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#1 jon lawrence

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Posted 07 February 2007 - 09:29 AM

.. I'm a little confused by how some places charge for telecine, for example, Spectra film and video $238 per hour - now does that mean per hour of footage how for how long it takes them to do the telecine?

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#2 Alessandro Machi

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Posted 07 February 2007 - 10:14 AM

.. I'm a little confused by how some places charge for telecine, for example, Spectra film and video $238 per hour - now does that mean per hour of footage how for how long it takes them to do the telecine?

Thavks, Jon Lawrence


Rates can vary. Listed price may or may not be the final price. The Spectra rate card price is actually a low price for a high end transfer place. They probably have some price flexibility depending upon the demands of the job and the client. The lower the price the facility lists on their rate card, the less flexible they seem if you ask for a further discount, which many customers inevitably ask for.

If Transfer place A is 200 bucks an hour, and gives no discount, you may find that to be very unfriendly. If Transfer place B is 300 an hour and gives you a 100 dollar an hour discount, you may think they really worked with you, but the end price is the same.

Additionally, Spectra Film and Video offers bulk discount deals where you can buy 4, 6, 8 or 12 or 24 cartridges of film at a flat rate that includes film, processing and transfer. It probably is significantly lower than the transfer rate you quoted.
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#3 Terry Mester

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Posted 07 February 2007 - 08:53 PM

.. I'm a little confused by how some places charge for telecine, for example, Spectra film and video $238 per hour - now does that mean per hour of footage how for how long it takes them to do the telecine?

Thavks, Jon Lawrence

If you're in North America, call Kodak's Qualex Photofinishing 1-800-315-9901 to see their prices. I'm sure they're cheaper than any Hollywood location.
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