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8mm & Super 8 cine film transfers

8mm was probably the most popular film format and was used by amateur and professionals alike, transferring this film into the digital world requires some special techniques to get the best out of the tiny film cell, firstly we hand clean the films this helps remove the majority of dust, dirt, oil and wax from the film surface this alone gives a far improved picture, we then flash scan in our HDS+ scanner to uncompressed HD.

Our scanner is also very gentle on film with sprocket-less drive, led light that flash exposes each frame controlled by laser detection rather than a claw,  it uses PTR cleaning rollers and variable tension which is ideal for some of the oldest vintage films that can be very fragile.

Once we have captured the film digitally the files are then passed through a dedicated software suite that stabilises and digitally removes blemishes then sharpens the image ready for editing and output to digital file, DVD or Blu-Ray discs.

For badly scratched films we have a wet gate that can be added that can drastically reduce or eliminate the appearance of vertical scratches.

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In 1932 Standard 8mm Film was introduced by Eastman Kodak as a cheaper alternative to 16mm, the introduction of the Super 8mm cartridge came in 1965 with ease of use and a larger frame size for improved picture quality. The way to identify what type of film you have is to look at the sprocket holes on the film reel. Both 8mm & Super 8 film are 8mm in width and have their sprocket holes on one side.

Super 8mm sprocket holes are much smaller than that of standard 8mm film and are elongated and narrow as opposed to the standard 8mm film sprockets which are larger and normally square.



Another difference is that on Super 8mm cine film the sprockets are positioned alongside the image rather than on the frame line which means more viewing capacitywith Super 8mm than on a Standard 8mm Film.

Double 8 is often referred to as 25’ft as this was actually 25’ft of 16mm film that was filmed on half of the reel then  turned around and filmed on the other half, Kodak then split and joined the film together after processing to make 50’ft of standard 8 film hence the term ‘double 8’. We also convert Double 8 film to disc or HD digital files.


Reel sizes vary from 50ft through to 1’200ft, we transfer all film reel sizes.

The chart below gives you an idea of the running time on 8mm film type.

Diameter of Reel Reel Type Approx Running Time
3″ reel 50ft 4 minutes
5” reel 200ft 15 minutes
7″ reel 400ft 30 minutes
9″ reel 800ft 60 minutes
12″ reel 1200ft 90 minutes

8mm Cine Film with Sound

If your film has sound then this will be noticeable by the light brown magnetic strip on the edge of the film. We can transfer 8mm cine reels with the original sound see our pricing guide for costs.