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Pro8mm to launch weekly podcast: The Home Movie Legacy Project


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December 20, 2012


Pro8mm of Burbank, CA launches a weekly pod cast commencing January 9, 2013 that compliments their new division, Home Movie Legacy,



The Home Movie Legacy Project will air live on Wednesdays at 4PM Pacific Time (7EST) with your host, Rhonda Vigeant (author of GET “REEL” ABOUT YOUR HOME MOVIE LEGACY…Before It’s too Late!) If you are the family historian passionate about preserving and sharing family films, a filmmaker wanting to use legacy or found footage in a documentary, a wedding or life-style filmmaker wanting to include super 8 film in your work, a production manager looking to incorporate Super 8 film in a current project, a genealogy buff, memory keeper, or archivist, this show is for you!


Rhonda will draw upon her many years of running Pro8mm, a company known worldwide as being the Super 8 experts for production and legacy footage for over 4 decades. Pro8mm has developed proprietary technology for the entertainment industry to use Super 8 film in today’s most popular television shows (American Idol, The New Normal, The Neighbors, American Horror Story), theatrical releases (Argo, Super 8, The Fighter) and dozens of music videos, commercials for national brands and Independent Films.  They have worked on thousands of super 8 and 16mm projects for the entertainment industry, and have handled millions of feet of film to archive the legacies of the world’s most famous faces. They have digitized historical material for hundreds of documentaries, as well as Presidential Libraries, and Museums.

Some shows will focus on compelling interviews with people who are sharing their personal story using home movies from the past and the present, sharing what was discovered, what was challenged or what was confirmed. Other shows will feature technical content with guest speakers that will teach you how to best move your analog media into your digital life, including how to organize it, repurpose it, share it on social media, or monetize it for a wider audience.  A filmmaker forum segment featuring Phil Vigeant, President of Pro8mm, and author of The Power of Super8 Film: Insider Secrets Every Filmmaker Should Know, (Rhonda’s business partner, husband and tech guru) will be routinely included to help you learn what the entertainment industry does with their digital assets, tips on how to become head of your own personal studio, and why filmmakers can and should continue to shoot on film in a digital world. Home Movie Legacy isn’t just about grandpa’s old home movies. The term is all-inclusive and casts a wide net on the past, present and future independent filmmaking.

Rhonda is completely passionate about the value of legacy home movies in particular, and educating people how to best care for and share them.

“Everyone has a legacy and Home Movies are a living, recorded history of our lives, our family, our community, relationships, celebrations, the way we looked, dressed, and interacted. If a picture is worth a thousand words than a home movie must be worth a million. No where else can we rekindle those moments of times gone by or see ourselves interacting with our loved ones who have passed away. It jolts the memory with such a strong emotion in a way that nothing else can. My life’s work has been dedicated to the belief that not only is it important to see these images, but it is equally as important to preserve them with integrity for future generations so your family legacy on film lives! My show will be a call to action to GET “REEL” ABOUT YOUR HOME MOVIE LEGACY…. BEFORE It’s TOO LATE!”, while enjoying stories about the masses and the moguls who launched their careers by shooting home movies on film and continue to make it a vital part of their professional work today”.

Check Our Calendar to view upcoming guests!

If you would like to be considered to be a guest on the show, email me,




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Get REEL About Your Home Movie Legacy Before It’s Too Late! A free teleseminar from the Super 8 Experts!

Get “REEL” About Your Home Movie Legacy Before It’s Too Late!

A Free Teleseminar – September 18th, 2012

rhondabookA new book from Pro8mm, by Rhonda Vigeant, Get “REEL” About Your Home Movie Legacy Before It’s Too Late is coming this fall!

Join us on Tuesday, September 18 for a free teleseminar, where Rhonda will share practical tips from her book about caring for your old film reels, best practices for digitizing and a clear call to action for creating and sharing a home movie legacy that lives!

  • Clues from the box: How to use film boxes, film types and notes to figure out what might be on a reel
  • Call to action for creating and sharing a home movie legacy that lives
  • Fantastic tips on how to care for your original 16mm, 8mm, and super 8 film material.
  • Best practices for digitizing- how to create a modern work flow to get your analog material into your digital life.
  • How your films can bridge the generation gap, the importance of oral histories, ways to share on social media, and even monetize your film as stock footage.
  • Best practices for dealing with deteriorating film
  • Types of transfer methods- Film Chain vs. Flying Spot Scanner

rhondaheadshotRhonda Vigeant is co-owner and Vice President of Marketing at Pro8mm, a company dedicated to the professional use of Super 8 for both production an archiving. Rhonda has over 30 years experience working with the home movie legacies of film industry moguls, famous faces, and the masses! She is a member of the Southern California Genealogical Society and is a catalyst for promotiong the use of home movies, in research of family history.null

We will be announcing our 2012 Holiday Home Movie Deals at the teleseminar!

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Why You Should Not Transfer Your Home Movies To DVD


Sharing Your Home Movies Preserves your legacy for future generations

Sharing Your Home Movies Preserves your legacy for future generations


As hundreds of people around the world prepare to attend Home Movie Day this Saturday, October 17th, I started thinking about how much misleading information there is on the internet from transfer houses about preservation and archiving your home movies.  First and foremost is that a DVD does NOT preserve your film.  A DVD is only a copy of your original film master by which you can watch your home movies.  You cannot even edit a DVD transfer.  As more and more people begin to think about putting their super 8, regular 8 or 16mm  home movies into their Mac or some other edit program,  so they can “do something” with them, I think it is important to think about why  having your home movies scanned to DVD might not be the best choice.  Most importantly, you never ever want to throw your original home movies away.  This is your master that you will return to time and time again as scanning technology and applications change, and it needs to be cared for and protected.

The Center for Home Movies is  a 501-C-3 not for profit organization that has done a tremendous job in raising the collective conscious of the public by having this annual Home Movie Day event worldwide. Home movies are our legacy, and offer a unique “you are here” view of decades past.    They are an important part of personal, community, and cultural history.  Go to their website to find a Home Movie Day event near you.  I guarantee that you will not be disappointed! The event is this Saturday at numerous locations around the world.   Participation is simple: Bring one or more reels of your 8mm, Super8, or 16mm home movies to the event.  They will inspect, and project them on a first-come, first-served basis.  Damaged films will not be screened, but preservation specialists will offer expert advice on caring for at-risk materials.  No films of your own? Just come and watch the show!  It is free!

So as people begin to think about their archive, and perhaps select a reel or two to bring to Home Movie Day, this leaves the question, what should I do with MY home movies?  You may no longer have access to a working projector, and more importantly, you would like to share your home movies with other family members.  You may want to find out who else in my family has films.  Maybe aunts, uncles and first cousins have films that show a different perspective or event than what your dad shot.

Pro8mm has scanned millions of hours of regular 8 , super 8 and 16mm film for the worlds most famous faces AND the general public.  We feel so strongly about home movie preservation and that it should be done by a reputable company who will handle your one and only archive with integrity.   Your home movies are just as import to you as the Hewlett/Packard’s, The Coppola’s. The Eagles, Van Halen, Bette Midler, Evan Picone, Estee Lauder (I could go on and on) are to them.   Do you think that Richard Nixon would have sent his home movies to be transferred at Costco?  To me this is like needing an organ transplant and finding a place that will do it at or the Kidney Depot.   It is the same with your home movies.  You only have one set of originals.  So why not take the time to find out who is transferring them, what kind of experience they have, what kind of equipment they use and is the equipment safe for your film given its age and condition.   Trust me, I have heard all the horror stories and many transfer facilities use primitive homemade equipment, some of which I have actually seen at trade shows.  You could not pay me to put my film on anything that looked like it would scratch it, tear the perfs or chew the film!

Some places offer home movie transfers to DVD’s very cheap on equipment that only cost a few hundred dollars.  We scan home movies on a one million dollar piece of equipment that was originally bought to do production work and documentary work of super 8 and regular 8 film.  Your home movies are treated the way any professional production would be treated.  Nothing drives me crazier than people who have the attitude why go to all that trouble .. “well it is just some old home movies” .   I think people feel this way because your typical cheap transfer looks so bad compared to the original film which looks so incredibly  good projected on a big screen.   Well, here is a clip that I put up on FACEBOOK  of “just some old home movies” from the 1940’s that were my grandfathers.    I had no idea that he was on the Board of Directors at The Blue Hill Credit Union, or that my great grandmother Rachel was so shy when the camera was on  her.  I never “got that” from the stills I had seen of her.    My relatives went absolutely CRAZY!  They loved it.  Now I am getting my family to help me tag who these people were. Just think…The Power of Home Movies and the power of the internet.  In order to do this though, your film has to be encoded to a file format not DVD.  Films that are scanned as files can be used in an edit program on a Mac or PC, and, you can create stills from you film clips.

If you think having your home movies scanned by a professional motion picture company, here is what I suggest.

  1. Set a budget. even as small as $100 -$200 dollars
  2. Scan to file format only what you budgeted for. I would  go for best quality , not quantity.
  3. Share this high quality scan with your relatives to see if family members would like to share the cost and pool their films together to create a family archive.  I think you will be surprised how many people might be interested in contributing
  4. Do not feel that you have to scan everything at once. For my family, we scan an hour a year.  You can also edit little clips and put them up for special occasions;  For example, for my daughters 25th birthday, I put on FACEBOOK  her 3rd birthday shot on Super 8 film.  It was the greatest gift!

No matter where you scan, please take the time to find out the following by asking the facility these questions:

  1. Find out what kind of equipment the facility has.  Is it a film chain where they video tape your images as it goes through a projector.  If it is, it will never render the quality that is  on your original film.  Or is it a flying spot scanner that is sprocketless.  These render superior quality to film chain or single image capture telecines, and allow you to color correct the film.  Many Ranks have a daVinci color correction system.  This is like photoshop for your movies .   Flying Spot Scanners are especially  ideal for shrunken or badly damaged film.

2.  If it is a flying scanner, what kind is it and how old is it? Transfer technology has been       progressing rapidly since the 1980. The newer equipment can make substantially better images form your film.

3. Who is doing the transfer?  Is it a real company or a home based business?  Is it a trained film handler or archivist, or is it a minimum wage employee without professional training that is paying more attention to the internet or cell phone then your transfe

4.  Do you have a choice of one light (single pass) or full scene-to-scene color correction?  One light is best economy.  Full color correction offers best quality and  is done at a 3-1 ratio.

5. Is the film cleaned first and how?  Dirty film will render a dirty transfer. Do they have technology to minimize the appearance of dirt and scratches on your transfer, such as Y Front technology?

 6. Do you have a choice of standard definition or high definition?  Is the high definition a “native 1080” HD scan, or is it “up rezzed’’ in a computer. Many places will call your scan an  HD scan but it is film that has been video taped with an HD camcorder.

7. What do you want to do with your home movies?  Do you want to edit clips to put up on Facebook, YouTube or  on your iphone?  Do you want to generate stills?    Do you want to over-lay audio to take oral histories from family members?  If so, then you do not want to transfer to DVD.  You want to put them in a file format on a hard drive.

Whatever you decide, take the time to do the research. Think about how you want to share the movies.  The internet now makes this so easy and so much more fun.  You only have one archive.  Preserve it for yourself, and for the future!   And remember. Never throw away you original film!   (c) RhondaVigeant,  owner Pro8mm, October 2009

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