MOVIE FILM PROCESSING - Long past it's expired
Kodachrome 40 KMA464P Super 8 Cartridge - Photo:
HANDLING UNEXPOSED (UNDEVELOPED) MOVIE FILM: Developing all types of old 8mm & 16mm film that was not
processed. If you expect you have movie film that was
not processed, DO NOT REMOVE FROM IT'S
ORIGINAL CAN OR CARTRIDGE - DO NOT EXPOSE THE FILM TO
What to consider before sending your films to be
If you have other films that have been processed
and require scanning (transfer) we may be able
to wave the cost of developing or at least
provide a substantial discount depending on your
quantity of already processed film. If you have
other films to transfer then consider including
those with your undeveloped films for us to
provide an estimate by email based on your quantity.
2) There are minimum costs associated with
processing (developing) old outdated motion
picture film whether any images or not.
deterioration, poor storage conditions,
environmental damage (e.g. contact with
moisture, extreme heat).
problem (e.g. not exposed at all, glossy
under/over exposed), camera malfunction, improper
handling, incorrect original camera settings.
combination of the above factors.
Once processed, your films will be
carefully inspected but there are no guarantees
of any discernable images.
Inspecting your film:
Film in a can: Double 8mm, regular
8mm & 16mm
the film is in a can and is sealed by black or
white (cloth type) tape, do NOT remove the tape
or open the can. If the tape has a label or seal
over the tape it is more than likely a new
suspect the can has been
opened or the black/white tape has been removed
and replaced or there is no black tape sealing
the film can, then the film was probably exposed.
If you think the film has been removed from the
can and exposed to bright light, then film may be no good and it
would be up to you if you think it is
worth the cost to develop the film to see if
there are any images.
Film in a
black plastic cartridge: Usually Super 8mm
This would be Super 8mm film
either Ektachrome or Kodachrome sound
film. You would see a portion of the film (brown
film with sprockets...if it says "exposed" then
the film is at the end of the roll and has been
exposed and ready for processing.
Super 8 cartridge showing "EXPOSED" meaning the
film has been shot and ready for processing
(developing). DO NOT REMOVE OR ATTEMPT TO OPEN
If it does not
say "exposed" it was either removed from the
Super 8 camera before it was finished or it is a
new roll and not exposed, however new rolls are
usually in their original sealed package in an
unopened box. If there is no brown film showing
the film it could have broke or come off the end
of the spool, which in that case means it has
run to the end and been exposed and ready for
Film in a
black magazine: Usually 16mm but their was 8mm
cameras that used this format.
8 &16mm magazine with the Kodachrome Daylight white
seal tape, meaning the film has not been opened
and ready for processing (developing). DO NOT
REMOVE OR ATTEMPT TO OPEN THE MAGAZINE.
Old Super 8mm, 8mm & 16mm film developing: All
film sent to us for developing must be paid in advance
of processing. Cost will include the cost of developing, placing the film on new film reels.
Scanning (transfer) to Standard or High Definition is
included when only getting one (1) film processed.
Scanning (transfer) for two (2) or more films will be
additional charge (if images).
Options to create DVD or Blu Ray
Archival Masters is also available. (2K file output available at
Processing time: Motion picture film is
processed through-out the year on scheduled cycles.
Contact us for the next schedule deadline. Turnaround is approximately
12 to 14 weeks
from the cycle start date, plus scanning (transfer) and shipping times.
No rush orders
Coronavirus COVID-19 -
At this time we are operating our lab, although
providing more diligent cleaning practices and handling
of all client orders. We have limited and rotating staff
to maintain safe contact practices which has slowed the
amount of orders we can process at any one time. As I am
sure you understand, at this point there may be some
delays in processing and delivery of orders during the
pandemic. We will be working as fast and as safe as
possible to complete all orders in a timely fashion.
Please read our latest statement regarding Covid-19:
The lab is able to process all types of
old small format (16mm, Regular/double 8mm & Super 8mm) motion picture
film. The brand and age of film, correct exposure and
proper storage conditions will all affect the outcome of
and Ektachrome films were manufactured pre-1984 and are
years beyond the process before date on the original
1. Kodak Ektachrome, Agfa Moviechrome or similar
incorporated color films.
160 film -
EM-25 or EM-26 process.
With these films the dye is part of the film emulsion
and it is still possible to process these films into
color images. Though success with this type of film
is generally 90% - 95%, they are likely to turn out
faded and color shifted from age.
To process Ektachrome in color rather
then B&W is an additional charge. If
you are confident that your film has been stored
consistently in cool temperatures and/or color is
extremely important to you, specify that you would like
If you are unsure of the storage
conditions, the black & white negative process offered
is the safer approach to salvaging something from your
2. Kodak Kodachrome, Agfachrome, Anscochrome, Fujichrome
or similar "non-dye" incorporated color films.
Kodachrome 40 film.
With this type of film, the color dye is not part of the
film emulsion and it is no longer possible to have it
processed into color images because the required
chemistry is no longer available. This film must be
processed into a B&W negative and then scanned (transferred)
with a high-output LED light scanner to video files so
that you can view the image in positive. For Super 8 format, the overall success
rate is around 80%; for regular 8 (which is most often
older film) the success rate is around 40%. The
image quality ranges from fairly good for Super 8 to extremely poor
for Regular or double 8. If we are
able to make out clear or fairly clear discernible images on your film,
regardless of quantity, it will be
transferred and the usual price will be charged. If
images are very poor and not discernable it will not be
scanned and there will be no additional charges.
Most small format B&W motion picture film that we
receive in for processing was intended to be processed
into a positive image. If your film is less than 15
years old or so, we recommend you find a motion picture
lab that is able to process your film into a positive
If it is older than this, we recommend that it be
processed into a B&W negative (see item 2 above).
your film is processed...
Your films will be carefully
inspected after processing but if there are no
The reason may be:
1. fogging (e.g.
age-related deterioration, poor storage conditions,
camera malfunction, improper handling)
2. exposure problem
(e.g. not exposed at all, glossy underexposed)
3. environmental damage
(e.g. contact with moisture, extreme heat)
4. a combination of the
motion picture film is then scanned (transferred) at our lab by our specially
designed film scanners with high-output LED motion
with grain reduction and image
enhancements as required.
Each frame of the film is
stopped, scanned and advanced to the next frame. Each frame
take seconds to scan not frames scanned in seconds
- one frame scanned at-a-time...this
TRUE SINGLE FRAME FILM SCANNING. Your film can
be output to a number of choices that can include
Standard Definition (SD), High Definition (HD), 2K in
various file formats such as .MOV, Numbered Image
Sequence or AVI files for computer editing
or we can create a
completed movie on a DVD or Blu Ray master.
develop (process) “old expired” movie film long past
it’s expiry date.
Kodachrome type film can
only be processed into black and white, we do have the
ability to run Ektachrome color films in color
processes. However, this often is highly inadvisable as
you risk losing any kind of image at all or having a
much lower quality image than you would in high contrast
B&W negative, which we then
convert to positive during the film to digital scanning
WE DO NOT PROCESS KODAK
VISION3 COLOR NEGATIVE FILMS REQUIRING ECN-2
CHEMISTRY. These include; 50D/7203, 500T/7219, 250D/5207
S8 OR 16MM FILM.
WHAT WE WILL TRANSFER:
The policy is to transfer a film deemed to have a fairly
good discernible image on some part or all parts of the film.
The final transferred image quality must be fair to
good, if we can't make out the images then
it will not be transferred; the Technicians err on the side of
providing the customer with all possible decent salvaged image.
If there is an image detected on your film and not
discernable (make out people, faces, land marks, signs) it will
transferred. After our processing and careful inspection we would inform you of the quality.
ONCE PROCESSED, THE FILM IS SCANNED (TRANSFERRED) BY OUT
HIGH-OUTPUT BRIGHT LIGHT SCANNERS INTO A POSITIVE IMAGE FROM THE NEGATIVE AND WE CAN OUTPUT
FILES TO EITHER SD, HD
OR 2K IN .MOV, AVI OR NIS (NUMBERED
IMAGES SEQUENCE) FILES which are a photo of each frame of film
in either JPEG, PNG or TIFF.
MOTION PICTURE FILM
FILM IS RETURNED WITH YOUR ORDER ON REQUEST:
The film can be returned if you require. The film will
be in either B&W or color "negative" depending on
the type of film and the option you requested. It would
not be viewable in a projector in a positive
DAMAGED MOVIE FILM?
WE ALSO SPECIALIZE IN: FILM RECOVERY AND RESTORATION WARPED, SHRUNK,
BUCKLED, TWISTED, BRITTLE, MOLDY, VINEGAR
SYNDROME, SPIDER WEBBED, WATER, SMOKE, FIRE DAMAGED,
DETERIORATING OR DEGRADING MOTION PICTURE FILM MOVIE
Super 8mm 8mm or 16mm
roll, spool, core, cassette or magazine
Safest method (B&W
MINIMUM CHARGES FOR PROCESSING ONE (1), FIFTY
(50) FOOT 8MM OR 16MM FILM
TO SEE IF
THERE ARE IMAGES
charges are required to the cover cost of chemicals and
labour. When there are fair to good detectable images on the film
regardless of quantity.
FINAL processing and scanning (TRANSFER) with grain
reduction and image enhancements as required
and output to standard or high definition file format
when getting "one" film developed. Additional cost for
Discounts apply on
or more films and/or submitting already processed films
for transfer with
your unprocessed film.
Additional cost if images after processing:
storage media (DVD or BLU RAY DISCS or USB THUMB/FLASH
OR HARD DRIVE)
capture and sync (IF SOUND FILM THERE IS AN
ADDITIONAL COST PER
50 FEET OF 8MM OR 16MM FILM - TO CREATE WAV SOUND
FILE - AND THEN SYNC THE SOUND TO CREATE A COMPLETED FILE
WITH BOTH SOUND AND PICTURE.
Cost of return
shipping (DOES NOT INCLUDE FREE RETURN SHIPPING ON
ANY SIZE ORDER OF FILM PROCESSING) - Free return
shipping MAY apply if submitting other already
processed films for transfer if the value is more
then $700 CND.
Taxes (Tax exempt
for USA customers).
PAYMENT BY CREDIT CARD OR PAYPAL ONLY:
PROCESSING IS PAYABLE IN ADVANCE BASED ON THE NON
REFUNDABLE MINIMUM PROCESSING CHARGE-
Payment for USA customers is
only accepted by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or
PayPal. All types of payments accepted for Canadian
customers including e-transfer. The amount must
be paid before the cycle cut off date. If not, then your
film enters the next cycle processing date and delays
your order. After processing if there are images there
may be additional charges depending on the options
required or chosen. The film will NOT be returned if
there are no images to scan (transfer).
All Bank of Canada exchange rates are indicative rates
only, obtained from averages of aggregated price quotes
from financial institutions. The actual US exchange rate
will be determined by your Credit Card Company or PayPal
account at the time of payment.
FILE/DATA STORAGE INCLUDED: There
is a maximum 60 day file storage and backup to all
"Mastered file formats" were "files" or "data was
created or mastered from the customers original
material. After 60 days from the date of invoice the
files will be deleted unless we are instructed by you in
writing to hold onto the files/data for a longer period.
Data storage fees may apply depending on how long the
additional storage is required.
Please keep in mind that your film may be decades beyond
its process before
date and or job is to salvage the film in the best
possible way. The Technicians do their best to get good
quality images from these very old films but the results
are highly variable depending on age and past stored
conditions. The quality range may be from good to just
Agfachrome, Anscochrome, Fujichrome or similar
non-dye incorporated color films —
Can only be processed into a black and white
negative which is then transferred to a black and
white positive. There is no color processing option
for this film anywhere on earth.
Ektachrome process EM-25 —
By default this is processed into a black and white
negative which is then transferred to black and
white positive. Color process is possible, if
requested, but there is a surcharge (for each 50’)
and the film is less likely to turn out. In color
the chance of a recognizable image is about 80%,
while black and white is near 90%.
Ektachrome process EM-26,
Agfa Moviechrome or similar dye incorporated color
default, this is the only type of vintage movie film
that are processing into color. You can request that
it be processed into a B&W negative instead of color
if you wish to take the safest possible approach to
salvaging something from the film. They almost
always do turn out at least as recognizable in color
but the B&W version of the image can often be better
quality. Color processing for this type of film is
more expensive then B&W processing.
other movie film
– By default these are processed into a black and
white negative which is then transferred to black
and white positive. Color process is possible for
Ektachrome only (but not recommended) but can be
processed into color if requested, B&W film is of
course processed into B&W but this type of film
stands up much better over time than color film.
chance of recognizable image on properly exposed and
30% trend: very poor
40% trend: poor
50% trend: poor to fair
70% trend: fair to good
near 90% trend fair/good/excellent
scanning (transfer options) can be discussed once the
film is developed and if there are decent images to be
OPTIONS FOR YOUR FILE STORAGE:
HARD DRIVES, THUMB/FLASH
DRIVES, SD CARDS
Uploading of files to
portable drives: Once your film has been scanned we
can then store your film project on portable hard drives, Solid
State Drive (SSD), thumb/flash
drives or SD cards.
We use only Superspeed USB 3.0 media for fast
uploading/downloading file transfer.
DVD ARCHIVAL MEDIA -
Contrary to rumors and miss
information... DVDs are not going anywhere. They currently
last longer then any other storage media and are not
susceptible to corruption such as hard drives, USB
ARCHIVAL PRESERVATION MASTERS FOR THOSE SPECIAL
MEMORIES... DVD will play on your DVD player or computer drive
and is the longest lasting media available. Last longer than
hard drives, thumb drives, memory sticks or ANY OTHER MEDIA. Best of all, it’s compatible with any DVD or Blu
Our supplied Portable Hard
Drives & Solid State Drives (SSD) all work with Windows®
If you do plan on sending these for developing &
transfer (scanning), PLEASE SEE THE IMPORTANT SHIPPING
INSTRUCTIONS, ESPECIALLY IF SHIPPING FROM THE USA TO OUR
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