 degree mirror. The converter takes the projected image and reflects it 45 degrees on to a camcorder. This is a quick way to do it, It is ok to do your own this way but you will see differences in the output. If we get our hands on this equipment then we will produce two examples, one doing it the reflected way and one doing it the proper way, on the same piece of film. What we do is treat the film ‘gently’. We use a slow speed frame by frame reel to digital transfer machine. Each frame is scanned and stored. We say treat it gently and we do mean that. The film could be 50 years old. Putting it through the gate of a projector normally causes problems on old stock. The projector auto feed system may cause the film to break. The film is then run onto the take up reel at quite a high speed. To compare our machine. In the table above you will see the run time for a 3 inch and a 5 inch film. The conversion machine takes 35 minutes to convert a 3 inch film and 1 hour and 45 minutes for a 5 inch film. Gently does it.

Question:

Why is the charge for sound much more than the standard reel.

Answer:

With a sound film, we first have to get the recording off the film itself. The only way we can do this is actually run the film through our sound projector and ‘grab’ the sound on to a PC and save as a file. Then the film is placed in to our digital converter, and as before, it is scanned frame by frame. The Film is then added to our editing software along with the sound. Both are then married up to give the correct output. This all takes time, hence the price increase from a standard film.

Question:

Do you add music to the film.

Answer:

Yes we can add royalty free instrumental music to your film for an extra charge ( this service will be soon free if required - from April 2018 ). If you want your own music to be added then again we can add this, again for a small extra charge. The music must be provided as an MP3 and must be owned/purchased by you.

Question:

Will you take care of my film.

Answer:

Yes. We will treat your film, like we did with my dads films, gently. As mentioned, the machine we use is a low speed converter. Advancing the 8mm film, 1 frame at a time, in slow speed. Before we start to transfer the film it is treated with a cleaning solution that not only softens the film, but as the name suggests cleans it. The film that is left in a cupboard will collect dust and hairs. The machines prior to starting the transfer will also be cleaned prior to each new film transfer.