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|Why High Definition?
Simply put, High Definition video is the format of the future. Within a few years, standard definition video will be obsolete. Television networks have already shut down their standard definition broadcasts, and it won't be long before watching movies in standard definition will be like listening to music on cassette tapes instead of CD's or files. A High Definition film transfer to video is the best way to ensure that your family films will survive to be enjoyed by future generations. Since we scan your film at a resolution exceeding that of the original film, the High Definition video files that you receive will contain all of the data from your original images. This means that no matter what new video formats the future brings, a High Definition video transfer of your film is the last transfer you'll ever have to do!
|But is High Definition video really that much better?
Absolutely! The 1560 x 1080p resolution images of High Definition video are more than 4.8 times bigger than their 720 x 480 standard definition counterparts. That means over 4.8 times more data, which shows up in the form of greater color saturation and depth, giving you beautiful pictures that look just like the original film.
|How can I watch my High Definition transfer? Do I need special equipment?
All of our 1080p High Definition video transfers are delivered as ProRes 422 .mov files, which are viewable using QuickTime, a popular FREE software program available for download for PC or Mac. ProRes 422 files will play smoothly on a typical contemporary computer or a powerful older computer. We recommend watching your High Definition video transfer on a monitor with at least 1920 x 1080 resolution, but if you don't have one, you can easily plug your computer directly into your High Definition TV for big screen playback! And you can always watch your transfer on a smaller computer monitor by resizing the window.
|Can I edit my High Definition transfer?
Yes. Basic editing can be done using QuickTime Pro, an upgraded version of regular QuickTime 7 which can be downloaded for only $30. ProRes 422 files can also be edited in iMovie, though maintaining image quality requires careful attention to the video settings.
For PC users, we recommend Corel Video Studio Pro 5, it is easy to use and Free during the 30 day fully functional trial or around $50 to buy.
For the more ambitious editor, Final Cut Pro, Sony Vegas Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, and other professional editing programs will also accept High Definition files. Download the 16mm sample files to test your computer's compatibility. Quicktime, a free program, must be installed on your computer to view high definition files.
We supply you with progressive High Definition images There's no blended frames, and no interlacing, just beautiful High Definition images.
|But I don't have an HDTV, and I want to watch my transfer now! And what about DVDs, Blu-rays?
Don't let these concerns prevent you from getting a High Definition transfer! Standard definition DVDs of your transfer are available in addition to the High Definition video files on your hard drive. These DVDs are directly encoded from your 1080p files, and hold up to an hour of film. DVDs cost $24.95 each (copies are just $9.95 per DVD), and can be played in regular DVD players. They make a great addition to your project because you can watch your film transfer right away, and you'll still have the High Definition video files when you're ready to upgrade down the road. Blu-rays are also available & offer much better image quality than DVDs.
Blu-rays are $34.95 each & hold up to 75 minutes of film, additional Blu-ray copies are $24.95.
|How can I share my High Definition transfer with my relatives if it's only available on hard drive?
Actually, the hard drive format makes sharing even easier! All you need is another portable hard drive - available from us or any electronics retailer - and you can simply drag and drop the files using your PC or Mac, as you would with any other computer files, and you'll have a lossless copy of your High Definition transfer. These video files, unlike DVDs, can then be edited on the recipient's computer without a reduction in quality!
|I've never heard of 1560 x 1080p resolution before.
That's because 1560 x 1080p resolution is unique to Debenham Media Group! Ordinarily, older films are viewed at a 4:3, or 1.33:1, aspect ratio. That translates into 1440 x 1080p image. Through our experience we've noticed that most camera gates were slightly wider than that, and preserving the original 4:3 aspect ratio would mean cutting off part of the image. We think you should get the most out of your film, so rather than chopping off the edges, we've developed the 1.44:1 aspect ratio specifically for our High Definition scanning.
If you don't want the "extra" picture area, the edges can be easily cropped during editing - we feel that decision should be left up to you. In fact, the "extra" picture area gives skilled editors added versatility, allowing shots to be reframed if desired.
|Think of the film frame as a map. A standard definition image is like a 4' x 3' map. It will give you a good idea of the area, but what if you had an 9' x 7' map instead? You'd be looking at the same area, but in much greater detail. That's the High Definition video difference.|
|Plus, the additional data in a High Definition video scan presents our colorists with a greater range of possibilties when they enhance your pictures. Meaning that over or underexposed film can be corrected more accurately with High Definition video than in standard definition. Also, if you're planning to print still images from your movies, nothing can match the quality of our High Definition scan.|
|Debenham Media Group offers
Full 1080p High Definition Film Scanning!
|"I was blown away by the video! I'm glad I waited for the HD transfer and you didn't disappoint."
- Mike S.
|"Thank you for the wonderful job. The colors are vivid, hardly believable for a 70-year old movie film."
- Bill P.