High quality film transfer at an affordable cost.

Got film? Try us. We can transfer every type of film format out there. 8mm, Super 8, and 16mm. We have a custom engineered, state of the art transfer and digitizing system. Here are the most common reel sizes that you most likely have.

3 reels standing

8mm, Super 8, 16mm
3” Reel – About 50ft of 8mm film
5” Reel – About 200ft of 8mm film
7” Reel – About 400ft of 8nn film

Frame by Frame

We transfer your film, frame by frame, which ensures part of our high quality transfer process. Once the film has completely loaded into our system, we check it out, speed it back up to the accurate speed, remove the flickers, and smooth it all out. From there, we can make a DVD master or prepare data files for you. Call or email us for a quote anytime. Just count up how many reels you have, estimate what size (3", 5", 7") they are, and we'll turn around a price for you right on the spot.

DVD Masters

DVDs are still extremely popular and one of the most common ways to view your new digital videos. We use the highest quality DVD-R media on the market. Our DVDs will work on your home DVD players and computer drives, assuming your computer still has a drive. Hopefully! A standard formatted DVD can hold up to 2hrs of footage. We can print a simple title right on the disc or a full color image on your new DVDs as well.

Video Transfers to Data Files

Would you like data files instead of a standard DVD? Something nice and easy to use for your laptop or desktop computer? Or something that you can load and import into your editing software? No Problem. We can load your video tapes into our system and encode the highest quality file format available. We can make new files that meet your needs and requirements. PC? MAC? No problem. Are you planning on editing? What platform do you edit in? Final Cut Pro? Adobe Premiere Pro? AVID? We can make just about any file format that you'd like. We offer professional editing services as well, so we are very handy when it comes to file formats and encoding details. You need a file? We got you covered. Just bring in your hard drive and we'll load it on and organize them for you.

Our Quality Control

At SDAV, we assure you that we handle your tapes, your film, your projects, with the utmost care and TLC. All video transfer projects are handled in-house, and never leave our sight. Each of your tapes and film reels are going to be assigned their very own bin, their new cozy home, and individually labeled with your name/ID to assure that your precious tapes can't jump ship and land in another trusted customer's bin. We time out the length of each tape, double check that there is footage, it's playing, functioning correctly, and we'll even call you if there's any concern that we notice before we complete your order. We can even repair your tape if necessary. We use only the highest quality of DVD-R media to master and finalize your footage onto. Rest assured, we will take care of your videos.

Give us a ring or email anytime.
Find us at

4909 Ruffner St.
San Diego, CA 92111
Mon - Fri
8am - 5pm


(858) 541-0500

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