CONVERT YOUR HOME MOVIES ON THE HIGH STREET
High-street photo printers such as Snappy Snaps ( www.snipca.com/25701, see screenshot) and supermarkets like Asda ( www.snipca.com/25702) offer digitising services of your old home movies – including Super 8 and 8mm formats. You’ll receive your converted footage on a DVD that’s ready to watch. Whether this is the best solution depends on how much film you have and how much money you want to spend.
Snappy Snaps quotes a price of £35 for the first 200ft of film, then £10 for each additional 100ft (your film reel will have its total length printed clearly on it).
Asda is a quite a bit more expensive, charging £24 for 100 feet of film, then £24 for any additional 100ft (plus £12.50 postage on top).
Leaving it to the specialists will certainly save you time and could be good value if you only have a few reels to convert, but the cost will soon mount up if you have hours and hours of film to restore.