Are you ready to convert Digital 8 film to DVD format? If so, you might be wondering if there’s something you need to do to prepare your film for the process. Using a professional conversion service is the best way to ensure you have preserved your precious home movie memories forever. However, you’ll want to make sure that the final result is of the highest possible quality. So, what should you do before you convert your film? Here are our top tips for preparing your film for digital transfer.
The Importance of Preparation
It goes without saying that you want your converted film to look as good as possible. That means you’ll need to make sure you clean and condition it before the transfer takes place. Although this process is time-consuming, it’ll guarantee the best quality of the transfer. To prepare your film for transfer to DVD, you need to inspect it first. During the time your film has been in storage, it may have suffered some damage. You can remedy some of that damage. However, some of it, you cannot. Inspecting your film before transferring it will make sure you spot any possible problems at an early stage. This allows you to carry out remedial work first.
The Problem of Mold
If you have stored your film in a humid environment, it is at risk of mildew and mold. Fungal growth is especially common on film kept in tropical or coastal regions. To keep film of any kind in top condition, you should store it cool, dry, and dust-free conditions. When those conditions aren’t met, mold can develop. It will begin growing on the film’s outer edges and, then, grow inward. The kind of mold that grows on film has a distinctive odor. It also has a distinct appearance, looking like white powder forming around the film edges. If you leave mold growth untreated, your film will soon deteriorate.
The good news is you can remove the mold. If it is only found on the outer edge, a thorough cleaning will stop it from progressing. This will stop it in its tracks before it reaches the emulsion. Chemicals are available that will eradicate those microorganisms from the film emulsion. However, when you use these, they will usually erase the images, too. This defeats the object of cleaning the film. Therefore, using a silicon, nonabrasive cleaning cloth is the best option for removing mold. It will also get rid of any dust and dirt before you transfer the film to DVD.
Keeping Your Memories Safe
If you bring your Digital 8 film to Reborn for conversion, you can rest assured that it’s in safe hands. We are experts in converting old films to new digital formats. We can convert Digital 8 film to DVD so you can save your precious home movies for the future. Contact us today to find out more about how we can keep your memories safe.