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Film Restoration - 8mm, 9.5mm and 16mm - An additional service
We have transferred film for happy customers in over 40 countries. We have a quality that is unmatched in both standard definition and high definition. However, we have not stopped there.
We have now managed to develop a technique to actually clean up blemishes and scratches as well as amass cumulative detail from adjacent frames. This is an additional service on top of our standard service. When most people on the internet use the term FILM RESTORATION we find that all they are talking about is transferring footage from film to a digital media, (and usually not very well).
Instead, of film restoration, what they were talking about was restoring your ability to see the footage.
At DVD Infinity it is different. Here are some examples of the differences between the initial scan and the footage after our film restoration and enhancement.
DVD Infinity have spent a great deal of time and effort in producing a process that can substantially improve old and damaged film scans. In addition to colour and contrast restoration and image enhancement, we can restore many single frame defects (ie. that only appear on one frame but not the next frame) such as:
Film Restoration Improvements
This is an additional step and provided significant improvement for most film at additional cost. Whilst it cannot eliminate all flaws in the film, it will substantially improve most films.
Other additional services
The following are additional services that DVD Infinity can provide but are not included in our standard or enhanced services:
We provide the world's highest quality DVD and Blu-ray productions (and DV masters) from Super 8, Standard 8, 16mm and 9.5mm cinefilm. We regularly provide our unique services to individuals and organisations around the globe for films all the way back to the 1920s. Each frame is individually processed and digitally scanned at above broadcast quality, one frame at a time using DVD Infinity's unique technology, software and techniques.
We were the first to scan 8mm, 9.5mm and 16mm film in the Southern Hemsiphere and again the first and only company to date to scan 8mm, 9.5mm and 16mm film in Full High Definition with Full Colour. We commenced R&D for HD scanning in 2005 and have had a number of upgrades to our HD scanning systems since then providing unmatched quality worldwide in all lighting situations.
This is not your ordinary transfer. DVD Infinity's unique film scanning provides a much higher quality DVD from your cinefilm than any other transfer system on the planet. Our customers normally comment that it looks so much better on the DVD than it ever did through the projector. In a recent article by Australian MacWorld, DVD Infinity was ranked No. 1 for cinefilm transfers, receiving the accolade of Best Solution Provider. The broadcast industry used to pay hundreds of dollars per minute for a lesser quality (flying spot technology) not so long ago. We now offer this quantum leap in quality to those wishing to transfer their home movies. Nobody else comes close to our quality...
... EVERY FILM HAS FRAMES THAT NEED TO BE CUT and a DVD Infinity scan is not just a "no care" transfer. We cut out the stuff that absolutely nobody wants to keep. Burnt frames, bad joins, sections of film that are completely blank, black or white, sections where you can't see anything due to excessive camera shake or extremely poor focus are cut out. This makes your film much more watchable. Please note that we do not judge your filming ability and tend to err on the side of leaving footage in.
We only offer ONE process for transferring small gauge film (8mm, 16mm or 9.5mm) and we do not have options to upgrade to other media. This is because at DVD Infinity we only use the best to start with and only the best is good enough. We supply a far superior result in every aspect, every time.
If your film is old, brittle or shrunken it is prone to damage and should not be run through an old fashioned projector or telecine. A projector will introduce heat through the projector lamp, and stress through the sprocket feed mechanism. We transfer your images without the use of hot lamps or feed stress and return your films in the same condition that you gave them to us. Whilst we do brush off excess dust and hair, rest assured that we do not apply any liquids or solvents to your film as this only speeds its deterioration. Even if your film smells of vinegar and is in the early stages of vinegar syndrome, we can transfer your film.
Some of the unique features included in our cinefilm processing include:
above broadcast quality in both standard and high definition
absolutely zero flicker (not even the flicker from your projector)
unparelleled detail, contrast, sharpness and brightness
no shadow colour bleed
much richer and more natural colour
no hot spots or uneven distribution
no streaks, motion blur, ghosting, frame blending or wobble
up to 25% more viewable image area
minor colour and exposure correction
burnt film frames and excessive camera shake cut out
completely blank, black or white film frames cut out
extremely out of focus parts cut out
a true scan, so no out of focus issues
bad joins cut out
no black or fuzzy edges
film inspected and damaged splices repaired for free
no heat or tension damage to your film
slowed to normal film playback speed
sound on sound film, transferred separately and synchronised with scanned film frames
ability to scan and mix all small gauge film formats (not just 8mm and 16mm film)
reels are returned in exactly the same condition as received
all outputs are generated as originals (not dubs or copies)
all work is conducted on DVD Infinity unique scanning technology not just telecine devices
all work is conducted by empassioned specialists rather than just owner/operators
experience - not only do we transfer all small gauge films (8mm, 9.5mm, 16mm, etc) but if all the film that we have scanned was joined together it would wrap around the circumference of the Earth.
Please note that we precisely match the film's colour. If you wish colour grading rather than colour correction, we can do that as well, obviously at additional cost. Please let us know at the time we quote your job and we will be happy to assist.
This is the ultimate in DVD. We create a Hollywood Style DVD production using your old cinefilm. The package includes interactive animated menus and scene selection (just like the ones in your local video shop), chapter markers for each reel, themed backgrounds and even a personalised DVD and cover (using your photo and choice of title). For silent movies we can even add fully synchronised background music. We can also master directly to miniDV or DVCam if desired (in either PAL or NTSC). We can even transfer your silent film so that there is one frame of film for each frame of video giving greater flexibility for editing.
Our unique cinefilm DVD packages also include:
chapter point for each reel
Hollywood Style animated menus and scene selections (6)
Hollywood grade encoding for highest quality on disk
personalised DVD and cover
themed menus, scene selections, DVD and cover
highest photo quality printing directly onto DVD face
For those wanting to edit their own, we also provide the following output options:
PAL or NTSC or Full HD
film restoration output to MOV, MPEG2, MP4, AVI or most other digital file formats
film restoration output miniDV, Digital8, DVCam, Digital Betacam or data files (including AVI [.avi] and quicktime [.mov])
Hi Definition outputs available - HDV, AVCHD, MPEG2HD, Quicktime HD, etc
1 frame of film = 1 frame of video or slowed to video speed
Whilst we can transfer to Motion JPEG, we do not do so and strongly warn against it due to lower quality, inefficiencies and incompatibilities. Note we have seen images that were supposedly scanned at high definition but do not match the quality of our standard definition transfers.
Many customers ask what software they can use to edit the footage. Whilst we cannot give advice on this matter as we only use highest end software, we can provide the names of consumer end software used by some of our customers. Please note that we do not recommend nor endorse any of these software programs:
If you are not sure which media you should transfer your film to, please check out our editing vs entertainment section.
This is NOT your normal low quality film transfer such as "Direct from film to DVD" transfer, "digital optical printing", "reshoot" transfer, Elmo, Goko, Tobin, RCA TP66, CineTranzPro, aerial transfer, telecine or projector based transfer. Using these techniques, it is not possible to come anywhere close to our extremely high quality. We can supply a true master on miniDV ie. where there is one distinct frame of DV for each distinct frame of film if desired.
If you have had your film transferred elsewhere in the past and are not happy with the results, come and see us. Customers who have had their film transferred elsewhere and then have their film retransferred through ourselves are always thrilled with our results.
16mm circa 1960s
Super 8 circa 1970s
8mm film to video transfer, 8mm film to DV, film to DV conversion, Super 8 film to digital, 16mm film transfer
We transfer and provide film restoration for the following film formats (at all frame rates)**:
mix film gauges and types on same DVD or output media
film shot in anamorphic can be transferred to letterbox if desired
films taken at any speed
Please note that because we scan the film across, all sound film (commag aka magstripe aka magnetic stripe or optical) has to have the sound transferred separately and then resynchronised.
The diagram to the right may assist you to identify your film type:
Click here to calculate running time for your film.
Can I print a frame from an 8mm film?
It is not technically possible to print a good quality image from an 8mm frame. The reasons are as follows: Print quality is defined at 300dpi. A Super 8mm frame has approximately 5mm x 4mm of image data. At standard definition this represents 720 x 576 pixels or an image size of 60mm x 48mm. Even scanned at 4000dpi (the effective limitation of the grain of the film), the image size is limited to 780 x 630 pixels for fine grain Super 8 films, less for Standard 8 and coarse grain Super 8 films, slightly above SDTV specifications. This equates to 66 x 53mm at accepted printed quality of 300dpi. On top of this very low print resolution, the movie film is used to capture movement and the frame rate is very slow which appears as a blurry item in the frame when held still. Some will argue that the image can be upscaled using software. However, if the image detail is not there to start with, it cannot be generated from thin air.
* Projector based systems include aerial image telecine, wetgate transfer, telecine chain, Elmo TRV, RCA TP66, Goko, 5 bladed projectors, etc.
** 8mm, Super 8, 16mm and 9.5mm film are digitally scanned frame by frame. Note 17.5mm film is optically printed to 16mm before transferring to DVD. 28mm and 35mm film are transferred via a Rank Cintel system. Note that Technicolor Magi-Cartridges, Videotronic cartridges, Polavision cassettes and Fairchild MoviePaks will be returned opened.
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Who uses our specialist cinefilm services
We have customers in over 30 countries around the world including:
BEWARE OF IMITATIONS
Below are two images from a customer's 8mm film. The first scanned by DVD Infinity. The second by a company that tells its customers that it scans the footage the same as DVD Infinity. Both images have been taken from a final DVD that has been created by the respective companies. No alteration has been made to either image.
There is a huge difference in the quality of cinema film transfers. Most "so called" professionals project the film using a projector or telecine onto a wall, mirror, screen, or directly to a video camera and then film it with a camcorder. This is an extremely low quality amateur way of transferring your precious memories. It will severely reduce the quality of your treasured film resulting in lost colour, contrast and detail. It normally introduces unnecessary flicker (unless colour and detail are further degraded) as well as introducing hot spots, where whites become overexposed and flare, and streaks and blur where the camera films a moving frame. Beware as many unscrupulous operators are starting to state they are scanning or transferring frame by frame when in fact they are just using a telecine projector to project and refilm it.Wherever you see the word telecine or camera or synchronising the film speed to the shutter speed of the CCD to eliminate film flicker, think lower quality. Also, be wary if the operator only offers to transfer 8mm film. They will not have the knowledge or experience to properly handle your precious films. If you're not sure, please contact us.
Most operators using American equipment can only capture in NTSC standard (640 x 480 pixels) and then convert the images to PAL (720 x 576 pixels). This means that at best they capture to 640 x 480 pixels and then try and upsize to 720 x 576 pixels. Once you have lost 25% of the quality it is just not possible to get it back.
The latest scam that we have seen is one man in the USA who claims to be high speed scanning 2 complete frames for each frame of video, when he is in fact using a miniDV video camera and filming. Beware that you are not getting what you are paying for. By filming (not scanning) two complete frames of NTSC video for each frame of film, he will actually slow the film down so that it is unnaturally slow (NTSC normally has 29.97fps, film runs at 18 or 24 fps 18 x 2 or 24 x 2 does not give 29.97 fps). Furthermore, many use consumer grade DVD recorders rather than using professional DVD authoring equipment, resulting in further degradation.
There is a guy in the UK who states "We have been converting cine films from all over the world 'frame by frame' since 1984". This is quite incredible as the technology that made it possible was not available until early this decade. He says elsewhere "By using only top of the range high end digital equipment to scan your films 'frame by frame'. Again, sadly, he is shooting with a digital camera.
There is a company in the USA that claims to "virtually" eliminate flicker and claims they are confident that they are the best in the world. Because DVD Infinity scans each frame across we do not have synchronisation problems. DVD Infinity completely eliminates projector flicker (in fact we don't introduce it) and we are the best in the world.
There is a guy in Australia who claims to have "high quality, frame based, ... conversion to DVD" for 8mm film. In this instance, frame based, hardware corrected refers to a telecine device. The film is not scanned across and the quality is hence lacking.
Another guy in Australia claims to do film restoration, when in fact all he is doing is using a cheap transfer mechanism with a colour controller. He reduces the colour (read quality) of one colour channel. Rather than actually improving quality, he reduces the quality of that colour information and provides no film restoration.
Another US group talks about specializing in WETGATE frame-by-frame transfer and then explains that they use a modified telecine projector and a camera to shoot the images. They later go on to tell everyone that they are not as good as a Rank transfer. Sadly, this is obviously another low end transfer.
Another group claims "With 25 years experience ... We have transferred 9.5mm films dated from 1898..." This is very interesting as 9.5mm films were first made in 1922.
Don't your memories deserve the best film restoration?
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