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#1 Brian Rose

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Posted 09 March 2006 - 10:00 AM

Most labs that do telecine state the cost of color correction in terms of hourly rates, e.g. $125 per hour. Does this mean they charge $125 per hour of footage, or $125 per hour that the color corrector is at work, meaning if it takes him two hours to color correct the film, the cost would be $250. Also, when they refer to supervised transfer, does that mean YOU, the filmmaker, come in and supervise the transfer? Would appreciate clarification!
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Edited by Brian Rose, 09 March 2006 - 10:02 AM.

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#2 Stephen Williams

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Posted 09 March 2006 - 10:44 AM

Most labs that do telecine state the cost of color correction in terms of hourly rates, e.g. $125 per hour. Does this mean they charge $125 per hour of footage, or $125 per hour that the color corrector is at work, meaning if it takes him two hours to color correct the film, the cost would be $250. Also, when they refer to supervised transfer, does that mean YOU, the filmmaker, come in and supervise the transfer? Would appreciate clarification!
Best,
Brian Rose


Hi,

For a supervised transfer (DoP/Director/Client etc) you are charged on an hourly basis. The client can choose how much time to spend per shot.

For an unattended transfer then you may be charged by running time or per clock hour. For basic correction 25-30 minutes of film will get transferred per hour.

The rate of $125 per sounds very low for a good transfer IMHO.

Stephen
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