Smartphones have made recording, sharing, and reliving recent family memories easier and more popular than ever before, however, everything is relative. During the Great Depression when Kodak introduced 8mm film, this cost-effective, easier to use alternative to 16mm film sparked a home moviemaking craze. Likewise, this happened again when Super 8mm film was introduced in 1965, although on a much grander scale. Regardless of the format, old movies depict fascinating images of rural, suburban, and big city life in America, thereby providing visually-rich insights into life in the 20th century. This is true even if they were taken by amateur filmmaking enthusiasts.
Vintage home movies provide a window into cultural and family history, but they can deteriorate and don’t serve any purpose if you can’t watch them. Under typical conditions, instability and general chemical breakdown is inevitable within 20 years or less. Too often, improper storage causes serious damage that may be fixable, but at an additional cost if full restoration is required. That’s the main reason why it’s important to convert old film reels to digital sooner rather than later.
If you discovered a stack of old movies but don’t own a working projector, it’s still possible to enjoy them with family and friends. At ScanDigital, we have an impressive variety of projectors needed to capture and convert film reels to digital, as long as the reels measure between 3” and 14” in diameter. While we can digitize any silent movie reel and Super 8 format with sound, we aren’t able to add or edit sound when we convert them. Just tell us how many of each size reel you wish to transfer, start packing, send them, and we’ll take care of the rest. Our expert technicians can transfer film reel to digital files in any of the following film formats:
When doing your final check out, you'll be able to select whether you want Ground or Express round-trip shipping as well as the format for your digitized media (flash drive or hard drive). After receiving your order we will send your Secure Shipping Kit, you pack it and return it to us, and the movie magic begins!
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SAFEST PROCESSING & CARE – We know these memories are priceless, so we built the world’s best scanning facility right in the heartland of America. From housing your order in barcoded containers to scanning all materials by hand, to recording on video the unpacking and packing of your order, your priceless materials receive the utmost care, just as if they were our own family memories.
CONCIERGE SERVICE – Our Indiana-based, on-site customer service team is ready to support you at every point. We pride ourselves in providing an outstanding customer experience and are privileged to be entrusted with customers’ memories.
QUALITY: Your tapes are digitized on professional grade equipment and reviewed by three technicians through our process. We deliver these high quality video files back to you on a USB drive or hard drive. You may choose our Expert Transfer option which works great for your editing work you may do.
TAPE T.L.C.: We inspect each tape and handle tape repairs as needed. Our team works to address tracking issues so that you get the best possible transfer.
UPDATES: Throughout the process, you receive e-mail updates when we receive your order, when processing begins, and when your order is completed and on its way back to you. From the moment the order leaves your hands to the moment it is returned, our Essential Tracker system knows exactly where your order is located.
USA: Your items are received and processed in our industry-leading facility in Fishers, Indiana, just north of Indianapolis. All of our employees work in this facility every day to ensure the best experience possible, seamless work and the highest quality service.