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Diskbank and the rise of high definition film transfer

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Super 8, 8mm and 16mm film transfer services have seen a resurgence over the last five years. According to DiskBank, the latest move to high definition film transfers represents a huge step forward.

With the advent of VHS and other camcorder formats, it was inevitable that convenience would spell the end for film formats like Super 8, 8mm and 16mm.

Kodak continue to manufacture Super 8 film and formats like Super 8 are sometimes still used by cinematographers, usually to replicate the graininess and style of the classic home move, but the format has lost popularity in the domestic market.

This leaves people with film memories literally rotting away. Over the years various telecine services allowed for transferring these films to a more convenient format. During the 80s and 90s, the common process was to use a camcorder to record the film projection from a screen. This provided a short term solution and people could enjoy their film on a TV screen without the concerns of film burning out or breaking. However, the quality of these film transfers is poor compared to current technologies.

It wasn’t until recent times and the rise of HD (Blu-Ray players and full high definition screens) that this round of frame by frame scanning to HD began.

Frame by frame scanning is the method by which each individual frame of film is scanned and converted into a smooth running video stream. HD scanning now means that the film can be restored beyond the quality of the original playback conditions - it is a given that projection onto a screen inevitably results in lost colour depth and sharpness. 

DiskBank offer HD film scanning services and high definition film transfer from all their Australian offices.

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