We specialize in transferring
small gauge film (8mm, super 8mm, 16mm and super 16mm) to
HD and SD digital formats, as well as to analog formats.
Ours is a broadcast
quality transfer. A partial list of longstanding
clients includes: The National Film Board of Canada, CBC,
CTV, CITY TV, TVO and the AGO as well as universities, film
co-ops, archives, commercial production houses and independent
filmmakers across North America.
An experienced technician is
with the transfer for its entire duration, making colour
and exposure corrections as needed. All film is hand cleaned
and assembled prior to transferring.
Lately a few questions have arisen in the film community about frame-by-frame transfers and how they compare to our telecine transfer. Feedback from our clients who have tried both is that there is no difference in quality, but ours is faster and considerably cheaper than transfers offered by the frame-by-framers.
A lot of frame-by-frame transfer units are simply inexpensive, claw-driven machines that are constructed using old projectors and consumer grade cameras. Film is run at 6fps on the transfer unit and later colour corrected on a computer. It’s a time-consuming process, but it doesn’t necessarily follow that that makes it better quality. The excruciatingly long turnaround times on these transfers are not the result of special care being taken but of how slowly the unit runs.
Motion picture film is designed to run in real time.
We’ve purposely decided
not to show samples and comparisons of our transfer on our
website. We’ve viewed samples on other websites that
have been manipulated on a computer to look ‘bad’
and find the whole process insulting to the viewer’s
intelligence. If you’re interested in seeing a sample
of our transfer feel free to send
us a small amount of your film and we'll transfer it free
of charge so that you can see what we can achieve.