2K and HD Conversion and Restoration

For many years, DiskBank has been providing the ultimate quality in film transfers with HD (High Definition) output. Now, with Perth’s only 2K film scanning camera, we have the capacity to produce vastly superior transfers for Super 8, 8mm and 16mm film. 2K offers a much higher resolution than HD, with an enhanced dynamic range that allows for richer blacks and brighter whites.

Why choose 2K for film transfers?

While HD film scanning is better than SD (Standard Definition), it doesn’t come close to the quality of a 2K transfer. With 8mm and Super 8 film, a HD transfer will only capture around 75% of the detail, and around 50% of the detail is lost in a HD 16mm transfer. Our 2K film scans will capture 100% of the detail of any Super 8 or 8mm film as well as most 16mm films. All the newest TV screens are capable of displaying the full resolution of a 2K film transfer and as 2K grows, HD is fast becoming outdated technology.

Frame by frame scanning 

We use a high-speed camera shutter to “freeze” the movement of the film when each frame is in the correct place as it passes through the capture area. In addition to providing a crisp, clean capture of each individual frame of your film, our equipment allows us to adjust the frame rate to that of Australian TVs for seamless, flicker free playback.

Greater Viewable Area

Our HD and 2K frame by frame transfer process offers 100% capture area, so none of your film footage is cropped as it is when viewed on a traditional projector, where you can lose 10-20% of the footage.

And it doesn’t stop there. A standard definition capture is done with a 4:3 aspect ratio, while a full HD or 2K capture utilises a 16:9 aspect ratio. Super 8 and Standard 8 use a different ratio all together. If either of these formats are transferred to standard definition, the footage either has to be cropped, squashed or reduced in size, with black bars at the top and bottom of the screen. Our HD and 2K transfers offer the luxury of a widescreen (16:9) aspect ratio, so the full film width is accommodated.

Output format

The DVD format does not have the bandwidth to cater for HD or 2K vision and so it can only be used for SD footage. If you would like to take advantage of the significant benefits of HD or 2K film transfers, we can provide the final footage on Blu-ray (BD), as a lossless file (.avi, dv, mov etc) or a digital tape (minDV or DVCam). If you don’t own a Blu-Ray player, the latter 2 options can be played via your laptop or computer.

Contact DiskBank

Have you got Super 8, 8mm and 16mm film collecting dust at home? Let DiskBank preserve your footage in high quality 2K today! Contact us now.

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