Digitise your collection

Digitise your collection

Everyone has film, video, tapes or photos tucked away at home. Family outings at the beach, holidays, Christmases, christenings and birthdays. As time goes on it becomes more difficult to view or playback this content. Eventually, it will be impossible to recover information from an 8mm film or open reel tape. Migrating this material to a digital format is the only way to prolong its life.

We digitise all kinds of material, however our interest for our archive relates to Maltese memories at home and in the Maltese diaspora. We encounter a great deal of photographs and film which were taken abroad on holidays – or audio and video recordings featuring copyrighted material. We cannot use this in our projects and so do not usually digitise it, although we do recognise its value to you.

There are two ways you can help us to develop our community archive and support our work. You can either donate your content to us, or else we can transfer your material at a cost.

Donate your content to Magna Żmien

Magna Żmien can digitise your collection at no cost if you choose to donate the content to us. Once digitised, we return everything along with a digital copy. We keep these digital copies on our server and make them available to use by artists and researchers. See our Events Archive to learn more about the kinds of projects we produce.

As of July 2021 we have gathered over 10,000 images, over 320 8mm film reels and over 180 audio tapes from 85 members of the public in Malta and abroad. We are extremely grateful to everyone who continues to bring material forward for us to preserve and use.

However, as stated above, not everything is suitable for our archive. Recordings made abroad (unless made in the Maltese diaspora), copyrighted material such as TV and radio broadcasts, plays, etc, can’t be re-used in our projects, so we can’t digitise these for free as donations. Tell us what you have and we’ll discuss what we can do!

Private digitisation

Perhaps you have photographs or recordings that you want to preserve for the future, but which you don’t want to donate to the Magna Żmien project? We can help! We can digitise your audio-visual memories (and your grandma’s and great aunt’s) at a reasonable cost using the same high quality equipment and to the same high standard that we’ve applied to all of the collections we’ve worked on since 2018.

By having us digitise your collection you can retrieve your memories from obsolete formats whilst also directly supporting our community archive. As a Voluntary Organisation we rely on public funds and on private services such as this to operate. All funds we receive go directly to costs such as paying our engineers to make and edit the transfers, equipment maintenance, studio rent, and web hosting.

Private Digitisation Rates

(All prices include VAT)

35mm slides€1.20 per slide (2500dpi)
€1.50 per slide (5000dpi)
35mm negatives€1.20 per image (2500dpi) – €7.20 per strip of 6 images
€1.50 per slide (5000dpi) – €9 per strip of 6 images
Medium Format negatives€2.50 per image (4800dpi)
Photographs€0.60 per print (1200dpi)
8mm film (Normal 8 / Super 8)€25 under 200 feet / 5” diameter reel (with / without sound)
€30 over 250 feet / 5” diameter reel (with / without sound)
VHS€18 per tape
Mini DV / DVCAM€18 per tape
Open reel tape€30 per reel
Audiocassette€15 per cassette
Minidisc€15 per disc

35mm slides & 35mm negatives: 2500dpi / 5000dpi 24bit AdobeRGB TIFF; also provided in 24bit JPEG (Reflecta RPS 10M)
Medium Format negatives: 4800dpi 24bit AdobeRGB TIFF; also provided in 24bit JPEG (Epson V600)
Print photographs: 1200dpi 24bit AdobeRGB TIFF; also provided in 24bit JPEG (Epson V600)
8mm / Super 8 film: ca. 1080p MP4 (custom Bauer T280 modified speed control, LED, and macro lens)
VHS: PAL 576i / NTSC 486i MP4 (JVC HR-S7965EK with Panasonic TBC unit)
MiniDV / DVCAM: 720×576 DV with 16bit / 48kHz WAV sound (Sony DSR-11)
Open reel tape: 24bit / 96kHz WAV; also provided in 16bit / 44.1kHz WAV and 320kbps mp3 (Revox B77 mk1, Tandberg 3000X)
Audiocassette: 24bit / 96kHz WAV; also provided in 16bit / 44.1kHz WAV and 320kbps mp3 (Yamaha KX580SE, NAD 6240)
Minidisc: 24bit / 96kHz WAV; also provided in 16bit / 44.1kHz WAV and 320kbps mp3 (MD-801R mk2)