Archival and telecine do not belong together!

Archival has to be independant from microprocessors, software and data formats. The material must be readable with your eye and/or optical equipment - b/w film is good for much more than hundred years (up to 500!) - colourfilm for more than 50 years if stored well.  (b/w microfilm is used for longterm archives, also in companies - nothing else!)

Digitalpictures and movies are dependant of software and appropriate hardware which have very short lifecycles! All data on media like CD/DVD/BlueRay have no warranty! Only for short time usage!

HD telecine service of original Super8 films for postproduction

Super8 has aspect ratio of 4:3. All standard Super8 cameras do not use the max. possible frame area for the picture and have sometimes different sizes (- the old movie projector limits with the gate)

Service with 16:9 HD video cameras:

HD cameras: aspect ratio of 16:9. Some captured 1920 x 1080 (see sample picture) others 1280 x 720 pixels.  Cutting is necessary to get the picture of 4:3 without distortion.


Pixels are not the most important detail: Most cheap services are offered without any technical details... do they use:  a screen? connected with macrolens in front of a movie projector?..which kind of speed?.. which camera?..very often they use  cheap consumer or surveillance “HD” cameras (bad lens, bad ccd, MPEG4 H.264 low datarates, high compression). Never you can get high quality for postproduction with this equipment. Maybe its good enough for your family in front of the TV.

Telecine with “professional” (HD) Cameras can be very good, if the rest of equipment is also “professional”.

Some other telecine equipment uses scanning devices.

For original size of Super8 frames you can get max 1420x1080 pixls pictureframes with fullHD video:

For best quality of Super8 frames you can get max 1920x1080 pictureframes in 16:9 ratio with fullHD video. But WITH LOSS of the the orange parts (cropping) and possibly loss of details (depending of filmquality).

which product is at the end of postproduction?

private use on TV or beamer- broadcast HDTV- digital cinema (screen?) - Blowup to (?)

You have find someone which delivers acceptable quality to you. 

Super8MAX has much less cropping for 16:9 and better results for telecine process:

Go to a professional Telecine-service and tell them your detailed wishes. Ask for their technic and what they delivers. If they want to make a secret of this - you can not get high quality.

Like the Rolling Stones hit:         “You .. Always Get What You Want” !

Telecine equipment for 8mm 16mm:

Technical background Infos for Super8 cameras and older projects:

Filmscanner Telecine background: