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329 West 18th Street Suite #610
Chicago, Illinois 60616
(312) 243-1808

Film & Home Movie Transfers

CFA can provide transfers of your celluloid home movies or other films to DVD or external hard drive through three different digitization processes, allowing for flexibility in terms of budget, resolution, and intended use. These options are estimated at the following rates per foot for film in fair-to-good condition.

For all three options, the following apply:


Handling Fee $15 per order


Digital Files $0 (drive provided by client)
Drives available for purchase
First DVD $25
DVD Duplicates $15 each


All shipping charges handled by customer.


If a film requires excessive repairs or handling, CFA will charge the additional labor at $100 per hour. We will notify the customer if this time is likely to exceed 30 minutes of work.

You can estimate the total footage of your film based on these standard reel sizes:

3″ diameter 50’ reel
4″ diameter 100′ reel
5″ diameter 200′ reel
6″ diameter 300′ reel
7″ diameter 400′ reel

For help with estimates or identifying more information about your films, call (312) 243-1808, or email olivia [at]

Your payment for this transfer service helps advance Chicago Film Archives’ archival preservation efforts.



The Kinetta Archival Film Scanner is a sprocketless flatbed scanner capable of producing 4K edge-to-edge scans of 35mm, 16mm, 8mm, and Super 8mm film, with optical sound on any of these formats. In addition to producing beautiful transfers of good condition film, this scanner is specifically designed for those damaged, shrunken, and warped films that won’t run through other systems.

From the 4K master, CFA can provide a finished file in UHD (2160p) or 2K (2056×1536) for theatrical or home presentation. A small selection of digital production options, including scene-to-scene exposure adjustment and color-correction for faded films, is also available.


Super 8mm film $1.50 per foot
Regular 8mm film $1.50 per foot
16mm film $1.00 per foot
Optical Sound +$0.15 per foot
Faded Color Correction +$0.15 per foot
Color Negative +$0.15 per foot

Estimates for 35mm scanning available on request.



The 2K scanner is a high-quality option for home movies or professional projects. The sprocketless system scans 16mm, 8mm, and Super 8mm in 2K for finishing in HD (1080p) and can capture optical and magnetic sound on all three gauges.

The Basic Scan option uses the scanner’s built-in automatic light exposure and outputs directly to an HD file. This is the simplest way to receive HD transfers of your films. Magnetic sound is available in the Basic Scan but not optical.


Super 8mm film $0.60 per foot
Regular 8mm film $0.60 per foot
16mm film $0.45 per foot
Magnetic Sound +$0.15 per foot

The Advanced Scan option offers a superior HD file with increased stability and image quality through 2K manual exposure overscanning and post-production adjustments. This process can also transfer optical sound in addition to magnetic and has a wetgate option to minimize the effects of scratches or other imperfections in the image.


Super 8mm film $0.75 per foot
Regular 8mm film $0.75 per foot
16mm film $0.60 per foot
Optical or Magnetic Sound +$0.15 per foot
Wetgate +$1.00 per foot



The Telecine is our transfer service for those looking to save on costs while still gaining access to their precious film material. The SD (720×480) resolution is perfect for home movies on DVD and sharing your films online or elsewhere. You can also receive the digital files directly for personal editing and easily making your own copies.


Super 8mm film $0.30 per foot
Regular 8mm film $0.30 per foot
16mm film $0.25 per foot


For more information or estimates for any of these options, call
(312) 243-1808, or email olivia [at]