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:
Their site is, unfortunately, moribund because of Covid.
Here is a pricing sheet from another site that uses a Cintel:
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.
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Last edited by johnmeyer; 28th Feb 2021 at 22:03. Reason: added comment about attached pictures
I've never heard of a price that high
you will actually not find any additional detail, even though theirs looks crisper. Also, they have a lot more noise.
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.
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.
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