Movie Film Transfer: Dirty Little Secrets: You Must Know (Page 1)

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Dirty Little Secrets™:

Until we got into 'redoing" the work of "other studios" -- for domestic clients -- we did not realize that there is a "dark and ugly side" of the Film-Transfer Industry -- in the domestic market - which I call "8mm Film-Transfer Mills".

8mm Film-Transfer Mills do NOT strive for "high commercial integrity", but rather strive with "intent" that, in my opinion, is "negligent", "discriminating" against minors, women, and the poor, if not "fraudulent".

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8mm Film-Transfer Mills™ do NOT want you to know:


Many factors contribute collectively to the quality of your final video IMAGE™ from movie film.

Only ONE medium important factor, is "film transfer equipment" -- used to capture a film image.

However, when a company can ONLY contribute this ONE FACTOR to your final images, then this ONE FACTOR becomes the MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR "transfer mills" have to sell to you -- "when selling you the moon" -- which is -- more often than not -- NOT PURE WHITE and NOT PURE BLACK!

8mm Film-Transfer Mills™ do NOT want you to know:


AUTO-WHITE BALANCE AND AUTO-BLACK BALANCE: Do-it-all-in-one-pass (single-pass) film transfer equipment use Auto-White Balance that forces ALL "near white" colors to "pure white" -- thus distorting the dynamic range of "natural, True-to-Life™ colors". They use Auto-Black Balance that forces "long light wave" colors (like navy blue) to BLACK.

NO RED AND GREEN SHIFT CORRECTION: Do-it-all-in-one-pass film (single-pass) transfer equipment does NOT correct Red and Green shifts. The dye in most legacy movie film has shifted colors with Reds and Greens toward the Blue spectrum.

2:3 PULL-DOWN JUDDER: Do-it-all-in-one-pass (single-pass) film transfer equipment use 2:3 PULL-DOWN shutter patterns that add extra frames to your SMALL FORMAT FILM which cause irregular, staggered-motion -- called JUDDER -- into the motion of your 8mm and 16 mm film images. This because these machines were originally designed for film shot at 24 frames per second. YOUR 8MM and 16MM film was shot at 16 FRAMES PER SECOND! YOUR Super 8 movie film was shot at 18 FRAMES PER SECOND! Some "8mm Film-Transfer Mills" actually charge extra for 2:3 pull-down -- taking the public for fools!

20 Frames Per Second Equipment: Do-it-all-in-one-pass (single-pass) film transfer equipment (not 2:3 pull-down) transfer both Super 8 movie film and Standard 8mm movie film at THE WRONG SPEED. 20 Frames Per Second Equipment introduces

FILM GRAIN ARTIFACTS: Do-it-all-in-one-pass (single-pass) film transfer equipment "grossly over-sized" video formats -- like 4K and RED format -- is called "Hyper-Formating". Hyper-Formating pollutes your original, tiny 8mm images AND "large grain", legacy 16mm movie films. More on this in Dirty Little Secrets™ Page 2.
Why? Movie Film images work VERY DIFFERENT than Digital Video images. There is a very small window of compatibility between movie film and digital video -- ESPECIALLY WITH SMALL FORMAT MOVIE FILM!

RAW LIGHT POLLUTION: Movie film was designed to be view on a "silver screen". The silver screen "masked" and "diffused" all but the deepest scratches in the IMAGE™ -- as "neutral grey" Scratches. Most Do-it-all-in-one-pass "scanners" -- which are actually "old projectors with an enlarging lens and mirror" -- force "raw light" into the smallest scratches of your film. These "bright, raw light" Scratches are then recorded DIRECTLY FROM THE FILM -- into your video. Thus "Do-it-all-in-one-pass" equipment LIGHT POLLUTES SCRATCHES -- in a ways that film images were never intended to be viewed.

Dirty Film Transfer Secrets™ are revealed by only abusive "business models". We can only disclose our business model as a "leader in the industry", and let you contrast our "business model" within that of the "8mm Film-Transfer Mills".

"8mm Film-Transfer Mills™" want you distracted by the "decision making" process. Details -- which are distraction the uneducated -- from the important issues -- like the quality and preservation of your movie films. These details include:

8mm Film-Transfer Mills™ do NOT want you to know:

8mm Film-Transfer Mills violate NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ADMINISTRATION (NARA) standards and guidelines for archiving which say:

Any studio selling DVD DISCS -- AS AN ARCHIVE MEDIUM -- is defrauding you. DVD manufactures will NOT warranty the "longevity" of YOUR DATA on their "archive DVD" -- no matter if it is "gold" or if the word archive is used in the name of the DVD disc.

The following "recording standards" were established in the NIST/Library of Congress Optical Disc Study - which developed technology and techniques -- to burn a DVD that MIGHT preserve DATA up to 45 Eying Modeled Years -- statistical aging factors for ONLY temperature and humidity. Bottom line, DVD recorders do NOT work like a Hard Drives; and DVD discs do NOT have the integrity of hard drives.

Lean more at How Pigs Fly and DVD Longevity Soars

Learn more at National Archives Abandons DVD discs for Archive Purposes!

Learn more at National Archives FAQ

8mm Film-Transfer Mills™ do NOT want you to know:


8mm Film-Transfer Mills™ do NOT want you to know:

DUPLICATING AN OLD DVD-R ONTO A NEW DVD-R gives you a NEW DVD that is "digitally" OLDER than the OLD DVD! This is because the NEW DVD contains

  1. all the 'ERRORS" of the OLD DVD(s) used to make it, PLUS
  2. all the NEW RECORDING 'ERRORS" from the NEW RECORDING Process!

This fact can be concluded from the NIST/Library of Congress Study that was based on the fact that DVD Recorders are NOT standarized and create so many data errors -- in a single recording -- that the DVD disc, imediately after recording, is 2 to 5 years away from data failure of some kind.

Making a NEW DVD from and OLD DVD is a self-defeating process.
DVD disc duplication
is a "no win" ARCHIVING proposition.


SIDE NOTE: YOU MOST LIKELY OWN "Expiring-DVD DISCS" -- made in this way -- which contain your priceless photos and videos!


YES, "video archive companies" -- like Wal-Mart, Walgreen, Costco, YesVideo and ALL other "Transfer Mills" use "dye layered" DVD discs -- which NARA warns "...are not an archival storage medium. Do not rely on them to store permanent records".


8mm Film-Transfer Mills™ do NOT want you to know:

When you allow a third party to make a DVD -- DIRECTLY -- from your video tape or movie film,


This does NOT happen in the Professional Movie Film Industry or Professional Video Production Industry!

Why does it happen in the Consumer Archive Industry?

ANSWER: In my opinion, this is "legal discrimination" against

Example: When I make DVDs for a Fox client, or NBC client, or a PBS client -- if I were to NOT give them their "master files" and give them their "disc images" -- created in the process of making their DVDs -- they would sue me!

Yet, "commercial discrimination" against minorities,

Any "archive service or product company" who deprives YOU,

  1. Has damaged YOU; and,
  2. Has damaged YOUR departed loved-ones who entrusted YOU with their images and,
  3. Has damaged YOUR children -- who will cling to video WITH YOU IN THEM; and,
  4. Has damage ALL FUTURE GENERATIONS -- depriving them of their visual heritage -- and all rights thereof.

These are very BIG damages -- to each and every family!

Yet the rights of these trusting minorities has never been championed in a court of law.

Why NOT?

Is there a conspiracy to wipe out the visual heritage of minorities?

8mm Film-Transfer Mills™ do NOT want you to know:


REMEMBER THE 3 V'S: Virtual-Virgin-Video™ (VVV™)

Virtual: Free of any "physical device"

Virgin: Unadultrated by "recording or physical" errors

Video: Made Dirctly from you Highest and Best "master file"

Important Note: All physically "recorded" DVDs will be full of "Recording Errors", however, your DISC IMAGE™ -- has both qulit and longevity of the VVV™. All DVDs made from your "virgin" Disc-IMAGE™ -- for ALL generations to come -- are THE BEST THEY CAN BE -- because they ALL come from the same "virgin", "Virtual" Disc-IMAGE™ Source.

Also, the Virtual-DVDs -- themselves -- can be copied and shared. ALL family members, too, can burn DVDs -- which are THE BEST THEY CAN BE.

8mm Film-Transfer Mills™ do NOT want you to know:


"RIP" reels of film -- or video tape -- "composite input jacks" of a DVD Recorder. This is damaging to quality.

MORE IMPORTANT: There is NO "DVD Disc IMAGE™" file made in this process -- so you can NOT refresh your DVDs every 5 years -- as advised by IBM and the National Archives.

MOST IMPORTANT: There is NO "Master Video File" made -- so you do NOT own the digital equivalent of your ORIGINAL film.


8mm Film-Transfer Mills™ do NOT want you to know:

"8mm Film-Transfer Mills"Selling "archive gold DVD discs" are selling "professional archive services" -- beyond any shadow of doubt. As such, they know, or should have known, the warnings of the National Archives, and they should pass those warnings -- and risks -- on to you!

This is especially true if

  1. your Standard 8mm movie film or Super 8mm movie "goes bad" or
  2. you 'throw your film away" -- because you think you don't need it any more -- because you have an " archive DVD".

8mm Film-Transfer Mills™ do NOT want you to know:

News: Just like the CD "music" disc industry disappeared over-night,
the DVD and Blu-ray "DISC" industry is quickly fading away.

"Disk IMAGE™" technology is obsuring physical discs

I love my DVDs!