When comparing film transfer companies, always ask for their film transfer method. More than 95% of the companies on the internet use the real-time film transfer method in which the film is projected onto either a screen, condenser lens or a first surface mirror and a low-resolution video camera captures the footage in real time. The issue with this type of method is that the frame rate of film is different than video, regular 8mm film uses a frame rate of 16 fps while video uses a frame rate of 30fps. As a result of the mismatched frame rates, the film frames will be blended into each other yielding a soft blurry look to the video output. There will also be a noticeable flicker present when watching the finished video due to the frames being captured in real time.
Another factor to consider with a real time telecine film transfer is the random nature of scene to scene colour changes and shifting brightness levels. Color correction and other adjustments cannot be completed because the film color casts and shifts are captured and processed as they occur.
In general, any type of real-time film transfer will result in a flickering, blurred image with faded colors. Icehouse Pictures is one of only a handful of companies using a high-definition motion picture film scanner. Our single frame transfer process scans each individual frame of your film. Each consecutive film frame is stopped, captured and advanced. This is the sole definition of a true single frame film transfer. Flicker free and razor sharp from edge to edge. Breathtaking clarity and unsurpassed image quality that can only come from single frame film scanning.