The Preservation Project blog is documenting Ashley Maynor’s efforts to digitize and preserve a stack of 79 home movies that her family owns.
Though the old labels gave me a rough idea of what was on each reel, I was hesitant to put the films through a projector to see what material was actually there. I feared that (a) I might further damage the film, or (b) that if mold had begun to grow on any of the film I might spread the contamination to the other reels and my Super 8 projector. Also, many of the reels were 8mm, and I did not have projector that would screen them. So, I began investigating a number of telecine machines and transfer houses that would be able to digitize my home movie collection.
(thanks to Camcorderinfo for the link)