San Diego's Premiere 8mm film to DVD or digital video file transfer service. Don't let vinegar syndrome damage your 8mm films beyond repair, transfer them now. We transfer your 8mm film right here, in-house.
For 19 years, Sunray Video has been transferring 8mm film to DVD and video. We handle every film transfer project personally and treat it like our very own from the moment we take possession of your home movies until you pick them up. We NEVER send your films out to an out-of-state mass-transfer factory for conversion. And we provide a FREE evaluation of your home movies to determine their condition and we'll help you figure out how much video you have.
We provide one of the fastest 8mm film transfer service available!
8 mm film (sometimes referred to as regular 8) was one of the earlier and most widely used film format by many families for capturing memories of their children and special events. 8mm film first appeared in the 1930s, a product of the Eastman Kodak company. It served as a lower cost alternative to the 16mm film format. New rolls of film were actually 16mm wide with sprocket holes down both edges. During filming only 1 side of the film would be exposed. When the end of the reel is reached, the film can be "turned around" so the other side could be exposed. After the film was processed, it would be split down the middle resulting in 2 strips of 8mm film. The ends of these 2 strips would be spliced together thus converting a 25 foot 16mm film reel into a 50 foot 8mm reel.
What's the difference between 8mm movie film and Video 8 or Hi8 video tape?
There has been some confusion with the names used for the various 8mm formats. 8mm and Super 8 film (see picture below-left) are two names that are used for referring to home movie films that most people used between the 1930s and the early 1980s. The 8mm movie film format is what will be discussed on this page. 8mm (Video 8), Hi8 and Digital8 (see picture below-right) refer to the videotape formats used in Sony, Canon and Sharp camcorders manufactured between the mid 1980s and the mid 2000s. All three of these formats use the same size camcorder videotape (pictured below). Sunray also transfers these video formats to DVD and they are discussed in more detail on our 8mm video to dvd conversion page.
What's the difference between 8mm & Super 8 movie film?
While both 8mm and Super 8 are 8mm wide from edge to edge, Super 8 film will have smaller sprocket holes running along the edge (see photos below). The smaller holes allows for a larger frame or image size over the same film width. The larger the frame size, the better the image quality typically. You can learn more about Super 8 movies on our Super 8 film page.
8mm movie film near the end of its life-cycle
We received many reels of film that have shown signs of fading, warping, color-shifting, shrinking, mold, and acetate film base degradation, often referred to as "vinegar syndrome" due to the overwhelming vinegar-like odor coming from the film itself. There is an article on the National Film Preservation Foundation's website that discusses vinegar syndrome. It mentions "The symptoms of vinegar syndrome are a pungent vinegar smell (hence the name), followed eventually by shrinkage, embrittlement, and buckling of the gelatin emulsion. Storage in warm and humid conditions greatly accelerates the onset of decay. Once it begins in earnest, the remaining life of the film is short because the process speeds up as it goes along."
How do I determine how much film I have?
To find out how much 8mm film footage you have, measure the diameter of your film reels (straight across the middle of the reel from one edge to the other). If full, each reel can hold the following:
How much regular 8 film will fit on a DVD or hard drive?
A DVD can hold up to 2 hours of film. That's the equivalent of about 1,700 feet of regular 8mm film.
Saving your film with Digital Masters and Gold Archival DVDs
Most movie transfer companies offer conversion from film to DVD only. That's great but what if your disc happens to get scratched or damaged? Look at the surface of some of your discs now; how do they look? We offer 4 ways to save the memories from your home movies that just are not available from most places.
Digital Master Tapes
We provide a digital master tape with every order. The tape contains the original uncompressed version of your film transfer project. From this master we can make additional or replacement DVDs, digitize your films to a flash or hard drive or convert them to any other format you desire, now or later. And you'll never need to have your films transferred all over again. Available on DVCAM, Mini DV and Digital 8 while supplies last.
Gold 100-year Archival DVDs
Only the true Gold Archival DVDs are manufactured to last at least 100 years. Read more about the Gold Archival DVDs here.
Digitizing to flash & external hard drives
We can digitize your films to AVI, MOV or MP4 files and put them on a flash or hard drive for you. They'll be ready to edit when you are.
Click on this image above to see a sample of our regular 8mm movie film to video DVD transfer.
*Price does not include flash or hard drive
Adding Music or Projector Sound* - $ .01/foot of film
Adding Narration - Call for pricing
Adding Titles in the Video - $5/title
Adding Chapter Titles to the DVD Menu - $5/chapter
Additional Gold DVD copies - $15/disc 3 Gold Copies of same disc - $40
(each gold DVD comes with a standard DVD copy FREE)
Additional Standard DVD copy - $ 9/disc 3 copies of same disc - $18 5 copies of same disc - $25
USB drive (Flash or External Hard Drive) - Call
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