Our Process

Each film transfer we undertake is subject to a rigorous process tried and tested over many years.

The main stages of our film transfers are outlined below.

Film Preparation

Our first step once we receive your film is to undertake necessary repairs such as splicing. In some cases, we will also transfer 3” (50 foot) reels to a larger 400 foot reel. This allows for a more efficient transfer process and does not damage your film in any way. You will also find the film to be much easier to store once it's on the larger reels.

Cleaning

As film gets older it will start to accumulate dust, fluff and other residue that will reduce the clarity of playback. Before digitizing your film, we treat the film with a lubricating antistatic solution, which will minimize unwanted artifacts during the capture process.

Film capture

Once the film has been prepared, the process of digitizing starts. Only trained, experienced technicians operate our telecine equipment. Our capture process features several key steps that deliver superior results every time.

  • Film is scanned “Frame by Frame” direct from your film's reversal footage to camera
  • The machine used for 8mm and super 8 film is sprocketless, eliminating the risk of damage to your delicate films during the transfer process. Due to the much heavier nature of 16mm film reels, our 16mm machines use a precise sprocketed drive system.
  • Our equipment uses a cool LED light, which not only means no risk of burnt frames, but also results in ultra vivid colour reproduction.
  • The projector used in the capture of your film footage features an enlarged gate, which allows for capture of the whole of your film footage. Traditionally, projectors automatically gate the film playback resulting in the loss of 10-20% of the films perimeter. Unfortunately, many film transfer operators still use this outdated technology resulting in the loss of precious footage.
  • All film is captured at full HD (1080p) regardless of whether your requirement is for SD or HD transfers. SD transfers are downscaled from the original footage, proving a greater level of contrast and detail than film originally scanned in SD.
  • The outputted raw file is flicker free as a result of the matched frame rate and is now ready for checking, editing, colour correction and output to your chosen media format.
  • An experienced editor checks your outputted file for imperfections. At this stage blank and unusable sections are edited out and correctable issues are fixed (glitches, colour descrepancies etc).
  • The final video footage is outputted to your chosen media format (DVD, Blu-Ray, MiniDV, DVCam, hard drive etc).