DOWNLOAD a full resolution 64 Mb/s ProRes file by:
Right clicking an image below & selecting "save link as" or "save target as" etc.

The files are about 26-42 MB each so it will take some time to download.
QuickTime is needed to view the files.
Standard Definition Pricing    Steps 1+2= Your Total.   No hidden or extra charges!

Please scroll down for specifications, examples & options.
All basic film repair, splicing & cleaning is included.

Standard Definition transfers can be delivered on Hard Drives, Normal playable DVDs, & Data DVDs..
If the client purchases a USB portable hard drive he can edit the film transfer and burn DVDs from the
.mov files using his computer with appropriate editing and DVD burning software.

Video is delivered as: 720x480 (640x480 square pixels), without pulldown (i.e. 18fps film has an 18fps file),
Sound film does contain pulldown. 4:2:2 color
16mm Full Resolution (720x480) examples captured from the USB portable hard drive.
Domestic Flat Rate Return Shipping Just $15.00
Sent via FedEx Ground with Tracking Number
Alaska, Hawaii & International sent by US Postal Service
USB portable hard drives for
ProRes 422 HQ .mov files.
(20-30GB per hour)

500GB: $135  - 1TB: $175

Client supplied
USB hard drive data loading fee: $50
Standard Definition Pricing
Additional Standard Definition information:
16mm Film Transfer
Silent film: $0.15 per foot
Sound film: $0.17 per foot
Composite optical or magnetic sound track.
$50 Minimum 16mm transfer charge
Standard Definition
16mm full coat audio is 15 cents per foot for transfer.

If you ordered your film transfer on a hard drive, you should back up the data onto a second hard drive
immediately upon receipt of the hard drive.  Debenham Media Group only guarantees data on the drives
purchased from upon receipt and immediate backup. After receipt and immediate
backup the hard drive, the only warranty of the hard drive is from the manufacturer of the hard drive.

Debenham Media Group does not warrant data on client supplied drives in any way at all. Use of a client
supplied drive is at the sole risk of the client.

Data DVDs should also be backed up immediately upon receipt.
1. Film Transfer Price
2. Recording Media & Return Shipping
Standard Definition Information
ProRes 422 HQ files
The goal of the Standard Definition QuickTime ProRes 422 HQ transfer is to deliver:
8mm, Super 8 and 16mm film transfers with better sharpness.
Film transfers with deeper more accurate color (10 bit, 4:2:2 color space)
Film transfers with slight grain and noise reduction
Film transfers with improved exposure and color correction when possible.
Film transfers that are substantially better than competing companies.

The Standard Definition ProRes 40-60 Mb/s .mov files on a USB hard drive:
Work with higher end software and most consumer software.
Contain visually lossless compression & data rates that are easier to use.
Can be used to make custom DVDs.
Work with PCs or Macs.
much better image quality than 25 Mb/s .avi, DV, MPEG-2 & H.264 files

Questions?  Call 1-800-865-7172 or email       
How is the Standard Definition film transfer delivered to me?

Transfers are delivered on a USB portable hard drive (very strongly recommended).

Data DVDs (optional) are available at $19.95 each and hold up to 200 feet of film.

Playable DVDs are available at $19.95 each and hold 1 hour of film (750 feet).
Additional DVD copies are just $9.95 per DVD

1 Hour of film requires 20-30GB using industry standard ProRes 422 HQ .mov files
Files are 1-12 GB in size and are easy to work with.

Pro Res 422 HQ .mov files work with editing software including:  Final Cut, iMovie,
Sony Vegas Pro, Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD, Magix,
Adobe Premiere, Media Composer, Lightworks, Edius, Corel Video Studio Pro, etc.

We recommend Corel Video Studio Pro, for PC users it is easy to use and
is FREE during the 30 fully functional trial or around $50 to buy.

Quicktime, a free program, is required to view the ProRes .mov files.
Standard Definition
Pro Res 422 HQ Example files
High Quality standard definition film transfers
delivered on Hard Drive & DVD
8 & 16mm Film
Reel Size Guide:

Reel Diameter       Film Length    
3 inch                   50 Feet   
3.5 or 4 Inch                 100 Feet             
5 Inch                 200 Feet      
6 Inch                 300 Feet    
7 inch                 400 Feet   
9 Inch                 600 Feet    
10 Inch                 800 Feet     
12 Inch               1200 Feet     
14 Inch               1600 Feet     
If your reel is not full, please estimate the length based on
the above diameters.  All overpayments are refunded!

1 hour of 8mm-Super 8 film is 750 feet or 15 fifty foot reels
1 hour of silent 16mm film is about 1600 feet.
1 hour of sound 16mm film is about 2160 feet.
Options and upgrades for your film transfer...
Click on the graphics below for more details.
8mm & Super 8
Film Discount chart

Total Number of 50 foot reels or units:

1- 45..........$16.95 per reel
46 - 79 ......$13.95 per reel
80+............$12.95 per reel

Regular 8 or Super 8 sound add $4 per 50' reel
DVDs - $19.95, holds 1 hour of film
DVD copies only $9.95 per DVD

Data DVDs - $19.95, holds 200' of film
About Us
Frequently Asked Questions (General)
Frequently Asked Questions (Shipping)
Frequently Asked Questions (Film)
Important Note: Not all film can be color corrected to this degree.   Initial camera settings, lighting, filter, skill of the camera operator & storage conditions  can have a major effect on your film transfer.
What exactly does offer?
We offer a 100% digital, state of the art, motion picture film transfer on highly modified Rank Cintel Ultra High Definition scanners, to Hard Drive,
Blu-ray, and DVD.

What kind of turnaround time can I expect?
You can expect a realistic turnaround time of two to three weeks, or less from when we receive your film, depending on the current workload.  In some
cases, film orders are transferred the same day they arrive.   Call 1-800-865-7172 for our current turnaround time.

Do you offer Rush Service?
Yes.  If you need your order immediately, all you have to do is let us know when it will arrive and we will assign your order a priority status, with a
turnaround time of 3-4 days business days in studio. A nominal fee will be applied -- either $50 or 10%, whichever is greater.

Please Note:  If you require Overnight Shipping, an additional shipping premium will also apply. This will be determined by FedEx.  You can supply a
prepaid airbill, or use your FedEx or UPS shipping account number for overnight or express shipping.

Who are you? is the Consumer Division of Debenham Media Group, a professional production facility, specializing in broadcast video and
motion picture film, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

How long has your company been around?
Over 27 years.  And growing every year!   We intend to be around for some time to come.

How do I make payment?
We prefer payment by check with your order.  We do accept Visa, MasterCard & Discover. We do not invoice.  This is how we keep our costs down
and pass the savings onto our customers like you.  Checks should be made payable to:  DMG. International customers must contact us prior to
payment and make funds available in USD.

Do you guarantee your work?
Yes we do, 100%!  If there is any defect or issue with media you receive, let us know immediately.  We will do what is necessary to correct any issue
on our part. We cannot guarantee image quality when the defect exists on the film.

What level of quality can I expect?
High quality!  We provide a state of the art, 100% digital film transfer, using the same scanners Hollywood uses for their films.  Read about the
differences, and what makes better, find more detail on our Scanning Process page.

What makes better than the other sites I see?
We transfer all film on custom Rank Cintel Ultra High Definition  Scanners.  We scan at the same resolution (3k to 5k) that Hollywood uses for feature
films.  You will not find a projector and camcorder set-up here.

What are your business hours?
Our administrative hours are Monday thru Friday, 9:45 am to 7:00 pm Eastern Time. Calls and E-Mails may also be answered in the evening and over
the weekend (hours vary depending on the current work log). We make every effort to answer each line personally, however from time to time our call
volume is high and you may receive our voice mail. Please leave a detailed message and we will return your call.

Are you the cheapest?
No.  But we are not the most expensive either.  For the quality we provide, we are the best solution.

How do I order/ send my film?
Simply print the Order Form, complete the information required, enclose a check for the total amount made out to:  DMG. If you have any questions or
concerns, please feel free to call us toll free at 1-800-865-7172.  We are here to help. For details on packing you film, please see our Shipping Q&A.

Will you edit?
We transfer film in the sequence you provide.  We can remove black segments over 5 seconds in length.  We do not edit for content.  We feel those
decisions should be left in your control. Editing information can be found at  - Search for "edit with Corel Video Studio"

What should I be most concerned about?
Even if you choose another transfer site, avoid having a transfer done by someone operating out of their basement or garage, or a company that will
outsource your film to an unknown provider.
Is it safe to send my films?
Over the years FedEx has proven to be a reliable shipper. If you are concerned about the return shipping of your films, we suggest 2 options:

1. Always select the "Signature Required" option on the order form. With this service, your film and media will not
be left without a person present at the physical address to receive and sign for your shipment(s).

2. Have us ship all of your digital media first, and we'll wait for you to confirm its arrival before we ship your film. If
you decide to take this option, you would have to pay two flat rate shipping charges.

How should I send my films?
We recommend using a national, insurable carrier such as FedEx or UPS. You are able to track your films & always know their location.

Is there anything special I should do when packing my films?
Film is durable, but we don't want to take any chances. If your film is in boxes, small plastic snap covers or cans, we recommend taping them closed, so
they do not open during shipping.  Make sure to number them with a permanent marker in the order you would like them to be transferred. If there is no
desired sequence, place your film in small plastic bags or envelopes and tape them closed.

You will want to select a box for shipping that your films will fit snugly into, without a lot of room to jostle around.  Add packing material like bubble wrap
or newspaper work best in any open areas, to give the box stability.  Don't forget to include your order form and check.  Use packing tape to securely
close the box.

If you are sending your film by FedEx overnight delivery, please note that the studio opens at 9:30am. Use FedEx "Priority Overnight" or FedEx
"Standard Overnight" for overnight delivery.
Do not send packages by "FedEx First Overnight" because FedEx will attempt to deliver the film before 8am and this will delay your delivery.

Will you let me know when my film arrives?
Yes.  You will receive an email by the end of the business day letting you know when we receive your film.

Will you let me know when my transfer is finished?
Yes.  You will be notified by email when your transfer is complete, along with your tracking number if shipping by FedEx.

How are my films and digital media shipped back to me?
We have a domestic Flat Shipping Rate of just $15 per project. If you have 35mm film, the shipping rates vary based on the amount of film. Your
original film and media are individually wrapped, then placed in a shipping box.  Our shipping boxes also make a great storage device for your film.
Most orders are sent via FedEx Ground, with Online Tracking ID. Smaller Orders (depending upon weight) will be sent via
US Postal Service Priority Mail with Delivery Confirmation.

Canadian orders are sent by United States Postal Service / Canada Post at Cost + $5  ($15 minimum total shipping charge).

If you would like a Signature Required for your delivery, simply check the line on the Order Form and add an additional
$7.50 for the service. With this service, your film and media will not be left without a person present at the physical address
to receive and sign for your shipment(s).

Can you overnight my films?
Yes.  If you require Express or Overnight Shipping, please call 412-264-2526 for an appropriate quote.

I have a shipping account.  Can I use my shipping number?
Yes.  If you supply us with an addressed prepaid air bill for your FedEx or UPS account number, we will gladly ship your package
by Express or Overnight delivery.  A $5 packing fee will be added to your order total. We will not ship by ground service using
a client account number.
My 8mm film reels are larger than 3 inches, but not full.  How do I determine how much film is on the reel?
There are three ways to handle this.

First, you may be lucky to have a film reel that has length markings.  These markings usually appear on one side of the reel on a spoke.  You may
have to look closely at both sides of the film reel and at each spoke for the correct markings.  Length may be measured in m (meters) and ft
(feet).  They may also have time markings.  We would be looking at the length in feet.  The foot lengths are in increments of 50 feet (because the
larger reels were assembled from 50 foot reels, which is what our pricing discounts are based upon).  Then, in order to determine how many reels
for pricing this would be, simply divide by 50. For example 400 feet of film divided by 50 feet = 8 fifty foot units for pricing.

Second, measure the diameter of the film on the reel - not the reel itself, but from one end, over the center to the other end.  Then compare it to
the film length chart located on the Pricing Page.  If you would like to know the actual math, the first 3 inches would be 50 feet, the 4th inch would
be an additional 50 feet, then for every inch greater than 4, add 100 feet.

Third, call us with any questions or concerns, toll free at 1-800-865-7172.
One of our experienced staff members is always glad to help calculate your order and discuss the particulars with you.

What if I overestimate how much film I have or pay too much?
No problem.  We can let you know when your film arrives.
We will either send a refund check for any overpayment or apply it to additional copies if you like.  We let you decide.

How should I organize my films before sending them to be transferred?
Please..... Number the film reels and boxes in ascending order (1,2,3,4,5.....) with a pen or marker.
    Start with the oldest films first and continue in chronological order to the newest films.

Please..... Only use whole numbers starting at one... Don't use fractions, decimals, letters, or dates  in your sequence.

Please......Never mix film formats, for example going back and forth between Regular8 and Super 8 film.
    All Regular 8mm film should be first in your sequence and then continue the sequence with your super 8 film.

Please......Cover any hand written numbers on the film reel or box that could disrupt the transfer sequence.

Please......Do not use post it notes on the film reels or boxes, they will fall off and disrupt the film transfer sequence.

Please......Do not include any unprocessed film.  This means any film that has not been sent to and developed by a
   chemical laboratory.  Since we are not a chemical lab, we will not be able to transfer unprocessed film.  Unlike
   underexposed film, unprocessed film is completely dark and opaque when held up to the light.  If all of your film
   is black or dark brown, and if light does not pass through it, then it is likely that your film is unprocessed.

If you do not follow the above guidelines we can not guarantee that you film will be transferred in sequence.

How do you return my original film?
We return your reels spliced together on larger reels with a 7 or 13 inch diameter.  We do not charge extra for this.  Nor do we cut your film.  It is
merely spliced together with a small amount of leader between reel segments, acting as a chapter reference.  This is far better for film safety, as
the film is not tightly wound around such a small radius (which becomes curled over time), rather it lies in a more natural, flatter state.  Also, this is
better for long term film storage, and takes up far less space than dozens of small reels. There is a $5 charge per reel if you would like us to
return the film on your original reels.

Can I get my original film reels and boxes returned?
All empty reels and film boxes are returned with you finished film transfer.
What do you transfer?
We transfer motion picture film.  We specialize in Regular 8, Super 8mm, 16mm & 35mm film formats. If you are uncertain of what you have,
confirm it is on a reel, and look to see if it has sprocket holes (small holes along the edge of the film).  If it is on a reel with sprocket holes then we
can transfer it. We do not transfer copyrighted films, unless you're the copyright holder or have written permission from the copyright holder.

Do you transfer Digital8, Hi8, Video8 tapes, VHS or Slides?
No, unfortunately we do not transfer 8mm digital tapes, Sony Hi8, 8mm analog VHS or Slides.  We concentrate solely on motion picture film.  It is
all we do. Our experience in film is very deep.

How safe are my films?
Very safe.  We treat your film just like a new 35mm Hollywood print or historical film archive. When your films arrive, your order is checked in by an
experienced staff member, and placed in a work bin solely for you. Everything pertaining to your film transfer order is labeled and remains
together at all times from arrival, through transfer, until it is carefully packaged and shipped back to you.  We have never lost or misplaced an

How can I tell the difference between Regular 8mm and Super 8mm film?
The easiest way is by looking at the sprocket holes.  If you have both formats, look at them together, side by side (either the film or the leader).  
Super 8mm film will have much smaller sprocket holes. Sometimes you may not need to be concerned with this question.  It is very common that
only one format was shot as a different camera would have been required.  Also, if there is not a particular sequence you would like your films
transferred, you would not need to be overly concerned with this.  Click Here to see different formats of film.

The 3 inch box of my Regular 8mm film says 25 feet.  Where does the 50 feet come from?
Yes, that little box does create some confusion.  However it refers to the film when it was originally purchased.  (See Illustration below)
Before your 8mm film was shot (exposed) in the camera, it was 25 feet of 16mm, or Dual 8mm Film.  The unexposed film reel would have been
inserted into the camera, then shot, exposing one side of 25 feet.  Once it ran through, it was turned around to run through a second time,
exposing the other side of the 25 feet.  Remember listening to audio cassettes?  It's the same idea.
When the film was processed (developed), it was cut down the center and the ends spliced together, making it 50 feet long. is the Consumer Division of Debenham Media Group.  Located in Pittsburgh, PA,  
Debenham Media Group has been providing, motion picture film and broadcast video services since 1987.

The goal of is simply to make great pictures, providing the best transfer available!  We
transfer all film on custom Ultra High Definition Rank Cintel film scanners. We scan at the same resolution
used for Hollywood features, 3k to 5k based on film format. This is better than just scanning at 720p or 1080p.

We also understand, that in many cases, you will be editing your films on your PC or Mac, and may choose to
do your own additional color correction, requiring as much of the original film detail and digital data as
possible to be present.

High standards & quality control are just the beginning of our core work ethic.  We adhere to strict broadcast
standards.  Being part of an existing production facility and studio, our staff is intimately familiar with
broadcast and production.  Our 35mm film commercials were viewed by over 1 million people each week --
consistently for over 10 years!

At, we know your home movies are priceless and that you may have concerns about
shipping your films.  We have found that there is virtually no risk in sending your films.  Our client base is
broad, spanning all 50 United States, North & South America and Europe.  We recommend using a carrier
such as FedEx, UPS.   You will be able to track the shipment and always know the location of your films.  
Some clients prefer to overnight their films.  We are always happy to inform you when your film arrives.

You will find absolutely NO pushy sales people here.  We are just a group of people who really love making
great pictures!  Don't just take my word for it, read what some of our clients have to say.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your project, we would be happy to talk with you.
Please give us a call at 1-800-865-7172.

Thank you for your interest in

Stuart Debenham
Founder & President
Debenham Media Group
416 Mill Street
Coraopolis, PA 15108
1-412-264-2526  Direct Line
Frequently Asked Questions (Film)
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