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Movie Film Transfer FAQ

How many feet of movie film are on my reel?
How can I tell what kind of film I have?

How long will a film run?

How Much Film Will Fit on a DVD or Blu-ray Disc?

  • A Standard DVD will hold up to 2 hours - which means each DVD will hold 1600 ft of 8mm / Super 8mm or 3200 ft. of 16mm. (DVD is lower quality than Blu-ray. See explanation below.)
  • A single layer Blu-ray disc can hold 3.5 hours of high definition content, which equals 2,400 ft. of 8mm / Super 8mm or 4800' of 16mm.
  • Ask us about using dual layer Blu-ray discs, which can hold more hours of content, but are not universal in compatibility with all Blu-ray players.

Tell me why I should buy a Blu-ray player?

  • Transfers to Blu-ray are far superior to DVD.  Blu-ray is so much higher definition than DVD so it will bring out all of the quality of the original film.  And, because of the extra capacity of Blu-ray vs DVD, compression is not required. Compression reduces quality.
  • Blu-ray discs hold more film per disc. Each roll is put into it's own "Chapter" that can be accessed from the disc menu.
  • DVD is an aging technology. Just like video tape and 8 Track, DVD is on its way out. It makes sense to use a technology that will last into the future.

I can save money by combining my film on fewer discs, but then they aren't separated into individual events, like Christmas, Vacation, etc. Is there a "best of both worlds" solution?

  • Yes...if you use Blu-ray!  When you combine rolls, each one is in it's own Chapter on the disc. By default, each chapter is numbered sequentially: Chapter 1, Chapter 2, etc. Optionally, you can order Chapter Titles that reflect the content of each tape. Significant savings are realized If you get extra copies of Blu-ray discs - even with the added fee for Chapter Titles - because fewer discs are required.



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