Film-To-Video Transfers

There are many ways of transferring film to video. The most popular method is to project the video onto a screen and then shoot the projection with a video camera. This can be on a large screen or a small mirrored transfer unit. This method has two major problems with it. First, the color of the film is diluted but even more importantly, the resulting video will be very "jumpy". This is because there is a difference in film and video speeds. Film is shown at 24 frames per second and video is shown at 30 frames per second.

The better way to do the transfer is with a direct transfer unit, also called an Elmo Transfer Unit. At Dream Street Productions, we only use Elmo Transfer Units which means that the speed difference is smoothly handled by automatic frame replication and the color intensity is maintained by the use of a direct projection of the film image into a minature video camera.

Before you bring your film to our studio, you should first be sure that it is a film format that we support. Below is a graphic that shows the three formats that we transfer to video.

Next, you need to estimate the total footage of film that you have. The three reels shown in the graphic below show you the sizes of each in feet. It is important to note that these are estimates only and in some cases the film will be wound tighter or looser or on a custom reel (that may or may not have the number of feet printed on the reel). You should also know that we have a MINIMUM OF 400 FEET for any given transfer.
To estimate the total time that a given amount of film will be when transferred to video tape, use the following schedule.
Show Times in Minutes
 Film Footage
 16mm
8mm
Super 8mm
Super 8mm with sound
100
4
7
7
5
200
7
15
13
10
300
11
22
20
15
400
15
30
27
20
500
19
37
33
25
600
22
44
40
30
700
26
52
47
35
800
30
59
53
40
900
33
67
60
45
1000
37
74
67
50
1100
41
81
73
55
1200
44
89
80
60
1300
48
96
87
65
1400
52
104
93
70
1500
55
111
100
75
1600
59
119
107
80
2000
74
148
133
100
The following table shows our current price list for film-to-video transfer services.
VHS
SVHS
3/4"
DVCam
BetacamSP
Charge per foot of film
$ 0.14
$ 0.25
$ 0.30
$ 0.40
$ 0.45
Blank VHS 120 min. tape
$ 7.00
       
Time-coded SVHS 30 min. tape  
$ 20.00
     
Time-coded SVHS 120 min. tape  
$ 35.00
     
Blank 3/4" tape 60 min. tape"    
$ 25.00
   
Time-coded DVCam 124 min. tape      
$ 45.00
 
BetacamSP Time-Coded 30 min. Tape        
$ 35.00
BetacamSP Time-Coded 60 min. Tape        
$ 55.00
BetacamSP Time-Coded 90 min. Tape        
$ 80.00
                 
Background Music (from our music) $8.50/hr            
                   
Format Change
$ 5.00
$ 5.00
$ 5.00
$ 5.00
$ 5.00
Titles
$ 5.00
$ 5.00
$ 5.00
$ 5.00
$ 5.00
Splices
$ 1.00
$ 1.00
$ 1.00
$ 1.00
$ 1.00

          
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