Scanning Super 8 to Digital

Pro8mm scans Super 8, Regular 8, Max 8, 16mm and Super 16mm production and archival film using the same technology and equipment used by the major post houses for the mainstream entertainment industry.

Our two distinct flying spot scanning systems with daVinci color correction represent the progression in scanning technology so that we can accommodate the widest range of client needs. We have the distinct advantage of having over 40 years of expertise working with film. We know film from the inside out.

As entrepreneurs that have specialized in the super 8 format, we are constantly pushing the tiny frame to its maximum capacity. We bring you the best in cutting edge scanning technology on first class machines married with our intimate understanding of the lifecycle of an image. We follow the image as it moves from the properties of its particular type of raw stock, to the camera, to the lab, to the digital domain.

All our machines have custom modified gates with prime lens optics that scan the image at the correct aspect ratio. Because we own the gates they are precisely calibrated to the machines, an often overlooked, yet critical component when choosing a scanning facility.

All color correction is done by one of our experienced colorists, and Pro8mm offers client attended (supervised) and unsupervised transfers to meet the needs of each individual client. We also offer unscheduled work for a discount - a great option for home movie transfers. See our new Home Movie Legacy Film Transfer Packages at cost per foot pricing.

We have scanned millions of feet of regular 8, super 8 and 16mm film for TV, 35mm theatrical releases, music videos, commercials, documentaries, indie films, student projects, and the personal archives of the worlds most famous faces!

 

Three Distinct Systems for the Film to The Digital Workflow

Pro8mm offers many options for your production work and legacy footage, allowing you to choose which digital workflow best suits your needs and budget.

  • Select from our three distinct systems: Theatrical Data 2K (native 2048 x 1556), Professional HD (native 1920 x 1080 p) or Basic SD (native 720 x 480).
  • Select your scan speed, such as 16fps, 18fps, 24fps (recommended for HD), 25fps or Frame for Frame 2K.
  • Decide on color timing, full scene to scene color and exposure correction one light basic color timing.
  • Select from a wide range of digital mastering options including Compressed and Un-Compressed Digital File Masters, DVD, Blu-Ray, and Dropbox.
  • Choose a broadcast standard of either NTSC or PAL.
  • Choose from our many framing options: 4x3, 16x9 or Overscan.

You can customize your digital workflow by making the choices that best fit your project. Use our Digital Mastering form to make your choices before you schedule your scanning session. One of our knowledgeable sales associates will be happy to assist you and answer any questions you may have.

 

Theatrical: Millennium II Suite - Data 2K

The 4K Millennium II Scanner

Now scanning in Data 2K! Our state-of-the-art Millennium II 4K scanner is now scanning and encoding frame for frame in native 2048x1556 data 2K images.

  • Native 2048 x 1556 resolution in the 4x3 aspect ratio 
  • Frame for Frame scanning and encoding
  • Powerful dirt and scratch concealment powered by Y-front scanning technology
  • Scene-to-scene daVinci color and exposure correction capabilities performed by an experienced film colorist
  • Super 8, Regular 8mm, and 16mm capability
  • Digital Output formats include: 10-bit uncompressed DPX files
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    Professional: Millennium II Suite - High Definition

    The 4K Millennium II Scanner

    Our state-of-the-art Millennium II 4K Scanner, modified with custom-fitted parts for scanning Super 8, Regular 8 and Max 8 films, scans beautiful High Definition images in outstanding clarity and color quality.

    • Native 1920x1080 p resolution in the 4x3 pilar box or 16x9 aspect ratio scanned and encoded frame for frame (no interlacing)
    • Variable scan rates including 16, 18, 24 or 25 fps. (professional 23.98 fps is highly recommended for a frame for digit scan)
    • Powerful dirt and scratch concealment powered by Y-front scanning technology
    • Scene-to-scene daVinci color and exposure correction capabilities performed by an experienced film colorist
    • Regular 8mm and Max 8 scanning capability
    • Steady ImageMill Stabilization scanning power which can remove the "jitter," apparent when Super 8, regular 8, or 16mm film is shot on stabilizing equipment, such as a tripod
    • Film Transfers with Audio such as Super 8 1 track, 2 track, 16mm optical, 16 magnetic, Super 8/16mm Mag Fill Coat and Regular 8 film with sound

    The State-of-the-Art 4K Millennium II High Definition Scanner can output to a variety of different formats including: 444 RGB 10-bit uncompressed MOV / DPX, 422 10-bit uncompressed, 4444 RGB Apple ProRes, 422 HQ Apple ProRes, 422 ProRes, Apple TV, HD-CAM, Blu-Ray (viewable only). Files are compatible with MAC or PC and a variety of editing software but can vary by system. If you aren't sure which file is best and compatible with your system we have free samples you can download to test your workflow.

     

    Basic: Ursa Diamond Suite - Standard Definition

    Y-Front Ursa Diamond Standard Definition Scanner

    The "Throw Back" Y-Front Ursa Diamond Standard Definition Scanner scans all types of Super 8, Regular 8 and 16mm film including color negative and reversal films. Some of its features include:

    • 720x480 resolution in the 4x3 aspect ratio
    • Variable scan rates including 16, 18, 24 or 25 fps.
    • Powerful dirt and scratch concealment powered by Y-front scanning technology
    • Scene-to-scene daVinci color and exposure correction capabilities performed by an experienced film colorist
    • Regular 8mm and Max 8 scanning capability
    • Film Transfers with Audio such as Super 8 1 track, 2 track, 16mm optical, 16 magnetic, Super 8/16mm Mag Fill Coat and Regular 8 film with sound

    The Da Vinci Y-Front Standard Definition Scanner can output to a variety of different formats including: 10-Bit Uncompressed, 422 ProRes HQ SD, 422 ProRes, 411 DV, DV-Cam, MiniDV, and BetaSP tape stocks, DVD-R (MPEG2)- viewable only

    For more information on pricing on scanning, call us at 818-848-5522, or visit our online store.

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