They can even damage your films
Inserting a film into a projector that has been out of production for at least 30 years means putting its integrity at risk. Once the film is damaged, the memories that are portrayed on it are lost forever.
The 8mm and super 8 films can be easily ruined if someone digitizes them by using a projector. For two reasons:
- They can jam.
- The light with which the film is illuminated is warm. If the film freezes, as it happens very often, the lamp burns it, ruining it forever.
Since you won’t play the original film anymore once it has been digitized, beware that most of the labs do not even declare if something went wrong during the processing.
My telecine combines quality and safety
As for my telecine, of course I don't use an old projector, but a recently manufactured professional scanner called FilmFabriek HDS + that you can see on this page on the manufacturer website. In my device, the film runs externally on rollers (not on gears). It works with an LED lamp, which is a cold light that cannot burn the film.
If you want to learn more about this system, I'll explain it on this page.
My scanner costs thousands of euros, and it is used by professional archives to digitize their collections. In addition to this, the best part of my system is the restoration software, which is able to correct most of the marks (scratches, hairs, dots) that lay on 8mm, super 8 and 16 mm films shot so many years ago.
Most professional labs, even those that make their telecine service with a professional scanner, don't use restoration software.
As you can see in the first video I published on this page (on the left panel), the images are stable. Old cameras were much more difficult to hold still, because the movement of the film inside generated vibrations and there weren't optical and electronic stabilizers. That’s why you need to perform a software stabilization to enhance the quality of the video.
My software can also correct:
If you do not work on color correction during the post production, it is impossible even for a professional scanner to digitize the film with perfectly adjusted settings.
Using software restoration is time consuming, so most of the labs don’t do it, as they need to be fast to be cheaper, and they think it is not that important to offer a product that saves their customers’ memories in the best possible way. So let me tell you:
Be very careful!
Today's digitization technology has reached the highest quality at which 8mm, super 8 and 16mm films can be scanned, unlike what happened until a few years ago when the telecine job was transferring the films on VHS tapes, since the cassettes were easier to watch (but poor in quality).
In others words: this is the right time to save your memories, and I think I can give you the quality you need.
Don’t wait anymore! Films do not deteriorate much over time, but only if you store them in the right conditions:
- right temperature
- no humidity
- no sunlight
When you damage or lose them, it will always be too late, whereas your digital files can be copied countless times and can be saved both on your hard drives and on a cloud service.