How will my old movie film be processed and what can I expect?

Please keep in mind that your film may be decades beyond its process before date and what we are doing here is a salvage job.  We do our best to get good quality images from these very old films but the results are highly variable.  The quality we get range from good to just barely discernable.

  • Kodachrome — Can only be processed into a black and white negative which is then transferred to a black and white positive as an AVI, MOV or DVD. There is no color processing option for this film anywhere on earth.
  • Ektachrome process EM-26 – By default, this is the only vintage movie film that we are processing into color. You can request on the order form that it be processed into a B&W negative instead of color if you wish to take the safest possible approach to salvaging something from the film.  They almost always do turn out at least as recognizable in color but the B&W version of the image can often be better quality.
  • Ektachrome process EM-25 — By default this is processed into a black and white negative which is then transferred to black and white positive as an AVI, MOV or DVD. Color process is possible, if requested, but there is a $14 surcharge (for 50’) and the film is less likely to turn out. More information on EM-25 film, including identification. In color the chance of a recognizable image is about 80%, while black and white is near 100%.
  • All other movie film – By default these are processed into a black and white negative which is then transferred to black and white positive as an AVI, MOV or DVD. Color process is possible, if requested, but there is a $14 surcharge (for 50’) and the film is less likely to turn out. B&W film is of course processed into B&W but this has stood up much better over time than color film and if your film is less than 20 years old you may want to consider using another provider who can do it faster and at less expense.
Typical chance of recognizable image on properly exposed and stored film:
1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s+
30% trend: very poor 50% trend: very poor to poor 60% trend: poor to fair 70% trend:poor to fair near 100% trend fair to good
 

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