Convert 8mm Cine Film to USB

8mm film reels can hold magical moments from history, priceless family memories and historical artefacts not seen for decades.

Converting your 8mm film to USB can be done in two simple steps and lets you preserve all the amazing memories you’ve got stored away on film to watch over and over on USB.

See our 8mm cine to DVD or 8mm cine to digital pages for more 8mm conversion options, and our Cine film to DVD and Cine to USB pages to see our other cine conversion types.

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How 8mm film to USB Conversion Works..

Our 8mm to USB process is simple, reliable, and trusted by thousands of happy customers

Step 1

Send them

After you order, we’ll email you to arrange a courier collection. If you’d rather send your 8mm film reels directly, we’ll also explain how to post them to us in North Yorkshire.

Step 1

Save them

We’ll let you know as soon as we receive your 8mm films. Our specialists will carefully begin work to preserve and digitise your memories.

Step 1

Savour them

You’ll get an email when we’ve sent your digital conversions (and your original 8mm film reels) back to you. After that, it’s over to you to enjoy your old memories made new!

You’ll always know where your 8mm reels are, when we’re working on them, and when you can expect to get them back.

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8mm Film to USB

Your cine film reel(s) transferred to memory stick. Plug in to your computer (or any other device with a USB port) and you can play, save, and copy your files.

What you get
All your reels on one stick
What to order
You only need to order one stick to get all your conversions
Perfect for…
Watching on the computer or Smart TV.

Your cine film reels, converted to a Digital Versitile Disc. You’ll be able to play it on any DVD player or other disc drive

What you get
Your reels on at least one disc
What to order
You only need to order one disc set to get all your conversions
Perfect for…
Watching on the telly

Your 8mm cine film converted to computer video files, stored safely online. We’ll upload your files to the cloud and send you a private access link, so you can watch and download your videos instantly, from anywhere.

What you get
Your 8mm film conversions as computer video files
What to order
You only need to order one cloud backup link to get all your conversions
Perfect for…
Sharing with friends and family

What you can expect from us.

Your memories are irreplaceable - this is how we’ll take care of them

Free blanks

Free blanks

You’ll never have to pay for sending blank 8mm cine film reels. If we find any blanks in your order, we’ll refund them ASAP.
Free return

Free return

Your originals are priceless. We’ll send them back to you free of charge along with your conversions.
Free repairs

Free repairs

Our technicians can fix most problems and will always try their best to repair any damaged media you send us.
Bulk discounts

Bulk discounts

More conversions, more savings! You can get up to 30% off, depending on how many 8mm cine film reels you’re converting.
Quality equipment

Quality equipment

The best conversions are made using the best equipment. What else would you expect us to use for your memories?
Real-time updates

Real-time updates

You’ll be updated via email when your order arrives and again when it is sent back to you. You can check on the status of your order at any time using our real-time order tracker.

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Convert 8mm film
to USB.

8mm cine film is a very old video format. That’s great, because it holds amazing moments from the past. That’s worrying, because it’s deteriorating and could be lost.

All sorts of footage is stored on 8mm film around the UK and we’re determined to preserve as much of it as we can.

Thanks to the incredible frame-by-frame scanning technology available, converting cine 8 to USB produces incredibly clear results.

Our highly-trained technicians use the best, professional-grade equipment to carefully capture and preserve your 8mm film footage and transfer it to USB for you to watch again and again.

Even though 8mm film isn't commonly used as a recording medium anymore, the memories it holds deserve to be preserved and enjoyed for many years to come.

Examples of our cine film conversions.

Nothing beats seeing old memories remade for today

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Q. Is it possible to convert 8mm film to USB at home?
Converting 8mm film to USB at home is feasible if you have the right equipment and technical knowledge. You would need a film projector or film-to-video converter compatible with 8mm film, a digital recording device, and a computer with video editing software. While home conversion can be a rewarding project, it will not achieve the same quality as professional services, especially if the film requires restoration or repair (which we include for free with our service), and if you do not have the equipment already you are looking at a cost of £100’s or £1000’s to convert your first reel.
Q. What are the steps to convert 8mm film to USB?
To start converting 8mm film to USB, begin with a careful examination of the film reels for any signs of damage or decay. If necessary, clean and repair the films to ensure a smooth transfer process. Next, assemble the necessary equipment, which includes a film projector or a film-to-video converter, a digital recording device, and a computer with sufficient processing power and storage. The film is then played and captured by the digital recording device. This process requires careful alignment of the projector and camera to avoid issues like flickering or blurring. Once captured, the footage is transferred to the computer for editing and eventual storage on a USB device.

A far easier option is to utilise our professional 8mm film to USB conversion service and save yourself all that hassle and money!
Q. What common issues might arise during the 8mm film to USB conversion, and how can they be addressed?
Common issues during 8mm film to USB conversion include flickering caused by frame rate mismatches, uneven exposure, colour degradation, and focus problems. These can be addressed by correctly aligning the projector and the recording device, capturing the film in a controlled lighting environment, and using editing software to correct colour and exposure issues. Regular maintenance of equipment and careful handling of the film are also important to prevent problems during the conversion process.

We are experts with 1000’s of conversion hours behind us, therefore these issues very rarely present any kind of problem to us and can be rectified quickly by our engineers.
Q. How do I ensure high-quality transfer of 8mm film to USB?
For a high-quality transfer, first ensure the film is clean and in good condition. Use a projector or converter that provides a steady, flicker-free image. The digital recording device should be set to the highest quality setting and properly focused on the projection area. Ensure the environment is light-controlled to prevent glare. After capturing the footage, use editing software to enhance the quality by adjusting colour balance, brightness, and contrast, and to trim any unwanted footage before saving it to the USB drive.
Q. Which software is recommended for editing the converted digital files?
Recommended software for editing the converted digital files includes Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, or DaVinci Resolve. These provide a comprehensive set of tools for editing, including colour correction, trimming, and adding effects or transitions. They also offer capabilities for sound editing and enhancement, which can be useful if you're adding a soundtrack to silent 8mm films.
Q. Can you add soundtracks to the silent 8mm films during conversion?
Yes, we can add soundtracks to silent 8mm films during the conversion process. This involves importing audio files into the video editing software and synchronising them with your video. It’s important to choose audio that complements the film and to ensure proper synchronisation for a seamless audio-visual experience.
Q. What are the common challenges in converting 8mm film to USB?
Common challenges in converting 8mm film to USB include dealing with the physical condition of old films, such as brittleness or shrinkage, and ensuring a flicker-free transfer. Colour degradation in films can also pose a challenge, requiring careful colour correction during the editing process. Additionally, aligning the frame rate of the film with the recording device to avoid flickering, and managing the file size and format for USB storage, are key technical challenges.

With years of digital conversion experience, you can be assured that the digitised 8mm film you receive back will be of the very highest quality, and even better than the original.
Q. What are the best file formats for USB storage of converted 8mm films?
For USB storage, MP4 (using the H.264 codec) or MOV formats are generally recommended as they offer a good balance between quality and file size. These formats are widely compatible with various playback devices and systems. For archival purposes, where preserving the highest quality is essential, consider using higher-quality formats like AVI or Apple ProRes, although these will result in larger file sizes.
Q. Can the resolution of 8mm films be improved during conversion?
Technically the resolution cannot be increased as it depends on the original film, but the resolution of 8mm films can be somewhat improved during digital conversion through upscaling. This process involves increasing the resolution of the digitised footage to match higher resolution displays. However, upscaling does not add new details to the footage; it interpolates existing pixels to create a higher-resolution image. This can make the footage more suitable for modern screens but should be done carefully to avoid quality degradation.
Q. How to maintain the original aesthetic of 8mm films in digital format?
To maintain the original aesthetic of 8mm films in digital format, it's essential to handle the conversion process sensitively. Use equipment that accurately captures the film's unique qualities, such as its grain, colour palette, and contrast. During the digital editing phase, avoid over-processing; subtle enhancements should be prioritised over drastic alterations. Aim to correct obvious flaws like scratches or exposure issues while preserving the inherent characteristics that give the 8mm film its vintage charm.

We always aim to strike a balance between originality and quality enhancement when converting your 8mm reels to USB.
Q. What is the average cost range for converting 8mm film to USB?
The cost of converting 8mm film to USB can vary widely based on several factors, including the equipment, the length of the film, the condition of the film, the resolution of the conversion, and additional requirements it may need like colour correction or cleaning. If you have none of the necessary equipment, you could end up spending thousands before you have even converted one reel of film.

Using a professional converting service like Digital Converters is usually far more cost effective for converting small and even large batches of reels, as we offer a discount for bulk orders.
Q. How to ensure the safety of my 8mm films during the conversion process?
To ensure the safety of your 8mm films during conversion, select a reputable service provider known for handling film materials carefully. If doing the conversion yourself, handle the films gently, particularly if they are old or brittle. Use clean equipment and a dust-free environment to prevent any additional wear or damage to the films.

We handle your films like they are our own, to prevent any unnecessary damage and ensure your converted films are of the very highest quality.
Q. Are there different approaches to converting colour and black & white 8mm films?
Yes, converting colour and black & white 8mm films may require different approaches. Colour films may need colour balancing or correction if they have experienced fading or colour shifts over time. Black & white films might require adjustments in contrast and careful handling of grayscale nuances. The key is to enhance the quality while preserving the original colour and tonal characteristics of each type of film.
Q. What restoration techniques can be applied to damaged 8mm films during digital conversion?
Restoration techniques for damaged 8mm films during digital conversion include physical repair of the film, digital removal of scratches and dust, colour correction, and stabilisation of shaky footage. Advanced restoration may involve frame-by-frame correction to fix severe damage. The goal of restoration is to bring the film as close to its original state as possible while maintaining its authenticity. The most common repair we undertake is repairing failed splices (where film has been attached together with tape).
Q. How long does it typically take to convert an 8mm film reel to USB?
The time required to convert an 8mm film reel to USB depends on the length of the film, the method of transfer, and the extent of post-conversion editing required. The transfer process itself is usually done in real-time; that is, an hour of film will take approximately an hour to capture. Additional time for setup, cleaning the film, and post-conversion editing and rendering can extend this duration. Complex restoration or extensive editing will add more time to the overall process.

We aim to complete small orders of 1 - 10 reels within 7 days of receiving them, for up to date information please check the turnaround on the product page or get in touch.
Q. What legal considerations should be taken into account when converting 8mm films to USB?
Legal considerations when converting 8mm films to USB, especially for public or commercial use, include respecting copyright and intellectual property rights. Ensure you have the rights or necessary permissions to use any copyrighted material in the films. If the films feature identifiable individuals, consider privacy concerns and obtain consent for public sharing. Additionally, be aware of any music or audio added to the films, as this also falls under copyright laws and may require licences or permissions for use.