Acquiring quality images from film is a complex process.

You can now have the same image quality using
exactly the same equipment that has previously only
been available to motion picture professionals working
on feature films or national commercials.
What is uncompressed digital video?
The digital video signal used at the highest end of standard definition television production is uncompressed. Uncompressed digital
video has no compression defects, so your film transfer will have much deeper color, greater detail, and will look more like the original

How big is the uncompressed digital video signal?
The data rate of this signal is very large - 270 Million bits per second or larger. In the past this signal was simply too big to record on a
PC or Mac cost effectively. One hour of uncompressed video will require about 94GigaBytes of hard drive space. Computers that can
work with this much data are Apple systems and PCs with at least dual cores, other high end systems with 2GB of RAM or more may
also work well too.  Laptops/notebooks are not recommended for uncompressed video. Uncompressed video requires professional
editing software, for example Sony Vegas Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, AVID (Professional versions), Final Cut Pro. Uncompressed video
may be viewed on a PC or Mac with Quicktime. Quicktime Pro can trim uncomressed files.  Please
download a 170-270 Mb/s
uncompessed file to test compatibility with your computer and editing software.

4:2:2 Uncompressed standard definition video on hard drive is:
54x larger than the average data rate for DVD playback (5Mb/s)
27x larger than the best data rate for DVD playback (10Mb/s)
10.8x larger than Mini DV, DV cam, or DVC PRO digital videotape (25Mb/s)
5.4x larger than DVC-PRO50 or Digital-S
2x larger than Digital Betacam
Equal in quality to 19mm Digital D-1 video tape

Uncompressed video will ALWAYS reproduce an image better than heavily compressed video. Compression is used for convenience
and cost savings.  At some point in the future, compression will be unnecessary because we will be able to transmit and store nearly
unlimited quantities of data. It is our belief that we will look back at compression as a very unfortunate endeavor that has damaged the
faithful reproduction of historical images.
The very nature of motion picture film is uncompressed.

What are the benefits of transferring my film uncompressed to hard drive?
1. Additional color correction - you will have the data to work with, not just color approximations.
2. There is twice the color depth or color Information in 4:2:2 signals than 4:1:1 signals like MiniDV or DV Cam
3. Printing stills (from film frames) will have much better results - there is simply more detail and color information.
4. Upconversion to HDTV or future formats will have substantially better results.
5. Transferred historical films can be sold for other applications due to their high image quality. can even offer 10 bit uncompressed video to hard drive for the most demanding applications.
Normal 8 bit digital video has 256 shades of grey between pure white and pure black. 10 bit video has 1024 levels between white and
black. This eliminates stair stepping and banding seen in gradual color ramps.

How is uncompressed video delivered to me?
We supply USB 3.0 portable hard drives to record your films.
1.  500 GB drives cost $135 including the data loading fee. These drives hold about 5 hours of film.
2.  1000 GB drives cost $175 including the data loading fee. These drives hold about 10 hours of film.
3. You may provide your own USB 3.0 portable hard drive. Your drive will be completely formatted (erasing all previous information on
the drive) and is subject to a $50 data loading fee.
Attention: The reliability and integrity of client supplied drives is the SOLE responsibility of the client.

Our uncompressed video to hard drive using the Blackmagic Design codec requires about 94GB per hour of film.
Uncompressed standard definition video is 720x486, interlaced, 4:2:2 color, & recorded on PC or Mac format hard drives in .mov format.
File length varries based on how many major color setups are required for your transfer. Files are numbered in ascending order.
If you need a
High Definition film transfer click here.

What does the uncompressed video option cost?
1. There is a $100 charge for uncompressed video on any size order.
2. The film transfer charge is exactly the same for
8mm and 16mm.
3. The cost of 500GB ($135) or 1000GB ($175) hard drive OR $50 data loading fee on client supplied drive.
4, Shipping option of your choice  
The frame below is an example of our Rank Cintel Turbo II telecine/scanner output.
This frame is from 35mm motion picture film, but is compressed as a JPEG for the internet.
This information regards Standard Definition uncompressed film transfer.
In all cases,
720p or 1080p, High Definition transfers are superior.
This page is for clients that require the highest quality Standard Definition.