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Digitize: Cine Film

Digitize: Cine Film

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Cine film



It probably sound familiar: you or your family have a box full of old films and you want to be able to see them and preserve them for the future. The equipment to play your films is often defective. Wouldn't it be nice to view these memories on TV, tablet or computer! By digitizing your old films you can view them in a modern way.

We can digitize your old cine films professionally. We'll transfer your films to files which can be played on almost all modern TV's, tablets (iPad) and smartphones. We can also put your films on DVD or Blu-Ray.



Different scanning options

We can digitize the following types of cine film:

8mm

9,5mm (Pathe)

16mm


Our way of working

Preparing the films

Scanning

When the preparationproces is complete the films will be scanned.

Output

After scanning and possibly applying image corrections, the films can be transferred to any format you want. Almost everything is possible. We can transfer it as ready-made video files so you can play it directly onto your computer, TV, tablet, smartphone, mediaplayer, etc. Also, we can transfer the files to DVD's orBlu-Ray's. Many customers choose to have the films on DVD and USB stick, because:

We can convert your video recordings for all modern video formats. We deliver your digitized tapes in the format: H.264 by default. We can also deliver other formats if required, of course. For example, DV AVI Apple Prores 422 HQ or uncompressed AVI. If you want to work professionally with video you can consider other codecs. For more information see our codec page.

 

Image enhancements

When digitizing your films we can choose image corrections as an extra option. This will correct the images on brightness, image stabilisation, colour, sharpness, noise, dirt and stains.

 

Free sample scan

If you have any doubts about choosing image enhancements or not, we can make a sample scan for you, with and without image enhancements. On the basis of these scans you can make your choice. The scans will be made available via e-mail.

Free sample scan of your material (e.g super8, VHS, slide, audio reel, etc)

 

 

Editing

After scanning we can edit the film for you. We can cut the film, change the order of fragments, put titles in the film, transitions, voice-overs and background music. You can specify how you want us to edit the film or we can edit it ourself to make a really good film. Of course you may also choose yourself if and which fragments should be cut out of the film.

 

Our filmscanners

Our film scanners are equipped with Machine Vision cameras which are controlled with an optocoupler. The result is extraordinary and it is better than the flashscan8 or Flashscan HD.
You can see some scan examples here

Technical details - High Definition scanning (HD)

We can scan your films on standard definition (SD). The results this gives are very good.

Technische details - Standard Definition (SD)

If there is sound on the film it will also be transferred (in stereo).

Even if you recorded the sound separately on, for example, 1/4 inch audio tapes or audio cassettes with a Noris Norimat Electronic projector with tape recorder, we can transfer this sound.

Standard Definition vs. High Definition

Beside digitizing your cine films in DVD quality (also known as Standard Defintion (SD) with 720×576 pixels), we can scan in High Definition (HD) with 1920×1080 pixels. To do this we use the latest generation of film scanners. With this we take separate images with a high resolution image sensor. The HD-files are optimally adapted to the newest generation flat TVs. To play HD-files you need a fast computer or a Blu-Ray player/media player.

If you can't choose between Standard Definition versus High Definition, we can, as a test and without extra charge, digitize a fragment of one of your films and scan it in SD and HD and send it to you via the internet, so that you can choose the format you prefer.

To help you with your choice, the Dutch consumers association wrote something about choosing between SD and HD

 

Prices

Here you'll find an overview of the prices. If you want to estimate the costs for digitizing yourself you can use our, easy-to-use, price calculator 8mm or price calculator 16mm. All prices include 21% VAT and are subjective to change.

 

The prices include:

 

Setup costs Price
Setup costs for equipment - changing films (per order) €12,50


Type film (prices per minute) < 120 minutes 121-480 minutes > 481 minutes
8mm Standard Definition (Super8 , Single8, Regular8 / Normal8 ) 720×576 €1,29 €1,19 €1,07
8mm High Definition (Super8 , Single8, Regular8 / Normal8 ) 1920×1080 €1,69 €1,65 €1,59
16mm film Standard Definition 720×576 €3,40 €2,86 €2,59
16mm film High Definition 1920×1080 €4,99 €4,48 €4,21
16mm film perfo tape €4,99 €4,48 €4,21

 

Surcharges Price
Reel change (per reel) €2,00
Transferring sound (per minute) €0,35

 

Options Price
Image correction colour and clarity (per minute) €0,75
Coding files in professional codec (AVI uncompressed, Prores 422 HQ) (per minute) €0,25
Video editting custom work (per hour of work) €48,60

 

Transferring to media Price
USB / hard disk (you can supply them yourself if you want to) Webshop Data Storage
DVD €12,00
DVD with a custommade menu (you can supply the titles for the chapters) €25,00
Blu-Ray €20,00
Blu-Ray with a custommade menu (you can supply the titles for the chapters) €30,00
Extra copy DVD (cheaper with multiple copies) €9,25
Extra copy Blu-Ray (cheaper with multiple copies) €12,25

 

FAQ

  1. What should I choose? High Definition (HD) or Standard Definition (SD)?
  2. How many minutes of fims are on my film rolls?
  3. I want to watch my films before I let them be transferred, but something is broken. Can you repair projectors or supply necessities?
  4. What kind of cine film have I got?
  5. Can I rent a film viewer or film projector so that I can see which films I want to have digitized?
  6. I don't know how my projector works. Do you have a manual?
  7. Can I (or someone else) edit the film afterwards?
  8. What do I do with soured films?
  9. Is it worthwhile to transfer my cine films to DVD myself?
  10. Is it still possible to develop cine films?
  11. Can I buy new Regular8 / Super8 / 16mm cine films?

 

1. What should I choose? High Definition (HD) or Standard Definition (SD)? TOP

If you'd like to make the most of your films, scanning in High Definition (HD) is the best option. The resolution that is used for scanning in HD is 1024×768 to 720×576 at scanning in Standard Definition (SD). All the resolving power (resolution) of the cine film will be used. A 8mm film has an resolving power of about 600-700 screen lines, depending on the type of film and the quality of the camera(lens) that was used.

After scanning in HD quality the film will be recalibrated to an imagefile that is compatible with modern HD (HD-ready) TV's screens (1920×1080). To view the film on your TV we can transfer the files to a Blu-Ray or a computer file. Many modern TVs can play videos from an USB-stick or a hard disk.

If you're recordings are of good quality and you want really sharp results we recommend scanning in High Definition.

2. How many minutes of fims are there on my cine film rolls? TOP

That depends on a few factors. Like the amount of frames per second (18 of 24), if it is normal 8 or super 8 or etcetera.
Here is an overview of the most commonly used formats (18 frames per second and super-8):

Diameter reel Amount of minutes
7 centimetre 3,5 minutes
13 centimetre 14 minutes
18 centimetre 28 minutes
21 centimetre 40 minutes
25 centimetre 53 minutes

Click here for the complete table of running time of cine films.

 

3. I want to watch my films before I let them be digitized, but something is broken. Can you repair projectors or supply necessities?TOP

Yes, our repair department specializes in maintenance and repair of your film or slide projector. See our spare parts finder for which spare parts belong to your projector. Most spare parts can be found in our webshop. There you can also find film patches, movie reels, film boxes and film cleaner, etcetera.

 

4. What kind of cine film have I got? TOP

Soort smalfilm

Click here for beter examples of single 8/super 8, normal 8, 9.5mm and 16mm films.
For more detailed information about the different types of cine film: www.filmcollector.nl.

 

5. Can I rent a film viewer or film projector so that I can see which films I want to have digitized? TOP

Yes. We havefilm viewers and film projectors for rent.

 

6. I don't know how my projector works. Do you have a manual? TOP

We have almost all manuals of almost all projectors in stock. You can order them in our webshop.

 

7. Can I (or someone else) edit the film afterwards? TOP

Yes, you can edit the film afterwards. For more info see Editing video files - using free software (in dutch) .

You can also let us edit your film. We can, in consultation with you: change the order of the film, cut out pieces of film, add music, etcetera.

 

8. What do I do with soured films? TOP

Somebody told me that if I take soured films through a projector and play a non-soured film through the projector afterwards, the non-soured also will sour. Is that true? Is a soured film contagious? Is there a solution, like rinsing the film?

Yes, there is certainly a risk. If a film is soured (acetata decay, vinegar syndrome) it releases a substance called "acetic acid" (smells like vinegar). This substance can infect other films. Rinsing films with vinegar syndrome doesn't help.

The detoriation of the film can be restrained by keeping the film in a cold place (preferably in het freezer). There are also special bags which you keep in the film cans to restrain the acidic process: Kodak Molecular Sieve.
The best solution is to copy or digitize the film immediately.

For more information you can click here and read the Film Preservation Guide.

 

9. Is it worthwhile to transfer my cine films to DVD myself? TOP

Transferring 8mm cine films yourself is possible. Although the quality is signifficantly less than if it is done professionally. For more information about transferring cine films yourself, see: Transferring films yourself.

 

10. Is it still possible to develop cine films? TOP

Yes, this can be done. There are a few specialized laboratories left who can do this. We often work with super8.nl. With newly shot films it's still affordable!

Developing cine films that are shot a long time ago can become pricey (€ 60-€ 80 per cine film). The quality of the film won't be as good as it used to be. Also, these films often can't be developed in color, only black and white and the images of cine films can become blurry if it's left undeveloped for a long time

 

11. Can I still buy Regular8 / Super8 / 16mm cine film? TOP

Yes! In 2018, Kodak reintroduced new Kodak Reversal Color film! In the Netherlads you can buy new cine film at super8.nl.