Way back in the Dark Ages (actually about 30-50 years ago), film was the best media to use for capturing all of those memorable family events. Back in the day, Mom and Dad had movie cameras that took 8mm, 16mm, and Super8 movie films to record family happenings and those reels of home movies were watched on movie projectors. But, the problem with film of any type is that, over time, it gets brittle and breaks, and it fades and changes color over the years. Most people have boxes of old family movies hidden away in their closets because they either no longer have a film projector to play the movies on or it no longer works. Wouldn’t it be great if you could preserve those old movies and make them easy-to-watch again? That’s where film transfer to digital formatting comes in!
Arik Paran of Digital Pickle, a photo and video preservation company, notes that film transfer to digital can not only preserve your family memories, it can also improve them. Their process involves fixing minor repairs on the film and splicing the brittle film that has broken through aging. The film is then cleaned with an anti-static solvent before the transfer and technicians carefully inspect the film for dust and lint so you don’t end up with a splotchy version of the family reunion movie. One of the hallmarks of the old 8mm film is that the reels allowed for 3 to 4.5 minutes worth of filming, which means you needed reels upon reels of that type of film to properly capture a family event. Digital Pickle will consolidate those multiple small reels into larger ones for ease of storage.
The transfer process involves an aerial capture method that uses a 3CCD camera. By using this combination, they can produce a digital version of your movie that is extremely high quality, flicker-free, and in perfect focus. Instead of a real-time copy, the processors go over the film frames one by one, digitizing each frame and reassembling them into a digital version that has no interference. People who remember the bouncy, hard-to-watch movies of their childhood events will appreciate the new, movement-free version they get when they get a film transfer.
Digital Pickle will also correct color changes in the film when they transfer film to digital. Those old films age and fade just as much as old photographs do; they turn red or simply looked washed out over the years. The transfer technicians use a digital process to removes color casts of red, yellow, or blue and will do their best to correct under- or over-exposed film. And sound quality improves with the digital process, too. Background noise is reduced and the audio portion is integrated with the video, so you can hear all the nuances of the film without the annoying interruptions in sound quality.
Those old movies aren’t getting any younger, which means they are fading on the shelf by the minute. Don’t let those precious recordings of by-gone days languish in a box and turn into reels of broken and unwatchable film. Preserve those memories through film transfer to digital so they will last a lifetime and beyond.
For more information about film transfer to digital, or ask how we can digitize your film, contact Digital Pickle at 1-800-975-5316 or email them today.