Most old movie film needs digital restoration. The colors have faded or color shifted, the overall exposure has darkened and you probably have some amount of surface damage. This is normal. Even if you have old Black and white film, it will also color shift (towards the sepia tones) and will get darker and have surface damage.
This is where Video Conversion Experts comes in. We've been working with film scanning companies for years to build digital restoration into the scanners. In addition to the digital restoration the scanner can do, an editor will also go through the scanned images and color correct them as much as possible on our Pro HD and Pro 2K process. For more information on our digital restoration click here.
The services below are for 8mm and Super 8 film.. If you have 16mm or 35mm film click here.
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.
Digital Restoration is one of those things that is normally reserved for Hollywood movies only. Not anymore. We've been working with film scanning manufactures for years to incorporate the latest digital restoration technology. It is always better to try and perform digital restoration at scan time then after the scan.
The goal of any 8mm or Super 8 film restoration is to get an digital image that looks as good as the original film. So, that means a few things. Digital restoration wont fix original recording problems. If the film was shot over or under exposed, double exposed, blurry etc, the restored digital version will be that way too.
What has happened to the 8mm or Super 8 film since it was taken is that is has color shifted (toward blue in most cases) and has gotten darker. Our 8mm film restoration will be able to reverse this color shift is almost all cases and can lighten up the darkening that has been going on for decades.
One other aspect of film restoration is that the film needs to be scanned at or above the resolution of the film if you ever want to get a digital video as good as the 8mm or Super 8 film. Most customers miss this very important point. For example, if you scan 8mm film at 480 lines even though it has 800 to 1000, you will never get a digital video, no matter how much you restore it, to look at good as the 8mm film. So, scanning at 1080 or 1556 lines is the first step in any successful restoration. This is why we only offer 8mm and Super 8 film restoration on our Pro HD and Pro 2K processes.
In addition to color and exposure, our film restoration can hide about 50-80% of the surface defects. Surface defects can include scratches, nicks, dust or dirt now adhered to the film. There are also defects that have gone past the surface and into the image layer. These cannot be fixed. So, for example, a deep scratch into the image layer cannot be fixed. To learn more about our film restoration, click here.