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About steven

The creative talent behind the company, and creator of our groundbreaking Phoenix scanning system, Steven is a highly skilled film editor and works in Final Cut Pro, Motion and Episode.

Video Tape Cleaning Example

Old video and camcorder tape formats like VHS, Betamax, Hi8 etc. can suffer from dirt, debris and even mould stuck to the ribbon, as shown in the photo to the right taken from a customers job recently. This causes the picture to skip, bounce, and have distracting interference such as lines and white fuzzy flecks.

One of the things that makes our transfer superior to others is the cleaning process we undertake prior to transfer. Our decks also feature continuous cleaning even as the tape is being transferred. The result is a much smoother, less jumpy and cleaner image.

Video tape cleaning and transfer

If you have old video tapes, you may have noticed an alarming white dust appearing on the inside of your tapes. This is fungal mould that eats into the cellulose which rapidly destroys the video tape.  However, if caught soon enough, and handled correctly, it is possible to salvage them – be it VHS, Betamax, Video 8, Hi 8 and many more, At Alive Studios, we have facilities to clean the mould and digitise the films before the precious content is lost forever.

For just £75 we will arrange to safely collect the tape, clean, digitise, edit and remaster the footage, then upload your movie to our incredible Karishma Cloud, before returning it on a USB stick in full HD.

If you have old video tapes, don’t leave it too late – contact Alive Studios today.

16mm Cine Film to DVD transfer against Alive Studios film scanning in HD

Our client, had this 16mm film scanned by another company for a special screening of this historical event in Bampton Village, England. After viewing the results they wondered if it was the best it could be, so asked us to pick it up and have a go…
As you can see from the results, our scan is far superior, with a larger view of the cell, compared to the somewhat cropped version by the competitor. The most noticeable difference is that our speed is much more life-like and realistic, along with a sharper, crisper image, and richer colours.

If you’ve had film scanned elsewhere, and wonder if it could be better, send it to us at Alive Studios for a free comparison.

Super 8 Before and After Example 2

This video shows the difference you can expect between a cheap high-street transfer and a frame-by-frame scan done at Alive Studios.

The video on the left was sent in by a customer who had given their cine films to a camera shop. The transfer appears to be done with MiniDV recording equipment, and then put onto DVD. Such a shame as DVD’s only hold SD footage, and much of the quality has been lost in this process.

The video on the right is what our scanners produced from the same cine reels. You can see how much more of the frame we can see, and how much clearer and sharper the images are, and with more natural colour. We supplied the customer with HD MPEG files on a USB stick. We can also scan in 4K.

Go to http://www.alivestudios.co.uk/cine-fi… for find out more

Super 8 Colour Negative Processing

For those still shooting on Super 8, we can now offer a processing service to get your films dark-room developed. This includes Kodak Vision 3: 50D, 200T, 500T. For other stock please contact us first.

Through our partnership with the leading Film Lab in Europe, we post weekly shipments to Germany to get our clients films developed. We charge a set price of £30 per cartridge. This includes shipping to and from Germany, and VAT.

Please allow up to 14 days for this part of the service.

Your cartridges will be returned as negative spools, which we will scan in positive to HD or 4K files. This Film Processing service is only available as part of a digitising order with Alive Studios.

Film processing is available on our cine film order form » under “Other Services”

Cine Film Colour Correction Example V2

Cine film will always benefit from some expert colour correction to fix colours that have altered and faded over time.Different makes of film deteriorate differently, with the most common problem being that the films turns a shade of purple or green, and the colours fade.

This work is carried out as standard with all orders at Alive Studios.

16mm Cline Film cleaning before and after Example 2

Here is another side by side example of film cleaning.

Before we scan your cine film, we always but it through our film cleaning machine. Partly to protect our scanners, but also to improve your picture, as cine film typically has a fair amount of dust and hairs floating on the emulsion.

If you would like cine transferred in HD or UHD with free film cleaning then go to: http://www.alivestudios.co.uk/cine-film-transfer