Captured on Film
6/1/2005
Q. I recently received some old home movies dating back to the 1930s. How can I best preserve the film? Is there a way to have it transferred to video or DVD format for viewing?

A. Film becomes brittle and shrinks as it ages, so you're wise to take preservation measures. Follow these pointers:

• Don't run the film through a projector — that could destroy it. Avoid handling the film, but if you must, wear clean cotton gloves and hold it gently by the edges.