With 8mm 1280X720 is best with Mpeg 4 and even better Blu-ray compression, AVI is too clunky. Two options: If you're looking to do it DIY there's freeware (http://hosting.aktionspotenzial.de/C...php/Hauptseite) available that lets you scan (using home scanner) and then assembles the movies from the frames scanned, although its kinda rough around the edges and you need to build a method automatically advances the film. I have used this in the past and it can be quite tedious and time consuming. Another option is home video studio (a franchise company) that has private owner-operators throughout the tri-state area (not sure in queens, but worth finding out). I often send my own 8mm/16mm for scanning to my local home video studio (Westfield, NJ) and their work is consistent and of very decent quality and pricing is very reasonable . If you don't mind traveling or sending via mail to new jersey here's the contact info: 908.301.9300 (ask for Dan) or online: http://www.homevideostudio.com/video...e_Transfer.cfm. Hope this helps.