Film to DVD Transfer
8mm, Super 8, Super 8 with Sound
The Transfer Lab digitizes your film using high-quality professional motion picture film transfer systems. Our Tobin Cinema Systems are considered to be amongst the highest quality film scanners available and are used world-wide by professional film transfer facilities, film post houses and film archiving labs. These systems feature cool RGB white LEDs backlight exposure to prevent film burn, speed controlled frame/shutter synchronized "flickerless" film transports and scan resolutions of up to 1000 TV lines. These systems direct-scan the film using a custom 1:1 focal chain with absolutely no distorting optics, allowing for true microscopography of the film transparency. We do not use consumer video cameras, mirrors or clunky prism-like contraptions like most so-called film conversion services.
Our Film inspection and Preparation Process
Handling and digitizing motion picture film is serious business. Here is our workflow:
|1. Receive barcode and serialize each reel.|
|2. The film is placed on an inspection transport where we assess it for damage and shrinkage and any necessary splices or leaders.|
|3. The film is cleaned and lubricated with our proprietary chemical blend which includes a liquid polymer. This allows the film to move smoothly through the telecine.|
|4. The film is then loaded on to the telecine one reel at a time.|
|5. Each reel is saved as digital file under its' assigned barcode number to a unique client folder on our video server.|
|6. Color grading and correction is then accomplished using world renowned DaVinci Resolve color correction.|
|7. A DVD or file is then finalized and delivered to our client.|
A NOTE ABOUT TRANSFER COST:
To estimate your transfer cost simply select a reel size and quantity. Then add $50 for DVD master authoring if you want DVDs. Finally add $50 for film preparation (includes: cleaning, lubrication and splicing). This is only an estimate. Actual cost could be higher or lower depending on the condition of your film. There is an $85 minimum order on all motion picture film transfer.
VIRTUAL WETGATE SCRATCH REDUCTION
As an option, we offer our proprietary film scratch minimizing treatment called "Virtual Wetgate Scratch Reduction". This is our exclusive film treatment that minimizes minor film scratch, resulting in improved picture quality. It works by temporarily filling in minor scratches just as the film passes between the gate and the scanning camera. By filling in these scratches, it prevents the backlight from being refracted thereby making minor scratches invisible to the scanning camera.
Here are examples of a poor quality transfer (left) and a high-quality transfer from The Transfer Lab (right). The poor quality transfer remains badly discolored without the proper color correction and image enhancement. There is also considerable frame flicker due to frame rate mismatch between the scanning camera and the speed/frame rate of the film. Notice the right example converted here at The Transfer Lab. We have synchronized the frame rate of the film with scanning camera to prevent flicker/strobe effects, color corrected the discolored film, and enhanced the image focus and sharpness in our video lab. As you'll see the difference is obvious and dramatic.
Here is a quick look at one our film digitizing system (Tobin Cinema System Super 8 Telecine).
Here is a sample of our film transfer results. This film clip is a typical example of slightly distressed film. There are some light scratches and emulsion anomalies, but otherwise it's in pretty good shape. The colors are vibrant and the emulsion has remained fairly clear and sharp.
Polavision is instant motion film sealed in a proprietary playback cartridge. The idea was to give the user the ability to shoot film and then play it back instantly using Polaroid's Polavision desktop viewer. Here is a television ad for the product which ended up being a commercial failure:
Step 1 Select the reel size (3-inch, 5-inch or 7-inch)
Step 2 Enter the quantity of reels you are sending.
Step 3 Click "Add to Cart"
If you have other reel sizes, repeat steps 1,2 & 3 to add those to your cart as well.
Step 4 Double check each item and quantity in your cart.
Step 5 Pack up your reels and ship to our Nashville service center or stop by in person.
Note: At the end of check you'll be given the option to pay online or stop by our service center in Nashville to drop off your order and pay in person.
8mm, Super 8, Super 8 with Sound
*Note: Our film transfer systems digitize your footage without flicker. However, it is possible on print film formulations that your film may have some flicker do to synchronization errors made by the film processing lab. We will do our best to minimize "print sync flicker", but it cannot be removed. Kodachrome transparency film will not have this problem.
A WORD ABOUT 3" REELS: You'll notice that a 3" reel has 50 feet of film. So, why does your film box read 25 feet? It's simple... Before the film is processed it is twice as wide (16mm). When the film is first used in the camera for shooting movies, it runs in one direction for 25 feet and stops. Then it is run on the other side for 25 feet. The processing lab than slits the film strip in half (long ways) and bonds the two ends together after processing to create a finished 50 foot developed roll.