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|Film Questions and Answers
|What do you transfer?
We transfer motion picture film. We specialize in Regular 8, Super 8mm,
16mm & 35mm film formats. If you are uncertain of what you have, confirm it
is on a round 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 permission from the copyright holder.
Do you transfer Digital8, Hi8, Video8 tapes or VHS?
No, we do not transfer 8mm digital tapes, Sony Hi8, 8mm analog videotape
or VHS. We concentrate solely on motion picture film. It is all we do, and is
why you can expect the best film transfer from MyMovieTransfer.com.
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 8 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 8 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 for the other film format. 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
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 was 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.
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.
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 chronological 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, going back & forth between Regular 8 & 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 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. 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 guidelines we can not guarantee the film will be transferred in sequence.
How do you return my original film?
We return your reels spliced together on larger archive reels with a 7-inch (projects < 400 feet) or
13-inch (projects > 400 feet) 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 long term film storage. On the archive reel film is not
tightly wound around such a small radius (which becomes curled over time), rather it lies in a more
natural, flatter state. The archive reel 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.