8mm / 16mm Film Transfer

Memories Renewed provides professional frame by frame 8mm and 16mm film transfer services to preserve films of the past to be enjoyed in today’s digital age and preserved for the future. Now is the time to convert your film collection!

We are an Owner-Operated Company Providing Custom Quality Service

All projects are completed on-site at our studio location in Fridley, Minnesota.
We love what we do and always strive to provide the best quality and service.

Film Transfer

Digitally Preserve Film Reels

We will inspect and sort your film reels upon receiving and will label each reel with a numbering sequence.  Each reel is transferred as a separate video to correspond to the reel number and we will also name them with any subject information written on the reels.  The film is returned on the original reels, not spliced together to a larger reel as many other transfer companies do.

Frame-by-Frame Transfer

We use transfer equipment that is very gentle on your film and does not use sprockets or claws to advance the film during transfer. Each frame is over-scanned using a high bit sensor to capture the entire frame, including sprocket holes. Custom cropping is then done on every section of film with software developed by Memories Renewed, resulting in an accurate full frame archival quality capture.

Film Cleaning and Preparation

We carefully clean, lubricate, and repair splices before transfer. Properly cleaning the film greatly reduces debris artifacts for a cleaner output. Film leader is added as needed to ensure every frame of film is captured.

Digital Video Output

We convert your films to MP4 video format digital video files to store on a USB flash drive for multimedia or editing.  Digital video makes it easy for you to copy the videos to share with family and friends.

Reel Sizes

  • Reel Diameter
  • 3″ Reel
  • 4″ Reel
  • 5″ Reel
  • 6″ Reel
  • 7″ Reel
  • Average Feet
  • 50 Feet
  • 100 Feet
  • 200 Feet
  • 300 Feet
  • 400 Feet

Pricing

Includes accurate frame by frame conversion to high quality digital video.

Silent Film to 2K HD 1920×1080 H.264 MP4$.30 per Foot
Sound Film to 2K HD 1920×1080 H.264 MP4$.60 per Foot
Silent Film to 4K UHD 3840×2160 H.265 MP4$.60 per Foot
Sound Film to 4K UHD 3840×2160 H.265 MP4$.90 per Foot
Optional Custom Editing
Remove Scenes, Combine Footage, Re-sequence Video
Varies by Complexity
Based on a $60 Hourly Rate

Do you splice together smaller films and combine them on larger reels?

No, we do not splice together and combine smaller reels which is the best method to preserve the original films and associated subject titles. We will label each individual reel of film to correlate with the digital files.

What video resolutions do you offer?

Our resolution options for film transfers are either 2K 1920×1080 HD or 4K 3840×2160 UHD.

Do you clean the films first and can you repair bad spices?

We carefully clean, lubricate, and repair splices before transfer. Properly cleaning the film greatly reduces debris artifacts for a cleaner output. Film leader is added as needed to ensure every frame of film is captured.

Is the transfer process safe or is there risk of damaging my films?

We use transfer equipment that is very gentle on your film and does not use sprockets or claws to advance the film during transfer. Each frame is over-scanned using a high bit sensor to capture the entire frame, including sprocket holes. Custom cropping is then done on every section of film with software developed by Memories Renewed, resulting in an accurate full frame archival quality capture.

My films have a strong smell like vinegar? Are they still good?

The smell of vinegar is known as vinegar syndrome or more technically acetate base breakdown, so the smell is acetic acid being emitted from the breakdown.  Once this process begins, it can accelerate rather quickly especially if stored in sealed containers.  It may not be too late and in this case we highly recommend digitizing before the film breaks down and becomes too brittle.

Why should I choose you over another company?

We are a dedicated team of 9 employees who take great pride in our custom work, and the reviews by our past clients speak for themselves.  We have been in business since 2005, and our focus on accuracy and quality results has always been our top priority.  We are proud of our custom quality methods and personalized customer service.

Samples

Regular 8mm with Sprocket Holes

Regular 8mm with Black Borders

16mm Full Frame

16mm Black Borders