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Viewing, Editing, and Archiving the Raw Capture and MPEG Files. Please
call to discuss your specific needs.
Convert 8mm, Super 8, and 16mm
Movie Film to DVD
Convert Silent Movie Film "Frame by Frame"
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Transfer 8mm, Super 8,
and 16mm Movie
"Frame by Frame" to DVD
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DVD Transfer Specialists,
We exercise great care with your
8mm, Super 8, Single
8, and 16mm Home Movies to DVD Transfers
You will enjoy
your home movies on high quality DVD with custom navigation features like DVD Menus and
Chapter Titles for each reel of movie film -- allowing you start playing
the DVD from any of your movie reels. If you know what is on the film,
number and name each reel in the sequence to play on the DVD. Titles and play sequence
can be changed later with our Director's
Cut Service. Not only will your film be preserved, you can enjoy
viewing your memories just like a Hollywood Movie. Share your treasured
memories as a gift with digital copies of the DVD.
your projector break years ago?
about our "Director's Cut" Service!
Archive Quality AVI files and MPEG2 Edit files Available
Why chose "FRAME BY FRAME"
- High quality transfer
process designed for editing and producing DVDs
- Competitive pricing, &
fast, courteous service
- Your memories are handled
with great care
- DVD is capable of twice the
resolution of VHS tape
- Our capture and editing is
computer based, not tape based
- Frame by Frame captures a
digital image of each frame of movie film
- Frame by Frame produces a much sharper
movie compared to legacy telecine transfers
that video tape your film as it is fast forwarded as
much as 25%. (our frame by frame digital capture and computer editing process takes more
time than old video tape based transfer methods - so we spread the
work out across many computers). "On the Fly" and older technology transfer
systems cannot avoid
your film during transfer which causes obvious distortion to the video.
40 year old video tape systems are not the way to produce a high quality DVD.
BENEFITS OF "FRAME BY FRAME"
- Absolutely NO Video Tape
is involved in
our Digital Transfer!
- Designed for DVD
specifications and resolution
- Available for 8mm, Single
8, Super 8 and 16mm silent movie film
- Consistent illumination (no
dim edges or bright spots due to projection lighting)
- Total absence of projection
(projection flicker is caused by the projector's mechanical shutter, with "frame by
frame" there is no projection shutter, the film moves slowly as
each frame is digitized and computer captured)
- There are no conversion
induced artifacts like excessive
contrast and grain from projection screens, ground glass,
white sheets, or spinning glass prisms.
- Our process integrates and
synchronizes the film movement and projection, computer capture and
non-linear editing system, and video camera.
- We believe that the clarity
and accuracy is only surpassed by a professional grade Rank transfer at
50 to 100 times our price
- Since we are computer
based, the raw, captured AVI files are
available for your archival or further computer editing on data DVD
discs. These AVI files are the same files that we use to edit your
movie. We also offer the encoded MPEG-2 video and audio files on data DVD discs
-- these files include our edits, speed adjustment, color correction, chapter points, and audio.
- Frame by Frame allows
accurate frame rate conversion in software (most Regular 8mm film was shot
at 16 Frames Per Second, -- Single 8, Super 8, and silent 16mm were shot
at 18 Frames Per Second - while North American television is 30 frames
per second). Most other transfer systems use a mechanical frame rate
conversion method that "fast forwards" your
film (often to 20 Frames Per Second) to avoid projection flicker.
Super 8 Frame by Frame (captured frames are 720 x 480 pixels)
(image size and resolution reduced for Web)
FRAME BY FRAME MAY BE THE
- Old, brittle, or shrunken
film may easily crack, break, or tear
- "Frame by Frame"
reduces (but does not eliminate) mechanical stress
- "Frame by Frame" has
successfully preserved many portions of damaged films that would have
been impossible to transfer with legacy systems.
- If films are shrunken, they
should not be run through a normal projector
- The original film should be
stored in a cool, dry location (20% Relative Humidity)
- Our 8mm film Frame by Frame transport does not engage
the film sprockets
(but does use the sprocket hole to align the frame of film for capture)
- Our 16mm Frame by Frame
slowly moves the film at 3 Frames Per Second
allow extra processing time for shrunken, warped, or damaged film
- We process damaged film on
a "best effort" basis (no guarantees), charges are based on
reel size. Due to time involved, no discounts apply to damaged film.
- We attempt to preserve some
memories from film that would otherwise be lost
- Some film (or portions) may
be damaged beyond recovery
- Warped, deformed, or
damaged film may result in poor focus or jitter
- Emulsion (color dye) damage may
also be evident
- Film that cracks when
bent, can easily break during the capture process
WE CLEAN AND PREPARE YOUR
- We inspect, clean, and
repair splices on your film for best image quality
- Your shorter film is moved
to new 7 inch reels and containers for future storage
- The effects of time,
temperature and humidity are continuous
- Mildew, fungus, pollution,
and chemical breakdown deteriorate movie film
CONSIDER USING OUR "DIRECTOR'S CUT"
- Apply edits and titles
after seeing an initial copy of the DVD
- What is written on the box,
may not be what is on the film
- Did your projector quit working
- Concerned about breaking or
damage to your old or brittle film?
- Let us transfer your homes
movies to DVD and send you a "Director's Cut" for your viewing
and editing. Email your revisions for menu titles
and clip sequence changes. We apply your edits to the digital copy of your
project on our systems. Order copies of the final cut.
- If you would like the
option of using our Director's Cut service in the future, order the AVI
and MPEG2 edit files, so we can restore your digital project.
- We can overlay an audio
narration of the DVD - call for details
- Custom Audio and Video
Editing Services are available on a reservation basis
REPLACE VHS TAPE
CONVERSIONS WITH DVD:
- You may have old VHS video tape
conversions of your 8mm home movies
- VHS video tape transfers are
likely showing their age and deterioration
- VHS video tape resolution
is only about half the quality of DVD
- Have your 8mm, Super 8,
Single 8, and 16mm
home movies converted to DVD with our high quality "frame by frame" transfer
Single 8 or Super 8 "MAGNETIC
18 or 24 Frames per Second Single 8
or Super 8mm
magnetic stripe sound movie film, we utilize a specially designed
digital telecine system to provide synchronization with 30 frames per
second television video and which also supports audio capture.
16MM "Silent" and "Sound" MOVIE FILM:
16mm silent film, we transfer your movies with our 16mm "frame by frame" digital transfer
process and systems. Silent 16mm film was normally shot at 18 Frames Per
- For 16mm "optical sound"
film we utilize a specially designed 24 Frames Per Second digital telecine
system equipped with a unique shutter that provides synchronization of 24 frames
per second movie film with 30 frames per second television video and
supports audio capture.
Archive quality AVI files,
and MPEG2 edit files
- For those who would
like digital archive quality files of their movie film, or who want to do
additional computer video editing, we have two optional services that
can be included with your film to DVD conversion. We
can provide the raw AVI
video files captured from silent film, (8mm, Super 8, or 16mm silent movie
film) and/or the MPEG2 encoded files (8mm, Super 8, or 16mm silent or
sound movie film). These files are provided on "data" DVD-R
media. For a 7 inch reel (400 feet) of silent 8mm or Super 8 movie film,
the frame by frame AVI size is about 4 Gigabytes. By comparison, there
is one MPEG2 file encoded for each 2 hour “video DVD” (approximately
1,600 feet of film, but also about 4 Gigabytes). Since these are the
same raw AVI and MPEG2 files that are used to produce your
video DVD, these are the highest quality files available. We perform a
"validation check" on the data DVD-R discs we burn. Please copy the AVI
or MPEG2 files from the data DVDs to your computer's hard-drive before
editing. AVI and MPEG edit files are only offered as additional services
to our standard DVD conversion.
What Type of Movie Film do
- We process 16mm, 8mm
(Regular 8), and Super 8 movie film. Your film width and sprocket hole
size should look like one of the sections of white leader shown below.
The ruler is marked in inches.
16mm ------- 8mm ----- Super 8
DETERMINING THE MINUTES OF
VIDEO ON MOVIE FILM:
- The minutes of video on
movie film is determined by the length of film, the size of each film
frame, and the Frames Per
Second (FPS) that the film was originally shot (and replayed).
- We use a Computer based Non-Linear
Editor (NLE) to provide the frame by frame speed conversion from the Film's exposure
FPS to the 30 FPS standard for North American video (NTSC).
- Many 8mm transfer systems are
forced to run at 20 FPS to avoid sever flicker, and therefore distort
video and audio at 16 or 18 FPS
- Professionally shot film
was likely exposed at 24 FPS for higher quality
- Regular 8mm is likely 16
FPS. other speeds are available
- Super 8 is likely 18 or 24
FPS (we use 18 FPS for Super 8, 24 FPS is available)
- Silent 16mm is likely 18
- Optical sound 16mm is 24
- Our "frame by frame"
process allows us to perform frame rate conversion in
computer editing software.
Comparison of 8mm film at different camera
FPS and 50 feet of film
(there are about 4000 individual frames on 50 feet of Regular 8mm film)
- 12 FPS: 2nd most common 8mm
frame rate (5:33)
- 16 FPS: (Regular 8) Most common 8mm
frame rate (4:10)
- 18 FPS: 1960s vintage
camera option (3:42)
- 24 FPS: Professional
by Reel Diameter for 8mm or Super 8 Format,
(Single 8 film is about 30% thinner than Super 8 film)
|3 Inch Reel
|| 50 Feet of
|| about 4
minutes of video
|5 Inch Reel
|| 200 Feet of
|| about 16 minutes of video
|6 Inch Reel
|| 300 Feet of
|| about 24 minutes of video
|7 Inch Reel
|| 400 Feet of
|| about 32 minutes of video
by Reel Diameter for 16mm Format at 18 Frames Per Second
|7 Inch Reel
|| 400 Feet of
|| about 15 minutes of video
|10 Inch Reel
|| 800 Feet of
|| about 30 minutes of video
|12 Inch Reel
|| 1200 Feet of
|| about 45 minutes of video
|13 Inch Reel
|| 1600 Feet of Film
|| about 60 minutes of video
|14 Inch Reel
|| 2000 Feet of Film
|| about 75 minutes of video
|15 Inch Reel
|| 2300 Feet of Film
|| about 90 minutes of video
We use DVD-R media.
Your DVD player must support DVD-R to play our media. Our systems
are configured for North American standards (NTSC). With the "frame by
frame" capture method, PAL output conversions are possible. Please contact
us if you are interested
PREPARING YOUR ORDER:
As part of providing our
services, DVD-Transfer-Specialists cleans, repairs splices, and normally replaces your
film reel and container. Please record
any information on the reel or container that you want preserved. Number
your reels in the sequence you want the video to play on the DVD. The DVD
menu will be customized with your "DVD Title" (example: "The Smith Family
Memories"), and DVD "Chapter Titles" for each reel of film (example:
Chapter 1: 1950 - The Wedding). Send us the DVD Title and Chapter Titles
along with your order, and email as an attachment (a Word Document is
fine) to: INFO@dvd-transfer-specialists.com.
Please call us at 1-239-206-3448 with questions or to discuss your
If you just want to send us your films and have us work with you to define all the edits
and titles, please call or email.
Customer Comment: Movies
received!!!!!!!!! they look GREAT. I am super impressed. I imagine
you probably made quite a few people very happy this holiday. I know my
dad's buddy will be one of them! Thanks
WOW! I have just
received and viewed the DVD, and “WOW”, quite honestly, is the first word
that comes to mind. Not only have you afforded me the great delight of
watching footage of myself as a little tyke (footage which, incidentally,
I have never been able to view before), but you have also astounded me
with the excellence of your service. Its every aspect, from the helpful
phone consultation, to the super-prompt turnaround time, to the great
quality of the final product puts you on a level all businesses should
aspire to. I will certainly be recommending your services to all of my
kith and kin. A big heartfelt thank you!
Very nice job on
converting my 8mm film to DVD. A while back I got a VHS copy of it made
from a large commercial outfit. The resulting video had cut off heads,
lighting problems and very obvious dust bunnies . It was unwatchable.
Needless to say, your DVD had no such problems. And the music track that
you added was a nice touch. I appreciate your very fast service too. --
BTW, any chance I could still order a Director's Cut or an MPEG version of
the movie? .... I want to be able to edit and burn
additional copies/versions of this film. -- Thanks a lot!
My daughter and I
viewed the movies this weekend...several times. I am so pleased with the
results! Great job! Thanks! Just makes me wish I had taken more movies
of them as youngsters.
I am Federal Expressing a package to my son... as a surprise. I told my
daughter-in-law to call me when they start to watch so I can "be with them
too" as they view it.
I just wanted to drop you folks a note thanking you for the outstanding
job you did with the 8mm film I sent last week. I was pleasantly surprised
with the quality of the images. This was the first time that I've had a
film scanned and it looked great. These were the only movies of us as
kids, so they are very special to us. The only thing missing was the
projector sound effect to really take me back. That may be a option to
offer. I will do my best to generate more business for you. I do have some
old 8mm ... reels I may have you archive for me. Thanks again,
Another satisfied customer! We love the DVD!!!!! You did a wonderful
job. It was, in fact, our wedding, and we were thrilled with the results.
We had never seen the movie before, and I didn't realize you would put it
to music. A very nice touch. Thanks again for doing a great job.
Thank you for your help with my
family's films and for the fantastic job you did with them. If you have
the time, please take a look at this post I made on a forum I belong to as
it is a better expression of my satisfaction with the results.
I will include you and your company in the credits of my project and I'm
sure you will have the thanks of all my family members who will
enjoy these films for years to come.
My very best regards,
Joseph, I received the dvd and my films safely yesterday. The whole
family sat down to watch the dvd last night and it was quite an experience
to see movies that I haven't seen in over 25 years (and that my children
have never seen!)! Thanks very much for an excellent product and such
friendly communication! I will send more films to you in the future!