Monday, 5 November 2012

Christmas discount

For 10% discount on your Cine to DVD and Video to DVD enter the code XMAS onour online order form.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Archiving ... Quality Transfers

A few months ago, in the run up to London 2012, we were extremely pleased to be selected by Wheel Power and Cliff Productions to archive a collection of cine films that chronicled the birth and growth of the Paralympics. Here's a short extract from a documentary, made by our good friends at CLiff Productions, that shows just a small amount of the footage that was archived.

Capstan Roller

On the Flashscan HD the rubber roller is the only thing that makes contact with the surface of the film. The film has been air dusted and has past over the to PTR (particle transfer rollers) making them free from any surface dirt and dust. Given the importance of the capstan roller they are cleaned and conditioned on a regular basis and also replaced at suitable intervals. We're pleased to have found a UK manufacturer who has been able to make us a supply of extremely high quality rollers that help us to ensure the best possible handling of your cine films.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

You Tube

We've started a youtube channel. We'll be adding short videos some informative with details of how we work, some more fun. Keep in touch!

Monday, 2 April 2012

10% discount

Order online using the discount code JUBILEE for 10% discount

Scan in HD or upscale?

I've been looking at a few competitor websites and was a little shocked to see one that refers to their transfers being of such good quality that they can be upscaled to HD! To get true HD out put you need to transfer and with its true 720p capturing that's what the Flashscan can do... and we can happily [provide you with the 720p capture files on a USE device you provide. It never ceases to amaze me the number of mistruths used in the world of cine transfer and the companies who tell you hoe good their results are but refuse to tell you how they go about the transfer process.

Friday, 30 March 2012

Ancillary Items

We'll start off talking about some of the items we needed in order to be able to process the cine transfer orders we take in, whether from Super 8 or standard 8 mm cine. The first challenge and probably the biggest was empty spools. Due to the speed at which the FlashScan HD works we need to be able to respool any small reels to form larger reels that run through the machine quickly and efficiently. We spoke to specialist plastic and moulding company linic plastics who were able to handle the project from start to finish. Starting with the design stage
once the design was finalised cutting of the moulds
Some fine tuning and hey presto a supply of precision 800ft 8mm cine spools!

Introduction to the FlashScan HD.

Lets kick off my new blog with a few simple lines about what the FlashScan has to offer.

The FlashScan takes cine transfers to a totally new level and moves away from using modified and so called updated projector technology.

The basis of a stable and precise transfer is a stable and precise movement of the film through the film deck or gate. In the days when cine film was projected the movement of the film was controlled by a toothed wheel/sprockets and a claw that pulled the film through the gate frame by frame. The vast majority of machines built for transferring cine to video and DVD, over the years, have still replied on this technology. Indeed for many years we used such equipment produced by ELMO of Japan and more recently Tobin Cinema systems in the US. It has always been apparent to us that whilst camera, video and now digital technology was moving at a pace film transport was not.

The FlashScan HD, after years of development and experience in the transfer of larger formats enables a radically new approach.

Your film is transported by a rubber coated capstan wheel driven by an extremely precise stepper motor that is in turn controlled by a laser which detects the sprocket holes in your film. As the film passes through the gate a flashing light source exposes each frame to a rapid burst of red light, then green and finally blue. All at a speed invisible to the human eye. By using individual bursts of each colour we can achieve superior colour from the dye layers with in your film. The light source is also scatter diffused which helps disguise any minor scratches on the film. Finally the images produced are captured by a camera which has a true native resolution of 1280x720(720p50) The output is then digitized and recorded on to our computer hard drives as large high quality AVi files ready for compression to DVD or BluRay. Should you wish we can also supply you with these files.

The whole process and operation of the machine is controlled by computer.

With 30 years in business and ever increasing demand for our services we are now running two FlashScan HDs and are proud to offer top quality results to all our customers.

Follow my blog for more info on the machine... our tips and tricks and general info on telecine.