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