Can I Copy my Film To DVD?

Copying film to DVD may sound easy, like copying a DVD to another DVD, but it is not. You basically have 2 choices. Use a camcorder to film your film in essence, or scan the film. Think about it this way. If you had a photograph, you could video it with your camcorder, take it into an editor and extract a frame as a picture. Or, you could scan the photograph on a flatbed scanner. The scanned photograph would look much closer to the photograph than the frame extracted from your camcorder video. In fact, the scanned photograph will easily look 50-75% better. Why am I mentioning this? Because there are two basic types of film transfer machines. Machines that use projectors and camcorders and machines that scan the film. The results will be 50-75% different. Yes, it will cost more to copy your film to DVD using a scanner, but the results will look much closer to the quality of the film.

As mentioned above, the word "copy" implies easy in today's world. Copying movie film is not easy if you want to do it right and want great results. And, the old saying you get what you pay for is still very true when you copy film to DVD. As Jerry put in his BBB review, "The quality of their work is exceptional. Their responsiveness to my questions about the process I consider outstanding. I opted for the Pro 2K process and it turned out superb - even better than viewing the old films on a projector and screen. I viewed the results on a 32 inch LED HD TV and the clarity of the video are exceptional. I highly recommend the Video Conversion Experts for all your conversion needs."

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1Scanning per foot cost includes scanning only. This does not include the cost of the output format(s) like DVD.
2The example Pro 2K and Pro 4K picture includes optional color correction.


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What makes the Pro 2K process so good is that it scans the film at 1556 lines, above the resolution of the film. The reason is to get every last bit of information on the film. Anyone in the film industry would agree that you want to overscan the film to get the best quality. So, the Pro 2K does that in style. It is 1 of only 2 2K scanners in the United States.

In addition to the resolution, the scanner will correct for color shifting and will try to fix scenes that are too bright or too dark. After the scan, an editor will go through the video and will make additional improvements as they can. We then will copy the film to DVD as requested.

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