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#1 Satsuki Murashige

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Posted 12 May 2017 - 07:32 PM

Where do you guys get your film scanned in LA? Looking for comparable per foot rates to Cinelab, who do a nice job but are rather distant for West Coast productions.

I like Fotokem processing, but their scanning rates on inferior machines are per hour and rather expensive.
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#2 Aaron Webster

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Posted 12 May 2017 - 09:52 PM

On my last 35mm project I developed and scanned with Fotokem and it really ate into the budget despite the help/discounts they offered. They are great people, but I agree that scanning is rather pricey. I've since been referred to Spectra Film and Video by several colleagues in LA, but I haven't been able to use them. You  might reach out and see how it goes? Maybe others here can attest to their quality?

http://www.spectrafilmandvideo.com/


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#3 Giray Izcan

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Posted 12 May 2017 - 10:59 PM

Check out Cinelicious too.
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#4 Tyler Purcell

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Posted 13 May 2017 - 01:14 PM

Nobody in LA will strike the kind of deals Cinelab does, it just doesn't exist.

If you want 1080p telecine, you can probably find someone to do it for $250/hr. But "scanning" at 4k, you're looking at .48/ft as the lowest rate in town, which is a lot higher then Cinelab's process/scan deal.
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#5 Satsuki Murashige

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Posted 13 May 2017 - 02:17 PM

Per foot 2K or 4K Log scanning to Prores options would be fine, even if the rates are higher. Just would like to avoid per hour scanning rates and telecines...
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#6 Robert Houllahan

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Posted 15 May 2017 - 02:12 PM

Our overhead is allot lower, and we now offer 2K and 4K 35mm scans on Scan Station either to ProRes4444, DPX or both.

 

New Bedford, MA is allot less expensive than Sana Monica, we are also Solar Powered by a 250Kw array so there is that too.


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#7 Satsuki Murashige

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Posted 15 May 2017 - 02:23 PM

Yup, makes sense Robert. Unfortunately for a lot of smaller shoots on the West Coast, shipping large packages back and forth cross-country and waiting for processing and scanning can be a deal-killer. Hope I get to use Cinelab again soon!
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#8 Tyler Purcell

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Posted 15 May 2017 - 10:40 PM

Remember, can't get Good, Fast and Cheap!

We have Good and Fast here in LA, but not Cheap!
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Posted 16 May 2017 - 05:41 AM

there used to be pixelharvest, but there is no longer a website. 


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Posted 08 June 2017 - 06:51 PM

I've heard good feedback for Pro8 in LA 818.848.5522.  I was told they have a ScanStation. I've not personally done work there https://www.pro8mm.c...film-to-digital

You might try Prasad in Burbank (818) 861-7611.  For highest quality when it has to be done in LA, Cinelicious does a great job on Scanity. They probably also still have a ScanStation. I have no idea about their prices. 

 

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Posted 08 June 2017 - 07:18 PM

I've heard good feedback for Pro8 in LA 818.848.5522.  I was told they have a ScanStation. I've not personally done work there https://www.pro8mm.c...film-to-digital

You might try Prasad in Burbank (818) 861-7611.  For highest quality when it has to be done in LA, Cinelicious does a great job on Scanity. They probably also still have a ScanStation. I have no idea about their prices. 

 

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