Nowadays, you can take out your phone and record as soon as you want to. When you want to distribute the video that you captured, all you have to do is link it in an email, send it in a text message, or choose a social media site to post it on. Before mobile cellphones could capture video and store it, people had to use a large camera that captured the video and stored it in 8mm film.

If your family used these to capture and store video, then you probably have large, film canisters lying around and you’ll probably want to see what memories they hold. One of the things that you can do to keep these memories is to transfer the content from the 8mm film to a DVD. While it can be a challenge to transfer the film to a DVD, there are two ways that you could do it.

Transferring 8mm Film to DVD

Paying A Third- Party to Transfer the Film

Transferring 8mm Film to a DVD is time-consuming and requires the proper equipment. If you don’t want to buy the equipment, then you can pay a fee to a service that will transfer it to you. This might be something that you want to consider so that it’s transferred properly and timely, without your time being used up if you’re busy. Look to see if there are any stores like Walmart near you with a photo department. You can take your rolls there and they can place the contents on a DVD for you.

There are also online services that you can use to transfer the contents for you. These services have all the equipment already and all you have to do is send them the 8mm film. One site that you can use is Southtree. Southtree is a website that makes transferring the content super easy. You can choose how many you want them to digitize and then you can select how you want to get them digitized.

You can select a digital download, disc set, and thumb drive. You can even choose to get them in all three ways if you want. They’ll send you a box with barcodes for each item and a return shipping label. Take your package with the film and mail it. Then, after 2-4 weeks, you’ll get the digitized forms in the mail and you can watch them, as much as you want. Southtree has amazing reviews, so you’re likely to have a good experience.

Transferring the Film Yourself

Buy the proper equipment. You need a 8mm movie projector with a three bladed shutter and the variable speed control, a camcorder, and a White Card or Film Transfer Box, depending on which method you want to use.

White Card Method

1. Position the camcorder so that the lens is lined up with the film’s protector lens.

2. Tape the card up somewhere convenient and stable.

3. Place the 8 mm film into the projector.

4. Once you place the 8mm film into the projector, turn on the projector.

The camcorder will capture the image off the white card and it’ll send the image to a DVD recorder.

Film Transfer Box

This way is also very simple. This method works by having the images reflect off the mirror inside the box. The reflected images from the mirror are reflected into the camcorder lens. This means that the camcorder can send it to a DVD recorder, which is useful since it’s in the form that you want it to be.

Both of the ways above involve you spending money, but if you buy the equipment, you’ll spend more money than you would’ve if you paid someone else to do it. However, if this is something that you have to do often and with a ton of 8 mm film, then you should consider purchasing the equipment to do it yourself. Overtime, you might spend less money transferring the 8 mm film yourself. This can be super fun to do since you get to see a bunch of old memories, but you should know that this is very time-consuming.