Internet Archive Now Rescuing Old Films

The Internet Archive has just added a new gadget to its workroom: a digital film scanner from Müller Framescanner. (While I’m sure the IA has had film scanners before, this is the first that I can find mention of.)

This is a versatile and quite large scanner, and it supports all common formats, including Regular 8, Super 8, Pathé 9.5, 16 mm, Super 16m. It’s not available for you to scan your old home movies, unfortunately, but it will be used to save old and decaying films.

Film isn’t a durable format, sadly. According to Wikipedia, 50% the silent films made made for American cinema have been lost.