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Cine Films: The Personal and Historical Significance

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so how much more valuable will a moving picture be? We tend to take film material for granted whether we are creating personal memories, or preserving history as it unfolds.

Cinematography was invented and developed in the 19th Century, but it was decades later that home movie-making became a possibility. The trend was pioneered by the Kodak Company, which is also credited with developing still photography in its nascent stages.

Early examples of using cine film to record events include the WWI, were the U.S. Army utilised 16mm cine cameras. It should also be noted that during that time, amateur video was a luxury only accessible to the privileged. Nevertheless, these 8mm, 16mm, and 35mm cine films have preserved for us everything from early motor cars to sea expeditions.

The problem is, cine film doesn’t last forever. In fact, deterioration of film has already destroyed many historical landmarks that the future generation will never be able to witness in moving pictures. That is why governments and film institutes are investing heavily on film preservation, trying to retain what they can from the past.

But this only includes movies and documentaries. What about your own family heritage? What happens when cherished moments from your life and the life of your ancestors dies away with a damaged film reel?

Fortunately, there is a way to preserve these memories in way that they will not longer become permanent, but their quality will be enhanced as well.

Bottom line is that movie film shrinks and gets brittle with age, while 35mm slides and photographs lose their colour over time. Even video tapes deteriorate every time you play them, and can become permanently damaged if they just sit on the shelf for 10 years.

On the other hand, DVD’s and other digital formats have far longer lives, as much as a hundred years. But that’s not all. Once your cine film is converted to a digital format, using it becomes easier as well. For instance, DVD makes it possible to navigate, to replay a favourite sequence, and to skip material you already know, and you can use menus and chapter to control the video play.

Most importantly, film conversion provides you the perfect gift-giving opportunity. What can be more pleasant than receiving a digitally re-mastered family video that would have otherwise get lost or damaged overtime.