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Transfers to DVD

16mm, Super 8mm (sound or silent), Regular 8mm film
Hi-8mm, Digital 8mm, SVHS, VHS, VHS(C), Betacam SP, Betacam SX, DVCam, miniDV, DVCPro 25mb, 50mb, Camera cards and small DVDs, 3/4 inch umatic, BetaMax, Pal & Secam tape conversions

DVD Authoring with menu pages and chapter links. Complete pages 1, 4 & 5 of the this sheet. Not necessary for the basic menu if playback is all that is required.
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Instructions for Film Formats like 8mm, Super 8mm and 16mm Film

   How to proceed with your order: Collect your film and identify each roll with a name or title. Print out this form first and complete it with your titles (if chapter points are required) in the space provided on the the page.   Next, total up the footage,  Package up your order and ship or mail it to the address on letter-head.  That’s it! We will call you when it arrives and when we ship it. If you have further questions please feel free to call toll free at 1-877-384-8633. Note: All film is stored in a fire-proof safe at this facility.

How we process film before Conversion to DVD for 8mm & 16mm film formats.

   Evaporated Cleaning:  All 8mm, Super 8mm and 16mm home movies film are cleaned {with film cleaner recommended by Kodak} that uses an evaporating method for cleaning. Repairs to the movie film are made {re-spliced} before transfer to DVD, VHS, miniDV tape or portable hardrive.  This enhances the visual quality by removing some of the grime and dust that can accumulate from handling over the years.   This is our normal process for cleaning.

   Movie Film Transfer and Lubrication: This cleaning and transfer process ( used on Hollywood 35mm and 70mm films specially formulated to be safe )is a non-evaporated method of cleaning film before transfer. The main advantage is that by applying the wet protective coating to both sides of the film it fills in some of the previous scratches that have occurred from projectors and prevents further scratching of the film in future showings. Another benefit is color looks more saturated and brighter, somewhat like when you wax a car. We believe here at TV Pro this process along with our aerial image projection, high quality 3 CCD cameras and our true telecine projectors are the best way over using the newer scanners many competitors advertise. The biggest reason is they still require a video camera for picture transfer. Price form

Equipment used to convert 8mm and 16mm Movie Film to Video

   We use true state of the art telecine projectors manufactured for our film chains that eliminates flicker by synching the film rate of 8mm, Super 8mm with sound and 16mm film with sound (18 to 24 frames per second) to the rate of video, 30 frames a second.  The image is projected using mirrors onto high quality lenses. The projected image is called an aerial image, as opposed to a reflected  image that is projected onto a silver screen or a frosted glass plate.    The advantage is the camera focuses on the image itself, not a screen or glass plate which would include the texture of the screen. We use broadcast quality 3CCD cameras for all of our movie film transfers. Packages that require variable bitrate compression for quality (usually those over 60 minutes) are software encoded and authored. Stand-alone recorders work best on projects 60 minutes or less since a high Constant Bit Rate of 8000 kb/s (superlative quality setting) is applied. In programs over 60 minutes software encoding using Two Pass Variable Bit Rate works best since the kb/s are allocated to the segments of the video where it is needed most.

We transfer to Hardrive, DVD-R, Blu-Ray or Cards from the following formats:

  8mm movie film, 16mm movie film, Hi8 video, Digital 8 video, BetaMax, VHS, VHS(C), SVHS, BetaCam SP, BetaCam SX, miniDV, DV, DVCAM, and DVCPRO-25mb and 50mb, Pal and Secam conversions from VHS tapes, cards or dvd discs from digital cameras, 3/4 inch umatic. An additional charge may be incurred for some of the above formats.
   For most transfers to an external hardrive we use windows Type II avi format. This option works great for the folks who like to do the editing themselves and is friendly to both MAC and PC. Hardrive needs to be in the NTFS file format. For DVD or Blu-Ray most of the transfers are done using software encoding which allows the highest bit rate transfer possible.


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