Studio Reel to Reel tapes.
Video Image productions are at present digitising Studio reel to reel tape. This Ampex tape was originally recored at BBC studios at a speed of 15 Inches per second. This speed is one the highest quality setting for audio reel to reel tape recording.
The feed out on our Ferrograph Logic 7 reel to reel tape machine, is then fed to our Sapphire audio converter which is firewire connected to our Apple Mac computer and digitised to the highest possible quality of 96 K and 48 BITRATE.
Final audio file.
In this instant the customer wants the final files as .WAV files for PC editing. These files will be transferred onto a USB memory stick which will be provided by us. we also provide a Cassette tape to USB memory stick service.
More information on audio reel to reel transfer.
A classic is back
Kodak super 8 Ektachrome.
KODAK EKTACHROME 7294 Color Reversal Film in Super 8 will be available for orders on October 1, 2018, with Super 16mm coming soon. We’ve received glowing reviews from our customer assessments and are now excited for filmmakers worldwide to enjoy the clean, vibrant colors, neutral tone scale, and extremely fine grain KODAK EKTACHROME Film offers.
We will continue to update this page with product availability and media coverage, so please check back often.
Video Image productions will be stocking Kodak super 8 Ektachrome. film stock at the moment we don’t have any idea of what the pricing will be.
We also provide a super 8 film scanning service.
16mm film scanning.
Digital video tape transfer.
Video Image Productions are in the process of converting Mini DV tapes of an un edited film shot on Mini DV tapes in 16:9 aspect ratio.
Mini DV tapes captured digital video onto magnetic video tape. Encoding was MPEG 2.
In my opinion the two best Mini DV camcorders were the Sony Z1 and the Panasonic DVX100. Both camcorders had a 3CCD setup for superior colour rendition. The Panasonic could record 24p frames per second for a more filmic look, and had cine gamma settings.
Digital video tape transfer can be Mini DV tapes, Digital 8 tapes or Digital Betacam video. Digital Betacam was the gold standard for standard definition video capture.
Transfer is via firewire to ensure no quality loss of the digital video tapes during transfer.
Capture of the Mini DV tapes is through Final Cut Pro 7. Setting within FCP are set to Pro Res 422 and copied to hard disc.
Final Digital video files for the customer will be copied onto USB memory sticks. It is important that the USB memory sticks are USB 3 and around 95mbs speed. You can use slower cards but it takes a long time to copy the files to your computer with the slower cards. If the files run into the 1TB or above size then you are best of having us transfer them to an external hard drive. We can buy an external drive in for you or you can provide one yourself and send it with the tapes.
We also recommend that the files are copied onto fast AV hard drives for editing. The fastest of these drives are SSD but they are expensive and not really necessary for Standard Definition editing. Two of the best Software packages for video editing are Adobe Premier and Apples Final Cut Pro.
16mm sound film to Pro Res.
At present Video Image Productions are in the process of converting 16mm film to Apple Pro Res format for a Hovercraft Museum.
I took the picture at the Museum of this monster. This hovercraft used to run between Dover and Calais.
Picture above showing the 16mm sound films to be converted to Apple Pro Res.