MemoryVine latest news RSS feed

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



MemoryHub
2713 State Route 153
Twisp, WA 98856
(510) 342-9140

Questions? Feedback? powered by Olark live chat software