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  1. I've never heard of a price that high.

    The business that transferred the 1930s Germany film was Dac Video. They are where The Smithsonian Channel gets all their historic footage transferred. If you've ever watched that channel you know that a large part of their broadcast day is spent showing historic movie film and still photos. Here is a link to the Dac site:

    https://www.dacvideo.com/

    Their site is, unfortunately, moribund because of Covid.

    Here is a pricing sheet from another site that uses a Cintel:

    https://www.posthouse.com/pricing

    Their pricing for 8mm/Super 8 is a little difficult to figure out, but I think it is $0.50/foot.

    This place charges $0.37/foot, including timing (color and gamma correction) for each scene.

    Of course, there are a la carte options on any of these rate cards that could push the price upwards.

    However, I've never, ever seen $0.90/foot quoted.

    On a different topic, I have attached two still images, one from the transfer I made, using my own-design transfer system, and the other from Dac Video, prior to my sending it to The Smithsonian Channel. Their transfer is better, but if you zoom in and do comparisons, you will actually not find any additional detail, even though theirs looks crisper. Also, they have a lot more noise. On the other hand, my transfer has some horizontal artifacts because of how my transfer system combines fields from a video camera capturing from a 24 fps projector, while throwing away both the pulldown field as well as redundant fields.

    Originally Posted by bbmaster123 View Post
    oh sorry I just assumed you knew I meant avi with huffyuv compression, I know I said uncompressed but I just meant not mp4. Im all up to speed on codecs and such
    FYI, MP4 is NOT a codec and can, in fact, contain lossless video. It is simply a container. Most often people use ah h.264 codec within the MP4 container, but the two are quite independent of each other.
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  2. I've never heard of a price that high
    The canadian dollar is 78 cents USD right now, so these guys are charging about 73 cents/foot for their wetgate, and around 29 cents USD for without the wetgate. I'll check out the ones you linked, they sound good.

    you will actually not find any additional detail, even though theirs looks crisper. Also, they have a lot more noise.
    yea I like their transfer, the first image. Getting that would be worth it to me. Looks way better IMO. thanks for sharing those!

    FYI, MP4 is NOT a codec and can, in fact, contain lossless video. It is simply a container. Most often people use ah h.264 codec within the MP4 container, but the two are quite independent of each other.
    yes yes, I know ahaha, I remux mp4/mkv all the time with mkvtoolnix. By codec I was only referring to HuffYUV but I can see where I didn't convey that well, I should have been more specific :P
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  3. I not only totally missed that you are talking Canadian dollars, but didn't realize the Canadian dollar was so low compared to the US. I thought you Canucks had gained dollar parity.
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  4. Originally Posted by johnmeyer View Post
    I not only totally missed that you are talking Canadian dollars, but didn't realize the Canadian dollar was so low compared to the US. I thought you Canucks had gained dollar parity.
    No worries, I'm sure it was late for you too!
    Yea its been quite a while since we've had parity. We typically hover around 70-80 cents. I remember around 10 years ago we were about $1.03-1.04 ish.

    I haven't gotten to checking your links out yet, I'm at work right now but will definitely check it out when I get home
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    A debt of gratitude is in order for this. There's a great deal of good information and illustrations in this one post!

    I haven't done a ton of checking out better places at this point. I will probably be paying to get the best exchanges I can get. Following your rundown of contemplations, here is the thing that I will be searching for

    1. outline by outline approach is an absolute necessity, no projectors

    2. as uncompressed a record as they will offer - obviously uncompressed, however it doesn't make any difference to me whether that is on thumb drive, cloud, or hdd, yet not dvd. no mpeg for me pls

    3. 1080 without a doubt. I get that 4k is inordinate for 8mm film. However, i may pick 4k for the picture slides.

    4. I will ensure they're real aces who will appropriately clean the movies with proper synthetic compounds. Some ARE rotten, so they should offer this and do it right

    5. I'd pay extra for wetgate move, that sounds decent

    6. I can do the vast majority of the reestablishing myself, however at that point I've never expected to manage scratches

    The main spot I've seen so far was legacybox, haven't invested that much energy in it at this point. I will check whether I can discover their strategies, in addition to investigate a few contenders.

    and afterward when everything finished, we will be plunking down and watching it all together! My grandparents will cherish it. without a doubt. Thus will the remainder of my family.

    Still additionally need to look more into video8 and hi8 tapes.

    plus Costco return policy is considered to be the best policy
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