Why Shoebox Memories ?

TRUSTED, Local, customized, Quality

Not all film transfer/conversion services are the same. The devil is in the details, and we don't cut corners to save a few bucks. Your precious memories deserve more, and aren't worth the risk if you ask us. Shoebox Memories film transfer conversion is easy!


With thousands of customer memories preserved, we've got the experience to get it done quickly and right!


If you aren't comfortable shipping your irreplaceable family memories to a warehouse somewhere, we don't blame you. Our local drop-off and pick-up location is in South Riding, VA a suburb of Washington DC.  Email us to request an appointment!

Customized Service.   

Got special requests? We CAN CUSTOMIZE your DVD to meet your needs!

Quality Results.

We use quality professional equipment and techniques, to get you excellent results!

We also go far beyond just the basics, because simply getting it done isn't good enough. Plain and text DVD menus are boring and unattractive (see "Theirs" below). All of our DVDs include full-motion preview menus (see "Ours" below), and real DVD cases with customized screenshot collages to help you remember what's on that disc. Want something different, just let us know.

How many films fit on a dvd?

Each DVD can hold up to 2 hours of digital high-quality video, and you may optionally choose to have multiple film reels consolidated on to a single DVD. We recommend grouping like films together (eg, family, kids, vacations, 1960s, etc.).

How much film do I have?

3-inch diameter reels are the most common. Each holds 50 feet of footage and yields about 3 minutes of video.

  • 3-inch reel  =  50 feet  =  ~3 minutes of video
  • 5-inch reel  =  200 feet  =  ~12 minutes of video
  • 7-inch reel  =  400 feet  =  ~24 minutes of video

Ready to Get Started?

Simply download our order form and review the instructions to get started.  Request an appointment to drop off your order in person or send it to us.  Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or would like to discuss your order.


Film Transfer / Conversion...  $0.28 per foot

8mm film, Super8 film, 16mm film

+$30.00 setup fee per AVI order.

+$50.00 setup fee per DVD and AVI orders.

Minimum order size is $100.00

Other common Options

+$10.00 per DVD Title slide

+$15.00 per additional DVD copy  (volume discounts start with the 6th copy)

+$80.00 for an external hard drive purchased on your behalf  (feel free to bring your own)

Additional options described on the order form.  Please contact us if you don't see an option you want.



  • Familiar format, DVDs last up to 100 years.
  • Random-access to skip to the best parts quickly.
  • Up to 2 hours of digital high-quality video per DVD.
  • Space savings, compared to videotapes.
  • Consolidate multiple tapes on to one DVD (optional).

Digital video file


  • Easily copy for sharing or archiving.
  • Viewable on a computer or other device that can view common video formats.
  • High quality AVI or MP4 video file formats.
  • ​Future-proof your family memories.

Benefits of converting

Preserving family memories

  • As time passes, your irreplaceable home movie films get increasingly more brittle and degraded.
  • Whether from the 1930s or 1970s, silent or with sound, we can save your memories for the next generation
  • Convert a single reel, or your entire home film library to DVD or digital video files

Film Formats:

  • 8mm film
  • Super8 film
  • 16mm film

Film-to-DVD, MP4, AVI:

Conversion / Transfer Services

  • Preserve old home movie film reels by transferring to digital formats - AVI, MP4 or DVD
  • Accepted film formats include 8mm, Super 8, and 16mm film reels
  • ​A wise investment to preserve these treasured films for future generations
  • Trusted, quality service from a local small business in Chantilly, VA
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