How to Buy Film to Video Transfer Equipment

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The best place to look for buying film to video transfer equipment is a local post-production house. Use a projection screen when doing a film to video transfer with filmmaking tips from a director and filmmaker in this free video on making movies.

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Hi, I'm Jared Drake and I'm going to talk to you about how to buy film to video transfer equipment. The best place to look for buying film to video transfer equipment is your local post production house. Those guys are upgrading their systems constantly as the technology evolves and that part of the industry evolves they get rid of their old stuff. So call around, look in your local post production 411 guides and just call them up and tell them what you're looking for, you're looking for film to video transfer equipment and want to see if they have anything they're trying to get rid of. Now if you want to know how to transfer from film to video yourself, there's two ways that really makes sense to me. The first way is if you have something on film that you just want to get to video and you don't care what it looks like, it's a nostalgic piece of film that was shot years ago or something that you just want to get in some type of video format. The cheapest thing to do is project it onto a screen and just film it. Just shoot it, get a projector, you can rent one, you may even be able to borrow one from a small theater or something for free. Project it, setup your video camera, make sure your video camera, the frame rate or shutter speed is set so it doesn't flicker and run the film and just hit record. And it works, people do that. The downside to that is it doesn't look that good and if you've shot something on film that you want to get to video because you want to edit in a non-linear editing system and ultimately color time and have a great piece of work that you shot on film, you edited in Final Cut Pro or some new editing software and then color time that, that's a horrible route to go. Instead what you should do is if you've gone that path, is pony up the grand or the couple hundred bucks it's going to cost to go do a proper film to video transfer at a telecine house. Telecine is T E L E C I N E. Those places cost anywhere from 75 dollars an hour for 16 millimeter to 300 dollars an hour for 35 millimeter. And that depends on what you want to do with it. The cheapest way to get a telecine is to just tell them you want a one light pass. And what that means is they're going to string the film up in the system, they're going to run it, they're just going to shine one light through it and then they're going to hit record on whatever, however they record it. If you want it times what they'll do is they'll string the film up and as it's going they'll have a color timer there making sure that it's matching scene to scene.


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