8mm film (including film with mag sound strip), Super 8mm film (including film with mag or optical sound strips), 9.5mm film, 16mm and Super 16mm film (including film with mag or optical sound strips), 35mm film (including film with optical sound strip).
All film conversion processes include film inspection, cleaning, and repair. We use MovieStuff Universal Mark I and Mark II film scanners to capture each film frame. The captured film content is transcoded into an intermediate AVI or MOV file type or Image Sequence, and then edited and reformatted into your specific requested product output. Examples of output are DVD, Blu-ray Disc, MP4 movie files for viewing on computer, MOV or AVI movie files for editing, and Image Sequence Files (also for editing). Available film output resolutions are: 720x480 (DVD), 960x720p (data file), 1920x1080i (Blu-ray Disc), HD 1920x1080p (data file), 2K-2048x1536, and 2K-2048x1152 (data file)
Film from multiple small reels (3” reels) is consolidated onto larger 7 inch reels for transferring purposes and for better storage. All original film is returned on either the film’s original reels or on 7 inch 400ft take-up reels. We offer ventilated archival can containers as an option for long term storage. The film reels or canisters retain their original markings (customer notes and sequence numbers).
We offer related service products for color correction, digital noise reduction, audio capture, background music for silent films, custom menus and onscreen chapter titles.
We capture film video and the film’s audio separately, and then synchronize the two media back together during the final editing process. We will also enhance the audio for best playback. The film’s audio, on either magnetic or optical strips, is played and captured using a film projector. With optical strip sound, we sometimes record the sound’s waveform images with the film scanner, and use specialized software to reproduce the audio.
If the movie film is silent, we offer unlicensed background music from a library of easy listening, instrumental, country western and soft rock selections. If your customer prefers licensed music for their background music, we supply that as well. They need to tell us what they want from which artists. The customer may also want to add voice-over narratives to the film transfer; the third person narratives are a great way to hear the stories that went with some of those memories.
DVDs can hold up to 2 hours of playable content or 4.7GB of data. This is equivalent to
1,600ft of regular 8mm film, 1,800ft of Super 8mm film, 3,200ft of 16mm film, and 10,000ft of 35mm film. Blu-ray Discs can hold up to 3.5 hours of high definition film content, approximately 25GB of data.
Estimate 5GB per hour of content for MP4 files, 10GB per hour of content for HD or 2K MP4 files, 50GB per hour of content for HD ProRes MOV files, and 100GB per hour of content for uncompressed MOV files.
Saves time and money. However, if you prefer, choose the option to have us return all films back to the original, smaller reels. The charge for this service is $2 per film reel. By the way, all film boxes and film cans, with their labels, are returned back to the customer.