Cine film is a fantastic format, designed for a much longer life than video tape. You should have high expectations for what can be achieved when this old technology meets new digital technology. The Scanbox 4K by Debrie, France is the Big Brother of the Memory HD, which I had been using, with great success, since 2009. It is a major upgrade. The 2k (2048 x 1500) images of even standard 8mm can be truly stunning and everything is just sharper 12 years on. So, whether you have found a mysterious single 50ft. reel in an old drawer or have 100s of reels in a museum or family collection give me a call and I will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the best way forward with your archive however big or small.
Hi Chris, It really is refreshing to deal with someone who is thoroughly professional, efficient, helpful and courteous. My old 1930’s black & white films are now easy to watch and enjoy. Chris has cleaned, spliced, edited and titled them in an expert way, adding appropriate music. He even personalised the cover of the DVD by selecting images from the films. Thank you Chris David Berglas “International Man Of Mystery” Past President of The Magic Circle
For all cinefilm archives I will be using the superb, new “Scanbox 4K”, manufactured by Debrie Technology of Paris.
This can capture cine film in ……
4K (4096 x 3000)
2K (2048 x 1500)
Computer files can be saved in just about any codec / format / size you want.
MP4 between 4GB and 8GB per hour
Avid DnxHR .mov between 30GB and 88GB per hour
Call me to talk through your needs if you are unsure about what you might want.
Most of my competitors do not name the equipment they use, or who manufactures it and do not show a picture of it but just use phrases like “State of the art” which means nothing. Do ask what system they use and who makes it, then check it out on google. I have invested a lot of time and money in the best equipment in the world for digitising small format cinefilm. I am really proud of it which is why I am happy to tell you all about it. Just buying a 4K camera doesn’t qualify as state of the art.
I have the only “Scanbox 4K” in private hands in the UK & Ireland because I have been prepared to invest in the very best.More info
Over the last few years I have noticed a significant shift away from DVD and Blu-Ray discs. I will always happily make a DVD or Blu-Ray disc if it meets your requirement but most people are now concerned with getting the very best possible digital computer file for playback on a laptop, editing, streaming, uploading and sending around the world. It’s worth thinking of taking both discs and files if you need discs at all, as files will last a lot longer and be useful for decades longer. For PC or MAC computer files I am archiving cine film as HD (1920 x 1080), 2K (2048 x 1500) and 4K (4096 x 3000) and am finding that for the majority of customers 2K is the most popular choice.
For smaller archives or archives using the MP4 output format we can just use wetransfer.com to upload / download the files.
For large archives and archives in the DnxHR format I will need a USB hard disc drive. You can send one with your films or I can supply a quality Hard Drive.More info
The simplest way to get things moving is to either give me a call or drop me an email. We can go through what you have in your archive and what you are trying to achieve.
Call: 01793 495733 (office) or 07940 810733 (mobile)
email: firstname.lastname@example.org - for further details check the “Contact” page.
To be able to give you an accurate quote I will need to know how many reels / feet of film you have. Check out the “Formats Accepted and Reel Sizes” section for further information on this or just give me a call.
You are more than welcome to bring your cine film / video / photographic archive here and we can go through it in person, adhering to safety protocols. Just get in touch and we can work out an appointment that will suit you. If you wish to use the postal service then I recommend using Royal Mail Special Delivery.
Address: Chris Squires, Save Those Memories, 3 Lovell Close, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN3 5BT
Please include in your package a covering letter with: Your return and contact details including a phone number and an email address.
The format you want the films saved as - DVD / Blu-Ray Disc and/or Computer files (PC or MAC) at HD, 2K or 4K.More info