Our family brought you our home movies. We had know idea what the quality would be like on our 16 mm film. We could not believe how nice the film held up and the great work you did for us.

Sandwich, IL

I have been memorializing my 16 mm film library of almost 50 years old. Real Pro Video greets each package with enthusiasm and immediately goes to great lengths to ensure that all the brittle film is cleaned and lubricated before it is transferred to a digital medium. Then great care is taken to ensure the highest quality resolution to my mastered DVD’s. Enhancements are standard initiatives to the Real Pro final copies. Music, sound tracks and tailored editing are just a part of their excellent services. The Real Pro Video archives keep track of each film and can access each volume for additional copies. It is rare that a Company of professionals takes the time and patience to do a perfect job each time I have more memories added to the library.

Albuquerque, NM

From the History of Filmaking

As early as 1828 inventors were developing methods to make moving pictures. Many different styles and ideas were tried. Some had limited success. Its wasn't until 1879 when Thomas Edison invented a light that would project an image. This later was used as the light source for movie projection.

At Edison's lab in 1890 a motor powered projector was developed called a Kinetoscope. In 1894 the first Kinetoscope Parlor was opened in New York and it cost you 25 cents to watch the silent film that ran about 10 minutes. They used 35mm film and it ran at 16 frames per second.

In 1899 American compainies had many first's. A camera was developed for professionals and the first footage was filmed of the Pope, President William McKinley, The first western film and the first film ever shot in Hollywood. Motion pictures became a huge success that attracted many investers and compitition in this new market. This was the start of Movie Theaters.

In 1923 Eastman-Kodak introduced the first camera using 16 mm movie film for amature home use. This was the start of the home movies. This allowed people to record and playback moving pictures of family members and preserve special events. By 1930 it was also used for education purposes.

Kodachrome film with sound was introduced in 1935 and was used extensivly in World War II.

The home movie market slowly switched to the less expensive 8mm film or regular 8. This hit the market in 1932 during the great deppression. In 1965 Super 8 movie film arrived on the scene. The system featured better quality images and was more user friendly.

People today still use Super 8 film to record events to achieve better contrast. They have the film developed and then transfered to digital for editing purposes. We have worked with all this film for a long time and it is our pleasure to transfer these memories to a digital format for future generations to enhance and preserve.