Cleaning 8mm Film
As ciné film ages, it can become dry, brittle and sometimes smell slightly vinegary as a result of degradation. There is, however, still a chance of saving your footage and transferring your 8mm ciné film to digital and DVD. Before converting the film to digital, it is essential to deep clean ciné film using a two pass wet/dry method – we use specialist cleaning fluid, lint free cloths and compressed air. This removes any mould, dirt and smudges, giving your film a freshly polished appearance. At EachMoment, every single tape, photo or ciné film is assessed and cleaned on a case by case basis using bespoke tape cleaning methods.
When converting ciné film to digital and DVD, it’s essential to use regularly-serviced, broadcast-quality digital telecine equipment or frame scanners – depending on the type of film. Domestic standard scanners are available to buy, however, our customers sometimes recall becoming frustrated with the process if they are not seasoned digitisers, nor is the equipment cheap. It’s not worth putting your precious memories in jeopardy and having a scanner chew up your tapes if you’re a beginner when it comes to ciné film digitisation.
Editing and post-processing
Once digitised, the digital file can now be edited to bring the ciné film footage to modern standards. Some editing can be undertaken during the scanning process: each individual frame is scanned at a high resolution and provides the option of removing sprocket holes and spaces between frames. The scanner’s software then re-assembles the frames into a continuous film, removing flickering and leaving you with a more seamless viewing experience. Some people prefer the retro feel of including the sprocket holes and frame edges, in which case no editing is required.
Ciné films are especially vulnerable to discolouration. After the film has been captured as a digital file, we use various software programmes to correct the colour away from the magenta end of the spectrum commonly associated with old film. Brightness adjustments and enhancements are accordingly applied as the film is captured or in post-processing, and resizers and filters are algorithmically applied to remove artefacts.
Why wait? Convert your ciné film to digital now!
Once these steps are complete, your ciné film is fully converted to digital and DVD, giving your footage a new lease of life. It’s now time to relive your newly restored footage. Preserving your precious memories and gifting an EachMoment Memory Box to a friend or family member is an especially touching way to remind those closest to you how much you care about them. Whether it be a birthday, Valentine’s Day or Mother’s or Father’s Day, the memories enclosed in an EachMoment Memory Box always make the most thoughtful gift.