We noticed another company's site has a job opening for the person in charge of transferring media, and listed among the few requirements for the role was "Basic technology skills (start and stop a camcorder, VHS, scanner, or similar equipment)." Even if this company was using the professional, cutting-edge equipment (which they aren't), there is so much more to the job of scanning film than starting and stopping a scanner.

Our 720p, 1080p and Ultra 1080p HD film transfers are monitored by a senior colorist who will work with the film, make adjustments for light and color, and put in the care and attention to ensure that we are getting the most from your transfer.

All colorists on staff have at least 15 years of experience working with all types of film, from scanning features to digitizing home movies. They do the work that automated settings can't do. Content matters when it comes to improving images. For example, a film that would be classified as underexposed (too dark) will not be underexposed uniformly throughout the frame. There may be people in the foreground that are better exposed than the details in the background. If you add too much light to better expose the full picture, you will likely lose detail in the most important part of the picture.

Likewise, one-size-fits-all settings won't produce high quality results, because each reel of film will have different issues to address, as you can see in the sample stills above. Midnight at a New Year's Eve party will require different color and exposure settings than a baseball game filmed in the bright summer sun.

Our colorists have two points in the scanning process to make adjustments - once while the film is in the scanner, and then again using DaVinci software. This helps us ensure that the digital version we provide you with will look better than the filmed version we received. We'd definitely want to do more than just hit start and stop on a machine.