The majority of home movies were captured on Standard 8mm or Super 8mm film, a format that became very popular in the 1950's and 60's due to its relatively low cost when compared to 16mm film. Prior to 1965 all film was captured on Standard 8mm film having been created from existing 16mm stock and called Double 8mm film. We specialise in all film formats including 9.5mmMore ››
Many different video formats emerged following the demise of 8mm and 16mm film. Unfortunately the formulation used on magnetic tape also has a limited lifespan. Tapes can degrade in as little as 12 to 15 years. Our service includes transfer of Hi8, VHS, VHS-C, Video 8, Digital 8, U-Matic, Betacam SP and MicroMV.
Audio can be transferred from a variety of analogue sources, such as, Audio Cassette, Reel-to-Reel magnetic tape, DAT (Digital Audio Tape) Micro Cassette and Vinyl Records. The converted audio can be supplied on CD-ROM or MP3 for playback on all modern digital devices.
Many people involved with photography during the 1950's to 1980's often have large collections of 35mm slides or transparencies. As with most film the 35mm slides also have a limited life being subjected to humidity, temperature, chemical contamination, light and simply advancing years.
Conversion or transfer of Standard 8mm, Super 8mm, 9.5mm, Polavision and 16mm films to MP4, DVD or other digital format on USB
Photographic film is adversely affected by relative humidity, temperature, light, chemical contamination and of course the age of the film itself. The majority of Standard 8mm and 16mm film today is between 40 and 70 years old and in many cases in advanced stages of decomposition. This is often evident when the film starts producing a pungent vinegar like smell. Super 8mm film, introduced in 1965 and most film from that era is often still in very good transferable condition but will lose its colour and clarity as the years progress.
Converting your ageing movie film to DVD or other digital format such as MP4 halts this process, giving you the opportunity to pass these valuable memories on for the enjoyment of future generations. DVD is now considered to be old technology however we still convert to this format if required.
Mbproductions are Brisbane's leading film & video transfer provider, offering the highest quality service. While most of our clients have domestic home movie requirements, we also supply archival services to government and university departments. We also provide Brisbane's Channel 9 with digital content for special TV broadcast projects.
Our workflow consists of two main transfer methods, frame by frame scanning and a realtime telecine optical system. Frame scanning offers the very highest quality result but requires more post production work than the realtime optical transfer. Due to the extra processing, frame scanning costs a bit more, however the results are spectacular. Some film is suitable to be stabilised to help reduce hand held camera movement. This is a computer intensive process and the movement in most home movies falls outside of the softwares capability. Please ask if this is an important requirement and inspection of the film will determine suitability for stabilisation.
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Our digital conversion services encompass the transfer of a variety of different media that is becoming difficult or impossible to play if not converted to run on today's modern digital appliances.
All domestic film formats except 35mm
This includes 16mm, Regular 8mm, Super 8mm, 9.5mm and Polavision from Polaroid.
Most audio formats
Audio Cassette Tapes, Reel-to-reel magnetic tape, DAT (Digital Audio Tape) Micro cassette
You may wish to review your film collection before having them converted, especially if the collection is large and you are unsure of its content. Our projector will handle both Super 8mm and Regular 8mm silent films. This service is only available to Brisbane residents.
Most video formats including commercial tapes
VHS, VHS-C, Hi8, Video 8, Digital 8, miniDV, Betamax, MicroMV, Betacam SP and U-Matic tapes
35mm Slides and transparencies
Our scanning service includes 35mm slides, various negative or positive transparencies and photos
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DID YOU KNOW:
Standard 8 mm film, also known as Regular 8 mm film, Double 8 mm film, Double Regular 8 mm film, or simply as Standard-8 or Regular-8, is a film format originally developed by the Eastman Kodak company and released onto the market in 1932.
Eastman Kodak introduced 16 mm film in 1923 as a less expensive amateur alternative to 35 mm film. During the 1920s, the format was often referred to as sub-standard by the professional industry
9.5 mm film is an amateur film format introduced by Pathé Frères in 1922 as part of the Pathé Baby amateur film system. It was conceived initially as an inexpensive format to provide copies of commercially made films to home users, although a simple camera was released shortly afterwards. We can now provide frame by frame scanning of the 9.5mm format to HD files.
Polavision was an instant self developing movie camera system launched by Polaroid in 1977. The Polavision cartridge is a small rectangular box with the film reels self-contained, along with a small lens and prism for projection at an open gate. The film format was similar to the super 8mm format and cannot be viewed unless viewed in a Polavision viewer. The concept of instant developing of the film instead of having it sent away for processing was great. Image quality however was very poor compared to Kodak film and along with Polavisions late arrival to market eventually became a financial disaster for Polaroid.
Advancements in computer technology is opening up more processing capabilities to help extract better quality from film. Film emulsion is generally quite grainy however back in the day this was quite acceptable. Some like this look, as this is the actual look of film and should remain locked in time as the way things were. Specialty programs can remove this grain to produce a more video like effect. Stabilisation utilities are also available to remove hand held camera shake. This is all additional work, but given the extra attention film can look better than when originally captured.