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Digitize: Cine Film

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Audio
Slides/Photo/Negatives
Video
Cine film

A good solution for each budget!

If you want to transfer your films yourself or ik you want us to scan them (one-on-one on a DVD or in High Definition with the latest image enhancement techniques, we can offer you the best solution.

We can digitize your old cine films professionally. We can transfer the film to ready-made DVD's or Blu-Ray's or we can transfer them to files, so you can edit the films yourself. For instance with Pinnacle Studio, Adobe Premiere or Magix Video Deluxe. All files can be played on almost all of the latest SmartTVs, tablets and smartphones without any problems.



Different transfer options

We can digitize the following types of cine film:

8mm

16mm


You can easily calculate the price with our price calculator 8mm or price calculator 16mm.

For information on transferring your own films: transferring your own films.

 

 

Our way of working

Preparing the films

 

Scanning

When the preparationproces is complete the films will be scanned.

Output

After scanning (and image corrections) the images 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, ect. or we can transfer it as uncompressed files so you can edit the film yourself. We can transfer the files on DVD's, Blu-Ray's, USB sticks and hard disks. Many customers choose to have the films on DVD and USB stick, because

File formats

We can convert your video recordings for all modern video formats. By default we deliver your digitized tapes in the format: H.264.

Ofcourse, we can also deliver other formats if required. For example, Apple ProRes or uncompressed AVI.

Following is a summary of the most popular codecs used today:

Standard Definition (720 x 576 pixels)

Codec

bit rate
(Mb/s)

GB/uur

Remark

DV AVI

30

14

Old standard defintion video, used for mini-dv tapes.

MPEG2

7

3

Predecessor of H264, used vor DVDs.

H264

7

3

Recommended codec - used on most devices. Good quality / file size rati

AVI Uncompressed

168

76

Large files - best quality. However few devices can play this codec.

High Definition (1920 x 1080 pixels)

Codec

bit rate
(Mb/s)

GB/uur

Remark

MPEG2

19

9

Predecessor of H264, used vor DVDs.

H264

19

 

Recommended codec - used on most devices. Good quality / file size ratio

AVI Uncompressed

832

374

Large files - best quality. However few devices can play this codec.

If you want to verify if you video editing sofware can process a certain codec, you can download our codec package (codec-pakket.zip)

This package contains fragments of video in the codecs above. Each fragment (except the AVI uncompressed), are 13.600 seconds in duration.

 

DVD/Blu-Ray format

We can transfer the digitized films on DVD and Blu-Ray.
Basic DVD DVD Deluxe
basis DVD Luxe DVD
  • Standard DVD box
  • Numbers of films on DVD
  • no menus / titles

 

  • Custom title on DVD and box.
  • Screenshot of film on the box
  • Menu op DVD possible

 

Extra Options

Image enhancements

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

If you have any doubts about image enhancements, we can convert a fragment of your film, with and without image enhancements. On the basis of the result you can then make your choice. This fragment can be made available via E-mail.

Free sample scan

If you have any doubts about whether or not image enhancements, we can make a sample scan for you, with and without image enhancements.

On the basis of the result you can then make your choice. This fragment can be made available via E-mail.

Free sample scan of you 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 a background. You can specify how you want us to edit the film or we can edit it ourself to make a real good film. You can also choose 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 find an overview of the prices. You can estimate the costs for digitizing your cine film with our, easy-to-use, price calculator 8mm or price calculator 16mm. All prices include 21% VAT and are subjective.

 

Digitizing

Price includes cleaning the film, welding and repairing leaders and are per minute of film we digitize.

Type < 120 minutes 121-480 minutes > 481 minutes
8mm Standard Definition (Super8 , Single8, Dubbel8 / Normal8 ) 720×576 €1,20 €1,10 €0,99
8mm High Definition (Super8 , Single8, Dubbel8 / Normal8 ) 1920×1080 €2,00 €1,80 €1,69
16mm film Standard Definition 720×576 €3,15 €2,65 €2,40
16mm film High Definition 1920×1080 €4,65 €4,15 €3,90

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
Video editting custom work (per hour of work) €45,00

Transferring to media Price
DVD Basic €12,00
DVD Deluxe €17,00
Blu-Ray Basic €15,00
Blu-Ray Deluxe €20,00
Extra copy DVD Basic €7,65
Extra copy DVD Deluxe €9,25
Extra copy Blu-Ray Deluxe €12,25
More copies from €1,95 per DVD, see Dupliceren
Transferring files to USB-stick/SD-card/hard drive (excl. device). €5,00
Hire a hard drive (per week) +€5,00 voor het overzetten op de harde schijf. €5,00
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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 X is broken. Are there products to solve this problem?
  4. What kind of cine film have I got?
  5. Can I hire a Projector of film viewer so that I can watch what films I want to be transferred?
  6. I do not know how my projector works. Where can I find a manual?
  7. Can I (or someone else) edit the transfered film afterwards?
  8. The lamp in my film projector has broken, which lamp is the best?
  9. What do I do with soured films?
  10. Does it pay of if I put my cine films on DVD myself?
  11. I dont have a projector anymore, but I would like to see the films before I let them be transferred. Is this possible?

 

1. What should I choose? High Definition or Standard Definition? 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 harddisk.

If you're recordings or 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. Do you have replacement parts?TOP

Yes, we can provide the necessary supplies. See our webshop for projector lamps, 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 watch the films before I decided which films to digitize? TOP

Yes. We film 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. I don't know, exactly, what is on my film. Can I (or someone else) edit the film afterwards? TOP

Yes, you can edit the film afterwards. Adobe Premiere Elements and Magix Video Deluxe are good programmes to help you edit your film.

Tip: If you want to start video editing, NCH Videopad is recommended. This is a simple video editor but works amazingly well. A nice program with a edit and preview screen, so you'll see what you do and all the well-known effects are also included with transitions. You can download a free demo version. If you like it, you can purchase it online for about Euro 30,= to Euro 60,= (depending on dollar/euro ration and version of the program).

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

 

8. The lamp in my film projector doesn't work anymore, do you have a replacement lamp? TOP

Replacement lamps can be ordered in our webshop.

9. 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.

 

10. Is it worth it if I 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.

 

11. Is it still possible to develop super8 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