Film Transfer Services – San Mateo, CA – 8mm 16mm

san francisco film transfer 8mm 16mmWe Scan 8mm, Super 8 and 16mm Film in HD – San Mateo, CA

AV Workshop now offers full Frame-by-Frame High Definition Film Scanning. We can convert 8mm film to Digital, Super8 to DVD and 16mm film to DVD, Bluray or an HD digital file for editing. Don’t trust smaller camera shops or big-box stores like Walmart and Costco as they send the work out to another vendor. Take them to a small business that specializes in frame by frame HD Film Transfer. Here at AV Workshop, we service San Mateo and perform all film transfers in house right here in our San Francisco Bay Area location. We have the latest HD Film Transfer equipment and offer color correction as well.

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  • Standard HD Film Transfer

  • Starting at $19per reel
  • Film Cleaned & Repaired
    Films Cleaned, Repaired w New splices & Leader
  • Frame-by-Frame HD Film Scanning
    HD Film Scanning – Progressive (non-interlaced)
  • HD 1920 x 1080p 16x9 Wide Screen
    Enlarged Gate Full Frame Capture 16x9 Wide Screen
  • Bright LED Light Source
    Super bright and Cool LED Light Source – Enhanced Clarity – No Hot Spot
  • Output - HD mp4 File, Bluray or DVD
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  • Enhanced HD Film Transfer

  • Starting at $24per reel
  • Film Cleaned & Repaired
    Films Cleaned, Repaired w New splices & Leader
  • Frame-by-Frame HD Film Scanning
    HD Film Scanning – Progressive (non-interlaced)
  • HD 1920 x 1080p 16x9 Wide Screen
    Enlarged Gate Full Frame Capture 16x9 Wide Screen
  • Bright LED Light Source
    Super bright and Cool LED Light Source – Enhanced Clarity – No Hot Spot
  • Output - HD mp4 File, Bluray or DVD
  • Color Correction (Scene by Scene)
    Scene by Scene Color Correction in Post Production
  • Brightness Improvement Scene by Scene
    Scene by Scene Brightness & Contrast Improvement in Post Production

Standard vs Enhanced Film Transfer – San Mateo

HD Film Transfer Pricing - San Mateo

Standard (per reel)

Enhanced (per reel)


$19 $24
5” $76



$114 $144
7” $152


Larger Reels are charged at .38 (standard) or .48 (enhanced) per foot

Output Options (not included in transfer)

DVD master

$35 (up to 2hrs)
additional DVD copies

$10 each


HD Bluray Master $75 (up to 2hrs)

additional Bluray copies

$25 each

HD File mp4 (PC or MAC)

$75 (up to 2hr)


.10 per foot

$7 each

Min. fee


HD Film Transfer Samples by AV Workshop – San Mateo

AV Workshop Vs. Costco (Yes Video) Film Transfer – San Mateo

Trying to Organize your films? Need Help?

Let us Create a Reference DVD so you can View and Organize your Family Films (Risk-Free) Today!

Many of our clients are overwhelmed by having their 8mm, 16mm or Super 8 films transferred because they’re unsure what’s on them and / or do not know what order they should go in. Customers always ask us about using, renting, or even buying a film viewer or projector to see their films before they have them transferred.

AV Workshop has an easier digital solution. We offer the unique option to view and organize your family’s precious memories with a Reference DVD where each reel is a unique chapter on the disc. To learn more about this process Click Here.

Our film transfer process continued:

Frame by frame film scanning means your film transfer will be 100% flicker free, crystal clear and razor sharp from edge to edge. Our film scanners use a sprocket less drive to assure there will be no film damage to your priceless memories.

In addition to frame-by-frame film scanning, our Enhanced film transfer includes scene by scene color correction as well as brightness / contrast improvement. Since almost all film will shift in color over time, your home movies will benefit from color-correction.

A technician will analyze your film (which is now digital) and balance the colors scene by scene. For example, if you had an outdoor scene that ended where an indoor scene began, we would color-correct them independently. Also, we can enhance the clarity of your film by adjusting the brightness and contrast to improve exposure problems where the film may be over exposed or under exposed; as a result, your home movies will look better than ever and be there for generations to come!

FREE Additional Benefits

  • Free cleaning and lubrication
  • Free editing of unexposed sections
  • Free film repair / Free splicing
  • Free titles (1 per 400 feet)
  • Free film leader (if needed)
  • Free background music of your choice


How Do We Compare to Southtree / Legacy Box

  • Film Transfer Resolution
  • Film Cleaning
  • Frame Rate
  • Data Rate (compression)
  • Films in Order
  • Color Correction Avail.
  • Brightness / Contrast Improvement Avail.
  • Sound Film
  • Film Transfer Method
  • Output Options
  • FREE Shipping
  • Media Lost
  • Average Yelp Review
  • HD 1920x1080p
  • YES
  • Exact – 16, 18, or 24fps (same as original)
  • 50 mb/sec MAX
  • YES - In order requested or by date
  • YES - Scene by Scene
  • YES - Scene by Scene
  • YES
  • HD RetroScan Universal With Upgraded 2K Lens (sprocketless / Frame by Frame)
  • HD 1080p mp4 (50mb/s), Bluray, DVD, HD Tiffs
  • YES (orders over $175)
  • 0
  • 5 Star
  • 640 x 480
  • NO
  • 17 fps
  • 3 mb/s
  • NO
  • NO
  • NO
  • NO
  • State of the Art???
  • low res 480 mp4 (3 mb/s), DVD
  • NO
  • Hundreds
  • 1 - 2 Stars

CLICK HERE to find out How Much Film you Have




Super 8


Approx  RunTime

4 min
3 min
2 min
15 min
13 min
8 min
22 min
20 min
11 min
30 min
27 min
15 min
45 min
40 min
23 min
60 min
53 min
30 min
45 min
57 min


How does the pricing work?

The pricing is broken down into two parts. First, you select your reel size (see HD Film Transfer Pricing Chart above). Your film is charged by reel size, per reel. Therefore, if you have two 3" reels, it would be $19 per reel - so $38 total. Second, you select your output option. There is one output fee per order up to two hours (2 hours of film = ~1600 feet). For example, if the total length of your transfer is 1 1/2 hours (less than two hours), you will be charged only one output fee. If the total length of your film transfer comes out to 3 1/2 hours, there will be two output fees (each export is only up to two hours). If you select the HD mp4 option, the output fee will be $75 per export. If you select the DVD Master option, the output fee will be $39 per export (see Output Options Chart above).

In conclusion, your total is the reel charge (per reel & size) + output charge (per export).

How many feet of 8mm and/or 16mm film can fit on a DVD?

Super 8 and Regular 8 film runs at approx. 16-18 fps. Thus, approx. 1600’ equals 2 hours of video. As a result, we can fit approx. 1600′ of Regular 8 or Super 8 film on one DVD or Blu-ray – approx. 32 small 50′ reels. We can fit approx. 3000′ of 16mm onto one DVD or Blu-ray. (depending on the speed at which is was shot).

Am I charged for blank films? 

If a reel is black, we can identify that before we clean and prepare it for transfer. Thus, that reel will not be transferred and you will not be charged.

I do not know what’s on my films. Do you rent film projectors or film viewers?

No sorry we do not rent equipment nor do we recommend watching your films on projectors or views as they may burn or wear out the sprocket holes since most film is brittle now. However, if you know you want the film transferred but just don't know the order they go in. AV Workshop can prebuild a DVD where each film reel is its own unique chapter (reference DVD) for you to preview and take notes. Once you know the correct order, we will then rebuild the DVD, Bluray, etc... The extra cost for the reference DVD service is $100 for up to 2hrs of film. Please take a look at the page linked here for more details.

There are a lot of reels, can you show them to me so I know which ones I want to have transferred?

No sorry, we do not run anything through our HD film scanners that hasn’t been thoroughly cleaned, prepped, and lubricated. Most films need to have leaders re-spliced and other splices repaired. As a result, we perform a lot of hands-on physical work to your films to ensure they will look their best when transferred.

Do you transfer sound film?

Yes we do. If your Super 8 film has magnetic sound or your 16mm film has an optical track, we will transfer it with your film. Sound film is very rare and we take extra care that we get the best transfer of your sound film as possible. To transfer sound, we charge an extra .25 per foot. After your sound film is transferred, we make sure it is in sync with your film and we perform level optimization and noise reduction to it.

Do I get my 8mm/16mm films back when you are done converting them to digital?

Yes, your film will be cleaned, repaired, lubricated and given back to you with your DVD, Bluray or HD video file.

How do I use a Flash Drive to view my files?

We have a step by step guide here.

If you provide my drive, how many drives will I receive?

You will receive one single drive that all your media will fit on! We carry 16gb all the way through 2TB

How much space do I need on my flash drive or external hard drive for my films? 

1 hour of footage will be approximately 20 GB and 2 hours will be approximately 40 GB. Please be conscious of the amount of space you have on your hard drive.

If I ordered a JPEG or TIFF numbered image sequence, how much space do I need for my flash drive or external hard drive?

click here for details

San Mateo, CA Info:
San Mateo is a city in San Mateo County, California, in the high-tech enclave of Silicon Valley in the San Francisco Bay Area. San Mateo is one of the larger suburbs on the San Francisco Peninsula, located between Burlingame to the north, Foster City and San Francisco Bay to the east, Belmont to the south, and Highlands-Baywood Park and Hillsborough to the west. In 1810 Coyote Point was an early recorded feature of San Mateo. Beginning in the 1850s, some wealthy San Franciscans began building summer or permanent homes in the milder mid-peninsula. While most of this early settlement occurred in adjacent Hillsborough and Burlingame, a number of historically important mansions and buildings were constructed in San Mateo.

AV Workshop is conveniently located on Woodside Rd. in Redwood City of the San Francisco Bay Area

We accept walk-ins as well as shipments. All online orders over $250 qualify for FREE round trip shipping! To learn more Click Here.

You can get an Estimate or Order online by clicking on any service page above.

Note: If you prefer to speak with someone in person, call us during store hours at 650-369-4366

New Store Hours:

Tue. thru Fri. 11am - 6pm

Sat. 10am - 1pm