Choosing the right format depends on your goal. If you want to be able to delete footage, re-arrange the order, add your own music, etc. then you need an editing format (see below). If you simply want to archive the film and be able to easily play it, then our archival DVD or Blu-Ray is the best format. We use Professional Archival DVDs and BluRays. These Archival disks will last 100 years under normal conditions (non-archival DVD-R and BluRay-R disks last about 10 years) . We do include easy listening music on our DVD and BluRay products. If you would prefer not to have music, please let us know when you order.
Example DVD Menu:
- 5 minute chapters
- Thumbnail picture per chapter
- Start on any chapter
We offer the following formats for editing purposes:
2K Process: HD-AVI (MJPG), ProRes HQ Files, 2K DPX Files
HD and ProHD Process: HD-AVI (MJPG), ProRes HQ Files
SD Process: AVI
2K Scan Process:
2K DPX Master Files. These are completely uncompressed 2K resolution DPX files. DPX is a professional film scanning industry standard. Beginning with Adobe Premiere Pro CS 5.5, DPX can be edited natively without any other expensive tools or add-ons. This is the cheapest editing solution for DPX today.
HD-AVI and ProRes HQ files: See below.
Writing DVDs. You will be able to write widescreen DVDs or Blu-Rays using DPX files.
HD & ProHD Process:
HD-AVI files. HD-AVI (Motion-JPEG or MJPG codec) files are considered a very good master quality format. AVI has been the industry standard for decades and HD-AVI follows in those footsteps. Our HD-AVI files are compatible with all Mac (iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express) and PC editing tools. If you need help calculating the disk space you'll need for the transfer, click here. Download a small (1 second, 12MB) example of typical 8mm film here. Download a larger (15 second, 170MB) example of typical 8mm film here.
Apple ProRes 422 HQ files. Apple ProRes HQ 422 files are considered a very good master quality format very similar to our HD-AVI files. These files are intended to be used with Final Cut Pro only. If you only plan to edit in Final Cut Express or iMovie it is recommended that you order HD-AVI files instead. These can be imported without issue into Final Cut Express or iMovie. However, you can edit ProRes in Final Cut Express or iMovie with the right codec pack and Quicktime components. Please contact Apple technical support for details. If you need help calculating the disk space you'll need for the transfer, click here. Download a small (3 second, 39MB) example of typical 8mm film here.
Writing DVDs. You will be able to write regular DVDs or Blu-Ray DVDs with either the HDV, HD-AVI or ProRes files.
AVI files on an external Hard Drive. You must ship us an external hard drive or purchase one on the order form if you choose AVI files. Our AVI files are compatible with all Mac and PC editing tools. If you need help calculating the disk space you'll need for the transfer, click here.
DVD and an Editing Format
You may want to consider getting a copy on a playable DVD in addition to the format you choose to edit from. This way you archive the film and have a format you can edit. If you want to do this, choose the format for editing as the master format and the DVD as the copy format on the order form. Our copies are master quality. We go back to the master file and completely render the video to the copy format. We never make one format using another (making the DVD from MiniDV tape) like many other companies do. So, we charge a little more but the quality will be better.
Sample DVD/BluRay Music