Old cine films

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    I've got lots of 8mm cine films that were taken in the 1960s, and I want to put them on a disc or on my computer, and I'm wondering if anyone has done this, or if someone has any advice, such as which converter to buy and should I put them on a disc or on my computer ... etc.

    I don't want to send them away, I've lost some old rare negatives by doing that - the photographer I gave them to said I didn't give them to him ... but I did and I think he kept them or sold them.
    Therefore, since there's a lot of local history interest on the films (which people keep asking me about), as well as personal memories, I want to do it myself.

     
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      Can't help Michael but if I could add I have some old mini and normal size VHS tape that I would like to get on to DVDs if it's a reasonably simple process.
      I assume there a converters that plug into your computer but how good or costly is a mystery to me.
       
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        Thank you @pete, I suppose we would need different equipment. I've seen various converters on Amazon. The best ones start at over £200 and since I have so many films it might be worth buying one.
        However, they talk of MP4 and SD cards etc and I haven't got a clue what any of those are or if they'd work on my computer/DVD player.
        Maybe someone will be able to help us ...
         
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          I'm ok with the dvd, sd card not mp4 though.
          £200 seems a bit too much for the stuff I want transferred, as once done I won't need it anymore.
           
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            Does your computer have a slot for sd card, and/or a dvd drive.
             
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              It has a slot where I put a memory card from camera, and one for external hard drive. There are also other slots but I don't know what they are for.
              I don't know what an sd card or dvd drive are .
               
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                Sd card. 20221229_114647.jpg
                 
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                  DVD drive on my laptop, but you can easily buy both as separate items and just plug into the computer. 20221229_115025.jpg
                   
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                    Ah, right, I used to have one of those drawers in my old laptop, not on either of the ones I've got now though.
                    The card is similar to the one I have inside my digital camera.
                    Thanks for explaining.
                     
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                      I've had all my old cine films converted to digital by a local company. They transferred them to DVD. Once on DVD you can copy the video files onto your computer and watch them on there, even if you no longer have a DVD player on your PC.

                      I know you don't want to hand over your cine films Michael and I felt the same, but wanted to get them done professionally. I chose a local company with good reviews and was able to hand over the films personally. I would never trust posting them.

                      Years before I had a company transfer them onto VHS but that was low quality.

                      When my Dad died I wanted to digitize all his old films but he had a lot and it would have cost several hundred quid. This was over 10 years ago so I expect it would run into thousands now. We couldn't all agree to spending the money so they never got done until this year, my brother bought a machine so he did them himself. It took a fair bit of time and the quality is as good as my old films I paid to have done professionally.

                      I'll ask him which machine he bought and let you know.
                       
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                        If you don't have a DVD player then they will put them on either an external hard disk drive or one of those USB memory sticks.
                         
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                          Thank you. it would be helpful to know.
                           
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                            I'm about to buy a new laptop computer and checking them out locally today, most no longer have drives/slots for DVD's or SD camera cards. Both have to be bought separately now and plugged into the computer.
                             
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                              There are machines on the market for doing just that, though they cost from around £300 upwards.
                              Plenty of Ytubes like this one on using them.


                              While storing the films onto DVD, like all other storage methods, do not rely on them 100% as though originally touted as good for 100 years, they can easily be damaged and do degrade, so use a second medium of storage like an extrenal hard drive.
                               
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                                Be interested to know which one you are looking at, we are just doing the same, though we were quiet impressed by laptop the young ones got the other month,.... decisions, decisions !!
                                 
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