Home Video Hacks: How to Fix Mistakes

So you’ve finally had a chance to dig out those old home movies you filmed on that super heavyweight handheld cine film camera that was state-of-the-art 30 years ago. You watch them back, thinking about how awesome it would be to watch this on a good ol’ DVD or Blu-ray player, rather than faffing about with that cumbersome cine projector you’ve kept hidden in the loft for just such an occasion as this.


Sweet. You’ve decided to go for an effortless transfer from cine to DVD or USB – and then…

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The Silent Movie: Beauty and Elegance in the 21st Century?


Have you ever witnessed the beauty and elegance of a silent movie?

You might never have sat in front of the big screen or (these days) Youtubed the comic works of Charlie Chaplin or the stunning Lillian Gish. You might never have sat down and truly witnessed the art unfolding before you, the masterful way film was recorded or how music was used to portray the characters emotions and the tone of the scene. Continue reading

History of the Home Video

History of the Home Video

Nowadays, it seems like the majority of people have access to some form of video recording device. The YouTube culture is booming and more and more people are involving themselves in creating home movies.

With this in mind, it’s hard to believe that at the start of the 20th Century, home movies were limited to those who could afford the equipment; very different to the affordable recording options of today.

As cine film transfer experts, we’ve decided to delve into the archives and take a look into the history of home movie creation!

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How to Choose the Digital Camera for You

We at Cine2DVD love nothing more than to transfer cine film to DVD in an effort to store your precious memories on a more permanent format. However, when it comes to actually capturing the footage, there is so much choice out there in the way of digital cameras that it can often be hard to even know where to start. A digital camera is an investment, so there are certain things you need to consider before you purchase your gear.

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Movies vs TV: 3 Reasons Why Movies are Fighting a Losing Battle


Well, did you ever see this coming?

The downfall (or at least steady decline) of the movie industry? With Hollywood’s A-listers falling from grace left right and centre, TV was bound to take centre stage at some point but why? What does TV now have that Hollywood is steadily losing… apart from their actors staying off of the journalistic hit list? Continue reading

How to Watch a Movie!


Watching our favourite movies and home films have always been entertaining for family and friends. Until recently, however, it was difficult to see exactly what you had filmed unless you had a couple of strategically placed cables to hook up to your TV (or a suitable video cassette your VCR didn’t chew up). Back in the day, watching your movies used to be limited to your TV box, sat in the front room with your parents squashed into the same room and your younger siblings running around in front of your grainy, shaky TV set.

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Famous Home Movie Makers- Nick Park

Ah, the movies; one of the most popular forms of entertainment of the century. With amazing special effects and gripping storylines, it’s easy to forget that these plots aren’t actually real sometimes.

Film makers can seem like magicians, but even they had to begin somewhere. What better place to start than creating videos at home?

Believe it or not, Academy Award winning animator Nick Park began his creative career by creating home videos. Join us as we take a deeper look at how his early exposure to creating homemade films helped him achieve his massive success.

Early Years

Nick Park was born in Preston, Lancashire in 1958. From an early age, he was interested in drawing comics and adopted his father’s habit of collecting items and spare parts from around his neighbourhood. This collection of items would come in handy when Nick began to create his own stop motion films at home; using his mother’s 8mm camera and items from her dressmaking kit to create props, characters and sets for his animated shorts.

By the age of 13, he had finished his first animated short, which was entitled Walter the Rat. At 15 he had created another short named Archie’s Concrete Nightmare which he had submitted to a BBC young animator film competition. The short didn’t win, but it did air on national TV on BBC2.

Nick then went on to study at Sheffield City Polytechnic where he studied art, and followed this up by attending the National Film and Television School where he began creating his first film, the famous Wallace and Gromit short, A Grand Day Out.

The unfinished film soon caught the eyes of Peter Lord and David Sproxton, animators at the highly acclaimed Aardman Animation studio. They were so impressed with Nick’s work that they hired him in 1985.

Professional Career

Initially, Nick didn’t have a huge role at Aardman Animations; contributing to commercials and working alongside his colleagues on Peter Gabriel’s award winning Sledgehammer music video. However, following the success of his first Wallace and Gromit installation, Nick followed A Grand Day Out with The Wrong Trousers and A Close Shave.

With the additional success of his animated short Creature Comforts , Nick had securely cemented himself in the animation industry, and was quickly rising to fame for the work that he was producing.

After catching the elusive eye of Hollywood, Nick and Peter Lord co-directed the first Aardman feature length film Chicken Run, which was distributed by DreamWorks Studios. After co-producing a feature length Wallace and Gromit adventure, The Curse of the Were-Rabbit in 2005 which was also distributed by DreamWorks, Aardman and their famous distributor ended their association due to creative differences.

Nick’s initial introduction to creating homemade films had given him the skill set and experience to create movies at an early age. This experience is essential and without it, he may not have been as successful as he is today. The most important thing to note is that he created these initial shorts through his own interest and determination, with no pressure of an industry to deter him. Nick is an excellent example of what can be achieved through perseverance and a genuine interest in film making. Who knows what some of your own home videos can help you achieve?

At Cine2DVD Transfers, we can help you transform your home movies onto a digital format, so that you can easily view them any time you desire. We specialise in the transfer of 8mm Cine Film to DVD, so don’t delay in letting the world see your masterpieces. Who knows, you may become the next Nick Park! Interesting right? If you would like more information, contact us by calling 0800 592433 today and see how Cine2DVD Transfers can help you!

10 Years of YouTube – What Makes a Viral Video?

YouTube recently celebrated its tenth anniversary, with over 300 hours of video uploaded to the site every minute. The video sharing site has completely transformed the way people think about video, and has brought home movies back to the forefront of the media, and the digital revolution seems to be stronger than ever before.

YouTube is one of the most interesting, lively and vibrant places to be on the internet, and now a video can go viral within minutes. But what is a viral video, and how exactly do you make one?

Here we are going to take a look at just some of the components that make a viral video, and how you could go about making your own.

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What is a Viral Video?

A viral video is a video that has become suddenly very popular through the process of internet sharing, which nowadays is typically done via social media, video sharing websites and instant messaging tools.

Viral videos often feature something in particular that attracts huge amounts of people to go and watch them, such as humorous or particularly strange content. The internet is also known for being obsessed with all things cute, particularly cats, dogs and babies – all of which have contributed to videos going viral.

The Animal Factor – Dramatic Chipmunk


There are countless animal videos that have gone viral, but this is definitely one of the best. This five second video features a little furry creature, assumed to be a chipmunk by the title, turn around to very dramatic music.

Although it is very simplistic, this video can easily make you laugh. To date, it has been viewed over 43 million times, and no matter how many times you watch it, it will always make you smile. Why? We’re not quite sure.

The Baby Factor – Talking Twin Babies


This video was absolutely huge when it was released on YouTube in 2011, and has been parodied hundreds of times both on and off the internet.

It features two twins having a conversation in baby talk in its purest, cutest and most hilarious form, with the original ‘Part 1’ video achieving over 18 million views. The baby factor certainly plays a significant role in videos becoming viral, and typically these videos are simple, un-staged cuteness, such as ‘Mommy’s nose is scary’ and ‘baby laughing at ripping paper’. Perhaps these are the home movies of the future?

The Funny Factor – Chocolate Rain


If you’ve spent a significant amount of time surfing on YouTube, chances are you have seen or at least heard of Chocolate Rain.

Chocolate Rain is the title given to a song performed by Tay Zonday in 2007, and its surprise and humour made it a major viral video. As a boy, Zonday approaches the microphone to begin singing, but his voice isn’t exactly what you’d expect. This incredibly funny video has had over 102 million views to date, and continues to be viewed on a daily basis.

The Cat Factor – Nyan Cat


Never underestimate the power of the cat on the internet. Although you may not be able to explain why you’re obsessed with watching cat videos online, you have to just come out and admit it – we all love them.

There are countless viral cat videos to choose from on YouTube, so we’ve selected one of the best; Nyan Cat. No one can explain why they love watching this animated cat riding on a rainbow through space, but we just do. In fact, this video – which has received over 121 million views to date – has been so popular it has even been turned into an online game.

The Weird Factor – Gangnam Style


It was the first video to break the YouTube view counter, and if you haven’t seen or heard of PSY’s Gangnam Style, you were probably living under a rock.

Released in summer 2012, the music video by Korean singer PSY instantly went viral – we can only assume for its rather strange scenes and catchy tune. To date, this video has been viewed over two billion times on YouTube, and we’re sure you won’t be able to resist watching it one more time.

Viral videos are great fun, but making your own videos is even better, and here at Cine2DVD Transfers, we can help you to have all of your home movies on hand to watch any time you want. We specialise in the transfer of Super8 to DVD and digital, so if you want to watch more of your own movies, contact us today on 0800 592433.

A Guide to Creating Movie Magic

We’ve spoken a lot about preserving your memories- it is, after all, one of the best ways to keep everything preserved in stunning quality. But what about creating those memories in the first place? Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, to the brilliance of the home cinema.

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There’s a lot to take in when creating your very own of cinematic experience. There’s so much awesomeness and creative excellence to capture,  and here we will give you an amazing checklist to accompany your home made movie experience!


Setting the mood


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Have you ever walked into a screening of the latest blockbuster and had this immense excitement building from the tips of your toes right up to your hairline? Have you felt the air vibrate with a car explosion or been so immersed with the actors on screen that you haven’t realised your dad has been stealing your popcorn? Well, you can blame all of that on the mood. Here’s a few tips to help you recreate it:

  • Plunge the room into darkness. Switch off the lights and draw the curtains; let nothing but the glow of the TV illuminate your friends and family


  • Set up the seats so you can easily see the screen – the last thing you want is a crick in your neck halfway through your master piece


  • Have a bowl of warm popcorn and a can of your favourite drink at hand – trust us, you’re going to want them.



Creating a home movie



Now you’re all ready to go, you need a movie to watch. Although it may be very tempting to watch the latest release in the comfort of your own home, there’s nothing more entertaining than watching the best, the brightest, and the funniest members of your family and friends on the silver screen. So, to get you started on your movie making adventure, here are a couple of pointers:

  • Plot; before anything else, you should have a plot in mind. From the Adventures of Mr Tibbles the Cat, to a comedy about the neighbours’ tomato garden – your creativity knows no bounds in your plot.


  • Finding the best actors to bring your movie to life is very important, and of course some of the very best home movies are made with the people you love the most. There’s nothing wrong with letting your younger siblings play adults and your friends two years older than you play children!


  • Finding the location to shoot your movie is the best part of film making! Whether it’s in a field, a quiet street, a rain splattered wood or a cordoned off a section of your own home; performing different scenes in different locations will make your movie look all the more professional!




Hollywood and Clapperboard

Background noise and the howl of the wind through your microphone can spoil the ambiance you may want in certain scenes. Though in some cases this can’t be helped – unless you want to fork out for an external microphone – you can always adjust the background noise on your computer. Where sound is concerned you can also add in sound effects; a car horn or a dog barking can create that all important cinematic experience you’re striving for!


Watching the film


DVD, Popcorn and Cinema Stub

Once you’ve finished your masterpiece, once your actors have read their last lines and you’ve touched up the final scenes with state-of-the-art sound effects and animations, it’s time to watch your movie. Computers can create an unclear image when transferred to the TV – or from your video camera to the screen – and, for your movie master piece, that is the very last thing you want to happen. Transferring your magical 8mm Cine Film to DVD is the best way to preserve your movie and deliver a top quality picture to your home cinema.

So now you have your crystal clear homemade movie, your homemade cinema and your popcorn at hand, it’s time to sit back relax and enjoy the film. Cine2DVD can help you to turn your homemade movies into a real cinematic experience, so contact us today on 0800 592433 for more information.