Formats We Can Transfer

Online Ordering

It's as easy 1-2-3 to send us your film reels and begin preserving your memories.

Place Your Order Online

Use our easy online order form to select the memories you’d like transferred and pay for your order.

Send Us Your Memories

Once your online order is complete, package and ship your film reels to us. Shipping instructions will be provided after checkout.

We Ship Your Order Back To You

When your order is complete we will ship your original items and new digital files to you by UPS. A tracking code will be provided so you know exactly when your memories will arrive.

In San Diego?

You can drop off your film reels at our Kearny Mesa office.
No appointment required!

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We Use Archival Grade Discs

Perfect Image Video understands the importance of preserving your film reels. Our film to DVD transfer service only uses archival grade discs to ensure your memories will last a lifetime.

Our Film to DVD Transfers Are Safe and Top Of The Line.

Full Frame Capture

We use enlarged film gates so we can capture 100% of your movie film. Most companies use lower quality transfer systems losing 20–30% of your films imagery.

Clean, Lube, Splice

Before your film is transferred, our technician will take it through a process where it will be cleaned, lubed and repaired of any broken splices. Good preparation of your film is key to a quality transfer.

Made In The U.S.A

All our media transfers are done in house by our experienced technicians. Your order never leaves our facility until it is ready to be shipped back to you.

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Film Transfer FAQs

Very safe, because they are priceless! We regard your films as a visual historical account of your family and respect them as such. When your films arrive, your order is checked-in by an experienced staff member, and placed in a work bin solely for you.

Everything pertaining to your film transfer order is labeled and remains together at all times from arrival, through transfer, until it is complete. We have never lost or misplaced an order.

You can get approximately 1800 feet of 8mm film and 3600 feet of 16mm film on a 2 hour DVD.

There are a few ways to tell the difference. The easiest is by looking at the sprocket holes. If you have both formats, look at them together, side by side (either the film or the leader). Super 8 film will have much smaller sprocket holes.

Yes, that little box does create some confusion. However it refers to the film when it was originally purchased. Before your 8mm film was shot (exposed) in the camera, it was 25 feet of 16mm, or Dual 8mm Film. The unexposed film reel would have been inserted into the camera, then shot, exposing one side of 25 feet.

Once it ran through, it was turned around to run through a second time, exposing the other side of the 25 feet. When the film was processed (developed), it was cut down the center and the ends spliced together, making it 50 feet long.

Number the film reels and boxes in ascending order (1, 2, 3, 4, 5…..) with a pen or marker. Start with the oldest films first and continue in chronological order to the newest films.

Only use whole numbers starting at one… Don’t use fractions or decimals or letters in your sequence. Never mix film formats, for example going back and forth between Regular8 and Super 8 film. All Regular 8mm film should be first in your sequence and then continue the sequence with your super 8 film.

Cover any hand written numbers on the film reel or box that could disrupt the transfer sequence.

Do not use post it notes on the film reels or boxes, they will fall off and disrupt the film transfer sequence.

If you do not follow the above guidelines we can not guarantee that you film will be transferred in sequence.

Yes, all reels and film boxes are returned with your finished film transfer.