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Nominate your favorite film to be preserved

Now is the time to nominate your favorite film to be digitally transferred and included in the National Film Preservation Board (NFPB), a project of the Library of Congress.   To nominate a film, visit

According to the NFPB, its primary mission is to :

"save orphan films — those without owners able to pay for their preservation. The films most at-risk are newsreels, silent films, experimental works, films out of copyright protection, significant amateur footage, documentaries, and features made outside the commercial mainstream. Orphan films are the living record of the twentieth century."

Once selected, the NFPB works to conducts the film transfer and make them accessible to present and future generations of Americans.

In 2010, 25 films were added to the registry, including "All the President's Men," "The Pink Panther" and "Cry of Jazz."

Posted by: MemoryHub
Labels: Film Transfer, General, News

Proper storage methods for your 8mm film or 16mm film

Film storageIf you have 8mm film, Super8 film or 16mm film, it may take a little time to find a place where you can preserve your film in your own home without it degrading.  Follow these suggestions on how to store your film to keep your memories safe and intact.  Better yet, transfer your 8mm film to DVD at the same time with our film transfer service.

How to store your film
  1. Store film in a location with steady temperature and humidity.  Film stored at room temperature may last up to 50 years before decomposition occurs
  2. Consider multiple locations for multiple copies of prints or duplicates of films
  3. Label your film correctly, so if you send it in to MemoryHub for digital film transfer, it will help you and our film transfer team to get your film processed quickly
  4. Store your film canisters horizontally, no more than 8 cans high
  5. Use "Safety" film stock, polyester-base is preferred
  6. Store on moisture-proof cores and in corrosion-resistant cans
  7. Store in a location no hotter than 70 degrees, with 20 to 30 percent humidity
How NOT to store your film
  1. Do not store your film in ziplock or plastic bags. Film needs to breathe and needs the exposure to oxygen.  Lack of ventilation will cause the film's rate of decomposition to increase
  2. Do not store your film in attics or in direct sunlight as high-temperatures lead to an increased rate of decomposition
  3. Avoid any locations near chemicals, paint or exhaust
  4. Do not throw away your original film if you transfer your 8mm to DVD or 16mm to DVD.  They are still something you can preserve as a keepsake and emergency backup.

Posted by: MemoryHub
Labels: Film Transfer

8mm 16mm Super8 Film Length Calculator

Film Length CalculatorA film length calculator can be very useful in determining the length of video per reel of film.  The run-time for a reel of film will vary based on the framerate the video was captured with.  For example 100 feet of film shot at 18 frames a second will have a longer run time than 100 feet of film shot at 24 frames per second.

However you can use the following as a general calculation:

50 feet of film (3 inch film reel) = 3 minutes
200 feet of film (5 inch film reel) = 12 minutes
400 feet of film (7 inch film reel) = 24 minutes

For additional information visit the film to dvd page.

Posted by: MemoryHub
Labels: Convert Video, Film Transfer, General

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