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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.

Personalise your digital copy – Part 2

This is a follow up to the hugely successful video we made last year, showing you how to customise your Digital Copy.

This is a slightly longer film – some 24mins! – but its essential viewing if you’re considering having your movies transfered to Digital Files.

In the video, Jennie invites us into her home to demonstrate how a large home movie collection can be stored electronically, and shared amongst your iPads, TV sets etc.
Then back at the studio, Steven shows us the inside tricks on how you too can create beautiful, fully titled and chaptered movies for yourself.

Well worth watching – enjoy!
For a quick start up to Subler see our Part 1 of this video series.

Download Subler Mac OSX
Download MaterX for windows.

Converting ProRes to MPEG 4 with Handbrake

When you order an editable file from Alive Studios, we will send you a Quicktime ProRes file.

We choose this file type because it is excellent quality, contains a huge amount of data for editing, and has relatively reasonable file sizes.

If you choose editing software that doesn’t directly import .mov files, then you will need to convert the file. A common file type supported by many editing programs is MPEG 4.

In this video, Steven shows you how easy it is to convert your ProRes file to MPEG 4 using a free program called Handbrake.

Download Handbrake for Mac or Windows PC

Editing ProRes video in Movie Maker

“If I order a ProRes version of my transfer, will it work in Movie Maker?”
Answer: yes (if you follow this simple guide) If you order an editable version of your film from Alive Studios, we will give you Quicktime ProRes files. (.mov)

These might play automatically on your Windows PC, or not, depending on what movie player/codec you have installed. If they don’t just play, then downloading this codec will fix that. But the main reason for this support page is to help you get the ProRes files to work in Windows Movie Maker. Movie Maker is a free editing program for Windows, and it needs a little help to import some file types.

Download Movie Maker for Windows PC
Download K-light codec pack for Windows PC

Memory card Data Recovery

We don’t actually offer this service as it’s quite specialised, but I wanted to share a link with you to a company I used recently and thought our customers might find handy if you ever get problems with your data… Whilst in America last year, I went snorkeling with an underwater camera.

To my dismay, the battery cover came open and leaked water into the camera. OH NO! When back in England, I was able get the camera repaired, but the memory card was ruined, and I had lost precious film of my little ones learning to dive.

Never one to be defeated, I set about finding a company to help, and came across TRC Data Recovery. They somehow managed to get all the footage off the card, and hosted it Online as a ZIP file for me to download. The footage was perfect, and I am delighted. It did cost quite a lot, but at the end of the day it’s a lot cheaper than going back and filming it again! and they were very professional and fast.

Hope you never need to use them, but if you do, TRC are good at what they do….
– Jennie


Visit TRC Data Recovery 

‘Under Milk Wood’ remastered by alive studios in HD

Yet another major film to be entrusted to the re-mastering team here at Alive Studios.
If you’ve never heard of ‘Under Milk Wood’ you’re in for a real treat…
This is a delightful, if peculiar story, of a day in the life of a small, Welsh fishing village called “Llareggub” (read it backwards). We meet a host of curious characters (and ghosts) through the ‘eyes’ of Blind Captain cat. This is a true “Classic” of modern British writing with a wonderful, mischievous use of language.

Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Peter O’Toole have been trapped since 1972 in their Standard Definition (SD) format, but now Alive have given the film a new lease of life by converting the original Betacam masters to a Wide-screen, True High Definition picture.
Our clients will shortly be taking this great re-release on a UK cinematic tour.

Click here if you want to transfer DigiBeta tapes to HD

‘Richard the Lionheart’ 1960s TV show goes HD thanks to Alive

A brand new client brought us an exciting project in October.
Our UK based clients are working closely with a Home Entertainment company in Germany to release a High Definition version of this classic ITV show ‘Richard the Lionheart’.

We were given the original 16mm sound reels to work from. We made a High Definition scan of the film and a high quality sound recording from the optical sound stripe.
We then produced a true HD output in perfect sync for our clients, in a format suitable for further editing or broadcasting.

Alive work with many film studios and entertainment companies to re-release wonderful classics from Film and TV to HD audiences.

Click here if you’ve got a classic film on 16mm film to transfer in HD

Enhancing Cine Film Sound with Adobe Audition

Alive Studios can transfer your cine film sound for you, but some customers prefer to capture the sound themselves – either because they enjoy the process, or to keep the budget down.

If you transfer the sound yourself, you will no doubt experience some humming and hissing, and perhaps electronic interference.
We have made this handy video to show you some simple techniques to eliminate these distracting sounds, using Audition from Adobe.

Click here to see USB Sound Interface
Click here to see 3.5mm Jack to 2 x RCA Phono Stereo Audio Cable
Check out Adobe Audition