Convert 16mm Film to Digital

16mm film reel

EachMoment are expert digitisers of 16mm film and all other kinds of cine, including Super 8, regular 8, Pathé 9.5mm and more.

Preserve your precious memories onto your USB memory stick, DVD, or online album.

EachMoment’s Memory Box system is the UK’s safest way to digitise cine film.

  • Free collection and re-delivery by the UK’s most secure courier.
  • Free cleaning and restoration by our team of specialists.
  • Free crush-proof Memory Box.

How to convert 16mm film to digital and DVD

1. Fill up a Memory Box

EachMoment Memory Box

• The crush-proof Memory Box arrives on your doorstep the day after you make an order.

• You fill it with your old 16mm cine film and more. If you’re curious, you can check out everything else that we digitise.
• When you feel ready, we collect it via the UK’s safest courier for free.

2. We digitise

technician inspecting a 16mm reel

• Our lab’s specialist restoration team safely clean & repair every 16mm reel that needs attention for free.

• We safely digitise your memories to the best possible quality. Choose to enjoy them on memory stick, DVD, or online album.

• The same high-security courier returns your Memory Box with your safely preserved digital memories, as well as your 16mm reels.


3. Enjoy your digital memories

couple enjoying their digitised cine film footage on a laptop

• Now you can easily share and relive precious memories on any digital device, such as smartphone, tablet, computer, or TV.

• Laugh and cry when you get to see and hear old times and old faces brought to life again.
• Feel secure knowing that your memories are safe forever. They will look as good in a hundred years as they do on the day they’re digitised, ready to be passed down the generations.

Why converting 16mm film to digital is important

Although long absent from the mass market, EachMoment converts thousands of hours of 16mm film to digital and DVD each year, and our customers always tell us how liberating and comforting it is to be able to free up space around the home and to rest assured that their footage will be safe for many more years. Not least of all, ciné film is also highly flammable. Any customers who have been storing large quantities of 16mm film over the years often feel more secure knowing that they have bypassed a substantial safety risk by converting 16mm film to digital and DVD.

Although it is difficult to say exactly how long it takes for 16mm film to degrade, most people are unable to provide the best environment to prevent their deterioration. Although some can last decades, heat, moisture and sunlight all have a damaging impact on the quality of 16mm film – it’s always devastating to learn that your precious memories have either lost their clarity or have vanished entirely. As ciné film ages, it can become dry, brittle and sometimes smell slightly vinegary as a result of degradation. Specialist chemicals and equipment can save the day. In short, the sooner you transfer your 16mm film to digital and DVD the better.

Transferring 16mm film to digital and DVD will convert any old memories that are entombed in the footage of your deteriorating tapes. If you were to convert 16mm film footage to digital, not only would it free up plenty of space in your garage, shelves or the attic, you can also securely protect your memories for many more years to come. Transferring 16mm film to DVD and digital also allows you to relive your memories on your computer, laptop or mobile, so you can take them with you wherever you go!

Why wait? Convert your 16mm cine films to digital today!

Preserving your precious memories and gifting an EachMoment Memory Box to a friend or family member is an especially touching way to remind those closest to you how much you care about them. Whether it be a birthday, Valentine’s Day or Mother’s or Father’s Day, the memories enclosed in an EachMoment Memory Box always make the most thoughtful gift.

cine film with an EachMoment USB Memory Stickin the background

A Brief History of 16mm Film

Meaning ‘moving film’, ciné film refers to motion picture film formats used for early movie-making that preceded consumer-grade videocassette and digital formats. Unlike its 8mm consumer-grade successor, 16mm film was generally used in the professional film industry and for educational purposes. 16mm film was widely used during WWII as it provided a relatively lightweight format which could capture up to an hour of footage. In the mid-seventies, the arrival of colour film and the rise of less expensive and more compact Betamax and VHS formats signalled the eventual decline of 16mm film into obsolescence. EachMoment has converted hundreds of hours of original documentary footage for several museums around the UK which captured this period on 16mm film.

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