Transfer Your Films to Standard Definition or High Definition Video
Ferin Films can transfer your home movies to the standard definition or high definition. The following provides a detailed explanation of the differences.
Standard Definition Video - Best compatibilty and it will still be around for a long time.
All of our standard definition transfers are performed using the United States NTSC standard of 480 lines (720x480). This is the most common video format that is present on all DVDs today in the U.S.A. This is the same video format that has been around since TVs were created in the US and will still be around for a long time to come.
Even the new high definition discs and players provide compatibility for today’s format. The reason for this is that many, many, things, such as TV programs and home videos, have been produced using this standard. Any TV shows that have been recorded on video tape from the 60s through the 90s use this format. Remember all those sit-coms that said “videotaped before a live audience…”? Well, that is a good example. While items produced on film can be remastered in to high definition to see more detail, video tape does not have the ability to bring out more detail than it originally had. A high definition version of these shows will never be possible. That is why the current 480 line format will always be supported.
High Definition Video
We also offer transfer of films on to the high definition Blu-Ray format. You can enjoy your old films in the best possible quality. As regular 8 and super 8 film frames are much smaller than professional film sizes of 16 or 35 mm, we are obtaining all of the film quality that these formats can muster. You may notice that 8mm movies shot with “daylight film” will be much sharper than movies shot with “low-light” film. That is because the grain size is much smaller on daylight film, producing a sharper image. Low-light film has very noticeable grain. Nevertheless, a high definition transfer is still the best way to get all of the possible quality from your films on a high definition TV.
A nice example of making old film new again is the Star Trek original series. The episodes have been remastered into high definition. While they still maintain the 4:3 aspect ratio, they are now beautiful to watch. This is due to the fact that they were shot on 35mm film in the 1960s. As time goes on, eventually all of these old shows shot on film will be remastered to high definition.
What Devices Can Play High Definition Blu-Ray Discs?
Our transfers are performed using a 1080i process. They can be viewed on any TV available today, 1080, 720 and standard 480 lines but you must have a blu-ray player to view these discs. They will not play on standard DVD players. They will play on standalone players available from many major companies such as Sony, Panasonic, Sharp, Toshiba, Samsung, Denon and more. These discs will also play in Sony’s Playstation 3. Microsoft is currently in plans to release a blu-ray drive for their Xbox 360.
A note about HD-DVD vs Blu-Ray
In February 2008, Toshiba decided to drop HD-DVD, ending consumer confusion between the two high definition formats, Blu-ray and HD-DVD. Blu-ray DVD is now the only high definition format available. All studios are now offering high definition content on Blu-Ray.
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