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9265 Dowdy Dr
Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92126
Mon-Thur: 10-6
Fri: 10-5
Sat/Sun: Closed

Movies & Film to DVD & Video Transfer - How to Order

We provide one of the fastest 8mm, Super 8 and 16mm film to DVD transfer services available!


Prepare your films

Step 1:  Number your movie film reels in the order you want them transferred (if you have a preference).

Step 2:  Decide how you want your DVDs to be labeled.  How do you want it to read?  This is just for your benefit so that one day in the future, when you pull out the DVD you'll know what's on it.  (Example:  Smith Family Movies)

Step 3:  Most films have no sound.  We've become so used to watching TV with sound that it will seem strange to watch your movies without sound.  Back in the day when people watched their home movies, they would hear the sound of a projector running.  If you like the nostalgia of the projector, we can add projector sound to your film to DVD transfer.  You could provide your own music instead, if you prefer.  Decide what sound you want to go with your films.

Step 4:  Do you want any titles added between any of the film reels?  Do you want any chapter titles added to the DVD menu?  Determine how many you want and write down what you want the title/s to say.

Step 5:  Do you want a Gold Archival 100-year DVD?

Step 6:  Do you want your 8mm, Super 8, or 16mm films digitized to a hard drive?  If no, continue to the next step.  What file format do you want them in? AVI, MOV, or another?  Will you be providing your own external USB or flash drive or do you want us to acquire one for you?  If you're providing your own, don't forget to put it with your films.

Step 7:  Will you need any DVD copies for anyone else?  If so, how many?

Step 8:  Do you have any video tapes that you need transferred to DVD or hard drive?  This would be a good time to get them together and bring in with your films.  The picture quality on video tapes begins to disintegrate after just 7 years, you can read more about it on our video to dvd transfer page.

Step 9:  Do you have any DVDs that need to be copied before they become damaged beyond the ability to copy them?

Step 10:  Now you're ready to bring your films to Sunray for transfer to DVD.  If you're in the San Diego (or southern California area), you may bring them by our office.  Otherwise feel free to ship them to us.  We recommend using a courier such as UPS or FedEx for shipping as they have good tracking systems so you'll know where the package is at all times. 

Current turn-around time for 8mm film is 7-10 business days.  16mm film is 8-10 business days.


Placing your order

Drop your movies off in person  (if you're in the San Diego area):

You may drop them off at our office.  We're here from 10:00 am to 6:00* pm (Pacific Time) Mon-Thurs, 10:00am to 5:00pm on Fridays.  Directions to our office

We'll call you when they are ready for pick up.

*Drop off & pick up your film after 6pm Mon-Thurs available by appointment.

Our normal turn-around time is approximately 7-10 business days. (For 16mm film, allow 8-10 business days.)  Turn-around time is subject to change based on periodic fluctuations in demand for our services.


Ship your films to us  (if you're outside the San Diego area):    

Download our order form, print it, fill it out and enclose it with your order and ship** them to:  


Sunray Video Productions
9265 Dowdy Dr, Suite 100
San Diego, CA  92126

Be sure to include your preferred method of return shipment**.

We'll ship them back to you when we're finished, via the carrier you've selected**.

**We recommend shipping your movies via UPS or FedEx, since they have the ability to track the whereabouts of your package at any given time. 

Our normal turn-around time is approximately 7-10 business days. (For 16mm film, allow 8-10 business days.)  Shipping both ways will add to the total turn-around time.  Turn-around time is subject to change based on periodic fluctuations in demand for our services.

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Be sure to check the box for 8mm or 16mm film


Pricing info

We offer 4 options for transferring your Super 8mm film to digital form:  

Preview package includes: 1 standard DVD copy. 

Premiere package includes: 1 Gold 100-year Archival DVD copy and 1 standard DVD copy.

Digital file only package includes: Digitizing to AVI, MOV or MP4 file/s. No DVDs in this package.

Color-correction package includes: Scene by scene color-correction applied then put on 1 Gold 100-year Archival DVD copy and 1 standard DVD copy.  Digitizing to AVI, MOV or MP4 file/s may be substituted for DVDs. DVDs and digitized files are available for an additional charge.

NOTE: Polavision film will be removed from the cartridges and spliced together onto larger reels.  $4 per cartridge will be added to order to cover the labor required to remove the film from the cartridges.

High-resolution film transfer process (from film to video) Preview Premiere Package Digital file only Package Color-correction Package
Up to 499 feet $ .25/ft $ .27/ft $ .27/ft* $ .33/ft
500 to 1,499 feet $ .23/ft $ .24/ft $ .24/ft* $ .30/ft
1,500 to 2,999 feet $ .21/ft $ .22/ft $ .22/ft* $ .28/ft
3,000 to 4,999 feet $ .19/ft $ .20/ft $ .20/ft* $ .25/ft
5,000 feet or more $ .17/ft $ .18/ft $ .18/ft* $ .23/ft
Standard DVD included? Yes Yes No Yes
100 Year Gold Archival DVD included? No Yes No Yes
Digital Master tape included? Yes Yes Yes Yes
Digitizing to AVI, MOV or MP4 files (flash/hard drive not included) Add $20.00/hr of film Add $20.00/hr of film Yes May be substituted in place of DVDs
Digitizing to 2 file formats (flash/hard drive not incl.) Add $30.00/hr of film Add $30.00/hr of film Add $10.00/hr of film Add $30.00/hr of film

*Price does not include flash or hard drive

Additional Options

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 - $ 8/disc     3 copies of same disc - $18    5 copies of same disc - $25

USB drive (Flash or External Hard Drive) - Call

All film orders under 250 feet will be charged a minimum charge of $ 50.00 for transfer from film to video (includes digital master tape and DVD).  $60 minimum charge for Premiere Package upgrade.
California residents will be charged sales tax of 7.75% on all orders, as per California law.


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