- Set up a movie projector such that it can show the movies on a flat, white surface.
- Place your DSLR on a tripod and zoom in on the projected video.
- Turn the DSLR to video mode and begin recording.
- Turn the projector on to display the movie.
- Repeat the process for each movie you have.
I know what you're thinking...
This is a photography website, so why am I writing about how to preserve old home movies?
Well, there's a close connection between photography and videography, and if you're like me, you have plenty of old home movies laying around (along with all your old photos, too).
So, I figured since it's a new year, why not discuss a way to make some headway on all those old boxes of memories?
There are actually a bunch of different ways to digitize 8mm and Super 8 home movies from back in the day.
The expensive option is to send them off to a company to have them professionally digitized. In return, you get DVDs or flash drives of your old films.
The time-intensive option is to digitize them with a DSLR and a projector. It goes something like this:
Like I said - that method is time-intensive.
But there's another way that gets you the professional results you're looking for without taking a ton of time. That method is the Wolverine Data 8mm & Super 8 Reels to Digital MovieMaker.
This all-in-one machine handles every aspect of digitizing your old films, as you can see in the video below:
Just place the reel on the MovieMaker (it accepts up to 9-inch reels), insert a memory card into the memory card slot, press a few buttons, and away it goes!
There's no complicated setup, no laborious or time-consuming tasks along the way.
Once you start the process of digitization, the MovieMaker handles it from there.
It's so much less expensive than having your old films professionally converted to digital, too.
But don't think that because it's less expensive that your films suffer from a lack of quality.
The resulting digital MP4 files are scanned frame-by-frame to ensure full 1080p resolution (without sound).
You can then open the digital movie on any computer to view it, edit it or share it as you wish.
And since the video will be in digital format, you can easily save it to the cloud for safekeeping (and easy viewing in the future).
The biggest obstacle to actually preserving old memories on film (and in photos, for that matter) is the time it takes to get the job done.
But this gadget changes all that, allowing you to quickly and efficiently bring all your old family memories into the 21st Century without any fuss or muss.
Make 2018 the year that you finally go through all those boxes of old photos and films and get them saved in a digital format!
Check out the Wolverine Data 8mm & Super 8 Reels to Digital MovieMaker, and see just how easy the process of digitizing your old 8mm and Super 8 movies can be.