8mm movies to PC

  ams4127 21:02 04 May 2003

After my parents died I have been left with some 200 8mm movies.

I can get analogue and DV footage onto my PC, edit it and write it to CD/DVD. Does anyone know of a method of getting these old movies onto my machine? Or is it, as I suspect, impossible without going to a specialist company and having them copied to videotape first?

Thanks in advance.

  -pops- 06:25 05 May 2003

To get any sort of reasonable quality result it needs specialist equipment and a specialist firm to do it for you. Look in the classified ads. in camcorder or video magazines for people that will do this.

If you really want to do it yourself there used to be a kit in which you could video an image projected on to a screen but the results weren't very much good.


  ams4127 20:15 05 May 2003

Thanks -pops-, I guessed as much.

Looking on the web reveals that most people seem to use some type of transfer box. It appears to consist of a series of lenses and mirrors which pass the light from a projector into a digital camcorder.

According to users it is not the easiest of things to use due to the difference in frame rates between source and destination machines.

I think I'll save up the odd pennies and have my films converted by a reputable company.

Thanks again for your help.

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