Note: Scene to scene color graded transfers calculated at 3:1 transfer time to run time ratio (Multiply film run time by 3
to obtain transfer time). 3:1 transfers include color correction needed on shots lasting 5 seconds or longer. One-light
(non-color graded) transfers calculated at 2:1 transfer time to run time ratio (Multiply film run time by 2 to obtain transfer
time). 2:1 transfers include setting up color only at beginning of a roll and ignoring individual shots. Use the Kodak Film
Calculator link to help estimate footage run times. 1/2 hour minimum required. Tape stock not included. See rates
PAL now Available for Mini DV and Hard Dive Formats at no Additional Charge!
Note: All tape digitizing is billed at 1:1 ratio and will not include color or audio correction. Any addtional viewing or
organizing of tapes that we are required to do will be billed separately.
Full guarantees on all transfers when using in-house supplied tape stock or drives.
|Hourly Upgrades (1 hour minimum)
|Spirit 8mm V3S Sound Head (1 or 2 trk mag - hi def)
|Y-Front 8mm V3 Sound Head (1 or 2 trk mag - std def)
|16/35mm Optical Sound Head (std def only)
|*** Rank - a - Roll ***
Need to test a camera? Want to check a batch of film? We can help you do it economically.
Transfer 50' of processed super 8 -or- 100' of 16mm -or- 200' 35mm film to DV tape
Prep and Clean
1/4 Hour Std Def Rank Transfer to DV tape (unsupervised)
Mini DV Tape
Standard def Pro-Res files on DVD Upgrade - Add $15.00
New! HD Spirit Pro-Res 1080 File on DVD Upgrade - Add $70.00
|500GB G-Tech Slim Drive w/ USB 3.0 Reduced!
|32GB Datastick Flashdrive w/ USB 2.0
|DVD - up to 8.5GB storage
|Sony HDM-63VG Mini DV
|Sony Betacam SP
|Sony Digital Betacam
|Sony DV Cam
|Std-Def Mastering Formats (Y-Front)
||Rates per Hour
|Mini DV, Beta SP, 3/4" or VHS
||$235.00-S8, R8 / $175.00-16, 35mm
||265.00-S8, R8 / 215.00-16, 35mm
|Hard Drive Files (10 bit or Pro Res HQ)
||275.00-S8, R8 / 225.00-16, 35mm
|DV Cam Lower Rate!
||255.00-S8, R8 / 200.00-16, 35mm
|Spectra suites offer hi-definition Spirit Datacine or standard definition Cintel Y-Front telecine
systems complete with multi-tier Da Vinci 2K digital color correction system with SCREAM
and DVNR grain reduction for the very best in professional film transfer technology. We
specialise in offering our clients the unique flexibility to transfer virtually any film format on
the best equipment intended for high-end feature film and commercial film applications.
Bringing this exclusive technology to the ordinary filmmaker is our business!
Check out some recent jobs just off our new HD Spirit. Both jobs are shot entirely in super 8
using Kodak 200T color negative and TriX black and white. SCREAM grain reduction was
applied to color portions only. Using our new system, these are undoubtedly the best
looking HD super 8 transfers you will find anywhere in the world! You can rely on Spectra to
take the nostalgia and beauty of film to the max!
We say "NO" to our competitors ways...
No misleading rates or hidden deck rental fees. No unfair rate hikes for supervising a transfer!
No extra "data management" or "docking fee" on client supplied drives!* No restrictions or censorship!
*See "Client Media Requirements" at the bottom of this page.
Spectra permits clients to supply their own media for transfers as a cost savings courtesy (solely at the risk of
the client). There is no extra charge for this courtesy if the basic guidelines are followed. However, Spectra
does not provide a guarantee or warranty on transfers when using customer supplied media. We require fully
compatible hard drives or tapes that will allow us to complete your job in a timely manner without incurring
extra cost or delays. Saving us time saves you money, so, please be aware of the mandatory requirements
below if you wish to avoid any additional charges.
Client Supplied Hard Drives: Please note that we purge all files from our computer immediately after
your file transfer has been completed unless additional file vaulting service has been purchased! This service
is available at reasonable cost and recommended as added protection of your files that may be accidentally
deleted, damaged or lost in transit. If you wish to have your files vaulted please let us know in advance!
To avoid additional service charges (such as reformatting, etc) we require that you provide a drive filling all
the following requirements without exception! Please read carefully below:
1. Be sure drive is 100% Mac formatted (Mac OS extended - journaled) and compatible with Mac OSX
10.6.8 operating system. Drive must also be plug and play (no extra software requirements).
2. Include any required data or power cables. Data cable must plug into a standard USB 2.0 type A or 800 firewire
host connection. Power cord must plug into a US standard 120V wall socket.
3. Drive must function properly and have adequate disc space for job completion.
Potential Service Charges: We must have your drive filling all the requirements above when we start your
session or a $25.00 mandatory vaulting fee covering file storage for 30 days will be charged. Any missing
elements that we must supply (such as data cables or power cord) will require a mandatory $25.00 service
charge. Any needed Mac reformatting is $25.00 per drive and will delete any existing files. If your files are not
vaulted with us and you can not recover them from your drive due to damage or loss, we charge a minimum
$175.00 file recovery fee (if files can still be restored from our computer). Any vaulting, reformatting or
missing element fees may be waived if a new drive is purchased directly from Spectra to complete the given
job in a timely, efficient manner (see "New Media" above). Saving us time always saves you money!
Client Supplied Tapes: New, virgin Sony brand tapes only. Proper tapes must be bundled with the film at
the time we are ready to start the transfer or we will automatically proceed with in-house supplied stock (billed
to the client at our regular list rate above). We do not exchange tapes.
Client Media Requirements
Color Correction Options - Cost Savings or Simplified Work-flow? Your Choice!
Unsupervised Onelight - Intended for evenly exposed pictures shot at a single location. Color and exposure is only
adjusted once at the head of a reel using a "flat" setting. More intensive color corrections would need to be done
with the raw files at another location. While additional time and/or billing may be required for color grading
elsewhere, this method is the most affordable transfer option while at Spectra! An unsupervised session is billed at a
2:1 ratio based on film run time.
Unsupervised Scene to Scene (recommended!) - Intended for multiple locations and exposure situations (interior,
exterior, etc). A qualified Spectra colorist carefully reviews the footage and adjusts color and exposure as needed
within any scene lasting 5 seconds or longer! This form of color correction greatly reduces the amount of correction
work required during editing for much smoother work flow and lower grading cost down the road. This is Spectra's
recommended choice! An unsupervised session is billed at a 3:1 ratio based on film run time.
Supervised Session - Client attends the session and calls all the shots on color and exposure with the help of a
qualified in-house operator provided by Spectra. While this form of color correction can be the most intensive, it is
also by far the most expensive! Sessions are billed by the hour according to list rates.
Hi Definition Framing Options - Your Choice!
Basic Hard Drive File Options
Disclaimer: please note that we currently only capture as Mac based .mov quicktime files. In some cases, PC users
will be required to download additional software and reconfigure their computer to work with our original capture
files. Although working with our files on PC is common with many of our clients, Spectra currently assumes no
responsibility for opening our capture files or feasibility of editing on a PC. For PC users that have trouble "seeing"
our files on their drive, please see the suggested free-ware link. Or, try or more complete compatibility solution
from Mediafour software products. Apple ProRes decoder download links (if required): Mac or Windows
Hi Definition File Choices:
-1080P 24 (progressive) 10 bit Uncompressed 422: 2min 30 sec = about 20 gigs (Most information, largest files)
-1080i (interlaced) 10 bit Uncompressed 422: 2min 30 sec = about 20 gigs (Most information, largest files)
-1080P 24 (progressive) ProRes 422 HQ: 2min 30 sec = about 5 gigs (Most popular format, good quality)
-1080i (interlaced) ProRes 422 HQ: 2min 30 sec = about 5 gigs (Most popular format, good quality)
Standard Definition File Choices:
- 10 bit Uncompressed: 2min 30sec = about 5 Gigs (Best quality, largest files, best interchangeability with PC/Mac)
- Apple ProRes 422 (HQ): 2min 30sec = about 1.15 Gigs (Good quality, smallest files w/ minimal compression).
Standard Definition Pulldown Ratios (at most popular frame rates)
24fps = 2:3 Pulldown 18fps = 3:3:4 Pulldown 16fps = 3:4:4:4 Pulldown
We wanted to do it right the first time! After some testing, it was found that the only way to make
the lower formats shine to full potential on a Spirit SDC 2000 telecine was to design a dedicated 8mm gate
with proper optics. In April of 2010 Spectra gave the go-ahead on engineering plans to begin this
manufacturing process. Because it was new territory, everything from lenses to the gate sprockets had to
be custom fabricated. For the first time in the US, a new small format gate will be available at Spectra that
allows both super 8 and regular 8 formats to be scanned in full HD resolution off a Spirit.
Seeing the difference! Spirit produces far less noise, especially in the highlights (such as a white
dress), when compared to older "tube" CRT technology telecine machines like the Millenium II and
Data-Mill. Additional improvements to these machines include smoother picture (less grain) with fewer
visible dirt and scratches due to the xenon arc light source. Spirit transfers simply look better on a big
plasma or LCD screen. Additional testing on the new V3-S gate also reveals results that are far superior
to the factory DFT 16mm gate mod with improved resolution (see below). For the best 8mm broadcast HD,
blow-ups or historical archives, Spectra is the only professional source with the gear to back it up!
What about the 8mm Spirit "mod" used elsewhere? The DFT factory mod is commonly used
on the Spirit as a low budget alternative to allow super 8 to be scanned using a 16mm gate. But, don't let
anyone fool you! The optics on a Spirit 16mm gate are fixed and only intended to focus a Super 16mm
frame down to a 1920 pixel line-array CCD (capturing chip). Since the added DFT modification does not
alter the 16mm optics for 8mm, super 8 resolution on a Spirit is limited to about 860 pixels (closer to
standard definition) due to a much smaller image size on the capture chip. Undesirable electronic
zooming (blow-up) and "up-res" must then be done internally with the scanned image so the Spirit output
can fit it into an HD frame. Although this up-res output stream may appear to correspond to 1920 X 1080
HD, the original image itself is still only 860 pixels worth of resolution which barely exceeds standard def!
It's all about the glass! With Spectra's new V3-S dedicated 8mm gate and its correct optics, we can
now use the entire surface area of the chip in the Spirit allowing for the first, true 1920 pixel scan
(more than double the resolution of the 16mm modification)! The only limitation will be the film itself!
Spectra's new V3-S Spirit gate undergoes testing
Rockin 8mm on the Spirit in Full HD Resolution at Spectra!
|Hi-Def Mastering Formats (Spirit) New!
||Rates per Hour
|Hard Drive Files (1080P / 1080I) New!
||425.00 - Super 8, Reg 8, 16mm, 35mm
|Super 8mm V3 or V3S Gate Set-up (hi def + std def)
|Reg 8mm Spirit V3S Gate Set-up (hi def)
|Reg 8mm URSA V3 Gate Set-up (std def)
|New! Tape Capturing/Digitizing
||DVD Mpeg-2 (DVD stock included)
||Editable DV File (on hard drive)
|Mini DV, DVCAM
||60.00 per Hour
||145.00 per Hour
|Hi-8, Digital 8, Video 8
||60.00 per Hour
||145.00 per Hour
|VHS, Super VHS
||60.00 per Hour
||145.00 per Hour
|BetaSP, 3/4", 3/4" SP
||60.00 per Hour
||145.00 per Hour
|2" Quad (Quadruplex)
||600.00 per Hour
||600.00 per Hour
|Client Supplied Drives - Additional Services
Note: We immediately purge all files after jobs are complete. We strongly recommend our file
vaulting service to back-up your files from shipping damage or accidental deletion.
|30 Day File Vaulting Service - Up to 300GB of added protection! 10 cents/ Gig beyond 300!
|Hard Drive Reformatting to Mac - For all non-Mac formatted drives. All files will be deleted.
|Hard Drive Missing Elements - Missing cables or power cord that we procure for job completion.
|File Recovery - Any file restoration and download without prior vaulting service (not guaranteed)
Spectra upgrades standard definition service
with NO rate increase
Spectra continues to push ahead with advances to all levels of telecine service. A new
standard definition Y-front URSA Diamond was recently installed as a replacement for
their older telecine. Combining this new system with the superior V3 gate optics now
provides the best standard definition pictures possible. People on a low budget can now
expect cleaner whites, less noise and sharper pictures. All this without a price hike!
Where the Y-Front excels is in keeping film scratches minimized by using larger
capturing optics and mirrored light path. This makes the Y-Front an excellent budget
choice where hi-definition is not required for typical archives and home movies.
The best part is that this new upgrade will not increase the already low SD rates currently
offered by Spectra. This is great news for shooters on a budget! See rates below!
Spectra's new standard definition Y-front
HD 4X3 Pillar Box
An entire 1:33 film frame is
visible with no resolution or
image loss. Black "pillars"
are inserted on right and left
to fill in the unused portion
on the HD screen. This is
the ideal choice for archives.
HD 16X9 Full Screen
The default for full resolution
super 16. Film such as super
8 or standard 16 would be
cropped in removing some
top and bottom of film frame
to fit an HD screen. Ideal for
fluid transitions with HD video.