What is Telecine?

What will the quality be like?
We use Digital Telecine Equipment. To the layman, these are machines dedicated for the purposes of transferring cine film. This technology ensures that films are reproduced without any of the numerous problems associated with the mismatch between modern and past day frame rates.

Our goal is to deliver generally faithful reproductions of your precious material. We do not aim to be the cheapest but we do try to be the best which is reflected in our prestigious client base.

I have a variety of cine reels of different gauges. Does this matter?
No - our studio handles all formats including Standard 8, Super 8, 9,5mm & 16mm.

Can you transfer reels in order?
Yes: If you wish to view them in the correct sequence, all reels and boxes must be clearly numbered.

What’s the quality of a DVD like?
The video quality of a DVD , is better than a Super VHS tape. A single sided, single layered DVD could have more than 2 hours of high quality video although if you're looking for absolute quality, then we recommend a maximum of 1 hour per DVD.

Do you charge for re-splicing breaks?
No! For four reasons:

i) Our setup charge includes for time to dust down your film and check your splices. In the cases where there are old splices that have come unstuck, we completely absorb the cost of re-splicing them.

ii) We like to be as up front as possible with regard to our costs and consider it unethical to start charging extras at the end of the work simply because a few splices have broken.
iii) Our equipment and processes are purpose designed for cine transfers and as such treat all gauges of film delicately anyway.
iv) We have to proof and check splices in advance to accommodate our machine's needs but also to make a good show of your material.

Are subsequent copies of the DVD the same price as the first one?
No! They are cheaper.. The first mastered one(s) take longer but subsequent copies are cheaper. (see 3 for 2 offer)

I can't exactly remember what's on my reels! Is there a way that I can edit the transferred footage myself?

Yes! Due to the huge increase in customers looking to take greater control over their cine material and the ease of doing so with today's more powerful computers, simple software and bigger/cheaper hard drives, we are invariably asked to provide additional edit friendly versions with each order.

Given that most films have bits that need to be cut out, re-ordered or enhanced with titles etc, this has become an incredibly popular option.

To assist you, we've also produced a free guide to editing which in plain language explains the basics. Apart from some simple editing software and an appropriate PC, you'll just need access to an everyday Mini DV camcorder from which you can output your film.

There are in fact four common edit friendly alternatives that are available to you:

Mini DV:
Considered by many to be an ideally suited format, Mini DV provides an economical but highest quality solution which is simple to import into your PC. You'll just need access to an everyday Mini DV camcorder from which you can output your film to an AVI file. For those after a quality finish, the golden rule to edit in best quality format initially and then distil to a more compressed format such as mpeg2 to make your dvd thereafter.

AVI Files:
This format obviates the need for employing a Mini DV camcorder to capture the files. Here you simply load the videos files onto your PC via our discs. Alternatively, for an additional cost, we can make your life even simpler by providing your files on an external hard drive.


MPEG2 Files:
In the hierarchy of video files, these are more compressed than avi files and hence smaller in size. They also obviate the need for employing a camcorder to capture the files. Here you simply load the videos files onto your PC via our discs. Alternatively, for an additional cost, we can make your life even simpler by providing your files on an external hard drive.

DV Files (MAC):
As per AVI files above and also this obviates the need for employing a Mini DV camcorder to capture the files. Here you simply load the videos files onto your PC via our discs. Alternatively, for an additional cost, we can make your life even simpler by providing your files on an external hard drive.

What do I have to do in advance of sending the films?
Not much but if you have not viewed your films in recent years, we advise you to scan through the contents of your film(s) using a projector and (assuming they are numbered) check the reel numbers correctly match the numbers on the boxes, particularly numbers 6 and 9!.

Check also that all spools are wound the correct way round start to finish. White leader tape should be found at the start of the spool and not in the centre. If your films require editing we recommend transferring the entire contents onto tape or disc then creating a simple edit list using the time clock on the front of your video or disc player. A note explaining how to do this will be found inside the cassette case that accompanies the tape or disc. Do appreciate that there will always be some loss in picture quality in the transfer process whichever format you choose.

Do you alter the originals?
No, your original material will be returned to you unmodified.

Can you Collect our Film?
The handling of your material is of paramount importance to us. To address any concerns, we offer a variety of ways in which your material can be collected and delivered. These include personal collection where possible, but also the use of registered couriers or special delivery services as an alternative.


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