Finding the Best Film Transfer Company

This post was guest-written for Tamara Like Camera Blog, since we deal with all things photography!

Have you ever gone through old photographs or home movies of when your parents and grandparents were children? Not only is it heartwarming to see these memories, but it is also amazing to see how far technology has come.

Back in the day, 8mm film was the way to go. It was how you could capture a moment that you wanted to cherish for as long as possible. It gave the everyday person a chance to feel like a cinematographer with their own camera.

Unfortunately, though, there is an expiry date for these films. Although they were built to last as long as possible, films shot between the 1930s and 1960s are deteriorating. Once that film is damaged and warped, it is no longer usable. This means those memories on that film will be gone, forever.

Luckily for us in the way technology has progressed over the years, some companies specialize in film transfer. That’s right; you can convert your old 8mm film to a digital format like MP4, DVD and Blu-ray.

But these are your special, personal memories, so you won’t want to leave this task to just anyone. The best film transfer company should hit a few key points.

Not Just Conversion, But Restoration

It is one thing to convert a film into digital. But it is a whole other thing to restore the quality of the film as much as possible.

Merely transferring the 8mm film to a digital copy without any restoration, you are taking the same quality (which compared to today’s standards is not good) and copying it. Even then, by simply copying the film, you can’t guarantee you’ll even get the original quality.

A good film transfer company also restores the quality film as best as possible. This includes restoring the colors in the film, scanning at the highest resolution and stabilizing it.

Something new that has been developed is Advanced Grain Elimination Technology. When you watch old 8mm film, you’ll notice it is quite pixilated, grainy and fuzzy. This is called video noise. Advanced Grain Elimination works by removing as much of the video noise as possible, bringing out the best quality of the film.

Has the Equipment Needed

Anyone really can transfer 8mm film to digital. But do you want to leave your precious memories in the hands of a machine found for dirt cheap online? Or would you instead go to the company that specializes in the process with their scanning machines costing in the $100,000’s?

You’ll probably want to go with option two.

The machinery needed to transfer films into the best quality possible are expensive. Plus it is not an easy task to accomplish.

Customer Satisfaction

As with most companies, finding someone who has excellent customer service and reviews is of high priority. Look at reviews that talk about the experience, the results, and if it is someone they will go through again.

Remember what you are working with – irreplaceable, priceless memories. Having the chance to sit down with the family and go through video of memories from generations before, that is not something you want to take for granted.

BIG Life Changes, and What’s Next

Thank you GEICO for sponsoring this post.

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You know that feeling when you’re on the precipice of change, but you know you’re not going to fall off?

Instead, you might waver or stumble, but ultimately that self-built parachute is always with you, and that self-built trampoline is waiting on the bottom. You’ve had help, you have help, and you’ll always need help, but you know what? You did this yourself. You built your life up until this point. And, you are continuing to build your life in your own grand design.

life changes

Life is full of ups and downs, twists and turns, and major milestones – no two ways about it!

For part of last spring, we started seriously looking at houses. We LOVE our house with all of its charm and quirks, and isolated woodsy goodness, but we were starting to outgrow it. That’s probably about the time we started thinking about splitting the kids into two rooms, and then wanting an extra bedroom for guests and/or another baby. And then we’d need yet another bedroom for guests if the baby happened! After going to open houses for a few months, we never found anything better. So we started the bidding process to renovate what we have & love. And essentially turn it into a whole new space!

The land we have is unmatched. And the land we have is home! The process hasn’t been easy, but it’s been worth it.

Phase 1 is just about complete, which was a whole new master bedroom, a whole new master bathroom, and a walk-in closet. Oh, and we also refinished all of our floors! That might have been the hardest, and most displacing part of it all. Once Phase 1 passes final inspection, we will start Phase 2. This one is a two-car garage and two new bedrooms over it! Whoa. I can’t fathom what that will be like. I don’t think I’m indirect at all when I say we want to expand our family. The hows and whats and whens haven’t solidified yet. I think with all this chaos, I had to put that journey on hold. I got scared of bringing or adopting a baby into that craziness. And I worried my children would be too much older than a new baby.

It’s not worth the worry, though. What will be will be, and we feel like we’re in good hands for the next milestone.

GEICO has been a name in my household for decades now, and that’s because GEICO is a resource beyond insurance. I think I’ve always known that, but have learned it a lot more recently with the upheaval of our lives. There are so many savings with GEICO – like time and money – and they’re perfect for so many facets and milestones of life. I’m talking auto insurance, homeowners insurance, renters insurance, and business insurance.. They cover.. LIFE.

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See what I mean about GEICO being way beyond insurance? They cover all parts of life. I’m proud to be partnered with GEICO today, the way I have felt like they’ve been a part of my life through the major milestones of the last several years.

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Do you have any major milestones coming up in your life?

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