I copied my 8 mm films a few years ago. Regretfully they were in terrible
condition, having been mishandled for more than 30 years, but the fact that
I can now see at least snippets from the past made it worth the effort.
I managed to find a friend with a projector for this type of film, and he
also had a transfer box - basically a sort of sideways periscope where you
shone the projected film onto a screen, and pointed a video camera in from
the other end of the box. I also projected the image against a screen, and
a sheet, and video'd the image using a tripod. The results of all three
were about the same, so I wouldn't bother hiring or buying a transfer
I didn't have a sound track on my film, so tried to play some music in the
background, but most of it was drowned out by the projector noise. You
probably need to record over the top of that with a mixing device
After recording to an 8mm video format, I then replayed back, recording to
VHS tape, but have kept the 8mm video too, for safety.
I have managed to use a 'Dazzle' video transfer device to capture a few
still from the film too.
> From: "Pierre Erville" <perville@...>
> I am new to the group and looking for an inexpensive way to transfer old
home video on what appears to me to be 9mm film (European, from the 1930s)
in excellent condition, to videocassette/vcr format. Any help out there?