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8mm Film to DVD Transfer

San Diego's Premiere 8mm film to DVD or digital video file transfer service. Don't let vinegar syndrome damage your 8mm films beyond repair, transfer them now.  We transfer your 8mm film right here, in-house.

    For 19 years, Sunray Video has been transferring 8mm film to DVD and video.  We handle every film transfer project personally and treat it like our very own from the moment we take possession of your home movies until you pick them up.  We NEVER send your films out to an out-of-state mass-transfer factory for conversion.  And we provide a FREE evaluation of your home movies to determine their condition and we'll help you figure out how much video you have.

We provide one of the fastest 8mm film transfer service available!

  8 mm film (sometimes referred to as regular 8) was one of the earlier and most widely used film format by many families for capturing memories of their children and special events.  8mm film first appeared in the 1930s, a product of the Eastman Kodak company.  It served as a lower cost alternative to the 16mm film format.  New rolls of film were actually 16mm wide with sprocket holes down both edges.  During filming only 1 side of the film would be exposed.  When the end of the reel is reached, the film can be "turned around" so the other side could be exposed.  After the film was processed, it would be split down the middle resulting in 2 strips of 8mm film.  The ends of these 2 strips would be spliced together thus converting a 25 foot 16mm film reel into a 50 foot 8mm reel.


Pricing/ordering information

What's the difference between 8mm movie film and Video 8 or Hi8 video tape?

  There has been some confusion with the names used for the various 8mm formats.  8mm and Super 8 film (see picture below-left) are two names that are used for referring to home movie films that most people used between the 1930s and the early 1980s. The 8mm movie film format is what will be discussed on this page.  8mm (Video 8), Hi8 and Digital8 (see picture below-right) refer to the videotape formats used in Sony, Canon and Sharp camcorders manufactured between the mid 1980s and the mid 2000s.   All three of these formats use the same size camcorder videotape (pictured below).  Sunray also transfers these video formats to DVD and they are discussed in more detail on our 8mm video to dvd conversion page.

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8mm Movie Film 8 mm / Hi8 / Digital8 Video tape

What's the difference between 8mm & Super 8 movie film?

  While both 8mm and Super 8 are 8mm wide from edge to edge, Super 8 film will have smaller sprocket holes running along the edge (see photos below).  The smaller holes allows for a larger frame or image size over the same film width. The larger the frame size, the better the image quality typically.  You can learn more about Super 8 movies on our Super 8 film page

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Super 8 movie film   super 8 film to dvd transfer

8mm movie film near the end of its life-cycle

  We received many reels of film that have shown signs of fading, warping, color-shifting, shrinking, mold, and acetate film base degradation, often referred to as "vinegar syndrome" due to the overwhelming vinegar-like odor coming from the film itself.  There is an article on the National Film Preservation Foundation's website that discusses vinegar syndrome.  It mentions "The symptoms of vinegar syndrome are a pungent vinegar smell (hence the name), followed eventually by shrinkage, embrittlement, and buckling of the gelatin emulsion. Storage in warm and humid conditions greatly accelerates the onset of decay. Once it begins in earnest, the remaining life of the film is short because the process speeds up as it goes along."

Needless to say, that if you still have any home movies lying around in a closet, this would be the best time to transfer them to video before they disintegrate.  Every month that goes by can mean the difference between whether the film reel is still able to be transferred at all or not.  Unfortunately, we've had to inform a few of our customers that there was nothing we could do to save their film.


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Mold accumulated on 8mm film reel


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Be sure to check the box for 8mm film


How do I determine how much film I have?

  To find out how much 8mm film footage you have, measure the diameter of your film reels (straight across the middle of the reel from one edge to the other).  If full, each reel can hold the following:

film to video transfer


How much regular 8 film will fit on a DVD or hard drive? 

  A DVD can hold up to 2 hours of film.  That's the equivalent of about 1,700 feet of regular 8mm film.

Film Type 2 hour DVD will hold up to File size - AVI or MOV File size - MP4
Regular 8 film 1,700 feet 26GB 2.6GB


Saving your film with Digital Masters and Gold Archival DVDs

  Most movie transfer companies offer conversion from film to DVD only.  That's great but what if your disc happens to get scratched or damaged?  Look at the surface of some of your discs now; how do they look?  We offer 4 ways to save the memories from your home movies that just are not available from most places.

Digital Master Tapes

We provide a digital master tape with every order.  The tape contains the original uncompressed version of your film transfer project.  From this master we can make additional or replacement DVDs, digitize your films to a flash or hard drive or convert them to any other format you desire, now or later.  And you'll never need to have your films transferred all over again.  Available on DVCAM, Mini DV and Digital 8 while supplies last.

Gold 100-year Archival DVDs

Only the true Gold Archival DVDs are manufactured to last at least 100 years.  Read more about the Gold Archival DVDs here.

Digitizing to flash & external hard drives

We can digitize your films to AVI, MOV or MP4 files and put them on a flash or hard drive for you.  They'll be ready to edit when you are.


Here is a sample of our regular 8 mm film transfer

8mm film to dvd transfer

Click on this image above to see a sample of our regular 8mm movie film to video DVD transfer.


Pricing info

We offer 4 options for transferring your 8mm film to digital form:  

Preview package includes: 1 standard DVD copy. 

Premiere package includes: 1 Gold 100-year Archival DVD copy and 1 standard DVD copy.

Digital file only package includes: Digitizing to AVI, MOV or MP4 file/s. No DVDs in this package.

Color-correction package includes: Scene by scene color-correction applied then put on 1 Gold 100-year Archival DVD copy and 1 standard DVD copy.  Digitizing to AVI, MOV or MP4 file/s may be substituted for DVDs. DVDs and digitized files are available for an additional charge.

High-resolution film transfer process (from film to video) Preview Premiere Package Digital file only Package Color-correction Package
Up to 499 feet $ .25/ft $ .27/ft $ .27/ft* $ .33/ft
500 to 1,499 feet $ .23/ft $ .24/ft $ .24/ft* $ .30/ft
1,500 to 2,999 feet $ .21/ft $ .22/ft $ .22/ft* $ .28/ft
3,000 to 4,999 feet $ .19/ft $ .20/ft $ .20/ft* $ .25/ft
5,000 feet or more $ .17/ft $ .18/ft $ .18/ft* $ .23/ft
Standard DVD included? Yes Yes No Yes
100 Year Gold Archival DVD included? No Yes No Yes
Digital Master tape included? Yes Yes Yes Yes
Digitizing to AVI, MOV or MP4 files (flash/hard drive not included) Add $20.00/hr of film Add $20.00/hr of film Yes May be substituted in place of DVDs
Digitizing to 2 file formats (hard drive not incl.) Add $30.00/hr of film Add $30.00/hr of film Add $10.00/hr of film Add $30.00/hr of film

*Price does not include flash or hard drive

Additional Options

Adding Music or Projector Sound* - $ .01/foot of film

Adding Narration - Call for pricing

Adding Titles in the Video - $5/title

Adding Chapter Titles to the DVD Menu - $5/chapter

Additional Gold DVD copies - $15/disc     3 Gold Copies of same disc - $40

            (each gold DVD comes with a standard DVD copy FREE)

Additional Standard DVD copy - $ 9/disc     3 copies of same disc - $18    5 copies of same disc - $25

USB drive (Flash or External Hard Drive) - Call

All film orders under 250 feet will be charged a minimum charge of $ 50.00 for transfer from film to video (includes digital master tape and DVD).  $60 minimum charge for Premiere Package upgrade.
California residents will be charged sales tax of 8.00% on all orders, as per California law.

Film to Video & DVD resources:

Start your movie film to video transfer now

Main Film to DVD / Video Transfer page

Film to DVD transfer methods explained

Film to DVD Transfer FAQs

What you should know about other film to DVD transfer services

Acetate film base degradation (vinegar syndrome) -_National Film Preservation Foundation website




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