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#1 Evan Ferrario

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Posted 10 August 2007 - 07:42 PM

I am looking for a transfer house in the New York City area to telecine Regular 16mm footage.

The project I am transfering is just under 2 hours of footage shot on Fuji Eterna 250D. The film is being mixed with footage from a sony V1U HDV camera which was shot in 1080i. The film is being entered into several festivals and I am hoping will be played on a few theater screens. I want to get as much quality out of the transfer as possible so it will look good when played on the big screens. I was hoping to get a HD transfer direct to hard drive.

I am relativly new to working with film and I do not know what kind of results I can expect. My budget is around $1000 for the transfer.

I had the film processed with cinelab and they have been great to work with but currently, they only offer sd transfers i believe. I am still considering doing a SD transfer with them but I wanted to know what other options I have.

Also, since I am working with a low budget, I have also been looking at 5-blade 16mm projectors on ebay. The pluses I see to doing this is that I could use my V1U with the projector to transfer the film into the same format as my digital footage. I know this is not highly regarded as a good method for transfer, but I have been considering all the options.

My first choice would be to go with a professional transfer and I just wanted to know if anyone could recommend a place. My goal is to get the film in a digital format that will be as good or better than the HDV footage. I will post a few screens from the digital footage for comparision in a few days when I have access to it.
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#2 Rob Featherstone

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Posted 10 August 2007 - 10:33 PM

Hi:

Try talking to Ed Walther at Mind's Eye Media, 212-905-6463.

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#3 Mitch Gross

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Posted 10 August 2007 - 11:17 PM

I don't think Min'd Eye can do HD unless he's upgraded since I last talked to him (it's been a while). Try Postworks.
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#4 Robert Houllahan

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Posted 11 August 2007 - 11:11 PM

I don't think Min'd Eye can do HD unless he's upgraded since I last talked to him (it's been a while). Try Postworks.



Try Calling Rich Torpey at Rhinoceros Post in NY They have a Sony Vialta which supposedly is s machine which rivals the Spirit and maybe he can cut you a deal, tell him I sent you.

Their number is 212 986 1577

I don't know if they direct to disk which is what you want I think.

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#5 Brian Wells

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Posted 12 August 2007 - 06:09 PM

Whatever you do, avoid the Shadow Telecine. It is not truly hi-def (at least not from my K3 footage). In fact, the Cinelab transfer of the same footage (using a Rank Turbo) looked about 90% as good/sharp in Standard Def as the Shadow looked in DVCPro HD, at 1/4th the cost. I am not saying the Rank is a great telecine, more along the lines of that the Shadow was a huge disappointment. Hope this helps.
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Posted 13 August 2007 - 12:54 AM

Are you sure the Shadow was properly focused. I run a Shadow and it is a great machine, I would put it between the Spirit 1 and the Spirit 2K in resolution.
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Posted 13 August 2007 - 11:40 AM

Whatever you do, avoid the Shadow Telecine. It is not truly hi-def (at least not from my K3 footage). In fact, the Cinelab transfer of the same footage (using a Rank Turbo) looked about 90% as good/sharp in Standard Def as the Shadow looked in DVCPro HD, at 1/4th the cost. I am not saying the Rank is a great telecine, more along the lines of that the Shadow was a huge disappointment. Hope this helps.



We just had a different tube put in and a complete tuneup because of a 35mm anamorphic dailies job we are doing so the Turbo 4 is looking better than ever. I get allot of comments about the Shadow and many people are not pleased with it. I regularly use a C-Reality and a Spirit in NYC and I have never seen anything come from a Shadow which I found to be equal to either of these in HD. I find that the machine has a hard plastic look, sorry.

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