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.

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!

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.