The first step is preparing the film for transfer. This includes examining the film for breaks and problem areas (worn sprocket holes, bad splices etc.  The film is cleaned, lubricated and repaired to insure the best possible picture quality. 
The reels of film are then aligned in the proper sequence according to the customers requests.  The transfer process is then turned over to an expert in handling and transferring the film.
   A 3-chip Sony Camera is used to capture the film image through a Broadcast Video processor into a Non Linear video editing computer.  By using a processor  we can adjust the brightness, contrast, color intensity, hue of the movie film as it is being run into the computer system.  The exposure level of the Camera is also being adjusted to brighten or darken the picture. The way that the image is captured by the camera varies with each type of film.  8mm, super 8, super 8 sound, 16mm silent and 16mm sound is each done a different way using the system that we found works best with each film format.  Special telecine projectors are used to run the film.  These modified projectors are generally more gentle on the brittle film and also employ lower wattage bulbs so as to not burn holes in film if they get stuck in the gate.  Also special gates are used that minimize focus fluctuations due to warpage in the old film.  Many times film that will not run in regular projectors will run very well in these specially designed devices.  We have at all times at least one working projector and a backup in the event of a breakdown.  For the most common film - regular 8mm and super 8mm we have 3 working projectors for each format.
   For certain formats of film the projectors have a modified blade number and formation to eliminate flicker from the TV 30cps rate.  We absolutely do not use any of the Elmo telecine projectors with a built in camera.  These were great in the early 80's but technology has changed and by using a 3 chip camera, video processor and a editing computer  the quality is greatly improved.
   16 mm sound and 8 mm sound are handled in a different and unique way as to insure that the sound is at the right speed and pitch and is locked in with the picture with no flicker.
   After the film is in the computer the blank or over exposed parts are trimmed out to insure a good viewing video. We can even edit out those shots out the car window of endless boring scenery flying by at it what seems like 100 mph if you desire. Titles, transitions, music is then added to the production.  
   The video is then produced on a DVD using only the best blank DVD media available to insure long lasting quality and dependability.
VIDEOLAB FILM TO DVD PROCESS