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Save Those Memories – Cine film to digital transfer

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Cine film transfer to 2K HD and 4K UHD digital files

Cine film is a fantastic format, designed for a much longer life than video tape. You should have high expectations for what can be achieved when this old, beautiful analogue technology meets new cine film transfer digital technology. The Scanbox 4K by Debrie is the Big Brother of the Memory HD, which I had been using, with great success, since 2009. It is a major upgrade and the Scanbox 4K was installed at the back end of 2020. The 2K (2048 x 1500) images of even standard 8mm can be truly stunning and everything is just sharper 12 years on. So, whether you have found a mysterious single 50ft. reel in an old drawer or have 100s of reels in a museum or family collection give me a call and I will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the best way forward with transferring your cine film archive however big or small.

Testimonals

Hi Chris, It really is refreshing to deal with someone who is thoroughly professional, efficient, helpful and courteous. My old 1930’s black & white cine films are now easy to watch and enjoy. Chris has cleaned, spliced, edited and titled them in an expert way, adding appropriate music. He even personalised the cover of the DVD by selecting images from the films. 

Thank you, Chris David Berglas “International Man Of Mystery” Past President of The Magic Circle

Equipment used

For all cine film transfer I will be using the superb, new “Scanbox 4K”, manufactured by Debrie Technology of Paris.

This can capture cine film in ……

  • 4K UHD (4096 x 3000)

  • 2K HD (2048 x 1500)
 

Computer files can be saved in just about any codec / format / size you want.

  • MP4 between 8GB and 40GB per hour (h.264)

  • Avid DnxHR .mxf between 77GB and 88GB per hour

  • DPX .bmp at either 1.1TB or 4TB per hour
 
Call me on 01793 495733 to talk through your needs if you are unsure about what you might want.

Most of my competitors do not name the equipment they use, or who manufactures it and do not show a picture of it but just use phrases like “State of the art” which means nothing. Do ask what system they use and who makes it, then check it out on Google. I have invested a lot of time and money in the best cine film transfer equipment in the world for digitising small format cine film. I am really proud of it which is why I am happy to tell you all about it. Just buying a £500 4K camera doesn’t qualify as state of the art.

I have the only “Scanbox 4K” in private hands in the UK & Ireland because I have been prepared to invest in the very best.

Please see the sample videos – further down the page – or the video explanation of how the Scanbox 4K works by clicking on the video above.

Cine film transfer - 2K HD or 4K UHD?

Over the last few years I have noticed a significant shift away from DVD and Blu-Ray discs (see my blog). The quality of disc based archives is so much lower than can be achieved with a computer file that I have decided that “disc only” archives from cine film will no longer be an option. I will always happily make a disc if it meets your requirement but only as part of a disc / file archive. Most people are now concerned with getting the very best possible digital computer file for playback on a laptop, editing, streaming, uploading and sending around the world. For PC or MAC computer files I am archiving cine film as 2K (2048 x 1500) and 4K (4096 x 3000) and am finding that for the majority of customers 2K is the most popular choice.

For smaller archives or archives using MP4 (h.264 format) at 22GB per hour output format we can just use wetransfer.com to upload / download the files.

For large archives and archives in DPX or Avid DnxHR (.mxf format) I will need a USB hard disc drive. You can send one with your films or I can supply a quality Hard Drive.

Video transfer
Preserve your cine film movies

How to order and pricing

Ways to order: 

The simplest way to get things moving is to either give me a call or drop me an email. We can go through what you have in your archive and what you are trying to achieve.

  • Call: 01793 495733 (office) or 07940 810733 (mobile)
  • email: admin@savethosememories.co.uk – for further details check the “Contact” page. 

In addition to this, we now offer an online calculator that lets you get a free, instant estimate for the conversion of your cine film reels. It also allows you to send your enquiry to me if you so wish. Click the large button below to begin. 

You are also more than welcome to bring your cine film / video / photographic archive here and we can go through it in person, adhering to safety protocols. Just get in touch and we can work out an appointment that will suit you. If you wish to use the postal service then I recommend using Royal Mail Special Delivery.

Please include in your package a covering letter with your return and contact details / phone number / email address.

Address:
Chris Squires,
Save Those Memories,
3 Lovell Close,
Swindon,
Wiltshire, SN3 5BT

Please include in your package a covering letter with your return and contact details / phone number / email address.

Let me know the format you want the films saved as – Disc and/or Computer files (PC or MAC) at 2K or 4K.

Archive Return

When creating large archives it is always best to have your computer files returned on a passport sized hard drive so you have everything in one known place.The size of the drive needed will depend on your choice of output as DPX uses 1.1TB per hour so that will need some calculation. For large DnxHR or MP4 archives a 1TB hard drive will suffice in almost all situations. You can either include one with your films, you can get one sent to me or I can source one for you.

For smaller archives or archives that are transferred to the smaller MP4 file format I would normally use a file transfer service. I use wetransfer.com and pay for the PRO upgrade.

Once I have created your files, I would upload to wetransfer.com. They send you a link in an email. Clicking on that link takes you to a simple download page. This service is doubly useful as not only can I send files to you, you can forward those files to anybody you want, anywhere in the world as many times as you want. So if you have friends or family, anywhere, you can quickly and easily distribute your archive to them.

cine film transfer

Example Footage

Museum and archive standard

Sometimes only the absolute ultimate will do. And since the installation of the Scanbox 4K I have been able to fully utilise all of the editing skills I have accumulated over the last 19 years. This would involve creating an ultimate version of your films. This can either involve the whole film, parts of one film or using the whole archive to create a family “best of”.

If you are an organization, you might want purely exceptional, better than broadcast standard, version of your cine film archives.

The images to the left are from a cheaply duplicated 1970s super 8mm film I captured for an upcoming Netflix / Sky documentary. You can clearly see the difference that going in on a frame basis can create. The two images are from the same source capture material and are NOT different captures.

Typically the post-capture editing work will include breaking down the film into scene-by-scene, the further down into frame-by-frame:

  • removing every single glitch frame (first and last frame of a scene is usually too bright and / or involves inaccurate frame movement)

  • any old splice inaccuracies or imprefections

  • any frame innacuracies – bad frames where possible replaced or deleted

  • accurate 1st generation scene speed correction from original 25fps source

  • best choice of frame management – optical flow, frame blending or frame sampling

  • fine stability management based on still camera or moving camera

  • fine scene-by-scene grain management

  • export to format of your choice

From experience this is all incredibly time-consuming but worth it if you after the very best.

The final cost of these editing projects will depend on the film format, how much needs doing, whether there is sound and the length of the film. So the final quote will be determined once I know exactly what you want.

Give me a call and we can go through exactly what you are aiming to achieve.

cine film correction

Museum and archive standard - Video examples

16mm with sound
Standard 8mm silent
Super 8mm silent

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