Before you trust your precious movie film to
someone for transfer, get to know them first!
The MTS difference.
We offer the very finest "reference quality" movie film-to-video transfer in Upstate New York. We
specialize in Regular 8mm, Super 8mm and 16mm gauge formats. We convert film for a lot of
very discerning retired Kodak film and imaging technicians. We have also had several film
conversion projects go to post for broadcast. Not all film conversion companies are the same.
There are a lot of local and internet companies that offer "high-quality", "archival" or
"frame-by-frame" film conversions that are actually very low quality. Take some time to read our
client recommendations section. To view sample comparisons of our film transfer process verses
other processes and our ability to improve many film issues CLICK HERE
No Subcontracting. All of our transfer work is performed in-house.
You'd be surprised to know that most local companies subcontract out their film transfer work.
At MTS, all work is performed in-house so all costs go directly towards a better finished product.
Your movie film is properly cleaned and prepared.
Proper film preparation is critical prior to transfer. We first replace all weak edit points. Film is
then cleaned with an exclusive three-step process using the same materials used by Kodak and
the George Eastman House. This process reduces excess dirt, dust, image jump and stutter.
Ariel Image technology.
Lower quality transfer techniques use a simple screen, reflective surface or transfer box to
capture the projected image. We use Arial Image technology which provides a much brighter,
sharper, more detailed image. It also provides more latitude to correct for poorly exposed film.
Custom built film projectors.
Original movie film speeds can range from 16 to 24 frames-per-second. Most traditional transfer
companies can only transfer film at 20 frames per second. This can make the image movement
look unnaturally fast or slow and severely limits the ability to accurately reproduce sound movie
film. Our combination of custom-built film projectors and special capture cameras allow for
conversion at three different frame rates, resulting in a more natural speed.
State-of-the-art capture cameras.
Our new 3-chip "latest generation" cameras capture in progressive video. These cameras provide
better color separation, higher resolution, and more visual information than most video capture
cameras. We offer digitization of motion picture film up to uncompressed 1080P HD files.
Recording directly to computer, not to videotape or DVD.
Recording directly to videotape or DVD is a low quality process and does not allow for further
image enhancement. Image enhancement is critical for a quality film transfer. Recording directly
to computer gives us the ability to color correct scenes, change the order of your film, remove
unwanted portions and in many cases improve over/under exposed film. It also allows for custom
editing, "up-rezzing" to future technology, the ability to pull photo prints and file archiving, none of
which can easily be done by transferring directly to videotape or DVD.
A side note on "frame-by-frame" movie film conversion services.
There are more and more local retail shops and internet film transfer services now touting
"frame-by-frame film scanning". Some even claim it is "archival quality". This is not to be
confused with true film scanners costing several hundred thousand dollars or more and costs far
to exceed most pocketbooks. We do not offer "archival level" film scanning services. This is a
specialty in itself. Most companies you find on the internet that push "frame by frame" scanning
use inexpensive equipment setups. In most cases, frame by frame transfer is moot as new
frames then have to be added at the end of the project to conform to TV display rates of 24 and
30 progressive frames per second or 60 interlaced fields per second.
A quality transfer requires quality equipment, adjusted to the proper levels by a skilled operator
so that highlights are not blown out and dark areas are not crushed. Then proper color correction
and image improvements are made once in digital format. Finally a high quality file render to the
final viewable media format. Although a step below true archival film scanning services, our
conversion quality comes very close and at a fraction of the cost!
Media Transfer Service LLC. Rochester, NY . Phone: 585-248-4908 . Email: email@example.com
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