Cine Output Comparison


Image Size 1920x1080 full HDYesYes
Image Size 3840 × 2160 in 4K ULTRA HDYesYes
What is the bitrate in HD?


HD: 147Mbps

What is the bitrate in 4K?


4K: 354Mbps

What size are the files in HD ?

2.3GB per 200ft

18gb per 200ft

What size are the files in 4K ?

5.7GB per 200ft

67gb per 200ft

What frame rate will I get back24fps24fps
Can I edit this format on my computer?YesYes
Do I get background music?Yes


Will this work on my Mac?YesYes
Will this work on Windows?YesYes
Will this format play directly on my iPad?YesNo
Synch with AppleTV/iPad/Mobile Phone etc.YesNo

Will this format play on a compatible TV



Frequently asked questions

What is the image size you scan film at?
2K Film Resolution 1920 x 1080
4K Film Resolution 3840 × 2160

How do you transfer cine film?
We use a 2K or 4K one-to-one frame scanner which takes individual photos of each cell of film. It does this by shining an infrared light through the sprocket hole. As the light hits the sensor, the film stops and the lens takes a photo.  The film is illuminated using a Cool LED light so there is no risk of damage to your film.

Does cine film have enough information to warrant scanning at such high resolution?
Some customers assume that a High Definition (HD) or 4K (UHD) transfer is overkill for their 8mm, Super 8, 9.5mm or 16mm film. After all, it’s old! The fact is that resolution is only limited by the film grain size and the size of the frame. 8mm and Super 8 film have a maximum horizontal resolution of around 1000 lines. 9.5mm has 1200 lines and 16mm film has around 2400 lines.

Standard definition video (which is what you use for DVD), is limited to just 576 lines. Our 2k film scanner (1556 lines) is the only process that can capture all the detail on your 8mm, Super8, and our 4K scanner (2160 lines) is the only process that can capture all the detail on your 9.5mm film and 16mm film. (Super 16 can have upto 2400 lines)

Can you transfer Negative film ?
Yes we can transfer from Positive or Negative film. The price is the same.

What film formats can you transfer?
8mm, Super 8, 9.5mm, 16mm and Super 16 film.

Can you transfer sound film?
Yes from 8mm, Super8, 16mm Magnetic Sound and 16mm Optical Sound but not 9.5mm.

What formats do you output to ?
We can transfer to most formats. Our online order form offers MPEG-4, ProRes 422.  If you require something that’s not on the online order form, please call us on 01626 683139.

Do you clean the film before transfer?
Yes, it’s essential to clean Cine Film prior to transfer. We have an excellent cleaning machine, and also undertake specialist and hand-cleaning where needed.  This is all part of our service, and does not insure any extra cost. See Cine Film cleaning example here

Do you do any film restoration ?
Yes, our studios are equipped with restoration hardware and software which allows us to perform colour correction, image enhancement, reconstruction and noise removal, sharpening highlights and softening shadows. Alive Studios can really bring dull footage to life – our goal is to get the video to look like the cine did originally. Restoration and colour correction is of course dependant on the state of the original films, but this work is always undertake and is all included in the cost. See our Cine Film examples for some before and afters

How do I order?
It’s easiest for you to place your order online as the form prompts you with all the information we will need from you. However, don’t be afraid to phone us to let us help you build your order too.  If you have odd lengths or you’re not sure what you have, we can pickup the films and do a full assessment for you.

How do I get the films to you?
You can send the order yourself using the Post Office, but most people prefer to let us collect the box using our courier service, which is free on ALL orders, no matter how large or small. Return delivery is also free.

How long does it take?
This is a tricky question. We receive orders from a single reel (takes a few days) to a room-full (could be months), so we’d need to know what you’re sending to give a lead-time. We find we are in high demand and always have lots of work already scheduled in, so if your order is needed in a hurry, just phone and tell us what you need 🙂