Antique 8mm Movie Film Camera


The advent of 8mm film marked the beginning of amateur home movie making as we know it. Less then a decade after it brought 16mm film to market, the Eastman Kodak Company introduced 8mm film in 1932. To address the impending concerns of cost during the Great Depression they modified their existing 16mm film stock to produce a more affordable and user-friendly alternative. 

8mm film was initially sold in 25 ft. spools of 16mm wide film and had twice as many perforation on its edges then its predecessor. The film passed through the camera and exposed one half of the film’s width. The film was then subsequently flipped and exposed on the other side. When the film was processed, the 25 ft. of film was spilt down the middle. The two length of film were then spliced together and yielded 50 feet of projectable film. This type of film is commonly referred to as double-8 film.

The smaller gauge 8mm film format allowed consumers more filming time at an affordable price. Making amateur filmmaking more accessible to generations of everyday Americans. For the first time it allowed families the ability to record important moments in their life. 8mm film became the standard format for the home film market and proved to be a commercial success in the decades that followed. 

If you still have a collection of old film that contains important family memories, you should consider an 8mm film to digital conversion before the footage deteriorates. With every passing moment they sit in storage, they’re slowly fading away. Icehouse Pictures is Massachusetts leading film conversion service with decades of experience. By transferring your home movies to digital you can ensure that your memories will last a lifetime.

Films to Video from 8mm Film Camera


When comparing films to video conversion services, always ask what type of film transfer equipment they use. Some companies still use a low-quality realtime film transfer. They project the film onto a condenser lens and capture the footage in real time using a low-resolution video camera. However the frame rate of film is different then the frame rate of video. Regular 8mm film uses a frame rate of 16 fps while video uses a frame rate of 30 fps. The mismatch of frame rates between the projector and camera causes the film frames to blend. Thus producing a soft blurry image and a noticeable strobing effect.

The film projector used in a real-time transfer also creates what is known as a “hot spot”. A hot spot is the result of a film projector that unevenly lights the frame. It creates an image that is brighter in the center than the edges. The film gate of the film projector also crops as much as 20% of the original film frame. In general, any real-time film transfer will result in a flickering, blurred image with faded colors and cropped edges.

At Icehouse Pictures we use a high-definition motion picture film scanner. Our unique films to video transfer process scans each individual frame of your film one frame at a time and digitizes them. The end result is a flicker-free picture with breathtaking clarity, edge to edge brightness and unsurpassed image quality.

For more information on film to video please visit Icehouse Pictures in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Film Conversion from 8mm Movie Camera


Home movies represent a slice of everyday life and play a significant role in our family history. Memories captured on film reels and videotape documented the earliest and most significant moments in our lives. They created invaluable viewing footage for families that could be passed down for generations as heirlooms.

However these precious home movies are now in danger. Film and video are are incredibly susceptible to damage from natural elements. The passage of time can degrade and eventually destroy our beloved home movies. In order to guarantee that you’ll be able to view your movies in the future, you’ll need to have a movie conversion.

Now is the time to preserve your home movies by transferring them to to a digital format. Once you digitize your home movies, your memories will be safe and accessible for future generations.

Icehouse Pictures is a industry leader in providing digital movie conversions. Through the years we have helped thousands of families preserve their memories. We can safeguard the special moments from your home movies by converting your 8mm film and videotape to a digital format on DVD or as digital files on a USB Flash Drive. If your ready for a home movie conversion please visit us in Plymouth, Massachusetts today.

Assortment of 8mm Film Reels for Film Transfer


A digital film transfer is a simple way to ensure that your treasured family memories are preserved for generations to come. However most people don’t realize how important it is to preserve their aging film. Their irreplaceable films wind up in a cardboard box tucked away in a dark corner of their attic or basement. As a result, the fluctuating temperatures cause the acetate film to degrade prematurely. Over time improperly stored film can develop acetate film base degradation, commonly known as Vinegar Syndrome. This type of decay affects the cellulose acetate of the film. Gradually bacteria forms on the film which generates an acetic acid. The acid slowly destroys the acetate of the film and produces a strong vinegar odor.

A strong pungent vinegar odor is a clear indication that the chemicals in the film have started to break down. Shrinking and curling of the film are typically early warning signs of the presence of decay. Above all, the effects of this condition are irreversible and the deterioration will continue to progress to a point where the film becomes completely unwatchable.

If your film has a strong vinegar odor, the deterioration process has already begun. Once it has started you have a limited time to transfer your film to a more permanent medium. At Icehouse Pictures we can save your precious films from ruin by providing a professional digital film transfer. Don’t wait, contact us now!

8mm Film Conversion from Film Projector


If you find yourself in a position of needing to convert 8mm film to digital files which can be indefinitely stored, edited and shared… then a film conversion is for you. A film conversion is the process of transforming analog film to a digital format. Converting film to digital format allows more flexibility during post-production. Hence, having more flexibility in turn means greater control over image quality.

At Icehouse Pictures we use an industry-standard color correction system to calibrate color levels. We manually go through every scene and adjust the color, saturation, brightness and contrast to ensure the best looking picture. In addition to color correction we also use a frame-by-frame motion picture film scanner that scans each individual film frame in full 24-bit color. We use the same exact equipment used by the Academy of Motion Picture Film Archives in Hollywood.

The experts at Icehouse Pictures have years of experience in converting film to digital. We do a wide range of work from amateur home movies to film preservation for the Library of Congress. We can restore, digitize and convert your old 8mm and Super 8 film to DVD or thumb drive. Please contact us to discuss your film conversion project with a film conversion specialist!

Home Move Conversion to DVD


A home movie conversion to DVD transforms your older film and video onto a modern digital format that can be easily viewed using today’s technology. It extends the life of your home movies and allows you to share the footage with your family and friends.

A DVD is simply one of the best digital media formats you will find to preserve your past. The average life-span of a DVD is 50 years. Most people have their movies transferred once in their lifetime so it’s important to use the highest-grade media. That is why we use high-quality archival discs to ensure that your home movies will be preserved for years to come. Additionally, each conversion to DVD includes a fully personalized DVD cover. A custom interactive DVD menu complete with images and music. Along with a personalized chapter markers that allow you to easily navigate from one clip to the next.

We use the highest quality video and film conversion equipment in the world. Locally owned and operated with more over two decades of conversion experience. Our many years of experience results in the best possible conversion. We take great pride in providing quality service and exceptional customer care. For more information on a conversion to DVD please visit us today.

Movie Transfer from Camera


The cost of a home movie transfer to digital varies greatly from one company to the next. However there is a significant difference in the level of quality between them. Unfortunately most home movie transfer services don’t reveal much about their equipment or transfer method. Which makes it difficult to know what you’re actually getting. So it’s extremely important to do your research and ask lots of questions. Start by looking for a local, reputable company in your area.

Use a local company instead of an online mail-in service to ensure your movies won’t get lost or damaged in transit. However be aware that there are still some local companies that outsource production to another location. The big box retailers aren’t the only ones who outsource their work. Some local companies cleverly disguise unaffiliated retailers as “Certified Partners” when in fact they are just merely a drop-off location. The drop-off location employees who handle your irreplaceable movies have zero film and production experience. Your movies will sit unattended for days until they eventually transported to the company’s main location. Thus increasing the risk of your movies getting lost or damaged.

At Icehouse Pictures we have decades of movie transfer experience and never outsource or transport your property to another location. All transfer services are completed in our studio, which is conveniently located in Plymouth, Massachusetts. For more information on a movie transfer please contact us at 508-317-5404 or email us at

Curled Home Movie Film


To provide you with the highest quality film to dvd transfer we use a high-definition motion picture film scanner. Our scanner meticulously captures each individual frame of film. A process that ensures that the original data for each individual film frame remains intact. We also perform scene by scene color correction by adjusting the color, density and exposure of the film. 

Our film scanner can also handle damaged or shrunken film through the use of its roller based transport system. The rollers handle the film by the edges not the sprocket holes for maximum film safety. A solid state registration ensures a rock-steady picture accurate within one pixel and an enlarged film gate captures the entire film frame so you will see 20% more of the original image. Providing you with a more accurate representation of what was originally recorded.

We will convert your old reel to reel film using the same trusted process used by the Academy of Motion Pictures in Hollywood. You’ll get true frame-by-frame scanning with color correction at an affordable price. If you looking for the ultimate high-resolution film to dvd transfer service then give us a call today at 508-317-5404.