Frame by Frame Transfer
Frame by Frame Transfers
Much Better than Real Time Transfers
- Every frame is captured as an individual photo
- An enlarged projection gate captures 35% more area than Real Time Transfer systems.
- The enlarged projection gate allows us to capture 100% of the frame.
- Frame by Frame capture systems produce superior flicker-free video.
- All transfers are done with a Canon HD CMOS 1080 camera.
Your film is captured frame-by-frame as each frame passes through specialized equipment with an enlarged gate and light source in front of a Canon HD CMOS camera. The enlarged gate permits the capture of the entire frame. A digital picture is taken of each frame of film as it passes through the projection gate. These individual frames are put into specialized custom software that interpolates the frames into a movie, resulting in a solid, smooth, flicker-free capture. This produces a higher-quality transfer of your film.
One of the challenges we face with transferring old home movies is the inability to know the speed your film was shot at until after we transfer the film and are able to view the output. Because of specialized process and software, we are able to determine the frame rate that the film was shot and produce a video that is set at the correct rate. This is extremely important because most customers have no idea what frame rate their parents or grandparents used when shooting the film 50 years ago.
Before we even begin the transfer process, there is much work to be done! All Film is Cleaned, Spliced and Lubricated. Every reel is individually cleaned and lubricated with a special film cleaner. During this cleaning process, dust and debris that may have built up over the years will be removed from the film surface. This also helps keep the film hydrated and pliable, and fills in small scratches in the film. During this process, we inspect the film for damage and bad splices, and we add leader where required. At our discretion and at no extra cost; we may combine up to 8 small 50 ft reels together onto one large 400 ft archival reel(s) for more compact and safe storage. In some cases the combining of reels will also help to keep our transfer costs down.
We do NOT project your film onto a screen and video tape it. Some companies still use that antiquated method but we do not. With a frame-by-frame transfer, we are able to stop the transfer process at any point if an adjustment needs to be made, and then resume capture without causing any interruption in your video.