Find out a little more about our transfer service
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.
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.