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File formats bespoke editing projects and discs

Computer File Formats

If you want to create your own archive by doing your own editing, I can supply films in just about any computer file format.

Original capture will be at 2048 x 1500 pixels or 4096 x 3000 pixels. For most archives it will be 2048 x 1500 and depending on your needs I will capture at either 1.1TB per hour for DPX or somewhere lower at 88GB per hour.

This means I can provide your files in just about any output format.

Typical outputs for 2048 x 1500 computer files…..

DPX at 1.1 TB per hour as individual bitmap / dpx images (90,000 images per hour)

Avid DnxHR at up to 88GB per hour as .mxf files

MP4 (h.264) files at up to 40GB per hour

Archive Return

For large archives it is always best to have your computer files returned on a passport sized hard drive so you have everything in one known place.The size of the drive needed will depend on your choice of output as DPX uses 1.1TB per hour so that will need some calculation. For large DnxHR or MP4 archives a 1TB hard drive will suffice in almost all situations. You can either include one with your films, you can get one sent to me or I can source one for you.

For smaller archives or archives that are transferred to the smaller MP4 file format I would normally use a file transfer service. I use wetransfer.com and pay for the PRO upgrade.

Once I have created your files, I would upload to wetransfer.com. They send you a link in an email. Clicking on that link takes you to a simple download page. This service is doubly useful as not only can I send files to you, you can forward those files to anybody you want, anywhere in the world as many times as you want. So if you have friends or family, anywhere, you can quickly and easily distribute your archive to them.

Sometimes only the absolute ultimate will do. And since the installation of the Scanbox 4K I have been able to fully utilise all of the editing skills I have accumulated over the last 19 years. This would involve creating an ultimate version of your films. This can either involve the whole film, parts of one film or using the whole archive to create a family “best of”.

If you are an organization, you might want purely exceptional, better than broadcast standard, version of your cine film archives.

The images to the left are from a cheaply duplicated 1970s super 8mm film I captured for an upcoming Netflix / Sky documentary. You can clearly see the difference that going in on a frame basis can create. The two images are from the same source capture material and are NOT different captures.

Typically the post-capture editing work will include breaking down the film into scene-by-scene, the further down into frame-by-frame:

  • removing every single glitch frame (first and last frame of a scene is usually too bright and / or involves inaccurate frame movement)

  • any old splice inaccuracies or imprefections

  • any frame innacuracies - bad frames where possible replaced or deleted

  • accurate 1st generation scene speed correction from original 25fps source

  • best choice of frame management - optical flow, frame blending or frame sampling

  • fine stability management based on still camera or moving camera

  • fine scene-by-scene grain management

  • export to format of your choice

From experience this is all incredibly time-consuming but worth it if you after the very best.

The final cost of these editing projects will depend on the film format, how much needs doing, whether there is sound and the length of the film. So the final quote will be determined once I know exactly what you want.

Give me a call and we can go through exactly what you are aiming to achieve.

Cine film to disc

If you want your family cine films back as a playable archive that you can use on a normal under-the-TV player then you will need a disc format such as DVD or Blu-ray.

I only use Verbatim “DataLifePlus” Thermal printable discs, these are industry standard, the best you can get and you cannot buy them in the shops. I use these because I NEVER want one of my discs to fail and I am prepared to pay for the best there is. I always create beautiful labels using the title of your choice, the dates of the tapes and cropped, photo-shopped stills from your footage so that the pictures look their best. To do this I use the brand new and superb Rimage Everest Encore Thermal Disc printer.

I NEVER over-compress the images to squeeze more than 90 minutes onto a single layer disc or 160 minutes on a dual layer DVD. There would be no point in using the best equipment there is, only to compress all of the quality out of those images.

It has to be said that fewer and fewer people require discs any more. When you can have files that are 2048 x 1500 why would you want that beautiful, large image crushed down to 720 x 576.