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#1 Stephen Perera

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Posted 03 October 2017 - 04:47 AM

Hi all getting back quotes etc for scanning my 16mm film in Telecine HD or 2k in Spain....was wondering how it compares with prices in UK and USA...have to work out budgets....thanks for any help


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Posted 03 October 2017 - 09:41 AM

I've heard of 75p/ft for about 2000' in 2K at Lipsync in London. 25p/ft for HD at Gauge. No experience of the service.


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Posted 03 October 2017 - 09:41 AM

thanks for all the info


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Posted 03 October 2017 - 09:43 AM

Don't forget if you ship to the US you'll pay VAT and duty.


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Posted 03 October 2017 - 03:44 PM

thanks for all the info

HD telecine / 2k scan really  varies a lot by shop. Cinelab in boston posts their rates online, which are by the ft. most other places seem to be by labor hour, but the per ft scan/hd telecine rates for 16mm seem to range from .20/ft to .60/ft depending on the shop, the volume of stock, the type of scanner (spirit, arriscan, lasergraphics etc). and if you need keycode or anything else embedded in your files

keep in mind these are rough numbers and calling to get quotes will get you an accurate number for a given shop.


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#6 Chris Burke

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Posted 03 October 2017 - 05:45 PM

The shipping and VAT and risk factors might negate any savings. Yet people do it often enough. With minimal fuss.


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#7 Tyler Purcell

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Posted 03 October 2017 - 07:39 PM

Cinelab Boston is inexpensive and does really great work. I do almost all of my lab work with them and the results have been good.

Their best deals are processing and transfer deals as a "bundle" which maybe ok for some instances, but in others it maybe better to process locally. Cinelab does a lot of business with Europe.

Pricing is like .32/ft for S16 process and transfer HD
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#8 Stephen Perera

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Posted 04 October 2017 - 05:16 AM

what abut film going through airports/ x rays etc etc if it goes DHL etc???? prob best to stay local to avoid all this even if means a bit more cost? what you think?


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Posted 04 October 2017 - 05:30 AM

AFAIK, all couriers x-ray shipped items when it is sent as air freight. So unless you have a local lab (quite few have these days in Europe) you are going to have some x-ray effects on your footage. Even if you are sending it within EU.

However, I have sent S16 to US for processing and telecine and I cannot see any damage. So if it has been x-rayed, it is so low powered that it hasn't really affected it.
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#10 Stephen Perera

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Posted 04 October 2017 - 05:37 AM

thanks Heikki and everyone else in this magnificent resource cinematography.com......it so happens there are a few labs in Spain....I can just send film by land courier no probs.....just wanted to check prices really and how they compare....


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