Our Work

CineMobilia has the hardware to be able to digitise the following formats: 8mm/Super8/16mm film, U-Matic, 1” Type C open reel tape, BetacamSP, VHS, S-VHS, MiniDV, and Hi8. 

Two commercial Beta video machines stacked on top of one another.

CineMobilia Services

Since starting our digitisation efforts in the fall of 2022 we have scanned materials for the Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections at York University, The Arquives: Canada's LGBTQ2+ Archives, the Black Community Mixtapes with Oya Media Group, and independent researchers and artists including Debbie Ebanks, Franci Duran and Philip Hoffman.

We continue adding to our formats on a case-by-case basis. CineMobilia also has film and video projectors, and video production cameras and sound recording equipment to conduct interviews and record live events.

Testing 16mm projectors with Chimera Imaging, Phil Hoffman

Phil Hoffman testing 16mm projectors with chimera imaging.

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Digitisation Equipment

  • Our working equipment includes:
  • JVC BR-S822DXU SVHS player
  • Sony VO-5850 U-matic player
  • Sony UVW-1800 BetacamSP player
  • Sony BVH-2000 1” Type-C open reel player
  • Sony DCRTRV840 Digital8 Camcorder (Hi8)
  • Filmfabriek HDS+ film scanner (8mm, Super8, 16mm)


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  1. Q: I have some materials that I think may be culturally significant. Can I give them to CineMobilia?
    • A: We do not accept materials from individuals. Please contact the relevant cultural organisation associated with your materials and they will get in touch with us. 
  2. Q:What formats can you digitse? 
    • A:These are our currently supported formats, and we continue to add formats as needed:
      • Analog formats: 8mm, Super8, 16mm.
      • Digital formats: 1" Type C open reel tape, U-Matic, VHS, BetacamSP, Hi8, Digital 8, miniDV.
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CineMobilia’s original research will consist of excavating a work’s context and media. We work with archivists, communities, and artists to train HQP, graduate students, community partners, and artists.



Cinemobilia team

CineMobilia team during Nuit Blanche.

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Our Services: Event Support and Workshops

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