Transfers and Digitization

Film shrinks over time and can become brittle. Attempting to run old film through a projector may result in irreparable damage to the images. We recommend that you transfer your films to DVD or video files so that you can continue to enjoy your family memories and share them with others without risking damage to the original material. We are always happy to advise you on steps you can take to help preserve your original films for the future.

Northeast Historic Film is a moving image archives and its staff members are trained to handle and care for motion picture film. The Technical Services Department will carefully inspect, assemble, repair and clean your 8mm, Super 8mm or 16mm films and transfer them to the  format of your choice. Transfers from video formats such as VHS, 3/4-inch, BetacamSP, Hi-8, and DV Cam, Mini-DV and VHS-C tape are also available, as are scans of film frames.

Technical Services rate is $60 per hour plus materials. Free estimates are available and, in the event that your film needs special care that isn't offered in-house, we can refer you to the proper laboratories.

Some Things To Consider:

  • Don’t throw anything away! Are there notes on the can or in the container?
  • Check the condition of the film. Is it brittle, is there obvious damage?
  • Be careful if inspecting, the beginning and end of a reel tend to be more worn than the rest.

If you cannot come to NHF with your collection and you must ship, we have a couple of recommendations. Be sure to tape the film canisters closed.  Put all canisters, boxes, reels, and documents in plastic bags (Ziploc bags work well) and use packing to keep the contents from shifting during shipping.  Use a shipping service that tracks and allows you to insure your shipment such as FedEx or UPS.

For additional information and estimates, contact us at 207-469-0924 or email