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Date registered: Oct 2006
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8 millimeter film to digital?
My recent trek to North Carolina has rekindled my interest in our old home movies. My father saved up enough to purchase a wind up 8mm Bell & Howell color movie camera around the time I was born and every holiday and assorted outings were burned to film, including a 3 year old Dig at the Wright Brothers Memorial. Years ago, he found that some of them were deteriorating in the storage containers of the day and painstakingly spliced the good stock together into a couple of reels worth of life memories.
My sister currently has them and we have bandied about the idea of having them 'preserved' in a different medium. Previously, we had simply set up a camcorder aimed at the movie screen and taped it for other family members but there is a dramatic loss of integrity in that process.
The thought of sending them somewhere has become anathema since a friend did that and UPS simply lost them forever. There is no sound as that was beyond the old B&H's capabilities. Our thought was to watch them as the camcorder recorded and we would simply speak about the people and the images we saw. It occurs to me that digitized video could have any sound we wanted added later with the proper software so we could develop a script and ad lib as we felt the need.
I spoke yesterday with a local company (Owings Mills location) and the guy on the phone says everything is done in house. He told me to come in and get an estimate!!
Any thoughts? Anyone do anything along these lines?
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