Let us transfer your old film reels to digital media today.
Enjoy great moments with RVA Rewind’s film reel conversion services. Convert 8mm, Super8, and 16mm film to digital-with options for flash drives and digital downloads.
Your old films won't last forever
Films will breakdown over time causing images to fade and quality to deteriorate or stop working altogether. These formats are also subject to damage from the elements.
All this digital converting is done in Richmond VA, we have an efficient team of people that focuses on your videos, so the quality is the best. Your video tapes are individually handled with care to ensure the best quality.
Quality Transfer - Scan up to 4K Resolution
At RVA Rewind, we focus deeply on a quality transfer. We want to give you a product that will last for many more decades. Because of this, we have invested in a custom film scanner to get as much detail as we can from your old films. For most of our customers, our standard frame-by-frame High Definition (1080p) scan does the job very well for 8mm. If you have 16mm film, we can scan at up to 4K resolution (2160p).
Original Frame Rate (16 fps, 18 fps, 24 fps)
Sometimes when you watch older home movies that have been converted, people appear to walk around fast in an unnatural way. This is because it was transferred at an incorrect frame rate. When regular 8mm film was introduced in 1932, the standard frame rate was 16 frames-per-second (fps). Super 8, introduced in 1965, increased the frame rate to 18 and 24 frames-per-second. RVA Rewind has developed a process that produces a digital file that is exactly the frame rate it was filmed in. You will see your films at the speed the way they were intended to be seen.
We work with sound - 8mm and 16mm
16mm film with optical sound technology hit the market around 1935 while Super 8 film with magnetic sound didn't appear until 1973. Most film that we receive is typically silent but if your film contains sound, we can transfer it. We do charge an additional 15% because sound transfer is a separate process after your film has been scanned.
Depending on the number of film reels that you provide for digitizing, the turnaround time will vary and could take 2-6 weeks or sooner. Once we receive your films, they will be inspected and examined to determine the best method to digitize them. We can't make your old reels look brand new but we will do our best to preserve the quality that is there.
Estimate Film Reel Transfer
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After your films have been digitized, we need to place them on a data storage device for you to use.
Film Transfer |
Transfer Regular 8mm, Super 8, and 16mm film to Digital.
1932 ~ 1990
The standard 8mm film format was released on the market in 1932 as a less expensive home movie format than the 16mm. This newly invented film format had more perforations, which allowed the frame size to be smaller and added more film run time. At first only black and white film was available but eventually colored 8mm film was introduced in the late 1940's.
Super 8 Film
1965 ~ 2022
This film format was released in 1965 as an improved version of the previous 8mm film format. The Super 8 is the same width as the regular 8mm, however the rectangular perforations were made smaller which allowed the exposed image area to be larger. Even though Super 8 is still being produced today, it's becoming more rare as time goes by.
1923 ~ 2022
The 16mm film format was released in 1923 for amateur home enthusiasts. By the 1930s it made its way into the education and news markets. It began as silent black and white film but later color and sound were added. It later became a popular film format for TV productions, documentaries, and independent movies.
Digital File Formats
After your film has been digitized, we can save it into a common digital format of your choosing.
MPEG-4 is the most popular digital video file format in the world today. This format is great for picture quality and compatibility with old and new computers.
HEVC is the successor to MPEG-4. It is designed to deliver great picture quality at a very small file size. HEVC, at this moment, only supports modern operating systems and hardware.
ProRes 4:2:2 | 4:4:4
Apple's ProRes file format is great if you are a video professional or you want your videos digitized in the best quality possible. We offer both 4:2:2 and 4:4:4 digitizing depending on the level of quality you require.
Plus dozens of other digital formats - professional and consumer.
Do you require something a little more than just a film transfer? We offer additional film processing services to help with restoring or improving your digitized films.
Film cameras are mechanical devices that can produce unwanted jitters to your film. This jittering could be a defect with the film camera that was used or film sprocket holes being damaged or worn out. We are able to smooth out these small movements with our "image stabilization" process.
Grain, Dust & Scratch Reduction
On film, grain is what we call the little speckles that you can see on each frame. Other defects, such as dust spots and scratches, can also be present. With our noise reduction process we are able to remove up to 80% of grain, dust, and scratches from your digitized film giving you a visually pleasing image.
As film ages, the colors can often change overtime or perhaps the filmmaker used the wrong type of film when they were filming. This is where color correction comes into play. Once your film has been digitized, we are able to adjust brightness, contrast, and colors to make sure your whites are white and your skin tones are accurate.
Most 8mm film is filmed at 16 or 18 frames per second. This low frame rate creates an image strobe effect. With our "Smooth Motion" process, we can add more frames making your old films move at up to 60 frames per second. This produces a realistic look and feel that brings new life to your 8mm memories.
As standard practice, we record the full film from start to finish as-is. However, if you would like to have parts of the digitized film reel edited by removing, adding, or rearranging sections of video clips or creating transitions between clips, then we can do that for you! This is an add-on service.
Why we are better.
We are a unique business and we can focus more attention and quality to your memories than 'big box' transfer companies.
Safe & Secure
All media is processed in-house in Richmond, VA. We take extra care in handling your media.
30+ Years of Experience
We are media production experts and been converting media into different formats for 30+ years.
We Are Local
Don't worry about your media being sent to another state. We are located in the heart of Richmond, Virginia.
Handle with Care
We carefully handle your media as if it were our own. We return all original media back to you for safe keeping.
Testimonials & Reviews
We've helped many families and businesses throughout Virginia and the country.