As a local small business that that provides 8mm, 16mm, and Super 8 film transfer to Bluray, digital files and DVD, we are often asked what is the difference between our HD Frame by Frame Film Scanning and Costco / Yes Video film transfers (Costco ships out to a 3rd party vendor Yes Video to do their Film transfers to DVD).
Recently, a customer came in that was frustrated with the low quality film transfer that he received back from Coscto. He asked us if we could re transfer his family films and do a better job. We told him yes and the results speak for themselves! You will notice that HD film scanning is full frame, stable, brighter, clearer, and the colors are vibrant and balanced.
Costco / Yes Video Film Transfer vs HD Film Scanning
While Costco and other big box stores offer film transfer to DVD at a low price, AV Workshop prides itself on having the Best film transfer available. HD film scanning means each and every frame of your film is scanned independent of the next. Therefore, there is no flicker or interlace. Since Costco uses a 4x3 interlaced standard definition video camcorder to record their film transfers, the results are very noisy, unstable and suffer from horizontal interlacing.
AV Workshop uses the latest in High Definition Film Scanning equipment which is a sprocketless 1920x1080p film scanner. Since the film scanner is sprocketless, we can scan film that is warped, curled, or has worn or torn sprocket holes (which normally make the transfer jumpy and unstable like the example above). Also, since the scanner uses an LED bulb there is no chance of burning your film and the results are crystal clear from edge to edge.
Since 8mm and super 8 film is approx 800-900 lines of resolution originally, it makes sense to scan the film at 1080p and not record it at 480i which is what Costco and Yes Video do. Since we scan at 1080p we can export a 1080p Bluray that will play and fill the screen on your HDTV! Standard Def DVDs from Costco will also fill the screen but will become soft as they need to be scaled up to do so...We also offer HD file export such as mp4 files as well as a TIFF numbered image sequence. We can down-convert to 30p DVD as well if needed.
To learn more about local HD Film Scanning or to Get a Quote, goto our website
To see how we perform HD Film Transfer with sound, check out the video below
Audio Video Workshop
703 Woodside Road, Suite 8
Redwood City, CA 94061