film-reels.jpgSo I find myself in possession of three small reels of 8mm film. You know, “photographic material consisting of a base of celluloid covered with a photographic emulsion.” Don’t stare are me like that with your digital video camcorder. These three reels are apparently some old family film… Family Films? An ancient form of torture now recognized as barbaric and restricted by the Geneva Convention… The Geneva Convention? Hrmn, ask our president. Back on topic though, I’d like to see what’s on them precisely but seeing as I do not own an 8mm projector (nor do I trust the ones I’ve seen) I’m thinking of getting the films transferred to DVD.

Each reel is about 3 inches in diameter which should be 50 feet of media which in turns should be about 3 to 5 minutes of video (no sound), assuming my understanding of ancient visual technology is correct. There are several services that will perform the transfer and most seem to clock in around $20 total for a frame by frame transfer of all three reels to DVD, which sounds quite reasonable to me.

I have two inquiries though. The first being serious… Has anyone else ever done this sort of thing? What sort of success did you have? Any advice, warnings, suggestions?

Secondly, what do you think is on these reels? Answer in comments or with the new poll to the right.