How we transfer your films is a question we've been asked quite often and here is our answer:
This is the DV8 Sniper, a telecine transfer projector produced by the great folks at Moviestuff.com. A telecine transfer is a frame-by-frame digital capture of your film in real-time into our production computer. This yields the highest quality transfer of your 8mm or Super-8mm films for the best possible transfer. The cool-running, high-intensity LED light source ensures that your films cannot be damaged by any heat (as you would risk with the standard 40-watt lamp in a standard projector) and we inspect and clean every inch of your footage before running it through our projector to ensure that it's clean, lubricated and that each splice is secure, clean and undamaged. This ensures that no jams or other damage occurs during the transfer of your films.
Because of the sprocketless construction of this projector, there is no need to be concerned about damage to the sprocket holes in your films. This is another reason we selected this unit over other products, so we can protect our customers' films not only from heat, but potential sprocket hole damage as well.
Also, because the projector has no lens (the lens is on the camera), this allows the projector to have an oversized film gate. What does this mean for you? It means that we capture as much of the film image as we can without capturing frame edges or sprocket holes.
This is the Sniper 16 Pro that we use for digitizing 16mm silent and sound 16mm films. Like the Sniper 8 Pro above, it does a frame-by-frame capture (true telecine) of your film and has the extra wide gate, so that we get as much of each frame of your film as is possible. It uses the same type of bright LED lighting system as the Sniper 8 Pro, so that your films aren't exposed to a hot lamp. The gate is sproketless, but there is a sproketted wheel near back end of the take-up path. Nevertheless, your films are very safe, as the tension is very light on the take-up path. We do the same kind of cleaning and careful inspection of your 16mm films as we do with 8mm films.