Can film really be "PRESERVED"
Preserved, no--Transferred, yes! Film has a much finer grain, or resolution
than video. Video cameras are not as adept as film in capturing finer detail, color, and variations in brightness.
Subtle tones are missed and contrast can be over-emphasized. But a quality transfer can come very close making it easy
to view. It also becomes a backup in case the film becomes un-viewable.
Some companies claim
that they can create a DVD that equals the quality of your film--is
NO. But a quality video transfer can come very close. The convenience of DVD makes
it very worthwhile to do a "transfer" and makes watching these fun for everyone. Plus, it is a backup in case your film
deteriorates. Remember--your film is the original.
How should I store movie film?
Keep and store your film in a cool, dust free environment free
from excessive moisture. Check on it occasionally for a vinegar-like smell. If you discover it,
have your film transferred right away--or risk loosing it in a matter of months!
What if I just want the film transferred
so that I can do my own editing?
We can provide you with the digitized video on DVDs in "AVI"
format. You can import these files into most video editing software packages where you can apply your creative skills.
"Corrected Speed" -
Why should I be concerned about it?
When Super 8 film is transferred to DVD, the projector pulse rate (54) must be speeded up by 11% to match the
rate of video fields (59.94 fps) to eliminate annoying pulsating changes in brightness. Regular 8mm is speeded up even
more. This makes fast movements look unnatural. Even worse, with sound film, the playback will simply be too fast
with a raise in pitch. To overcome this, after a transfer, we reduce the speed back to the original rate to restore
the original cadence and sound pitch. It takes more time but you will be happier with the results. A different
process is used on 16mm but the outcome is the same.
Do you accept credit cards?
To keep prices down, we DO NOT accept payment by credit card. We do accept cash, money orders, or personal
checks drawn on a local bank. No third party checks. For orders over $250.00, 3 installment payments over 90 days
Can I get an exact quote?
Many of the services we offer require us to see your specific needs in order
to quote a price. Total cost can vary depending upon other items needed to process your order. We can
provide a basic estimate as a starting point.