“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.
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….
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.
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.
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.
So proud to be chosen to remaster yet another prestigious film release. We have just completed remastering ‘Under Milk Wood’ from SD to HD for Blu-ray release. The critically acclaimed 1972 hit starring Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor is to go on cinematic tour of the UK.
As soon as we’ve perfected everything, we will release a trailer and screenshots of this exciting project.
We have this week proudly handed back the video archives belonging to the renowned British Fashion Designer, Betty Jackson.
We were approached in the summer to transfer a large collection of U-matic and VHS tapes chronicling the career of this London based fashion house.
I was personally very excited as we were in the process of installing a new bank of video restoration decks, so I had a great chance to play with my new toys.
Our first batch of transfers were great – but not stunning. So with some tweaking and fine-tuning, we really customised the process to make the most out of the tapes which included interviews and catwalk shows.
With the topic being modeling, much of the film had been shot with a very soft focus lens, so extra care had to be taken not to over-soften the image when applying the re-mastering filters. We successfully upscaled all the footage to full high definition, and provided the customer with Blu-ray discs, along with digital files designed to integrate seamlessly into their Apple Mac environment, so movies can be shared around their offices via their Apple network.
We took far too long of course – I’m a terrible perfectionist who is well known for ruining the estimates my colleagues give out! But I hope the people at Betty Jackson appreciate that they now have a wonderful archive of the highest quality, in the most accessible form, that will serve them for many years to come.
Article by Steven Flowers
Senior Film Editor, Alive Studios