8mm / 16mm HD Film Scanning Services
Memories Renewed provides professional HD film transfers for both silent and sound home movies in Regular 8mm, Super 8mm, 16mm, and 9.5mm formats to preserve your home movies of the past so they can be enjoyed in today’s digital age! We provide film scanning in 2K HD and future-proof film scanning in 4K UHD!
QUALITY IS OUR FOCUS
We are a team of digital archivists preserving memories since 2005. Our top priority is quality which includes custom editing and organization with quality assurance review in every step of our process. All work is processed at our studio in Minnesota. We are proud of our 5 star reviews!
Frame by Frame Digitization
We offer either 2K HD 1920 x 1080 or 4K UHD 3840 x 2160 film scanning using custom digitization equipment that is very gentle on your home movies. Our HD film transfer equipment does not use sprockets or claws to advance the film during scanning. Each frame is over-scanned using a high bit sensor to capture the entire frame, including the sprocket holes, and then custom cropped to the edges.
We inspect and sort your film reels upon receiving and will label each reel with a numbering sequence. Each reel is scanned 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 to the original reels and not spliced together to a larger reel as many other scanning companies will do.
Cleaning and Preparation
We carefully clean and lubricate film before scanning. 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 and any damaged splices are repaired.
We custom title the filename for each film reel with date or subject descriptions available on a case and/or use a numbering system to correlate the tapes with the digital video files. You can also rename or rearrange the digital video files you will receive.
Film Reel Size Guide
3″ Film Reel = 50 Feet
4″ Film Reel = 100 Feet
5″ Film Reel = 200 Feet
6″ Film Reel = 300 Feet
7″ Film Reel = 400 Feet
Custom Digital Output
The digital video files are custom titled with a file for each film and output to an appropriately sized USB flash drive and/or a digital download link.
What formats of film reels do you scan?
We specialize in converting home movies on regular 8mm, Super 8, 9.5mm, and 16mm film formats, including sound films, if applicable.
What video resolutions do you offer?
Our resolution options for film transfers are either 2K 1920×1080 HD or 4K 3840×2160 UHD.
2K or 4K: Which resolution should I choose?
Transferring home movie films to 2K resolution is considered high definition and works with all current devices and software. However, 4K transfers (also known as ultra-high definition) are becoming the new standard for high definition as seen in the increased sales of 4K smart TVs and computer monitors. Choosing 4K is an excellent choice for those who want to keep their formats as current as possible and future-proof them now as films continue to deteriorate in time.
What digital format do you output film transfers?
The 2K resolution transfers are H.264 MP4. The 4K resolution files are H.265 MP4. We can also output to ProRes by request.
How large are the video files that are produced?
The 2K resolution transfers average about 1.2 GB per 100 feet. The 4K resolution transfers average about 2.3 GB per 100 feet. If you choose 4K we also output in 2K, for a total average of 3.5 GB per 100 feet.
How are the digital files returned to me?
We output your digital files to either an appropriately sized USB flash drive and/or a digital download link via Dropbox.
Can you make DVDs or Blu-ray discs of my film reels?
We convert films to MP4 digital files for output via USB drive or download primarily, and only offer DVDs as an output option by special request. Blu-ray discs are not offered. The digital files offer much greater overall flexibility than physical discs, which are becoming obsolete as multimedia technology advances. The video resolution of the MP4 files are also greater than the limitation of DVD resolution.
Do you clean the films first and can you repair bad splices?
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.
I have Kodachrome boxes that say 25 feet and “double eight.” What does that mean?
This is referring to regular 8mm film format which was first introduced in 1932 as a more portable alternative to 16mm. The film stock was a 16mm double perforated roll 25 feet long which was exposed on one side, then flipped to expose the other side, then split and spliced together for a total of 50 feet of 8mm wide film, which at 16 frames per second runs about 4 minutes of footage. (more info)
Do you splice together smaller films and combine them on larger reels?
We do not splice together and combine smaller reels like many other companies often do. Transferring them separately 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. Once the films are digital, the videos can be merged together with video editing software, if desired.
Is the scanning process safe or is there risk of damaging my films?
We use scanning equipment that is very gentle on your film and does not use sprockets or claws to advance the film during scanning. 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.
Do you process undeveloped films?
No, we do not process undeveloped films. If your film is in a black cartridge/canister, then it is likely undeveloped and should be sent to a film processing service. Once the film is developed, we can digitize it for you. You can send your undeveloped films to companies like Film Rescue International or Pro8mm.
Why do 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. The smell is acetic acid being emitted from the breakdown of the film. 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 further and becomes too brittle for transfer.
What film scanners do you use?
We use upgraded Retro Universal Mark I units for film scanning to 2K 1920×1080 HD or for film scanning to 4K 3840×2160 UHD. See below for more information.
Film Digitization Equipment
Memories Renewed uses film digitization equipment originally created by MovieStuff LLC. However, we took our RetroScan Universal Mark I units to the next level and modified them. The camera sensors have been upgraded to 4K and the camera mounts have been changed to motorized mounts, allowing us to move the cameras into precise position that ensures every frame is in focus during capture. Once your film has been digitized, we use our own custom built software to custom crop and stabilize your films.