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Transforming your old home movies into digital content is a lot easier than you might think. If you have Super 8 and 8mm film that needs to get digitized, purchasing a film converter is the fastest and probably most convenient way to get the job done. To help you out, we rounded up four of the best digital film converters that you can get online. These digital devices can run you anywhere from $200 to $500, depending on how much film you want to get converted, but there’s also an option to have film professionals convert everything for you. Check out the options below, and for more film-related shopping recommendations check out picks for the coolest vintage cameras, filmmaking cameras for all budgets, and our movie-lovers gift guide.
The Wolverine Film2Digital MovieMaker works like a charm. It converts 8mm and Super 8 films into .MP4 movies, in 720p or 1080p. The device has a 2.4″ LCD screen to view your film, and it weighs just three pounds. One reviewer noted that this machine easily converted 71-year-old film, so if you happen to have reels dating back decades, this might just be the converter for you. The Film2Digital MovieMaker bundle set includes a 32GB SD memory card, and Worldwide Voltage 110V/240V AC adapter.
The Eyesen digital film scanner digitizes movies into .MP4 at 1080p/30fps. Like the Wolverine model, this automated, frame-by-frame converter scans features a 2.4” LCD screen to playback your scanned video (you can also watch it on a TV or computer monitor). It scans to a 32GB memory card, and supports reels up to 9”. There’s no software needed to begin digitizing your film but the 8mm or Super 8 film has to be mounted in with the proper reel (up to 5” diameter) and adapter before recording and rewinding. The scanner set includes USB and power adapters, an RCA Video Out TV Cable, a cleaning cloth, and 32GB SD card.
Scan 3″, 5″, or 7″ film reels with the quick, and easy-to-use Magnasonic FS81. The film-to-video scanner can turn 50 feet of film into digital .MP4 files in 30 minutes. You can save up to 120 minutes of film (no sound) with this converter, but it doesn’t come with an SD card. The Magnasonic has a small LCD screen for playback as well, and cable connections to watch the film back on your TV, or another device.
Legacybox is a great choice if you don’t feel like scanning film yourself. It’s also a great gift option. Simply purchase the digitizing kit, fill it with the home movies, photos, and other memories that you want converted, send it back, and a team of professionals does the rest. The company digitizes 8mm film, 16 mm film, VHS tapes, 35mm photo slides, prints, audio cassettes, reel-to-reels, and you get to chose whether you want them transferred onto a thumb drive, DVD, or into the cloud.