How can I digitize 35mm celluloid family films?

Simon December 29, 2010

I have family films on 35mm celluloid. I want PC cuddly files. ‘Ow the bleedin’ ‘ell do i get to do it? Ive been trying for months (in an admittedly fairly desultory fashion) and am as far forward as when I started. I am in Wales, and don’t want to send the preciouses to the great abroad, but will, of course, consider Scotland/NI, even England etc.

  1. Digitizing services
    May 6, 2011 at 7:17 am

    I already bought a used USB cable converter that can link the VHS
    recorder with the PC. But as it’s used, I only found the driver, but
    have no real software which I can use to capture and turn the VHS
    streams into some format like avi, or mpeg. Can you recommend a freeware
    doing that? Thanks.

  2. Dave Drager
    January 3, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Do you mean movies or slides? Movies are considerably more complicated and therefore more costly to transfer to digital. With slides you can convert them with a backlit scanner, they are under $70 or so now.

    For movies you would need to do it professionally. I did a quick search and came up with a list here:

    Call those places and check to see if they support your format. Good luck!

  3. Nullop
    December 30, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    I assume by 35mm celluloid you mean what we call "slides" here in the states. So, you can buy a product called ShotCopy which will hold the slide properly while you photograph it with your digicam. Or you could buy a slide copier like those marketed by Pacific Image and others. Or you could cobble a copier together and tweak it till it works. Good luck!