Re: [Frameworks] super8 telecine - with cinelab?

From: rebecca meyers (email suppressed)
Date: Sun Jun 13 2010 - 05:51:46 PDT

Cinelab just did a best-lite HD transfer of my 16mm workprint. I've only
ever had SD transfers before and have never seen my film translate to video
so well. The job was well-done and affordable. It was my first time
working with Cinelab and based on my experience I would recommend them.

Rebecca Meyers
Cambridge MA

On Sat, Jun 12, 2010 at 11:03 AM, Dave Andrae <email suppressed> wrote:

> It's not my intention to beat a dead horse, but while doing a standard
> definition transfer CineLab scratched my footage - not all of it, mind you,
> but enough that at least two or three crucial takes were marred.
> I didn't notice the damage until a few months after the fact, while I was
> inspecting the film on my Goko moviola (in preparation for getting portions
> of it scanned by Pro8mm).
> The scratch ran between two rolls, so I know it was CineLab's doing and
> not caused by my SU-60-E (up to that point no one but CineLab had handled
> the footage).
> Thankfully, I ended up being able to work around the damage, and the film I
> was working on turned out to be pretty good ( you can read about it here:
> ), but it was definitely a kick in the
> balls at the time.
> As for getting your film scanned in HD, I think it's worth the money--you
> get what you pay for.
> A lot of money can be saved though if you know ahead of time what you're
> going to use and go through the trouble of splicing together exactly what
> you need and nothing more.
> The nice thing about Pro8mm's machine is that it doesn't touch the film's
> emulsion at any point in the scanning process, and a progressive scan at
> 1080 looks quite nice.
> As for getting 4:3 footage scanned in 16:9, you could always blow it up,
> but personally I don't mind the look of pillar boxes, and most viewers won't
> notice them once your film is underway.
> Best,
> -DA
> On Sat, Jun 12, 2010 at 9:26 AM, Serge Levchin <email suppressed>wrote:
>> hello list,
>> i know this question comes up every so often - and there was a discussion
>> here not too long ago about some of the better options for transferring
>> super8 to video.
>> places like pro8mm have been recommended. pro8mm's rates for SD transfer
>> are fairly reasonable, but HD is 4 times the price. ($825 for 500ft. of
>> film).
>> CineLab appears to offer 1080p HD transfers at .37/ft (scene to scene
>> color corr.) - i.e. $185 for 500ft. of film.
>> - has anyone tried CineLab for HD or SD telecine?
>> - is the image quality of a Millennium2 or Ursa Diamond Y-front telecine
>> (Pro8mm) that much greater than a Rank Cintel transfer (CineLab)?
>> - does HD telecine make sense for super8 (especially considering there is
>> an aspect ratio mismatch)?
>> thanks and best regards,
>> serge
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