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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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