The Process Steps. The following section details the steps we take during a typical film transfer project. Each step is performed in detail to ensure the maximum quality is acheived from your film.
Before we process any of your film on our data scanners we manually check the film for defects that could cause problems during the transfer, these defects can include
All defects are repaired manually by our in-house technicians using professional CIR film splicers which produce accurate and long lasting repairs to your precious film stock.
Once all the repairs have been carried out and we have checked the entire film reel to ensure all defects have been identified and repaired we then approve the film for transfer on the MWA Digital Data Scanner.
Prior to loading the cine film into the data scanners we perform a series of cleaning inspections on your film, based on our finding we will perform one of the following actions.
The above steps ensure a clean transfer of your film footage ( less years of dirt and grime ). Also the cleaning of the film helps the natural flow of the film as it passes the digital scanning head thus leading to a crystal clear image
The cine film is now loaded into our digital data scanner ready for transfer, this is where the magic really starts.....
The Data Scanner transports the film silently and smoothly though the mechanics, the Scanner does NOT incorporate any "PULL-DOWN CLAW" as used in projector systems so the film is NOT damaged due to the intermittent start/stop as used on cheaper systems. The film keeps moving gently from start to finish and all the images are captured into a high resolution sequenced images. ( 2K+ resolution by Default )
During the film transfer the scanner tracks the film using pinpoint accurate lasers and then any variation in position is compensated for, this whole process leads to a very stable final image.
The Digital Data Scanner has now captured a single high resolution image of each frame ( called a DPX Sequence ). Approx 36,000 images per 400 foot reel and each image is approx 27MB in size.
The Digital Data Scanner is computer controlled and as a result performs level 1 and level 2 colour calibrations automatically using frame accurate exposure and colour sensors which monitor each film frame prior to scanning, we call it FILM PRE-FLIGHT and it provides frame accurate compensation for colour shift and exposure levels.
The DPX Sequence is then loaded into our MAC-PRO based editor and we start to perform the third and final level of colour correction, for this we use a calibrated external vector scope to ensure the white balance and video signals are within legal limits which is a requirement prior to transfer to DVD, Blu-Ray, Tape or File.
Export to disk, tape or file is the next step of the process. Here we create the final product which can be either DVD, Blu-Ray, Tape, File or any combination.
If as part of the project you requested an enhanced transfer service then at this stage the DVD editors will set to work on creating a stunning interactive DVD presentation which will contain a fully personalized introduction menu and each cine reel will then become an independent chapter on your DVD. This enhancement adds character and flare to final product and also provides an easy navigation tool to help user get to the section of the final presentation that they require.
If you have selected DVD or Blu-Ray as an output format then you will also receive your disk professionally produced using our in-house Rimage disk production system. These systems use thermal technology to apply a photographic quality image to the disk and as a result the disks are fully light stable and waterproof.
The final stage of the process is the packaging and quality assurance stage.
At this stage we double check the completed project against your project notes to ensure that the final project meets your requirements. As part of this process we will check,
Once we are happy with the finished product we then ( for DVD ) professionally over wrap the case using a retail grade packaging machine to produce that retail DVD look and feel, this is ideal for customers giving the DVD away as a present.
At this stage we will then contact you via e-mail or telephone to inform you that your project is completed and make final arrangement for delivery.