Find out a little more about our transfer service

Standard Workflow

Initial inspection:

Prior to transferring your film it is first inspected for any physical damage to splice joints and sprocket holes. Where possible any defects are corrected to ensure consistent projection. This is included in all three conversion options.

Cleaning

The film is cleaned to remove any surface contamination that can often show up as hair or dust on the film during playback. A special formulation cleaner, restorer and lubricant is used that protects the film from scratching during projection, also giving the film slightly better colour depth for the transfer process.

Smaller 50ft reels are usually spliced onto the larger 400ft reels during the cleaning process. This provides a more consistent transfer, eliminating the need to change focus and lighting after exchanging each of the smaller individual reels.

Editing

Once the film has been captured to computer, basic editing is performed to remove blank sections of film and obvious flaws such as shots of the floor or sky from unintentionally leaving the camera running. This editing work is not provided in the Budget Transfer option which is designed to offer a more cost effective solution.

Colour correction

Basic colour correction is applied to restore original colour. This cannot be used when film has faded badly or the original capture is excessively over or under exposed. The red or purple colour cast evident with some brands of film can often be reduced to a more acceptable level also. This service is not included in the Budget option.

Compilation to DVD or digital file

The final process is the DVD creation, allowing you to enjoy your family memories on computer or home DVD player. The Budget option excludes the DVD creation. The capture files are provided for you to perform your own creative editing work.

DVD is considered to be old technology now and will eventually be phased out slowly over the next few years. The raw capture files are supplied for all three transfer options. These files are very large and need to be copied to a portable USB drive. Please bring a USB-3 drive of sufficient capacity for your project. We can advise details based upon the quantity of film.

Conversion Equipment and Transfer Options

Our workflow utilises frame scanning equipment and sophisticated software applications capable of producing transfer results often better than the original film.

Frame scanning equipment used by many of the Hollywood studios to restore ageing feature films is now becoming affordable for the domestic film conversion market.

The combination of new equipment and specialised restoration software provides stunning results for home movies, so there has never been a better time to convert you family home movies.

Three main conversion and restoration services are available to suit your pocket.

THE BUDGET TRANSFER - Includes inspection and cleaning of the film then capture to mp4 digital file with no editing or restoration work. Having the raw capture files allows you to perform your own creative post production editing and offers a substantial cost saving.

REGULAR TRANSFER - Cleaning the film, basic editing and colour correction with output to DVD. Background music is included with this option. The raw capture files are provide at no additional cost.

DELUXE RESTORATION - Full production including editing, grain removal, colour work, stabilisation and scratch removal. This process is highly labour intsensive but produces the very best transfer quality.

Raw capture files

The raw capture files are available at no additional charge as an archive backup or for future editing, should you want to create your own special projects at some later date. This is encouraged as DVD's also have a limited life span and can be damaged or will be replaced in the near future by some other playback medium.

4:3 or 16:9 aspect ratio

All transfers are performed in HD format and 16:9 aspect ratio. This will display black pillars to the left and right of the regular 4:3 film format.

Projector hire

If you first want to view your films to find out which reels to have transferred to DVD, we have a Dual 8mm projector available for weekend hire at a cost of $50.00 plus a returnable $50.00 deposit. This is helpful if you are unsure of the content of each reel and can also assist in placing the film reels in the correct timeline sequence ready for transfer. We also have a Super 8mm Sound projector if your film includes a magnetic sound strip.


Main film formats...

Our service includes transfer of the four main film formats, 9.5mm, 16mm, Standard 8mm and Super 8mm. Polavision is a variant of Super 8mm.

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9.5mm format

9.5 mm film is an amateur film format introduced by Pathé Frères in 1922 as part of the Pathé Baby amateur film system. It was conceived initially as an inexpensive format to provide copies of commercially made films to home users, although a simple camera was released shortly afterwards.

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16mm format

Eastman Kodak introduced 16 mm film in 1923 as a less expensive amateur alternative to 35 mm film. During the 1920s, the format was often referred to as sub-standard by the professional industry

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Both 8mm formats

Standard 8 mm film, also known as Regular 8 mm film, Double 8 mm film, Double Regular 8 mm film, or simply as Standard-8 or Regular-8, is a film format originally developed by the Eastman Kodak company and released onto the market in 1932. Super 8mm emerged in 1965.