Get the Fastest 8mm Film to Digital Conversion with Capture

Capture is the premier choice for transferring 8mm film to digital downloads. Major retail brands, including Costco, Walmart, and CVS, trust us to handle their customers digitization needs.

Old film can deteriorate over time, potentially damaging your home movies and making them unviewable. It can be difficult to find equipment to play old films as it is often obsolete and no longer manufactured.

That's why we're dedicated to helping you preserve your old film formats before it's too late. In fact, we can digitize large numbers of videos and film reels in less than 30 days, including shipping, which is much faster than the industry average turnaround time of 70 days or more.

PLUS, with our exclusive partnership with Google Photos, you can have digital home movies auto-transferred in your Google Photos library, ensuring that your memories are organized and can be enjoyed forever.

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Why Should You Convert 8mm Film to Digital?

There are many reasons to use an 8 mm digital conversion service, including:

8mm film reels will wear out over time. So. transferring them into digital files with cloud storage will ensure your home movies are preserved for future generations.

By converting 8mm film you can protect your memories from floods, fires, theft, or natural disaster.

By converting 8mm to DVD, digital download, or USB thumb drive, you can easily rename, archive, and add additional information to your old home movies.

8mm film takes up much more space than DVDs, USB flash drives, or digital files that you can store on your computer, hard drive, or in the cloud using iCloud, Google Photos, or Dropbox.

As reel-to-reel projectors become more and more obsolete, it’s important to convert your 8mm film into a digital format so that future loved ones can cherish your movie reels.

By converting 8mm to digital you can ensure that all your friends, family, and loved ones can enjoy your old home movies without fighting over a single physical copy.

Using a digital file format, you can easily share your old film with anyone in the world instantly.

Using platforms like Google Photos, you can take advantage of search, archive, and reminder tools.

After digitizing your old films, you can use digital video editing software to improve the quality of old films or even create new and high-definition memories by combining old footage with new using a digital moviemaker tool.

What Options Exist to Convert 8mm Film to Digital?

There are several different choices when it comes to digitizing your Video 8 tapes, each offering its own set of pros and cons.

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Record While Playing

This is a simple method for digitizing 8mm film at home, which involves using a camera or camcorder to record the film as it plays through. You can then transfer the digital version from the camera to your computer.

However, this method does not produce high-quality results and can appear jittery due to the difference in frame rates - modern cameras capture film at 30 frames per second, while 8mm film only reaches about 16 frames per second.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Easy to do it yourself

Cons

  • Poor quality that looks jittery
  • Time-consuming because it converts at a normal playback speed
  • Must be quiet, clean, flat, and uninterrupted

Scan Frame-by-Frame

This method is more involved than simply recording while playing and will require a DSLR lens adapter to filter the light output from your projector.

By threading your film through, you can transfer video with a higher resolution than you would achieve with other DIY methods, but it risks damaging your original film.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Better Quality

Cons

  • Mediocre quality
  • Time-consuming because you must transfer frame-by-frame
  • Risk tearing your 8mm films during the process

Use an 8mm Film to Digital Converter

There are converters to turn your 8mm or Super 8 film reel into high-quality digital format, but they can be expensive with the most affordable options still costing around $150.

The options that produce the best results, like the Wolverine Data Film2Digital MovieMaker can cost $330 or more. The results will be superior to the other DIY methods but also require some technical knowledge.

Pros

  • Good quality results
  • Efficient

Cons

  • May require technical knowledge
  • Can be expensive
  • Can take time to master the color settings

Capture 8mm Transfer to Digital Service

We pride ourselves on being the best company to transfer Super 8 or 8mm film to digital downloads. We are fast, professional, and guarantee results or we will reprocess for free.

Pros

  • Affordable at $29.99 for the first 100 feet and only 20 cents for each foot after
  • Professional results and a commitment to the careful preservation of your memories
  • Fast process in less than 30 days compared with the industry average of 70+ days

Cons

  • You won’t get to go through your 8mm film reels yourself (until you see the digitized versions for yourself, of course!)

What Makes Capture the Best Choice to Convert 8mm Film to Digital?

100% Satisfaction Guaranteed

If you’re unhappy with the digital results, we’ll reprocess them for free.

State-of-the-Art Tracking and Security

24/7 tracking to see where your Video 8 tapes are located every step of the way.

Trusted by Top Retail brands

Exclusive partnerships with major brands like Costco, Walmart, Google Photos, CVS, and Sam’s Club.

Complementary Backup

We offer a complimentary 60-day backup of your digitized media, so your home movies are protected no matter what.

Auto Integration with Google Photos

Transfer your home movies automatically to Google Photos (we also help iCloud users to upload media to their accounts).

Sensitive Information Protection

Our secure system guarantees only customers have access to their memories.

The Fastest Turnaround Time

You will receive your digital copies within 30 days instead of the industry average of 70+ days.

Quality Care

We take great care in handling your Video 8 tapes because the memories they contain are priceless.

Media Repairs

We fix issues like broken cases and mild ribbon damage, as well as clean mold from videotapes.

How Capture Can Convert Super 8 to Digital Formats?

While your Super 8mm film format will not last forever, the memories, moments, and movies contained in them can be enjoyed for generations to come as a digital download, DVD copy, or USB thumb drive.

Our professional service can convert Super 8 films in less than 30 days in three simple steps:

Create your new order using the button below. Then, gather your Super 8 reels and any additional information you want to provide.
Send us your Super 8 movies from your local UPS store. To make it easy, you can add a shipping label during the Capture checkout process.
In less than 30 days, you will get your digital video files as well as your original Super 8 film format in the same condition (or better if the movie film required minor repairs or cleaning).

How Much Does It Cost to Convert 8mm Film to Digital?

How Much Does It Cost to Convert 8mm Film to Digital?

Capture can digitize 8mm film starting at $29.99 for the first 100 feet of Super 8 or 8mm film.

Then, we charge only 10 cents for each additional foot after the original 100 feet.

This affordable price also includes cleaning, splicing, enhanced colors, and scratch reduction as needed.

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Frequently Asked Questions

We can digitize 8mm film and Super 8mm film. We can also digitize 16mm film.
Yes! Capture has been an exclusive partner with Costco for over 15 years, providing this service to their members. Costco is known for offering a money-back guarantee for any issues with quality of service or product, and we are proud to support this guarantee as their exclusive partner. This demonstrates the high level of quality that we consistently provide.

While both 8mm and Super 8 film options are 8mm in width, the Super 8 offers a sharper picture and higher resolution. Super 8 also offers a larger frame size and was initially designed to accommodate audio movie film.

16mm film takes up more space but offers double the width of the film which allows for more detail.

You can digitize your own 8mm home movies, but it takes some practice and patience to achieve good quality when converting frame-by-frame. Another option is to buy and learn how to use an 8mm film-to-digital converter, but they can get expensive and are targeted toward a tech-savvy audience.
  1. Once we receive your 8mm film reels, we will carefully clean them, check for damage, and scan through the video.
  2. Then, we use professional-grade equipment to convert 8mm to digital format by hand.
  3. Before sending the original and digital format copies back to you, we inspect the color and quality and save a backup to ensure your memories are never lost and appear exactly as you remember them.

What Other Formats of Films Can Capture Preserve?

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Super 8mm Film Reel

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