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Will the transferred image onto DIGITAL be the same as the original film?

Movie film has a horizontal resolution in excess of DVD/HDVD. For example super 8mm has a horizontal resolution of 1600 lines.

16mm film has a horizontal resolution of 3000 lines.

We maintain that our telecine process will be faithful to the original film, and because we manually adjust for luminance we can improve an under exposed film. It is interesting that one transfer establishment claims "better than broadcast", this is clearly false, as "broadcast is broadcast"!

Can different film gauges be compiled on the one DVD?

Yes. Cineclair Productions Aerial Image Telecine Multiplexer has dual ports so for example super 8mm and be combined with 16mm on the one disc.

Can Pathe 9.5mm film be transferred to DVD?

Yes. Cineclair Productions is one of the few facilities in Australia that can provide high resolution telecine transfers from Pathe 9.5mm film using our specially modified projectors. The luminance of under exposed scenes can be increased with our improved halogen light source.

As a specialist in this field we have transferred over 500,000 feet of 9.5mm dating back to 1925.

What duration of image can be stored on a DVD-R disc?

Up to 2 hours of high quality image can be stored on a 4.7G disc. This is particularly suitable for movie film from 8mm up to 16mm without any appreciable loss of resolution or increased compression.

However with VHS/video 8 formats up to 4 hours can be accommodated utilizing "flexible record" and still maintain the integrity of the original tape.

Can I have multiple copies of my film or video transfers made?

Yes, Cineclair productions has the facilities to make copies from the original transfer maintaining the quality of the master at modest cost.

How long does the process take?

Depending on the complexity of the job (eg multiple reels/various gauges) it takes between 7 - 10 days for completion.

Tape to DVD can be turned around in 24 hours.

USB vs DVD. Which is better for me?

This is an often asked question by many of my clients when deciding what format or medium they want their films or videos archived on. For a recording of 2 hours or less, there is not much difference in viewing quality between the 2 formats and it is largely predicated on what facilities you have to replay the images (eg DVD player, laptop or PC). Some older TVs won't accept usb sticks, whereas  a DVD player will always play the disc. A well produced transfer of film or video with menus looks great on mpeg2 DVD, whether played on a big LCD screen in your lounge room or on a PC. Where the decision to utilize a usb memory stick or hard drive becomes more important is when the client has a expectation of wanting to edit the footage on their PC or Mac or export files to another medium. The files created for a usb application will be mp4 files  , these are widely accepted by the majority of non linear edit software packages and are quick and easy to upload.  The major advantage mp4 files have over mpeg2 DVDs is that they can be moved and repositioned after creation, meaning getting the running order right is not critical to the finished result and in many circumstances the client will not know the chronological running order of the films or video. The other important consideration is the amount of running time that can be accommodated on a single 4.7gb disc, as any film or video running over 2 hours will be subject to more compression on a DVD than a usb file. The best way to solve this question is to have the film or video on both mediums.


With the advent of Smart TVs one would have thought that the word "Smart" means that you can play ANY video format on themunfortunately this doesn't apply to ripped DVDs with a vob structure. It is apparent that all TV manufacturers equate vob files with illegal piracy, even though it is your own personal DVD, it doesn't differentiate, which leaves you without the ability to view DVD files on a new TV. The fail safe method is to master all films and video to mp4 files as you can, if you've still have DVD burner make DVDsbut the other way is problematic.

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