How To Transfer Film To DVD
Step 1: Cleaning
Whether you want to put your film on DVD, DVCAM or AVI, all films are cleaned and lubricated. This is important because your film is saved from scratches that come in effect as your film passes through the converter. The hair and dust that come by during transfer process are cleaned using pressurized air blow. Your films are examined for any splicing need ($2.00/splice). We need a smooth transfer of films when passing through the converter. Each roll is passed separately through the machine.
Step 2: Processing
The film is first of all digitized on a computer hard drive. Once it is there, the editor restores the color and white balance anywhere in the video. Please note some of the very dark images can not be restored as they were originally shot in the dark. More brighter you make the picture more grainier it will become. Once all the restorable film parts are processed, it is then burned on to DVD.
Step 3: Mastering
Once the signal is processed, it can be mastered on
a. Digital tape - MiniDV, DVCAM, DVCPro, Digibeta, HDCAM or DVCPro-HD or on a Hard drive.
b. DVD, AVI, QT or Mpeg.
It is suggested to make a miniDV master from the external hard drive. External hard drives often fails and is not a good medium for archiving purpose.