There are services offering conversion, so there is some kind of market. There's also some on ebay who quote per 50ft 8mm film.
Like @broc I'm soon to retire and after a meeting with the HT, possibly sooner than planned because it doesn't look like I can reduce my hours first. I earn a few bob videoing concerts and I'm hoping I can build that up a bit but I also would like to offer a service transferring old video formats to dvd. I have the facilities to copy standard and super 8mm cine, VHS(C), video8 and hi8 I'm thinking that there must be a lot of people out there with wedding/family videos that they can no longer watch because they can't play them.
I wouldn't be charging big money, so am I dreaming in thinking there is a market?
From experience with close family, there's a market - and that's just with VHS! If you can offer digitalisation of photos too you can provide a more complete service, basically just be handed a whole box of bits to work through. Pricing will be tricky, but you can probably cut costs if you work from home.
I've got a 35mm slide scanner and also a USB turntable, so I can do photos and vinyl.
If you do decide to go down this route, I'd make sure you have some sort of insurance!
There is definitely a market for it. You could always advertise it in a friday freead paper, and then go from there. Do a few good jobs, ask for recommendations, start a website, make sure you state its for local people, as you get more work, enjoy the money that comes in. Definitely not a niche market, but priced right, you could definitely dominate the market in your area.
laserblazer (18th March 2014)
I posted on a couple of local FB sites offering services and I've had good response. I'm currently doing 16 VHS-C tapes from the early 90s. Trouble is, all of the "hose-piping" is making me travel sick.
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