Frame by Frame Scanning

Frame-by-Frame Scanning

By far, the best method for capturing 16mm, super8 and 8mm film to DVD is a frame by frame scan of your film. By using a system that will capture each individual frame of the film to a computer, this will ensure the best possible quality and avoid the frame blur that you will get with traditional methods. After the frames are captured, a frame repetition and pattern is used to duplicate and reinsert frames to convert the film from 18 frames (or other lesser common frame rates) to the 30 frames per second required for standard NTSC DVDs. You will notice the quality difference in particular when you pause your movie and look at a the paused frame. It will be much cleaner and clearer when the film is captured with a frame by frame capture system.

Professional Grade Media Conversion Equipment

Two Squares has professional grade conversion equipment that does this frame-by-frame scan of the film in a controlled environment and reproduces the video with the highest possible quality. The HD system uses an industrial grade camera mounted directly to the machine and one single very high quality lens to focus onto the film frame surface. This system provides exceptional quality as compared to other capture systems which use 3 to 5 lenses and mirrored surfaces between the film and the digitizer. These additional lenses can add minor distortions and make it more difficult to focus the image and reduce the sharpness of the video.

Post Processing and Color Correction

Another issue that happens with old movie film is that the colors will fade or potentially shift to green or red. Even black-and-white films will appear green or sometime red. This is where a professional-grade post processing software package comes into play. Black and white films are made a true black and white (gray scale). Color films are white balanced and colors are more natural. Contrast and lighting levels are also corrected, but can often be limited by the film quality itself.

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