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Restoring 8mm Home Movies with Jim Battle

One of our clients, Jim Battle, has done an excellent job of researching and compiling information about transferring home movie film. He’s laid out his journey from creating movies as a child to discovering the old home movies in his mother’s basement and finding a facility to bring them to life in a digital form. He even got involved with the post processing side of the project, opting to do color correction using his own edit system.

All the various transfer methods available are covered and explained in an easy to understand format. It’s an altogether wonderful resource for anyone seeking to have their films transferred.

If you’re looking for an in depth look into the world of home movie film transfer & restoration, head to Jim’s site and read about his experience:  http://www.thebattles.net/video/8mm_restoration.html

Below are two example frames, one from a “frame-by-frame” transfer service and the second from CinePost (click to enlarge)

 

 

 

 

 

After receiving the transferred video from CinePost Jim performed additional work on his video. Typically we do a good bit of color correction during the actual transfer, but Jim wanted to tweak things himself. We were very impressed with the results:

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Cintel Demo

A quick look a the CinePost Rank Cintel Telecine Suite.

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Regular 16mm to HD “Regrets of War”

Arri SR1 regular 16mm negative Vision 200t, transferred to ProRes HD files via a Cintel Turbo telecine at CinePost in Marietta, GA

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Heather and Brandon’s Backyard!

Some 8mm footage we found recently with some music for fun.

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Mississippi Home ’60s

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Regular 16mm to HD Scenes

The Camera was an unmodified Arri SR1. The Telecine employed was a Cintel Turbo3 with a Teranex. We adjusted the scanner framing to crop a little of the image from the top and bottom of the 16mm frame in order to fill a 16:9 aspect ration. Cinematography was framed in anticipation of this cropping. The footage was captured directly into Final Cut via a Kona3 card.

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Super 8mm “Full Frame” Ektachrome 100D

Shot 07/21/10 Telecined “Full-frame” 08/19/10 at CinePost, not matted. Scenes are in and around the Great Smoky Mountains near Cherokee, NC Processed by Dwayne’s Photo

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35mm Wetgate film transfer to Hard drive 10bit uncompressed

“Rookie of the Year” for TCM with Pat Wayne and John Wayne, directed by John Ford. It was an episode from “Screen Directors Playhouse” (1956) Going to air on TCM later this year. Good little 1/2 hour show, check out the TCM schedule and see the reel thing!

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Wyoming Faces via 8mm Kodachrome and CinePost HD Telecine

Beautiful life of Grams and some of the kids shot in the early 60’s with a Bolex.

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Rare Super Bowl 7 Pre-game

Superb 8mm films shot during pre-game of Super Bowl 7.  Checkout the cool Helmet Cars at 2:15!