GrafXpress Digital Studios provides professional conversion of VHS tape, 8mm video, Mini DV video, 8mm film movies, and 35mm slides to DVD. Once your older media is converted to DVD it will last for generations. DVDs make it easier to enjoy and they take up less storage space.

If you are an eBay shopper, you may wish to visit our eBay store for reduced pricing on your entire purchase. You can purchase any of our transfer services through our on line store and experience considerable savings. You may also qualify for our latest eBay, "In-Store Special Offers", by clicking on the links on our eBay store home page. In the case of film transfer, add up your total amount of film and simply purchase that same amount in increments of 50 ft. to 1,000 ft. Purchase as many of any single item you need so it adds up to the total amount of film you have. For high volumes we will discount the shipping/handling fees. You can go to our eBay store now by clicking the eBay icon or this link:

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8mm, Super8, and 16mm FILM MOVIES - We perform digital frame-by-frame, 100% flicker free conversions. The vividness and color saturation of 40 year old film often looks better than 5-year-old VHS tapes!

 

View a ONE min. video SAMPLE of actual FxF film transfers by clicking the links below
NOTE: It is recommended that you use the latest FREE version of Windows Media Player to view this sample.

These samples are representative of the quality you should expect to receive with the transfer of your film, providing your film is in fairly good shape and has been stored properly through the years. Each of these samples have been color corrected to enhance the video quality. Our color correction is provided to you at no extra charge. Please keep in mind that the streaming video you see here is actually of lesser quality than the video that is on a DVD. We have to keep the files size small in order for it to download within a respectable time frame.

 

UNDERSTANDING THE ENTIRE TELECINE PROCESS

FRAME-BY-FRAME (100% FLICKER FREE) TRANSFER - Please do your research carefully.
Flicker-free does NOT necessarily mean "frame-by-frame".
A 5 blade or variable speed projector may eliminate the flicker but the quality of the image is affected in every case. The same holds true with the GOKO telecine transfer units. They use a prism to "fade" the STROBE affect, but the image suffers greatly and is cropped. We do not process ANY of our 8mm film transfers with any of these "real-time" methods.

Aside from a muli-thousand dollar "Rank" transfer, we use the best approach possible, which is a true frame-by-frame process, capturing the entire image of each frame without cropping. A highly sophisticated 3CCD camera with broadcast quality optics captures the image of every single frame of the film while it is STOPPED. The image is taken directly from the face of the film, passed through the camera via a firewire connection to a computer's hard drive as a full frame of video. With this process the clarity and color of the image is not compromised so the end result, when transferred to a DVD, is absolutely stunning. This process is only surpassed by actual film scanning as used by Hollywood houses, known as a "Rank transfer". However, the cost of that is in the thousands of dollars, and it is beyond what most consumers are willing to pay. Furthermore, a Rank transfer is reserved mostly for 35mm movie film.

Most film conversion transfer houses do not edit obscure footage and do not add a music soundtrack. We also add a music soundtrack, menus, and "video" thumbnail chapter buttons... at no extra charge. The quality of our audio is Dolby Digital 2.1 channel (stereo, plus a subwoofer channel).


GrafXpress Digital Studios uses the following cost breakdown for all types (8mm, Super8, 16mm) of film:
(effective December 1, 2005)

The first 2000 linear feet: $0.26 / foot
2001 - 4000 linear feet: $0.17 / foot
4001 and up linear feet: $0.12 / foot

For your reference, each single layer of a DVD can hold ~2,000 feet film.

Frame-by-Frame Film Transfer Pricing (Editing & DVD Authoring Included):
Cost of each initial DVD $12 (2 hr single layer) / $20 (4 hr dual layer)
Per Foot $0.26
50 ft, 3" reel $13.00
100 ft, 4" reel $26.00
200 ft, 5" reel $52.00
300 ft, 6" reel $78.00
400 ft, 7" reel $104.00

Example:

You have 3,500 feet of film that needs to be converted. This will require two single layer DVDs. The cost would be:

$12 (initial DVD), plus 2,000 x $0.26
$12 (2nd DVD), plus 1,500 x $0.17

Total: $799, which will include
ALL OF OUR STANDARD FEATURES


READ ABOUT OUR BONUS FEATURES


CLICK TO SEE A SAMPLE TRANSFER

FILM WITH SOUND: $0.25/foot extra added to the above linear breakdown, for the frame by frame processing of any format of film with sound, because the sound has to be processed a second time, capturing the sound to one of our computers. One thing we need to remind our customers of is that the microphones used with 8mm cameras produced an inherent delay when the camera was first activated to shoot a scene. The “film” began recording the images immediately, but the audio that was recorded to the same film strip was delayed due to the audio circuitry required to record to the magnetic strip on the edge of the film. This always resulted in a short delay when the camera was activated. If you have access to an 8mm sound projector, you will be able to hear the same delay each time the camera switches from the off position to record a new scene. Therefore, the sound then has to be "time stretched", "pitched preserved", and "keyframed" to maintain synchronization with the video, actually improving the quality of the original, in preparation to be mastered to the final DVD.

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to enhance and personalize your DVD project.

 


We place chapters breaks in logical places, based on film content, with pinpoint precision. For example, we might place a chapter right between a Christmas scene and a backyard BBQ scene, even if they happen to be on the same reel of film. This way you can jump directly to the exact scene you'd like, just like you jump to your favorite song on a CD. We would NEVER place a chapter break 10 seconds before the aforementioned Christmas scene ends, as might be the case with some other studios who use a set-top DVD recorder to perform a film transfer.

Furthermore, we could collaborate with you to create your own commentary track for your DVD. One single layer DVD will hold approximately 1.5 hours of your 8mm footage at high quality (> 6 Mbps) bit rates, and one dual layer DVD will hold approximately 3 hours of your 8mm footage at high quality (> 6 Mbps) bit rates. We can make multiple copies of the finished DVD so other family members can enjoy it also.


Additions:

$45.00 for the addition of personalized audio commentary, provided by the customer.
Call 570-254-6136 or mail us for details.

$40.00 to include a personalized music soundtrack of your choice.
(Up to 8 parallel audio tracks, including new commentary, AND the ORIGINAL FILM soundtrack*, can coexist on the disc)

$20.00 for seemless, animated transitions between menus.

$20.00 for each additional copy of the finished DVD (single layer, 2 hour disc).
$25.00 for each additional copy of the finished DVD (dual layer, 4 hour disc).

*For Super8 and 16mm film that originally included sound.

Useful Film Information

 

Feet

Viewing Time

Super 8mm

50

2 min 55 sec

200

11 min 40 sec

400

23 min 20 sec

Regular 8mm

50

3 min 15 sec

200

13 min 2 sec

400

26 min 2 sec

16mm

400

11 min

 


3
5mm SLIDES

35 mm slides provided everyone in the room an opportunity to view all those snapshots together. Families were entertained with the large photos as they popped up in succession on the large screen. With a DVD player connected to a projector, you can enjoy these same pictures on the big screen. If you don't have a projector, watch them on your large screen TV right from your DVD player. GrafXpress has the technology to transfer all your slides to a DVD and add a 5.1 channel audio track to make the viewing a little more enjoyable.

A DVD-ROM can also be created so that you can print out your own enlargements of your 35mm slides right from your home computer!

Pricing for up to 3,000 slides:

$12.00 per DVD plus:

OPTION 1: Archive 35mm slides to DVD-Video to play in a slide show in your set top (living room) DVD player - $.75 each

OPTION 2: Archive 35mm slides to a (computer readable) DVD-ROM for viewing, emailing to friends and family,
or printing your own personal copies - $.75 each

Additions:

$45.00 for the addition of personalized audio commentary, provided by the customer.
Call 570-254-6136 or mail us for details.

$40.00 to include a personalized music soundtrack of your choice.
(Up to 8 parallel audio tracks, including commentary, can coexist on the disc)

$20.00 for seemless, animated transitions between menus.

$20.00 for each additional copy of the finished DVD.

Pricing for more than 3,000 slides: Please contact us for a price quote.

 

 

VIDEO

Although VHS video tapes were very popular during the last two decades, they are now being replaced rapidly with DVDs. The newer technology provides unsurpassed quality in video and audio. The audio on many Hollywood DVDs is usually encoded with a 5.1 channnel audio track, making it sound as if you're in the middle of all the action. Pick out your favorite family VHS tapes and have GrafXpress convert them to DVD now before the quality degrades any further. You will find that our prices provide you with the best value over many other studios.

 

VHS video, 8mm video, or Mini DV to DVD
Real Time Transfer (Simple Title Menu, Chapters automatically placed every 5 or 15 minutes): Professional Computer Transfer (Motion Title & Chapter Menu, Video Editing, Precise Chapter Placement):
Per tape (up to 1 1/2 hours).....$19.95 Per tape (up to 2 hours)...................$50.00
  Mix & Match Combination of up to 4 tapes
(up to 4 hours)*.............................$115.00
ALL encoding is variable bitrate (VBR) that equals or exceeds 4.5 Mbps
  * All material will be on a Dual Layer Disc

 

Additions:

$45.00 for the addition of personalized audio commentary, provided by the customer.
Call 570-254-6136 or mail us for details.

$40.00 to include a personalized music soundtrack of your choice.
(Up to 8 parallel audio tracks, including commentary AND the ORIGINAL TAPE soundtrack, can coexist on the disc)

$20.00 for seemless, animated transitions between menus.

$20.00 for each additional copy of the finished DVD (2 hour disc).
$25.00 for each additional copy of the finished DVD (6 hour disc).

 

We would be happy to discuss your conversion project and to answer your technical questions. We perform all conversion work in our own studio using the latest electronic equipment and software to ensure professional results.

 

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