October 12, 2016

Costco / Yes Video Film Transfer vs HD Film Scanning

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.

AV Workshop's newest line of HD Film Scanners - 8mm, Super 8, and 16mm

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

November 2, 2014

Film Transfer - Video Transfer Services - Cupertino, CA

Do you have video tapes or old reels of film you need transferred to DVD? Do you live in or near Cupertino, CA? Audio Video Workshop of Redwood City is just a short drive away.


Video to DVD Transfer
AV workshop can transfer any kind of Video Tape to DVD including camcorder tapes. We convert Hi-8, Video 8, 8mm, VHS, VHS-C, Betamax, MiniDV, DV, mini DVD, Digital 8, D8, 3/4" Umatic, Betacam SP and more. We use the best decks and have been in business for over 25 years right here in Redwood City. Our Redwood City location on Woodside Road is just 15min away from Cupertino, CA. Woodside Road is accessible from HWY 101, HWY 280 or El Camino Real.

Film Transfer to Digital
In addition to video transfer services, we offer High Definition Film Transfer (HD Film Scanning). We scan 8mm film, Super 8, and 16mm frame by frame in HD! If you have old films and home movies in Cupertino and are wondering where you can have them transferred to DVD - Look no further! AV Workshop can convert your 8mm, 16mm, and Super 8 film to DVD, Bluray or HD video files such as an mp4, Quicktime, or AVI so you can edit the films on your computer. Film Transfer is our specialty.

Photo Scanning Services
AV Workshop also offers photo scanning, negative scanning, and slide scanning. We scan photos right here in our shop so you don't have to worry about them being lost by a company who outsources their work. All services are done in house! Picture scanning can be a tedious task as slides and negatives take approx 5min each to scan and enhance properly. Furthermore, to scan your photos, slides and negatives accurately you need professional equipment. Pro equipment is expensive. AV Workshop uses the Nikon Coolscan 4000 and  5000 transparency scanners which cost thousands of dollars. Furthermore, we scan photos with the Kodak picture scanners which cost $3000. As a result, your photos, negatives and slides will look amazing! AV Workshop utilizes Digital Ice technology with their enhanced scanning option which improves the clarity, color and brightness of images.

So if you are looking for Video Transfer, Film Transfer or Photo Scanning near Cupertino, CA then look no further. Audio Video Workshop is here!
650-369-4366 Call Today!

Audio Video Workshop
703 Woodside Road, suite 8
Redwood City, CA

Directions to AV Workshop from Cupertino

July 29, 2014

DVD Transfer from 8mm Videotape - Hi8 - Video 8 - Digital 8 Camcorder Tape

Hi8, Video 8, D8, Digital 8, 8mm  - What's the difference?
Video 8 or 8mm videotape was introduced by Sony in the 1980s. The format was used in the Handycam and yielded similar quality to that of VHS and Betamax. 8mm or Video 8 (as it is also referred to) was a huge success mainly due to the smaller size and portability of the Sony Handycam.

Overtime, two more variations of 8mm were released. The successor to 8mm videotape was Hi8. The Hi8 format yielded higher resolution and improved audio in the form of PCM stereo. The higher resolution of Hi8 was comparable to S-VHS (Super VHS).

The final upgrade to 8mm was Digital 8 (D8). Digital 8 was introduced in 1999. While Digital 8 was recorded on the same 8mm tape stock, it was quite different. Digital 8 camcorders record a digital signal (DV codec) on an analog tape. In order to achieve this, the tape runs twice as fast. Thus, a 120min 8mm tape would allow you to record just 60min of Digital8 video. The recording quality is of Digital 8 is comparable to MiniDV.

8mm and its successors all suffered from tape DROPOUT...The small head drum of the cameras were more susceptible to the effects of tape dropout where magnetic particle are eroded from the tape surface.

The good news is DVD Transfer companies like Audio Video Workshop of Redwood City, CA can help relieve some of these dropouts by transferring the analog tapes to digital using a Time Base Corrector (TBC) in the preocess. AV Workshop can transfer all of these 8mm tape formats to DVD. AV Workshop can convert Hi8 tape to DVD, Video 8 tape to DVD, and Digital 8 tape to DVD. Furthermore, they can create digital computer files for you to share or edit on your computer. Digital files like AVI files or Quicktime files (DV Codec) offer excellent uncompressed video quality as well as unsurpassed compatibility for use in a multitude of video editing applications such as iMovie, Adobe Premiere, etc...

By digitizing your 8mm, video 8, and Digital 8 tapes you will protect them from degradation and natural hazard. For more info about having your video tapes converted to digital, call Audio Video Workshop today! 650-369-4366

Audio Video Workshop
703 Woodside Rd., Suite 8
Redwood City, CA 94061

June 2, 2014

Transfer your 8mm Films/ Home Movies to DVD Bluray before it's too late... San Francisco Bay Area, San Jose

8mm film, Super 8 and 16mm film is rapidly deteriorating and fading fast... Don't let your memories fade away! Have them scanned frame by frame in High Definition to Bluray or DVD before it's too late. 

Transfer your 8mm Films Before it's Too Late!

Here at AV Workshop in Redwood City, CA we see a lot of peoples 8mm, Super8 and 16mm home movies come in that has developed mold or vinegar syndrome. As a result, the films can curl, warp, loose color and clarity and inevitably become nontransferable. Thus, we urge people to have their (family treasures) 8mm home movies scanned as soon as possible in high definition. With the emergence of HDTVs and High Definition, there has never been a better time to have your film digitized. 8mm and Super 8 film has approx 900 lines of resolution which lends itself 1080HD. Furthermore, film is progressive and so are HDTVs (unlike interlaced 4x3 tube TVs). Therefore, scanning your super8 films frame by frame in High Definition onto a Bluray allows you to view your films as they were meant to be seen.

AV Workshop scans peoples films locally in Redwood City of the San Francisco Bay Area. Using the Sniper HD Film Scanning systems they are able to capture all the detail of the original films. Furthermore, they offer Color Correction with their Enhanced option which improves the quality and clarity of your films. AV Workshop is a small business and has been located in Redwood City for over 25yrs. Bring your films into AV Workshop and Back to Life Today!

AV Workshop
703 Woodside Road, Suite 8
Redwood City, CA 94061

April 21, 2014

HD Video Production / Editing San Francisco Bay area, San Jose

AV Workshop can promote / market your business or organization by providing High Definition Video Production Services and HD Digital Video Editing to create and inform your target audience of your specialty / niche / message.  Recently, we created a Medical Press Release for the DePaul Urgent Care Center in Morgan Hill. AV Workshop videotaped, recorded voice over, and performed the video editing needed to complete this short informational press release.

DePaul Urgent Care Center - Medical News Release

For more information about HD video Services in the San Jose, San Francisco Bay Area call
Audio Video Workshop

November 4, 2013

Local HD Film Transfer, Super 8, 16mm, 8mm Film Scanning San Francisco Bay Area, San Jose

Watch the video below which explains how HD film scanning is the superior method of film transfer for your 8mm, 16mm and Super8 films. Frame by frame film scanning offers full frame 16x9 progressive capture of your old home movies. Regular 8mm and Super 8 film has approx 900 lines of resolution very close to the 1080p HDTVs of today. Thus, HD film scanning is far superior to what many people get when they have big box stores like costco transfer their film, for they still transfer film the old way utilizing a 4x3 standard definition interlaced camcorder which simply video-tapes the projected image off a screen or mirror resulting in poor quality with horizontal flicker... For more info watch the video below...

Frame by frame HD film scanning yields a 1920 x 1080 aspect ratio providing you all the detail your original 8mm, Super 8, and 16mm films have originally. In addition, since HD film scanning captures each frame independently your film transfer will be progressive meaning there will be no flicker in between frames. Furthermore, you can have a JPEG or TIFF numbered image sequence given to you on a hard drive which will allow you to print and share each frame of your film like a photograph. For more info on HD film scanning click on a link below...

San Francisco Bay Area Film Transfer

Regular 8mm Film Transfer Info

Super 8 Film Transfer Info

16mm Film Transfer Info

Recent Frame by Frame HD Film Scanning Transfer - San Francisco Bay Area

Audio Video Workshop
703 Woodside Rd, suite 8
Redwood City, CA 94061

November 16, 2012

Give the Gift of Memories!

Christmas is coming and there is nothing better than giving someone a gift they truly love.  Having your family's home movies transferred to DVD makes the perfect gift. Whether you have video tapes, 8mm film, photos, slides or any other kind of media, having them digitized and authored to a DVD is a great way to share. Once the DVD transfer is complete, DVD copies are very inexpensive. Therefore, you can give a set of the DVDs to your parents, kids, siblings, etc...

Memories never go out of style! This year don't hand out a gift card or some plastic which will end up in land fill. Instead, have Audio Video Workshop enhance and future proof your family heirlooms. Your family will be touched and able to cherish those memories all over again and again. As the holidays approach, we tend to get very busy. Therefore, we recommend you get your projects into AV Workshop as soon as possible so we can finish them before the holiday.

Video to DVD Transfer

703 Woodside Road, Suite 3, Redwood City, California 94061

November 1, 2012

Can I Edit Video from a DVD?

Most people think that since a DVD is digital, they will be able to edit their footage directly off the DVD from within a video editing application like iMovie or Adobe Premiere. While this may be possible with certain DVD ripping utilities, we strongly advise against it. Here is why.

First, video on DVD is compressed utilizing mpeg 2 compression; therefore, if you edit already compressed footage and then author a new DVD from the already compressed footage you will end up with a highly re-compressed image that will be noticeably different than your original video tape. The end result will be a pixelated de-saturated soft image.

Second, DVDs are closed discs that contain .vob files inside a video TS folder. DVDs do not contain a single file that you can work with. If you simply drag the files off the disc (like most other companies recommend), you will have audio gaps where the clips line up and the audio might even become out of sync the further you get down the timeline within your video editing software. 

In addition, working with mpeg 2 files within video editing software is much more of a challenge for the systems resources than working with uncompressed AVI and Quicktime files as all of the editing applications have pre-installed codecs (DV) built to handle the files. Therefore, you will find your self working in a glitchy work / editing environment where you'll be waiting for the system to transcode the footage, there may be frequent pauses while the system catches up, and inevitably the system may just crash.

Thus, we recommend that you have us create uncompressed digital computer files such as Quick Times and AVI files using the DV-Codec.  By using quicktimes and AVI files, you could edit and re-export the footage to as many AVI or quicktime files as you want without any loss of quality. Quicktimes and AVI files are not only higher in quality; they are the most compatible file type to work with in your editing application. Meaning, you will be able to work with the video in real-time without having to transcode the video beforehand.

We offer video to hard drive transfer services where we convert your video tapes to either AVI for the PC or QuickTime for the MAC. Prices are just $29 per tape (under 60min) and $49 per tape (under 120min). We ofer quantity discounts starting at just 10 tapes and combo discounts if you order Video to DVD Transfers and Video to Hard Drive Transfers.

You can ship us your project by filling out an order form or walking into our store. Please watch this video for further details.

Video to Hard Drive / Editing from a Hard Drive vs DVD
703 Woodside Road, Suite 3, Redwood City, California 94061

October 6, 2012

How do you tell the difference between sound film and silent film?

Ever wonder if the old home movies you've been holding onto all these years have sound on them?

There are many different film formats that have been used in the US over the years for both commercial film production and consumer home movies. The most popular are Regular 8mm film, Super8mm film, and 16mm film. All three film types may or may not be recorded with sound. Prior to the advent of Regular 8mm film in the 1930's, home movies were shot on silent 16mm film, but this was expensive. In 1932 the Eastman Kodak company released the Cine Kodak Eight which used Regular 8mm film (also known as standard 8mm film). Regular 8mm film is similar to 16mm film except that it is only 8mm wide and only has sprocket holes on one side whereas silent 16mm film has sprocket holes on both sides.

Super 8mm film came later as a technical innovation.  The sprocket holes were made narrower so the frame size of the film could be larger, thus increasing image quality and sharpness. Below are what the silent versions of these film sizes look like.
super8 film
However, the sound versions of these films are all quite different. While Regular 8mm film could have sound added to the film during the processing phase at a film lab, there were no 8mm cameras that recorded audio onto film while it was being shot. During processing at a film lab, a magnetic strip (much like the magnetic tape in an audio cassette) was glued to the edge where the sprocket holes were to enable narration or music recording after the fact. This was called sound striping.  There were also projectors that could record music and narration over the film, but not a synchronized audio track recorded at the time of filming.

This changed in the 1960's when Super8mm film came out.  Since the magnetic strip on Super8mm was on the opposite side of the sprocket holes, a sound head in the camera could easily record audio at the time of shooting. Below is a diagram and a picture comparing Regular 8mm sound film to Super8mm sound film.
8mm film transfer to DVD
convert 16mm film to digital
Regular 8mm film with sound is very rare, but Super 8mm sound is more common. However, most of your relatives probably shot silent film because both the cameras and film capable of recording sound were far more expensive. Super 8mm sound film has not been manufactured for over a decade, and there are virtually no labs left that will process it. As opposed to Regular8mm sound film, Super8mm's sound strip was not glued on during processing.

Magnetic strips on film, especially strips that were pasted on after processing, have been known to fall off of the film due to the glue wearing out. That's why it's very important to have your Super 8mm film digitized as soon as possible to preserve film and the films soundtrack.
high definition film scanning

So, how do you tell if your Regular 8mm or Super 8mm has sound? Just roll out approx. five feet of film and look for these magnetic tracks. If you don't want to unwind your film and expose it to dust, you can simply look at the side of your film reel for the copper color of the magnetic track.

Regular8mm film and Super8 had what is called a balance stripe. We won't go into what it's for, but it's a narrower magnetic stripe located on the other side of the film with respect to the main one. Some projectors can actually read and record onto the balance stripe, so sometimes families would record music onto it, and it would play in tandem with the sound they recorded while filming. Typically, the balance stripe has no sound on it.

While most people shot 8mm and Super 8 film back in the 1950's and 60's, silent 16mm was used primarily for home movies in the 1940's and earlier. After Regular8mm came along, 16mm became a commercial format mostly...shot by independent filmmakers, television producers, and for the news.

There are two general kinds of 16mm soundtracks: magnetic and optical (shown below).
standard 8mm film conversion
Like Regular 8mm sound film and Super8mm sound film, the magnetic track on 16mm is read like an audio cassette with a magnetic sound head. However, optical sound is quite different. Optical sound is literally an image of a sound waves located on the non-perforated side of the film. As light is shined through it, pulses of light are interpreted by a sensor in a projector which are then translated into an analog audio signal that can played out of a speaker.

Chances are none of your film is magnetic as magnetic 16mm film was primarily used for the news (they needed their sound on the film right away). In terms of optical soundtracks, they cannot be recorded by a camera, only added later by a lab. Usually, the only time you will have film that has an optical soundtrack will be when it's a commercially produced film, such as educational films meant for distribution to classrooms. Sometimes even, and this is especially true if your commercial film is from the UK, you'll see an optical soundtrack called a variable density soundtrack. It can be read by the same projector that can read a normal optical track. Below is a closeup of the track itself.
sound film transfer

How can you tell whether your 16mm film has sound or not? Unwind the film past the leader (film of a solid color that is attached to the beginning the reel) and look for the spocket holes (perforations). If your film is double perforated; it has sprocket holes on both sides, then it is silent and most likely home movie footage. If it's single perforated; sprocket holes on one side only, then it's more likely to have sound. However, there is silent single perforated 16mm film, so after you unwind the film a bit, check directly for the soundtrack.

Remember, sound is just as important as your image and the older the film gets the worse the sound gets as well. By doing a high quality film to video transfer at Audio Video Workshop, you will preserve not just your sound, but your film as well!

frame by frame film scanning
703 Woodside Road, Suite 3, Redwood City, California 94061
Regular 8mm Film Conversion to Digital
16mm Film Transfer to DVD or Bluray

September 11, 2012

Reduced Photo Scanning Prices for the San Francisco Bay Area

photo scanning pricesAudio Video Workshop has just reduced their photo scanning prices to make them affordable for just about anyone and everyone. Let's face it, we all have boxes and photo albums full of priceless memories. With AV Workshop's reduced prices, there has never been a better time to preserve and protect those precious memories. Loose photo scanning prices are now as low as .35 cents per photo. 

We scan your photos into high resolution JPEGs so you can archive, reprint, email, share, and enjoy them all over again. Don't let your photos deteriorate, and fade away! Bring them to AV Workshop and let us digitize your photos so they will be there for generations to come! With our enhanced photo scanning service, we make your photos look as good as possible with: 

• Dust Removal
• Slight Color Correction
• Brightness / Contrast Improvement
• Red Eye Removal
• De-skewing (image leveling)
• Picture Orientation Correction

All photos are scanned right here in the San Francisco By Area by skilled technicians and not shipped over-seas!
We also offer photo restoration where we can remove scratches, people, and just about anything... In addition, we perform slide scanning and negative scanning as well. So bring your memories into AV Workshop and keep em Safe! Keep em Local!
703 Woodside Road, Suite 3, Redwood City, California 94061