Tips on digital transfers
Posted 04 February 2007 - 11:18 PM
Does anyone have a suggestion of a company they are familiar with that does high quality conversions for relatively cheap? I have already found a number of companies on the web advertising super 8 conversion but I thought I would ask here to see if any were preferred.
Posted 05 February 2007 - 01:20 AM
Posted 05 February 2007 - 10:16 PM
Don't forget the Tobin Video Transfer TVT machines. We have sold about 130 of them worldwide so far. The current models do frame by frame scanning in real time, so the transfer should cost about 1/4 as much if the operator is trying to earn the same hourly rate. The $3800 machine cost is peanuts to a facility that is doing a lot of transfer work. Of course, if you are going to use a hobbyist who doesn't care about how much he makes per hour, a computer dependent method might cost about the same.
If you are looking for good quality transfers of super 8 film at low cost, I would recommend you getting in touch with a telecine business that owns a Workprinter or Sniper. Such equipment probably provides the best ratio between quality and price. You could however get the footage transferred with a Rank or Spirit machine which would provide extremely high quality (in the hands of an experienced operator) but would cost an enormous amount of money $$$. ...
If a prospective customer will contact me off-list with his location, I can see if any of our equipment purchasers are near to you. We are so busy building machines that we are not currently doing transfers ourselves.
A Rank or similar machine is overkill for home movies, though necessary if you are currently filming on negative film.