Film Conversion Services

Professional Film Transfers, Telecine Projection Conversion

What We Do / Cleansing Work And Preperation

Cleansing Work and Preperation TuneTransfers.com, LLC converts only 8mm and Super 8mm film. We use a special process called telecine projection to transfer the film in the highest possible quality. Our capture process produces unmatched clarity, uniform lighting and correct color representation. Your film is converted to either uncompressed digital video which can be loaded onto an external hard drive or a DVD-R that is compatible with most DVD players. 

Before we project the film into our telecine projector we will add a leader, fix minor repairs, and splice any film as necessary. In most cases we will splice several smaller reels into larger reels for ease of transferring and storage. We do not use a frame by frame conversion system, we have found that this process can create problems when reassembling the frames together with correct frame rate and blending issues. Instead, we use a Canon 3CCD camera to capture the film in real time which enables a flicker free conversion with uniform light distribution and perfect focus. Finally, we will import the converted material into Final Cut Studio to clean up the color and try to compensate for over exposed film as necessary.

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Completed Film Conversion Format

Completed Film Conversion Format Upon completion we edit out the leaders and blank spots and perform a detailed quality check. At this point we either burn straight to a DVD-R with the Standard Transfer or edit the video further with special effects, music, lower third text, and more with the Enhanced Transfer. 

Your DVD will be set by default for auto-play when inserted into a DVD player with chapter points at 5 minute intervals but we can make this any amount you choose so you can quickly advance or back up to any point in your high quality movie. A single DVD-R holds an amount of video equal to 1600 feet of 8mm or Super 8mm film. 

You have the ability to edit the video yourself without having to buy DVD ripping software by copying the .VOB files on the DVD to your computer hard drive and then renaming then to .MPG. You must have video editing software to manipulate these video files though. 

If you plan on doing any serious editing it is best to use the full quality uncompressed AVI or .MOV QuickTime files. We can provide this if you decide to have your video media converted to a hard drive as opposed to a DVD. It is important to note than when we convert to an external hard drive the uncompressed video files will take up 12 to 20 GB per hour with a 4 MB per second bit rate at the 720 x 480 resolution. 

We do not install any copyright protection on your converted DVDs unless you request us to do so, this means you are free to make copies of the DVD. 

We can also prepare your clips in the proper format and upload them to Vimeo, YouTube, MyspaceTV and others. Please provide your user information and note that clips may be up to 10 minutes long and up to 100MB in size when uploading to certain websites. 

Even if you don't have immediate plans to edit your video we recommend that you preserve an uncompressed master copy of your film. It will be invaluable in the future.

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Film Length

Here is a table of reel diameter, film length, play duration, and the compressed and uncompressed file sizes for 8mm and Super 8mm film. On the right we have the different film formats pictured to help determine which one you have. Note, we only convert 8mm and Super 8mm film at this time. You can see that 8mm film has much larger sprocket holes than Super 8mm film, this is the main determinate to use to find out which one you have. 
Film formats

Reel Diameter Film Length Play Duration Uncompressed File Size Compressed File Size
3 inches 50 feet 4 minutes 800 MB 150 MB
4 inches 100 feet 8 minutes 1.6 GB 300 MB
5 inches 200 feet 16 minutes 3.2 GB 600 MB
6 inches 300 feet 24 minutes 4.8 GB 900 MB
7 inches 400 feet 32 minutes 6.4 GB 1.2 GB
N/A 750 feet ~1 hour 12 GB 2.4 GB
N/A 1500 feet ~2 hours 22 GB 4.6 GB

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Standard And Enhanced Transfer Differences

Standard And Enhanced Transfers Differences Standard Transfer
A standard transfer conversion comes with no real editing other than removal of large blank spaces and the leaders we spliced onto the film in the first place. We use our Canon 3CCD cameras to capture the film in real time and then store it on our TuneTransfers.com, LLC Servers. We then use a once over color correction technique in our editing suite to clean up over or under exposed film. Finally, you will receive your converted film either on a DVD with custom artwork and disc labeling in color or an external hard drive that either party can provide. 

Enhanced Transfer
An enhanced transfer has all the benefits of the standard transfer with the additional advantages. We perform color correction in much greater detail instead of just one color correction to set up the whole video. We will clean up exposure and color issues as many times as necessary per film reel and also add special effects, lower third text and graphics, along with many other special features listed in our Professional Services page.

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