Transferring your old regular 8mm or super 8 mm film to a digital format such as a DVD or hard drive is a great way to preserve your old home movies. Not only do they make a great gift especially around the holidays, it ensures that your film will be around for future family members to look into the past and share your memories.
The best way to have your film preserved is to use a professional company that does this everyday. They will have the experience necessary to give you a quality transfer. By using professional equipment they will be able to clean and lube your film which is important to guaranteeing a quality film transfer. Most film will only need a standard cleaning which means taking a silicone cloth and applying that to the film as it is run through a rewinding machine. At this time they will also be able to re-splice any broken film that may come up. This process does take a little longer for the technician to do, but in the end is going to give you a quality film to DVD transfer. This part of the process of cleaning and splicing is ignored by many companies. After the 8mm and super 8 film has been cleaned and lubed it is now time to have the technician transfer the film. Your film will be projected by an industrial grade film projector then picked up by a 3 chip broadcast camera. The technician will monitor the film as it is being process and will be able to do minor color correction as the transfer is being made. Any additional film restoration will be done in the computer once the transfer is complete.
In order to find a company that is capable of doing a quality film to DVD transfer it is best to go online and do your homework. Looking for a company in your area is beneficial since you can actually take your film straight to the company that is doing the work and not risk sending them out of the state or country. You also have a chance to meet the technician that is performing the work and can address him with any concerns. To search out a company in your area use a term like Film to DVD Phoenix and you should be able to find a local company.