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Cine film transfer in HD or UHD

8mm, Super 8, 9.5mm, 16mm frame scanning

£85 per 200 feet in HD

We transfer Cine Film to digital, for families, archives and museums all over the UK. We convert standard 8mm, super8, 16mm, super16 and 9.5mm. We use a true one-to-one frame scanner which takes individual photographs of each cell of your film which are expertly compiled into a movie, then edited and colour corrected. The resulting film is sent to you on USB memory stick or hard-drive and uploaded to Karishma Cloud were you can share your films with friends and family. In 2019 we upgraded our scanner lenses to the new Sony Pregius CMOS image sensors for superior handling of dark, noisy films. See the new image sensor in action.

You can also purchase the individual photographs which are called an ‘image sequence’. You can choose to have your film scanned in 2K which is High Definition, or 4K Ultra High Definition.

Information on Cine film formats

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8mm

Super8

9.5mm

16mm

Super8 film strip and Super8 film strip with sound

Super8 with sound

16mm film strip and 16mm film strip with Magnetic and Optical sound

16mm Sound

8mm film strip and 8mm film strip with sound

8mm with sound

9.5mm film strip and 9.5mm film strip with optical sound

9.5mm with sound

film reel3" dia. Holds   50ft of film   4minutes

film reel5" dia. Holds 200ft of film 15minutes

film reel7" dia. Holds 400ft of film 30minutes

film reel3" dia. Holds   50ft of film   2minutes

film reel5" dia. Holds 200ft of film   8minutes

film reel7" dia. Holds 400ft of film 15minutes

 

Why scan film in 2K/4K and why no DVD ?

Benefits of HD/4K Ultra HD, and why we’ve dropped discs…

 

All cine film benefits enormously from a high definition transfer. It may look like a tiny cell, but even 8mm cine film holds a surprising amount of data, and is not just equivalent to, but higher than, HD. To scan your film in standard resolution (SD), we would essentially disregard a huge amount of information resulting in loss of fine detail and colour.

 

The stats speak for themselves:
Horizontal lines per definition typeStandard definition                                   576High definition (2K)                                1080Ultra HD (4K)                                         2600  Horizontal lines per film type8mm                                                          9009.5mm                                                     107016mm                                                      1800


In 2012, we went HD-only. As leaders in our industry, we have a responsibility to set quality standards, and the 90s SD/DVD technology is simply not good enough. We have these amazing HD/UHD files in front of us, so to scale them down and reduce the quality for DVD is a step backwards.

In 2016, we took another bold step by dropping disc formats. So there’s no more Blu-ray or DVD. Instead, we send you a USB memory stick (or hard-drive) which play on any computer or TV with a USB port. You can re-arrange the films, change the names, and even edit the movies on your home computer (and make your own DVDs if you really feel a need to, but I doubt it). So much more versatile than discs, this truly is the way forward. Read more on 4K UHD Cine film scanning »

 

In 2019, we upgraded all our scanners by replacing the lenses with new Sony Pregius CMOS image sensors.  We also replaced the scanner lights with 3 x brighter LEDS.  These upgrades have helped us realize even higher picture quality than ever before, particularly when working with dark, underexposed films.

 

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Digital output formats

Output formats

Digital (MPEG)

The most versatile format is the Digital HD/4K. Works on any computer, phone, tablet or TV. (Mac, PC, Android TV, AppleTV and Amazon Fire TV). We give you one file for each reel, named or numbered as you like. So, if you send 22xreels of film you will get back 22xfiles on your drive. We deliver the files on a USB hard-drive/USB Stick. You can provide your own, or buy one of ours. from just £12.



  • Digital HD Data Rate: 10mb/s 4.6GB/hr
  • Digital 4K Data Rate: 50mb/s 22GB/hr

 

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ProRes

is the perfect choice if you wish to edit your cine film on a computer, whether it's a Windows PC or an Apple Mac. ProRes is a high quality, HD or 4K QuickTime file which works with all the major editing programs. You will get one .mov file for each reel of cine. So, if you send 22xreels of film, you will get back 22xfiles on your drive. We deliver the files on a USB hard-drive/USB Stick. You can provide your own, or buy one of ours. from just £12.

 

  • ProRes 422 HD Data Rate: 147mb/s 55GB/hr
  • ProRes 422 4K Data Rate: 354mb/s 160GB/hr

 

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Optional extras

Image Sequence

Image Sequence is an exciting format which utilises our scanning method to it's fullest by giving you, our customer, the individual cells of your film as individual photographs or 'images'. If you look closely at your cine film, you'll see it's made up of thousands of photographic cells - a small 50ft reel of 8mm film contains approx. 4300 cells! When we transfer your film, we scan each of these cells individually, and we're now able to give you these as separate JPEG image files.

 

  • HD 1920x1080pixels (550KB per Image) 46GB/hr
  • 4K 3840x2160pixels (550KB per Image) 186GB/hr

 

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Golf Image Sequence

Super 8 Colour Negative Processing

For those still shooting on Super 8, we 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"

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free 60 days with every order

 

Karishma Cloud is exclusive to Alive Studios customers - where all your home movies are waiting for you and your family to access and enjoy Anytime, Anywhere…

 

Log in via your computer, or download the free APP to your phone or tablet so you can take your memories with you wherever you go. We also have the Android TV, Apple TV Amazon and Fire TV APPs making all your home movies available onDemand from the comfort of your living room. It’s as easy as calling up Netflix - only with Karishma Cloud, you are the star of every episode!

 

Log in online to make changes to the running order and titles of your movies, create multiple user logins for all your friends and family so they can share the experience. Chat directly with your dedicated editor to ensure your films are created just the way you want them. There’s so much you can do, just visit this page for more info »

 

 

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Examples of our work
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"Steven's team turned 40 fragile, old, flickery movies into a wonderful HD experience that we can now easily share with family and friends around the world."

 

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  3. Wrap your films securely and place in a box with your order-form.
  4. Send your box your self, or use our FREE collection service.

 

Or order by Phone

You can order with us over the phone.

lines are open 9.00am to 5:30pm weekdays. Tel: 0800 0830561

 

FREE Collection Service

We are happy to arrange our courier to collect your cine films from your work or home address. We'll provide you with a convenient one hour time slot by text and/or email. Collection is completely free for any size order. (UK mainland only, Scottish highlands & Islands excluded).

 

FREE Delivery Service

Delivery back to you is completely FREE on ALL orders, no matter how large or small. As with our collection service, we even provide you with a precise one hour delivery window so you don't have to wait in all day.

 

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Super8 film strip and Super8 film strip with sound
16mm film strip and 16mm film strip with Magnetic and Optical sound
8mm film strip and 8mm film strip with sound
9.5mm film strip and 9.5mm film strip with optical sound

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film reel

film reel

film reel

film reel

film reel

Output formats
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Golf Image Sequence
super 8 film cartridge
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  1. Free collection and delivery truck

film reel

film reel

film reel

film reel

film reel

film reel

Output formats
Golf Image Sequence
super 8 film cartridge
Karishma Cloud running on TV, iPad, iPhone and Computer

Log in online to make changes to the running order and titles of your movies, create multiple user logins for all your friends and family so they can share the experience. Chat directly with your dedicated editor to ensure your films are created just the way you want them. There’s so much you can do, just visit this page for more info »

  1. Free collection and delivery truck

Cine film transfer in HD or UHD

£85 per 200 feet in HD

 

We transfer Cine Film to digital, for families, archives and museums all over the UK. We convert standard 8mm, super8, 16mm, super16 and 9.5mm.

 

We use a true one-to-one frame scanner which takes individual photographs of each cell of your film which are expertly compiled into a movie, the edited and colour corrected. The resulting film is sent to you on USB memory stick or hard-drive (we don’t make DVDs).

 

You can also purchase the individual photographs which are called an ‘image sequence’. You can choose to have your film scanned on our 2K scanner, which is High Definition, or our 4K Ultra HD scanner (complimentary HD version provided too on all 4K orders)

film reel5" dia. Holds 200ft of film 15minutes

film reel3" dia. Holds   50ft of film   2minutes

film reel5" dia. Holds 200ft of film   8minutes

 

Karishma Cloud running on TV, iPad, iPhone and Computer
  1. Free collection and delivery truck

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