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transfer Film Reels
to Digital

Preserve your old
film reel memories for
many more decades

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 vulnerable to damage from the elements.

Locally Transferred

All this digital converting is done in Richmond VA, we have a small team of experts that focus on your films, so the quality is the best. We don’t just throw them in some machine and let them go, they are individually handled with care to insure the best quality.

Quick Turnaround

Depending on the number of film reels that you provide for digitizing, the turnaround time will vary and could take 2-4 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.

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 movies. For most of our customers, our standard frame-by-frame HD scan does the job very well. As for the professional or archivist, we can scan your old 8mm or 16mm films at up to 4K resolution (3840 x 2160). 4K might be overkill for 8mm film but the option is there when you need it.

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. 16mm film typically plays at 16 or 24 frames-per-second. 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.

Estimate Photo Transfer

Use the form below to get a quick estimate.

How many film reels do you have?

$17 ea.
$50 ea.
$100 ea.
$200 ea.
50¢ ea.
50¢ ea.

How do you want to receive your media?

After your films have been digitized, we need to place them on a data storage device for you to use.


Add-on Services

We offer various video enhancement services to help improve the quality of your footage.

Film Transfer |
Media Types

Transfer Regular 8mm, Super 8, and 16mm film to Digital.

8mm Film Reel

8mm Film

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.

Super8 Film Reel

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.

16mm Film Reel

16mm Film

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.

MPEG4 File Format at H.264

MPEG4 H.264

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 File Format at H.265

HEVC H.265

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 File Format at 4:2:2 4:4:4

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.

Add+On Services

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.

Image Stabilization

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.

Color Correcting

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.

Smooth Motion

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.

Film Editing Software

Film Editing

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.

Since we are a small business, 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 they were our own. We return all original media back to you for safe keeping.

Common Questions

After your film has been digitized we can save it into a format you pick.

When most people decide to preserve their personal memories by digitizing them, they typically want it done once and not have to re-digitize them every 10 years as technology changes. Wouldn‘t you rather do it with a company that is dedicated, committed and that specializes in such quality service, and where you know that your personal content will be dealt with professionally and with care? We think you would. A lot of larger transfer companies use older, over-used, worn out equipment that produces sub par quality transfers. RVA Rewind has over 30 years experience in transfering analog media to digital formats and we record them at the highest quality possible.

Your digitized film reels are given back to you either as digital downloads from our website or on a thumb drive. You get to choose one of the two options, more than one option can be chosen at an additional charge(s), for how you would like to receive your digitized film.

Digital files on thumb drives are usually formated as MPEG-4 (industry standard) or other video formats upon request.

Digital Downloads are just available as the industry standard MPEG-4 file format.

Upon request we offer DVD’s but usually don’t recomend them as DVD’s are becoming phased out. Each digitized reel gets its own DVD disc, we will only combine reels onto a DVD if they are 30min or less in length.

Yes, you will get back all of your original film reels along with your newly digitized films.

We will do our best to process your film in the order that it is given to us in. If your film reels are labeled with a title or some other identification you can provide us with a list that shows the order you would like them in.

Yes! Once your film reel is digitized, we have many different methods of enhancing the picture quality of your film. Some meathods include: image stabilization, film grain reduction, scratch and dust removal, and color correction.

Our Digitizing Process

Our quick and easy digitizing process begins with you.

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Pick Up or Mail

We can meet to pick-up your media or you can mail it to us. Office visits by appointment only.


Digitizing Begins

We will begin to transfer or scan your media. This process may take 2 to 4 weeks.

computer with digitized restored old media


Come Get It

Once we are finished, we will mail or set a time to return your memories along with your digitized files.

Testimonials & Reviews

We've helped many families and businesses throughout Virginia and the country.

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Products come back great

Excellent. Very easy to work with and the products come back great.

— David J., New Kent, VA
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Quick and easy

Quick and easy. I was so happy to finally be able to watch films of my great-great-grandmother for the first time.

— Ellie D., Richmond, VA
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Met all my expectations and more

The process was very professional, easy, and met all my expectations and more.

— Madison L., Glen Allen, VA
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Awesome experience!

Awesome experience!

— Rachel T., Richmond, VA