About Pathé film

Pathé 9.5mm film, named after the French production company, is an amateur film format launched in the nineteen-twenties. Although a simple compatible camera was later released, Pathé 9.5mm film was initially created as a cheap method for reproducing commercially made films to be watched at home. To this extent, early Pathé formats pioneered home cinema entertainment. Pathéscope – the distributors of Pathé film, projectors and cameras – produced a large number of the most significant films of the early twentieth century including Mickey Mouse, Betty Boop, Laurel and Hardy, Charlie Chaplin and Metropolis, which were all available on 9.5 mm film. Of course, Pathé film is far removed from its videocassette and digital format successors, but there is no question of its influence on modern cinema and our modern ability to replicate film.

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There was once a time, not that long ago, when cine film formats like 9.5mm film were commonplace in schools, cinemas and the homes of anyone fortunate enough to own a projector. Now, as very few people own projectors and reels of obsolete Pathé film lay around slowly deteriorating as they collect dust and cobwebs in dark storage spaces. Cine film formats like those produced by Pathé were not built to last and are by no means immune to the tides of time. While there are ways to delay damage to your Pathé films, their eventual deterioration is inevitable – this can even be accelerated by playing them on a projector.

How can I preserve my Pathé films?

Fortunately, there is a solution that will protect and conserve any old memories that are buried in your decaying footage: converting Pathé 9.5mm film to digital and DVD. Not only does transferring your 9.5mm films to digital mean you can declutter by freeing up tonnes of space, at the same time you can feel safe and secure in the knowledge that your beloved memories will be protected for countless years to come. Conversion of 9.5mm film to digital and DVD allows you to view your Pathé film on your computer, laptop or  smartphone, meaning the quality of your footage will never deteriorate and you or your loved ones can take those memories along with you wherever you go!

The best way to convert Pathé film to digital and DVD?

Converting Pathé 9.5mm film to digital and DVD yourself can be a laborious process. Fiddling with expensive and often hard-to-come-by equipment is not how anyone wants to spend their free time. With EachMoment, we will remove all the stress from converting your 9.5mm film to digital and DVD yourself. It’s so easy to prevent time taking its toll and damaging your old footage and endangering precious memories. If you have any Pathé 9.5mm film, camcorder tapes or any old formats like VHS that you’d like preserved on DVD and digital which are accessible on your smartphone, TV and computer, we will collect your old photos and tapes from your doorstep, convert them to digital and DVD and return them to you in one of our Memory Boxes, ready to be gifted or kept personally for years to come.

Cleaning Pathé film

As Pathé 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 Pathé film to digital and DVD. Before converting the film to digital, it is essential to deep clean Pathé 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.

Equipment

When converting Pathé 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 Pathé film digitisation.

Editing and post-processing

Once digitised, the digital file can now be edited to bring the Pathé 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 like Pathé 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 artifacts.

Why wait? Convert your Pathé film to digital and DVD now!

Once these steps are complete, your Pathé 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 – converted from Pathé film, to digital and DVD – 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 inside an EachMoment Memory Box will always make the most thoughtful gift.

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