A professional film conversion is one transferred on a broadcast telecine machine. This is to provide the sharp focus and excellent colour rendition that is demanded for modern veiwing. The superior machanics transport and scan the film in a continuos motion to produce a smooth, flicker free image. They can also handle damaged, buckled or shrunken film and are therefore, ideal for even the most valuable archive film.  

The quality of image is also obviously going to be vastly superior to the range of domestic machines sold. Just the lens assembly on a projessional machines will cost more than even the most expensive domestic model. Professional film transfer should be your choice if your images are important and to be made available for future generations to enjoy.

You can find a range of domestic film transfer machines on Google, Ebay or Trade Me. Just enter "Telecine" in your search bar.

Film ScannerConverted Film Projectors

The simplest machines are film projectors that have a video camera linked. In general these produce very poor results and can in some cases damage film. Not recommended. You would be far better off using a film projector with speed control. Projecting the image to a white card and capturing your film with an I-Phone.

Intermittent Film Transfer Machines

These use a claw movement rather like a projector. An example will be the TOBIN machines made in the USA. If you are thinking of buying one, only select a single gauge model. Film Scanners

Film Scanners

These provide the safest method of transferring home movies, but can also produce some very poor results. Ask for a sample of YOUR film brfore parting with your money. By far the best quality semi-professional film scanner is the Retro-8 Universal available from Moviestuff in the USA. 

You can find a range of domestic film transfer machines on Google, Ebay or Trade Me. Just enter "Telecine" in your search bar.

Low Rates - High Quality

Because we specialise in film transfer it enables us to provide with the most competative rates in New Zealand. Whilst others want to charge you a fortune to copy your movies using old fashioned methods, we provide professional scanning that will capture your images for future generations.

Our telecine machines can transfer hundreds of feet of film in one pass without stopping. A computer monitors the exposure and automatically grades the film as it passes through the gate. This is to make sure that the image quality and exposure remains at maximum throughout the transfer. It is therefore, an ideal choice for home movie footage where the exposures are consistently changing.

Almost all domestic super and standard 8mm film was supplied as 50ft - 3 inch reels of film. Some standard 8 had 25ft on the box, but this was because it was originally 25ft of 16mm film that was split during processing, to make 50ft of 8mm film.
The most economical way to transfer any collection of films is to join the small reels, so the film can be transferred in one pass. However, don't worry if you cannot join film as we can do this for you.

If you would like an estimate or our comprehensive information pack, please call our FREE-PHONE on 0800 555230 or use our contact us page.

We use only professional telecine machines for film transfer and not the "project it off the wall" systems of yesterday or the inferion cheap domestic scanners. These methods will degrade your filmand whilst the results may look ok on a phone, ipad or computer, they will look inferior on a larger monitor.

Diamonds are forever, but that is certainly not the case with film. The passing years have not been kind to our film history, with over 50% of all professional film made before 1960 being lost forever. Most of you looking at this website will have film that is over 40 years old and unlike old wine; it would not have improved with age. Once film starts to deteriorate the process is irrevocable, so must be restored to a more durable format.

The difference between our professional service compared to any company using vintage equipment is very noticeable and the risk of damage to your film is considerable. This is how we can confidently offer a free transfer of your film to DVD. We know that when your compare the results, you will agree.

This is probably the most frequent question we get asked and really refers to camera / projector systems. In New Zealand our television speed is 25 frames per second (fps) and your home old movies would have been shot at either at 16 or 18 fps. If they were to be shown on your TV at 25 fps, everything would be moving much faster than it should be, rather like the old Charlie Chaplin films. Therefore, some form of slowing down the frames must be imposed without either degrading the image or creating flicker.

With a broadcast telecine machine the film is professionally scanned at the original speed and then sent to a digital frame store to produce perfect flicker free pictures. However, with a projector the film is pulled through the gate using a claw or sprocket one frame at a time. A rotating blade is then used to show the same frame more than once in order to reduce flicker. However, this system has not been used for broadcast telecine since the early 80's. However, the answer to the question is yes, we do transfer one frame at a time.

Yes, Providing you have editing software and you can input the media. It is best to have your films converted to a usb or memory stick in either mp4 or .mov files. We do not code or copy protect DVDs or any other format, as we feel it is wrong to prevent clients from editing or making copies.
We only use professional machines for the transfer of videotape in order to avoid damage tthe original material. VHS tapees are very sturdy and if original will produce very good results, but second generation tapes are very poor and shoul not be transferred unless the content is very important.

The tapes that are in the most danger during conversion are 8mm and Mini-DV formats. Hi8 tapes are metal anffer from extream tempreture charges and normal tapes suffer from moisture exposure. Either way these tapes are almost imposible to repair if they break.

Once 8mm or Mini-DV tapes are damaged you can normally call it a day.

We have facilities for the transfer of all magnetic and optical tracks for most formats of film. We can also transfer from reel-to-reel tape, cassette, gramophone record or CD.
We have restoration, repair and cleaning facilities for all gauges of vintage film. This facility is used by many museums and film archives. Have a look at the video on the restoration page.
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