Movie Film Scanning

A Modern Transfer to Modern Media

Like Betamax in the 1980s and VHS in the 1990s, DVDs are now becoming obsolete and being replaced by higher quality, more versatile media.  Because of this, all of our transfers included a “Master Image Sequence” for you to draw from in the future as the way we look at our movies change. To learn more click here.

About our Frame by Frame movie film scanning for 8mm, 9.5mm & 16mm

The transfer system that we are using to convert your film to digital video was very recently designed for the Academy of Motion Picture Film in Hollywood to create high quality reliable, accessible digital files of their film archive. While most home movie transfer systems simply use a traditional video camera, these units are a true frame by frame scanner using a high bit sensor to capture image.   This means more accurate color, no vignetting, no color fringe on the edges of the frame, and less loss of detail in the shadows and highlights on contrasty scenes.  There are no sprockets or claw on the units so they are very gentle on your film. The scan resolution of an 8mm frame is 5200 dpi – significantly more than adequate to capture all of the useful detail in your film. We are very pleased with our new movie film scanners – we’re confident you will be too. Please Note: We will require a hard drive to put your archive copy on because the files are very large.  We will advise you on what size of drive you will need to provide.  Please make sure you send us a large enough drive!  Alternately, we can supply an appropriate new drive for you.  You do have the option of not taking the archive version of your film but in good conscience, we can’t advise it.

Price policy

Prices and billing are in US dollars with one exception: Film Rescue Europe orders are billed in Euros**
When applicable, VAT, GST and/or PST  will be added to European and Canadian orders.
Minimum charge may be billed before processing, especially on orders with multiple films to process.
**Film Rescue Europe orders must be sent to and returned through the Netherlands location.

Minimum charge on transfer orders is 25.00

There will be a 50% surcharge on 9.5 mm film transfers due to extra handling issues. 9.5 mm film is normally very old and can be fragile, with deteriorating glue splices that often come apart during scanning. Added to this is the fact that 9.5 mm supplies (reels and splicing tape) are very hard to find — if not impossible — and we’re forced to creatively improvise in order to get the film onto reels that fit onto our scanners.

 

Base Price

Your Choice of:

    • HD MP4 with Master Image Sequence
    • HD MOV with Master Image Sequence
    • HD DNx with Master Image Sequence
    • Old School DVD for Home Player with Master Image Sequence

MOV and MP4 files are high quality files encoded with H.264 encoding (please inquire about other encodes)and are editable in most consumer and professional video editing software, including Movie Maker (which comes with virtually all PC computers) and iMovie (which is has been included with Mac computers for many years). DNx-HD files are the native file format for Avid editing systems. Old School DVDs play in home DVD players and are old technology that are lower quality by their nature. They are not easily edited, copied or shared. Master Image Sequences are only editable on higher end, professional editing software, such as Adobe Premiere, though you will have access to each and every frame of your home movie as either a Jpeg or Tiff image file within the image sequence folder. *For sound film see Add Ons below

All transfers to MOV, MP4 or DNX require a flash drive or portable hard drive. Transfers to DVD will require a flash drive or portable hard drive unless you specifically decline the master image sequence (which we do not recommend!). You may include your own drive with your order or purchase from us – enquire Help with drive size. Your order will be delayed if you decide to send your own drive after we are ready to start work.

Cost

$0.28 per foot plus $2.00  per reel handling

Master Image Sequence only

You may be tempted to choose this option because it’s the least expensive, however you will need to have software on your computer that can handle a “numbered image sequence”. Both Adobe Premier and a full and recent version of Photoshop can handle these files but it will require a good deal of knowledge and CPU power to work with these files effectively.  We advise only the advanced enthusiast or professional editor take this option.  We cannot offer software support or troubleshooting. *For sound film see Add Ons below

Cost

$0.20 per foot plus $2.00  per reel handling

Add Ons

Add Sync Sound from Film

When doing a frame by frame film conversion there is no sound head to capture the sound from the film as the film is scanned. In order to add sound we must run the film a second time through another machine to capture the sound from the film.  After this is done it must be married in sync to the film scan.  It is a labor intensive process. If you wish to have sync sound at no extra charge (Super 8 only) you can opt to have your sound film converted on our real time transfer system (not frame by frame).  There will be some loss in quality and the “archive copy” will not be a numbered image sequence but instead an editable computer file.

Cost

$0.15 per foot

Add an  Alternate File Type

If you want to add a different transfer format to base price option

Cost

$0.08 per foot

Add Scene by Scene Correction, with or without Degraining

While the master image sequence copy that we create is quite faithful to the original footage, you can opt for us to work through your film scene by scene, correcting for color, contrast and brightness. If you know your film has poor color and/or exposure,  this is a good choice.  This service will be done in conjunction with creating a viewing or editing copy of your film.  All corrections made will appear on these copies. Color corrections do not appear on the “master image sequence copy” of your film. To maintain the integrity of the “archive” copy, it is left as untouched as possible.

Degraining will take away a good deal of the natural grain of your film. Most people like the look — but this is largely subjective. We try to not over apply.

Cost

Without Degraining $0.08  per foot
With Degraining $0.15 per foot

 

Add Rewash

All film being transferred is cleaned with a soft cloth and film cleaner.  A “rewash” is essentially a good deal more thorough cleaning and rewetting of your film to take off more stubborn dirt and grime. Some Kodak films from the 1970s may have “snow flaking” which appears on the film something like snowflakes.  This rewash treatment temporarily eliminates this issue, long enough to have the film scanned. Providing the emulsion is in good condition, a rewash can be very effective for removing grime from water- or flood-damaged film.

Cost

$0.25  per foot

Some Additional Useful Information

Organizing Your Film
High Definition (HD) Vs. Standard Definition (SD)

Video-to- MP4

Preserve deteriorating and fragile videotape (including VHS, VHS-c, S-VHS, Hi-8, 8mm, MiniDv, DVcam, Betamax) by transferring to a current digital format. You can then use common software on your own computer to edit the files, make unlimited copies and share with your family. The more copies of your movies there are, the more likely they will be around into the future. The video tapes themselves are quickly deteriorating.

Per original tape, and/or hour of video45 $12.50 
Add an alternate transfer format $5.00 per hour, minimum 2 hour charge

4 Minimum 2 hour charge. All times are rounded UP to nearest hour.
5 Billed by each source and/or by the hour, for example: Three tapes of 15 minutes each would be 3 x $12.50 or $37.50 . One tape of 1 hour 30 minutes would be 2 x $12.50 or $25.00. One tape of 2 hours would be 2 x $12.50 or $25.00.

Due to the amount of time it takes to scan tapes and determine whether they are blank or contain copyright material, there is a handling charge of $10.00 per source when we determine a tape is blank or contains only copyright material (we do not transfer copyright material).

Video-to-DVD Transfers

Preserve fragile video tape (including VHS, VHS-c, S-VHS, Hi-8, Betamax) by transferring to more resilient DVD.

One original tape, 2 hours or less $25.00
Two to four original tapes, 2 hours or less  combined (to 1 DVD) $35.00 
Add an alternate transfer format $5.00 per hour, minimum 2 hour charge

Due to the amount of time it takes to scan tapes and determine whether they are blank or contain copyright material, there is a handling charge of $10.00 per source when we determine a tape is blank or contains only copyright material (we do not transfer copyright material).

Return Shipping and Handling

Within USA and Canada $12.00*
Film Rescue Europe link
All others Contact Us

* Shipping charges may be higher for exceptionally heavy, large, or fragile orders.

Guarantee

If you are not happy with your transfer we will undertake steps to correct any problem. If that cannot be done to your satisfaction, we will pay (up to the amount we charged) to have your film transferred by a provider of your choice.

Security

Please check your transfer files in a timely manner to ensure everything is complete and playing properly on whatever system you are using.  Due to the volume of work we do and the size of scan files, we cannot store files indefinitely.  We allow a reasonable amount of time to be confident orders are received by customers.  The drives we store backups on are cleared after 3 months.

Turn Around Time

Work for the next cycle must be received by

Friday, December 1st,  2017.  

Orders should be completed in approximately 10 weeks.  Please don’t wait until near the beginning of a cycle to send your film.  This slows down our administrative work at the start of each cycle, delaying work for everyone.