|My 8mm film reels are larger than 3 inches, but not full. How do I determine how much film is on the reel?
There are three ways to handle this.
First, you may be lucky to have a film reel that has length markings already. These markings usually appear on one side of the reel on a spoke. You may have to look closely at both sides of the film reel and at each spoke for the correct markings. Length may be measured in m (meters) and ft (feet). They may also have time markings. We would be looking at the length in feet. The foot lengths are in increments of 50 feet (because the larger reels were assembled from 50 foot reels, which is what our pricing discounts are based upon). Then, in order to determine how many reels for pricing this would be, simply divide by 50. For example 400 feet of film divided by 50 feet = 8 fifty foot units for pricing.
Second, measure the diameter of the film on the reel - not the reel itself, but from one end, over the center to the other end. Then compare it to the film length chart located on the Pricing Page. If you would like to know the actual math, the first 3 inches would be 50 feet, the 4th inch would be an additional 50 feet, then for every inch greater than 4, add 100 feet.
Third, call us with any questions or concerns, toll free at 1-800-865-7172. One of our experienced staff members is always glad to help calculate your order and discuss the particulars with you.
What if I overestimate how much film I have or pay too much?
No problem. We can let you know when your film arrives. We will either send a refund check for any difference with your order or apply it to additional copies if you like. We let you decide.
How should I organize my films before sending them to be transferred?
Please..... Number the film reels and boxes in ascending order (1,2,3,4,5.....) with a pen or marker.
Start with the oldest films first and continue in chronoligical order to the newest films.
Please..... Only use whole numbers starting at one... Don't use fractions, decimals, letters, or dates in your sequence.
Please......Never mix film formats, for example going back and forth between Regular8 and Super 8 film.
All Regular 8mm film should be first in your sequence and then continue the sequence with your super 8 film.
Please......Cover any hand written numbers on the film reel or box that could disrupt the transfer sequence.
Please......Do not use post it notes on the film reels or boxes, they will fall off and disrupt the film transfer sequence.
Please......Do not include any unprocessed film. This means any film that has not been sent to and developed by a
chemical laboratory. Since we are not a chemical lab, we will not be able to transfer unprocessed film. Unlike
underexposed film, unprocessed film is completely dark and opaque when held up to the light. If all of your film
is black or dark brown, and if light does not pass through it, then it is likely that your film is unprocessed.
If you do not follow the above guidelines we can not guarantee that you film will be transferred in sequence.
How do you return my original film?
We return your reels spliced together on larger reels with a 7 or 13 inch diameter. We do not charge extra for this. Nor do we cut your film. It is merely spliced together with a small amount of leader between reel segments, acting as a chapter reference. This is far better for film safety, as the film is not tightly wound around such a small radius (which becomes curled over time), rather it lies in a more natural, flatter state. Also, this is better for long term film storage, and takes up far less space than dozens of small reels. There is a $5 charge per reel if you would like us to return the film on your original reels.
Can I get my original film reels and boxes returned?
All empty reels and film boxes are returned with you finished film transfer.
|DOWNLOAD a full resolution 64 Mb/s ProRes file by:
Right clicking an image below & selecting "save link as" or "save target as" etc.
The files are about 26-42 MB each so it will take some time to download.
QuickTime is needed to view the files.
|Standard Definition Pricing Steps 1+2= Your Total. No hidden or extra charges!
Please scroll down for specifications, examples & options.
|All basic film repair, splicing & cleaning is included.
1% of film transfer orders contain film that has excessive splice failures, an additional charge may apply.
Standard Definition transfers can be delivered on Hard Drives, Normal playable DVDs, & Data DVDs..
If the client purchases a USB portable hard drive he can edit the film transfer and burn DVDs from the
.mov files using his computer with appropriate editing and DVD burning software.
Video is delivered as: 720x480i (640x480 square pixels), interlaced without pulldown (i.e. 18fps film has an 18fps file), Sound film does contain pulldown. 4:2:2 color
Professional Super 8 or 16mm color negative film, must add 10% for transfer.
|16mm Full Resolution (720x480i) examples captured from the USB portable hard drive.|
|Domestic Flat Rate Return Shipping Just $15.00
Sent via FedEx Ground with Tracking Number
Alaska, Hawaii & International sent by US Postal Service
|USB portable hard drives for
ProRes 422 HQ .mov files. (20-30GB per hour)
500GB: $135 - 1TB: $175
Client supplied USB hard drive data loading fee: $50
|Standard Definition Pricing|
|Additional Standard Definition information:|
|16mm film transfer
Silent film: $0.15 per foot
Sound film: $0.17 per foot
Composite optical or magnetic sound track.
|Additional General Information:|
|16mm full coat audio is 15 cents per foot for transfer.
Canadian clients please note that return shipping is at cost + $5 (minimum $15 return shipping charge).
Your small individual reels are combined onto a 13" archive reel, providing long-term storage & film safety.
If you ordered your film transfer on a hard drive, you should back up the data onto a second hard drive immediately upon receipt of the hard drive. Debenham Media Group only guarantees data on the drives purchased from MyMovieTransfer.com upon receipt and immediate backup. After receipt and immediate backup the hard drive, the only warranty of the hard drive is from the manufacturer of the hard drive.
Debenham Media Group does not warrant data on client supplied drives in any way at all. Use of a client supplied drive is at the sole risk of the client.
Data DVDs should also be backed up immediately upon receipt.
|1. Film Transfer Cost|
|2. Recording Media & Return Shipping|
|Standard Definition Information
ProRes 422 HQ files
| The goal of the Standard Definition QuickTime ProRes 422 HQ transfer is to deliver:
Images with better sharpness.
Images with deeper more accurate color (10 bit, 4:2:2 color space)
Images with slight grain and noise reduction
Images with improved exposure and color correction when possible.
Images that are substantially better than competing companies.
The Standard Definition ProRes 40-60 Mb/s .mov files on a USB hard drive:
Work with higher end software and most consumer software.
Contain visually lossless compression & data rates that are easier to use.
Can be used to make custom DVDs.
Work with PCs or Macs.
Provide much better image quality than 25 Mb/s .avi, DV, MPEG-2 & H.264 files
Questions? Call 1-800-865-7172 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
|How is the Pro Res 422 HQ Standard Definition film transfer delivered to me?
Transfers are delivered on a USB portable hard drive (very strongly recommended).
Data DVDs (optional) are available at $20 each and hold up to 200 feet of film.
Playable DVDs are available at $20 each and hold 1 hour of film (750 feet).
Additional DVD copies are just $10 per DVD
1 Hour of film requires 20-30GB using industry standard ProRes 422 HQ .mov files
Files are 1-12 GB in size and are easy to work with.
Pro Res 422 HQ .mov files work with editing software including: Final Cut, iMovie,
Sony Vegas Pro, Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD ($44.95), Magix,
Adobe Premiere, Media Composer, Lightworks, Edius, Corel Video Studio Pro, etc.
We recommend Corel Video Studio Pro, for PC users it is easy to use and
is FREE during the 30 fully functional trial or around $50 to buy.
Quicktime, a free program, is required to view the ProRes .mov files.
Pro Res 422 HQ Example files
|High Quality standard definition film transfers
delivered on Hard Drive & DVD
|8 & 16mm Film
Reel Size Guide:
Reel Diameter Film Length
3 inch 50 Feet
3.5 or 4 Inch 100 Feet
5 Inch 200 Feet
6 Inch 300 Feet
7 Inch 400 Feet
9 Inch 600 Feet
10 Inch 800 Feet
12 Inch 1200 Feet
14 Inch 1600 Feet
If your reel is not full, please estimate the length based on the above diameters. All overpayments are refunded!
1 hour of 8mm-Super 8 film is 750 feet or 15 fifty foot reels
1 hour of silent 16mm film is about 1600 feet.
1 hour of sound 16mm film is about 2160 feet.
|Options and upgrades for your film transfer...
Click on the graphics below for more details.
|8mm & Super 8 Film Discount chart
Total Number of 50 foot reels or units:
1-8 ...............$19 per reel Base Price
9-16 .............$18 per reel Save 5%
17-28............$16 per reel Save 15%
29-36............$15 per reel Save 21%
37-46............$14 per reel Save 26%
47-63............$13 per reel Save 31%
64-79.......$12.50 per reel Save 34%
80+..........$11.85 per reel Save 37%
Regular 8 or Super 8 sound add $4 per 50' reel
|ProRes 422 HQ files are delivered on USB hard drive.
Playable DVDs are $20 each & hold 1 hour of film.
Data DVDs are $20 each & hold 200 feet of film
|MyMovieTransfer.com is the Consumer Division of Debenham Media Group. Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Debenham Media Group has been providing, motion picture film and broadcast video services since 1987.
The goal of MyMovieTransfer.com is simply to make great pictures, providing the best transfer available! We transfer all film on Rank Cintel Turbo II Telecines with MetaSpeed and Digital Deflection System - the same equipment used for Hollywood features!
We also understand, that in many cases, you will be editing your films on your PC or Mac, and may choose to do your own additional color correction, requiring as much of the original film detail and digital data as possible to be present.
High standards & quality control are just the beginning of our core work ethic. We adhere to strict broadcast standards. Being part of an existing production facility and studio, our staff is intimately familiar with broadcast and production. Our 35mm film commercials were viewed by over 1 million people each week -- consistently for over 10 years!
At MyMovieTransfer.com, we know your home movies are priceless and that you may have concerns about shipping your films. We have found that there is virtually no risk in sending your films. Our client base is broad, spanning all 50 United States, North & South America and Europe. We recommend using a carrier such as FedEx, UPS. You will be able to track the shipment and always know the location of your films. Some clients prefer to overnight their films. We are always happy to inform you when your film arrives.
You will find absolutely NO pushy sales people here. We are just a group of people who really love making great pictures! Don't just take my word for it, read what some of our clients have to say.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss your project, we would be happy to talk with you.
Please give us a call at 1-800-865-7172.
Thank you for your interest in MyMovieTransfer.com.
Founder & President
Debenham Media Group
416 Mill Street
Coraopolis, PA 15108
1-800-865-7172 Toll Free
1-412-264-2526 Direct Line
|What exactly does MyMovieTransfer.com offer?
We offer a 100% digital, state of the art, motion picture film transfer on highly modified Rank Cintel Turbo scanners, to Hard Drive, and DVD.
What kind of turnaround time can I expect?
You can expect a realistic turnaround time of two to three weeks, or less from when we receive your film, depending on the current workload. In some cases, film orders are transferred the same day they arrive. Call 1-800-865-7172 for our current turnaround time.
Do you offer Rush Service?
Yes. If you need your order immediately, all you have to do is let us know when it will arrive and we will assign your order a priority status, with a turnaround time of 3-4 days business days in studio. A nominal fee will be applied -- either $50 or 10%, whichever is greater.
Please Note: If you require Overnight Shipping, an additional shipping premium will also apply. This will be determined by a national carrier such as FedEx. You can supply a prepaid airbill, or use your FedEx or UPS shipping account number for overnight or express shipping.
Who are you?
MyMovieTransfer.com is the Consumer Division of Debenham Media Group, a professional production facility, specializing in broadcast video and motion picture film, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Read More About MyMovieTransfer.com.
How long has your company been around?
Over 24 years. And growing every year! We recently made an addition to our facility to accommodate growth. We intend to be around for some time to come.
How do I make payment?
We prefer payment by check with your order. We do accept Visa, MasterCard & Discover. We do not invoice. This is how we keep our costs down and pass the savings onto our customers like you. Checks should be made payable to: DMG. International customers must contact us prior to payment and make funds available in USD.
Do you guarantee your work?
Yes we do, 100%! If there is any defect or issue with media you receive, let us know immediately. We will do what is necessary to correct any issue on our part. We cannot guarantee image quality when the defect exists on the film.
What level of quality can I expect?
High quality! We provide a state of the art, 100% digital film transfer, using the same scanners Hollywood uses for their films. Read about the differences, and what makes MyMovieTransfer.com the Best, find more detail on Our Scanning Process and our High Definition DMG Color Corrector.
What makes MyMovieTransfer.com better than the other sites I see?
We transfer all film on Rank Cintel Turbo Scanners. These are what Hollywood uses. You will not find a projector and camera set-up here.
What are your business hours?
Our administrative hours are Monday thru Friday, 9:45 am to 7:00 pm Eastern Time. Calls and E-Mails are also answered and returned in the evening and over the weekend (hours vary depending on the current work log). We make every effort to answer each line personally, however from time to time our call volume is high and you may receive our voice mail. Please leave a detailed message and we will return your call.
Are you the cheapest?
No. But we are not the most expensive either. For the quality we provide, we are the best solution.
How do I order/ send my film?
Simply Print the Order Form, Complete the information required, enclose a check for the total amount made out to: DMG. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call us toll free at 1-800-865-7172. We are here to help. For details on packing you film, please see our Shipping Q&A.
Will you edit?
We will transfer your film in any order you provide. If you like, we can remove most black segments. We do not edit your transfer for content. We feel those decisions should be left in your control.
How do I edit?
Please see our editing page.
What should I be most concerned about?
Even if you choose another transfer site, avoid having a transfer done by someone operating out of their basement or garage, or a company that will outsource your film to an unknown provider.
|Is it safe to send my films?
Over the years FedEx has proven to be a reliable shipper. If you are concerned about the return shipping of your films, we suggest two options:
1. Always select the "Signature Required" option on the order form. With this service, your film and media will not
be left without a person present at the physical address to receive and sign for your shipment(s).
2. Have us ship all of your digital media first, and we'll wait for you to confirm its arrival before we ship your film.
If you decide to take this option, you would have to pay two flat rate shipping charges.
How should I send my films?
We recommend using a national, insurable carrier such as FedEx or UPS. You are able to track your films and
always know their location.
Is there anything special I should do when packing my films?
Film can be durable, but we don't want to take any chances. If your film is in boxes, small plastic snap covers or cans, we recommend taping them closed, so they do not open during shipping. Make sure to number them with a permanent marker in the order you would like them to be transferred. If there is no desired sequence, place your film in small plastic bags or envelopes and tape them closed.
You will want to select a box for shipping that your films will fit snugly into, without a lot of room to jostle around. Add packing material (bubble wrap or newspaper work best) in any open areas, to give the box stability. Don't forget to include your order form and check. Use packing tape to securely close the box.
If you are sending your film by FedEx overnight delivery, please note that the studio opens at 9:30am. Use FedEx "Priority Overnight" or FedEx "Standard Overnight" for overnight delivery.
Do not send packages by "FedEx First Overnight" because FedEx will attmpt to deliver the film at 8am and this will delay your delivery.
Will you let me know when my film arrives?
Yes. You will receive an email letting you know when we receive them, or a telephone call if you prefer.
Will you let me know when my transfer is finished?
Yes. You will be notified by email when your transfer is complete, along with your tracking number if shipping by FedEx.
How are my films and digital media shipped back to me?
We have a domestic Flat Shipping Rate of just $15. If you have 35mm film, the shipping rates vary based on the amount of film. Your original film and media are individually wrapped, then placed in a shipping box. Our shipping boxes also make a great storage device for your film.
Most orders are sent via FedEx Ground, with Online Tracking ID. Smaller Orders (depending upon weight) will be sent via
US Postal Service Priority Mail with Delivery Confirmation.
Canadian orders are sent by United States Postal Service / Canada Post at Cost + $5 ($15 minimum total shipping charge).
If you would like a Signature Required for your delivery, simply check the line on the Order Form and add an additional
$7.50 for the service. With this service, your film and media will not be left without a person present at the physical address
to receive and sign for your shipment(s).
Can you overnight my films?
Yes. If you require Express or Overnight Shipping, please call 1-800-865-7172 for an appropriate quote.
I have a shipping account. Can I use my shipping number?
Yes. If you supply us with an addressed prepaid air bill for your FedEx or UPS account number, we will gladly ship your package
by Express or Overnight delivery. A $5 packing fee will be added to your order total. We will not ship by ground service using
a client account number.
|Frequently Asked Questions (General)|
|Frequently Asked Questions (Shipping)|
|Frequently Asked Questions (Film)|
|What do you transfer?
We transfer motion picture film. We specialize in Regular 8, Super 8mm, 16mm & 35mm motion picture film formats.
If you are uncertain of what you have,confirm it is on a reel, and look to see if it has sprocket holes (small holes along the edge of the film). If it is on a reel with sprocket holes then we can transfer it.
We do not transfer copyrighted films, unless you're the copyright holder or have written permisison from the copyright holder.
Do you transfer Digital8, Hi8, Video8 tapes, VHS, Slides?
No, unfortunately we do not transfer 8mm digital tapes, Sony Hi8, 8mm analog, VHS or Slides. We concentrate solely on motion picture film. It is all we do, which is how we became the best.
How safe are my films?
Very safe, because they are priceless! We treat your film just like a new 35mm Hollywood print or historical film archive.
When your films arrive, your order is checked in by an experienced staff member, and placed in a work bin solely for you. Everything pertaining to your film transfer order is labeled and remains together at all times from arrival, through transfer, until it is carefully packaged and shipped back to you. We have never lost or misplaced an order.
How can I tell the difference between Regular 8mm and Super 8mm film?
There are a few ways to tell the difference. The easiest is by looking at the sprocket holes. If you have both formats, look at them together, side by side (either the film or the leader). Super 8mm film will have much smaller sprocket holes.
Sometimes you may not need to be concerned with this question. It is very common that only one format was shot as a different camera would have been required. Also, if there is not a particular sequence you would like your films transferred, you would not need to be overly concerned with this. We can separate your film and let you know how much you have of each. Here is a link showing pictures of different film formats.
The 3 inch box of my Regular 8mm film says 25 feet. Where does the 50 feet come from?
Yes, that little box does create some confusion. However it refers to the film when it was originally purchased. (See Illustration)
Before your 8mm film was shot (exposed) in the camera, it was 25 feet of 16mm, or Dual 8mm Film. The unexposed film reel would have been inserted into the camera, then shot, exposing one side of 25 feet. Once it ran through, it was turned around to run through a second time, exposing the other side of the 25 feet. Remember listening to audio cassettes? It's the same idea.
When the film was processed (developed), it was cut down the center and the ends spliced together, making it 50 feet long.
|Important Note: Not all film can be color corrected to this degree. Initial camera settings, lighting, filter, skill of the camera operator & storage conditions can have a major effect on your film transfer.|