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category: General, date: 2014-03-22, by Otto Bochman
16mm Film Conversion
Do it yourself (DIY) Transfer 16mm film to digital format

Not exactly high tech but this method of transferring 16mm film to a digital format does work when you have a limited budget.

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Charged with transfering 100s of 16mm film to a digital format can be a challenge particularily when you are on a tight budget.

For this project we used a 16mm film projector that turned out to be in pretty good shape.

We used a folded shadow box since the surface was clean and consistent. We also had limit space and no projector screen.

Use a computer and software to sync audio with videouse a computer and software to sync audio with video

We recorded the audio from the speaker output and cleaned it up a little using a computer and audio software. Had we not done that the noise from the projector would have been very distracting.

The video was shot with a high definition Sony video camera. We synced the video with the audio and ended up with a pretty fair method for saving some interesting old film footage. Of course for really high quality transfers you could use an expensive frame by frame method and/or Telecine process. We considered that but the amount of film we have to preserve and the time and cost associated with technique made it impractical for our project.

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