Wow! What an honor! Memories Renewed was chosen by The Wirecutter as the best option for most people looking to get their collection scanned. It truly is an honor because there is a sea of options available when choosing a service.
Your photos and videos are important! We strive to do our best to provide you with an affordable yet personalized service. We’ve found that a one size fits all package deal does not jive with the variety of projects and does not meet the specific needs for most people. We don’t require payment upfront; every project is different! We will give you an initial quote, digitize your materials and charge you for only the work done. Simple!
Thanks again to The Wirecutter and to all our customers over the years!
Memories Renewed is happy to announce that we now offer 16mm film transfer services!
We have recently acquired the professional 16mm version of equipment that we currently use for our 8mm and Super 8 film transfer service. The equipment was originally designed for the Academy of Motion Picture Film Archives in Hollywood. It is very gentle on your film and does not use sprockets or claws to advance the film during transfer. Each frame of film is scanned using a high bit sensor to capture each image with accurate color and no vignetting on the edges of the frame.
With this new state of the art equipment, we can now digitize a wide variety of new formats of film, including regular 16mm, super 16mm, double or single perforation 16mm film with optical sound. Current pricing and more information can be found here.
Transfer film to Digital
First, you need to get your 8mm film digitized frame by frame. Most equipment to do this yourself is expensive and still requires you to invest in other materials needed to clean and repair bad splices. We recommend hiring a professional that can do this task for you. Be sure to ask for an image of each frame on a hard drive or other media along with your video files. Not only does this allow for you to post a single frame to share and make GIFs with, but you can also import the sequence of images into an NLE video editing software package without worrying about video codecs in the future.
Image Editing Software
You’ll need some photo editing software to create your GIFs with. GIMP aka GNU Image Manipulation Program is a great program for this task. It’s open-source, free and available for Windows, Mac OS and Linux.
Import a Sequence
Once you have GIMP downloaded and installed, you’ll want to open the series of frames, each as a separate layer. To do this, Choose ‘File->Open As Layers’ and highlight the sequence of images you’d like to create an animation from. 20-100 images will do. The images you have selected should be added to the layers window.
Create Animated GIF
Now you should crop the area of the frame that has the subject you wish to animate. Be sure to accommodate for any movement that happens during the full animation and include that in the area that you crop. Use the Rectangle Select Tool to select the area and choose ‘Image->Crop to Selection’.
Animated GIFs are basically a series of images, and you don’t want the file size to get too large, so you should now scale the image down by choosing ‘Image->Scale Image’. A good size for a GIF is about 200-300 pixels wide.
At this point you can preview your animation by choosing ‘Filters->Animation->Playback’. In the bottom left corner of the window you can change the preview FPS. I recommend using 15 FPS as the preview speed, it’s the closest option to either 16 FPS or 18 FPS.
Save the GIF
You’ve got a sequence of images cropped, scaled, and previewed and it all looks good but before exporting the GIF, you should optimize the animation for GIF. The helps keep the file size down even more. To do this, choose ‘Filters->Animation->Optimize (For GIF)’.
Next choose ‘File->Export’ and enter in the file name and location to save your GIF and click Export. Check the ‘As Animation’ option and you will be presented with the GIF Animation options.
You’ll need to enter in a delay between each frame. If you are working with Regular 8mm film, it was most likely shot at 16 FPS so the delay would be about 62.5 milliseconds. If you have Super 8mm film, it was most likely shot at 18 FPS so the delay would be about 55.5 milliseconds. 1000/16 = 62.5 or 1000/18 = 55.5. Check the ‘Use delay entered above for all frames’ option and then click on Export and your GIF animation will be saved. Hurray!
Share your GIF on Social Media
Unfortunately, Facebook doesn’t support GIFs, but others such as Google+ does. One way to get around the limitation on Facebook is to place your GIF on a file sharing site, such as Google Drive. You can open up permissions to allow anyone with the link to view the GIF and then share that link on Facebook.
Good luck and Happy Throwback Thursday GIF-ing!
You know that box in the closet, the one that contains irreplaceable and priceless memories. It’s time to crack open that box and rediscover hidden memories by converting to digital media! There a number of reasons to do so, and here are the main two.
Preserve Memories for the Future
Protect irreplaceable memories from unforeseen natural disaster by backing up to digital and creating multiple copies for family members. This greatly reduces the risk of loss or damage to the original media. Digitizing also stops the aging process of media and with various software techniques greatly improve the existing quality. The future is digital and bringing the past into the present is essential for preserving family history that may otherwise be lost in time.
Enjoy the Memories Now
There are far more ways today to enjoy viewing pictures and video of days gone by than ever before. If everyone has their own copy of photos and video then they can enjoy them in their own way. Share images and video online with social media, create photo books, load images on a digital photo frame, or view anytime on your mobile device or tablet. You can’t do any of that when your old media is sitting in a box in the basement or attic.