The Film Transfer Company Bloomington

8mm Film Transfer Restoration - Super 8 Film Transfer Restoration - 16mm Film Transfer Restoration

 

Pro Hollywood Restoration

Our Color Correction, Grain Elimination and Stabilization Technology is optional.

Most of our customers add the color correction and grain elimination technology. Those looking for for the very best will do all three which includes image stabilization.

Color correction is very important for amateur film because we will be able to recover more footage that was shot too dark or has darkened as part of the aging process. The scanner monitors the amount of light and will adjust it as needed. So, dark footage will be brightened and film that was overexposed will be darkened. This will allow us to recover footage than if we setup the light/color on the first scene and then scanned the rest of the film. True, you can color correct it yourself when you get it back but you can't recover footage that is too dark/light without adjusting it at scan time. That's the beauty of our 2 part color correction. So, the scanner will adjust light/color as needed during the scan. Then an editor will go through the footage looking at skin tone and things like the color of the sky to order to make sure it looks correct. You can see in the examples below how much better the images look with our 2 pass color correction.

Grain (see Before picture below) is on all film. These little dots muddy up the image and take away from the content you care most about. Now, look at the After picture on the right. This is what you really want to see. We do recommend Grain Elimination on all film.

Most amateur films have some stabilization issues just because of the way the film was shot. But, most people are used to seeing this on old movie film (See example video clip below). So, we see stabilization as a nice to have but not required. If you can afford to do it then we would recommend it. If it pushes you outside your budget then we would just recommend the Grain Elimination technology.

Super 8 Film Examples


Color & Exposure Correction

Color shifting and darkening of the film are very typical for any type of old movie film. Usually we are able to fix both color and exposure issues to get the film to look like it did when it was first taken. There are some severe cases where we can't completely fix the color shift from aging or original filming problem. For example, if the camera was shooting people on a coach with a window behind them and the faces are dark there may not be a lot we can do in this case.

Before
8mm 2K Scan

After
8mm 2K Scan


Advanced Grain Elimination Technology

It is easy to find the film grain by looking at the wall (on the Before picture) but film grain is on everything throughout the frame. All film will look like this. This is a full resolution image we have cropped to the upper right corner to fit this table (this is 1/6th of the original frame). This is the level of detail you will see on your HDTV. It is clear here that the advanced grain elimination technology did a really nice job of removing the grain and video noise while keeping the image nice and sharp. sharp.

Before
8mm 2K Scan

After
8mm 2K Scan


Advanced Stabilization Technology

Most amateur films have some stabilization issues just because of the way the film was shot. It was shot with a handheld camera that was moving almost all the time as opposed to sitting on a tripod. You would be surprised to see how unstable most film is. is.

 

16mm Film Examples


Color & Exposure Correction

Color shifting and darkening of the film are very typical for any type of old movie film. Usually we are able to fix both color and exposure issues to get the film to look like it did when it was first taken.

16mm Before
16mm 2K Scan

16mm After
16mm 2K Scan


Advanced Grain Elimination Technology

It is easy to find the film grain by looking at the wall (on the Before picture) but film grain is on everything throughout the frame. All film will look like this. This is a full resolution image we have cropped to the upper right corner to fit this table (this is 1/6th of the original frame). This is the level of detail you will see on your HDTV. It is clear here that the advanced grain elimination technology did a really nice job of removing the grain and video noise while keeping the image nice and sharp.

Before
8mm 2K Scan

After
8mm 2K Scan


Advanced Stabilization Technology

Most amateur films have some stabilization issues just because of the way the film was shot. It was shot with a handheld camera that was moving almost all the time as opposed to sitting on a tripod. You would be surprised to see how unstable most film is. This technology is very compute intensive and it increases our processing time by 6 times. We have to charge extra for it and have decided to make this technology optional on the order form.

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