8mm / 16mm Film Transfer to Digital

Memories Renewed provides professional film transfer services of both silent and sound film in regular 8mm, Super 8, 16mm, and 9.5mm to preserve films of the past to be enjoyed in today’s digital age.

All work is processed at our studio in Fridley, Minnesota

We offer both local in-person service and nationwide mail order.

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. We are proud of our 5 star reviews!

Frame by Frame Digitization

film transfer

We offer either 2K HD 1920 x 1080 or 4K UHD 3840 x 2160 resolution conversion to digital using custom digitization 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.

Professional Handling

film reels

We 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 to the original reels and not spliced together to a larger reel as many other transfer companies will do.

Cleaning and Preparation

film reels

We carefully clean and lubricate film 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 and any damaged splices are repaired.

Custom Organization

film reels

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

film reels
film reels

Acetate Base Breakdown

Don’t wait until it’s too late to transfer your films! They can and do deteriorate, especially if stored in sealed metal canisters in a humid environment and once the film becomes too curled or brittle it cannot be preserved. The smell of vinegar is a sign of deterioration from the release of acetic acid during breakdown, commonly referred to as vinegar syndrome.

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.

Film Digitization Equipment

Film Transfer Samples

Regular 8mm with Sprocket Holes

Regular 8mm with Black Borders

16mm Full Frame

16mm Black Borders

Why should I choose you over another company?

We are a dedicated team of 10 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.

What formats of film reels do you transfer?

We specialize in converting regular 8mm, Super 8, 9.5mm and 16mm film formats including sound films, if applicable.

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 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.

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.

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