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Film Transfer

16MM, 8MM AND SUPER 8 ARE CAPTURED IN STUNNING HIGH DEFINITION - SILENT OR SOUND

At MomentCatcher Productions we provide a service for 16mm, 8mm (also known as Regular 8) and Super 8 using our High Definition (HD) FRAME-BY-FRAME transfer method for the absolute highest quality and professional results.  16mm and Super 8 sound film is no problem either!

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Our film transfers are amazing!  The stunning quality of HD, up to 1080p with your hard drive, adds richness to the color and sharpens the picture like no other process. 

Unlike other transfer houses, no job is too small and we don't require that you combine your films onto larger reels.  All our work is done on-site.  We don't subcontract any work.

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We use a specially made projector to send each individual frame of film DIRECTLY onto a professional 4k camera lens.  This process is called a frame-by-frame transfer, and removes all flicker and produces the highest color contrast possible.   Although this process is more time consuming, it ensures your films are preserved exactly as they should be.  The projector uses a soft, low heat bulb to eliminate heat damage.  Even the most brittle films can be captured and preserved.  Your films will look better than you've ever seen them. 

Naturally the quality of your transfer will be based on the quality of your films, however this is the best possible transfer method, superior to real-time "telecine" or real-time transfers.
 
 
How Film is Transferred
  

FILM ARRIVAL - Your package arrives, is opened and inspected for surface/material damage.  We then contact you via e-mail or phone (whichever you prefer) to let you know that your films arrived in good order!


THE TRANSFER - Your films are captured with a 4k camera using a combination of optical and digital technology to produce        the highest quality, sharpest and most vibrant picture.  The gate which displays the frames of film is specially designed to accurately display the largest possible proportion of the frame, more than most projectors.  What does this do for your films?  It allows you to have essentially the entire frame of film captured instead of some services which end up cropping your frame due to smaller gate size.  The computer digitally captures each frame individually which maximizes content, clarity and color.  If you choose our Basic Transfer package, we convert the captured files to a DVD MPEG format.  The MPEG format allows convenient television viewing through your DVD player.  (We can also copy your files to MiniDV or VHS.)


COLOR BALANCING - After the transfer process is complete, we examine and color balance each reel.  This enables us to restore the trueness of each reel's original color.


The Custom Editing and Authoring Process

 

CAPTURED FILES - The files captured in the transfer are the first generation digital master of your film.  It is the unedited, uncompressed file from which we can do any number of things.  Because these files are not compressed, they are excellent for editing, exporting to DVD (file in MOV format) or a custom movie production.  Whether you choose DIY editing or have us produce your movies, we highly recommend that you order a "virgin" master of your movies.

CUSTOM PRODUCTION and MUSIC - After your film is captured, before we do any authoring, we mail a DVD REVIEW copy of your film to you for viewing.  Only after discussing your wants and desires will we begin the process of custom editing your DVD.

Once we understand your special requirements, MomentCatcher Productions will take your transferred film, adding music, text, chapter menus, graphics, animated backgrounds, narration etc.  We do everything custom in our authoring process.  No two productions are the same.  We custom build music to fit the time and mood of your film.  Because custom authoring is our specialty we have a large library of digital tools that enable us to produce Hollywood quality productions of your home movies.  MomentCatcher Productions is proud to say nowhere else will you find a more professional production of your home movies. 

Please note our customized DVD authors can easily take several months to complete.  We take time to give your product the care and attention that you would want it to have.  If you are in a hurry and need a full DVD authoring, you should consider a rapid turnaround studio.

FINISHED PRODUCT - Upon DVD completion, we take photos from your film and custom design a professional full color DVD case.  We also utilize the highest industry standard in dye sublimation printing to produce full color photograph quality on the actual DVD surface producing packaging that rivals any Hollywood production.  We return all your original materials with your newly produced DVD.  We maintain master files of your production for about a week, allowing us to contact you and make sure everything was in good condition when it arrived, and that you will not require any additional copies.  Once we know you have everything in good order, the files are removed.  We guarantee all of our work to your satisfaction.

Do-It-Yourself Editing

DIY EDITING - For customers who desire to do their own editing or just want a first generation master copy, we can provide the digital files on your hard drive in MOV format. 

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