Since our founding in 1987, Debenham Media Group has remained on the cutting edge of film
scanning technology. We've spent those three decades constantly improving our state-of-the-art
scanners to produce the highest quality 35mm, 16mm and 8mm film transfers. While we always
strive to innovate our technology, our staff stays committed to providing you with helpful and
friendly customer service.
Our clients range from professional filmmakers to university archivists to consumers who are
looking into converting 8mm, Super 8, or 16mm home movies. Regardless of your level of
expertise, we provide all of our clients with a high quality transfer using the same method that
Hollywood studios use to transfer their priceless feature films. Where most other companies offer
color correction and supervised scans at a premium cost, all of our High Definition transfers
(except the Basic 720p) are scanned by professional colorists using our custom-built Ultra High
Definition Rank Cintel scanners and color correction technology. These scanners will not damage
your film like a projector can. Projectors can burn or scratch your film over time. Our machines do
not use a hot bulb, nor do they stop and start your film on each frame. Our scanners don't even
claw at your film's sprocket holes. Instead, they run your film with smooth, continuous motion
while the scanner transfers each picture pixel by pixel.
Our entire production staff have university degrees in film, video, or television production.
We realize how invaluable and irreplaceable your films are. All of our scanning is done in house.
Once your film arrives, it never leaves the studio until it is being returned back to you. When your
film is delivered to our studio, our receiving department goes through your order and makes sure
that all your film is accounted for. Once we receive the film, we e-mail you to let you know that the
film has arrived safe and sound. We also go over your order form and specifications. If we have
any questions regarding your project, or if we estimate that your final cost will exceed your
expectations, we let you know upfront. We will never begin your project until we are sure that you
have an expectation of its final cost.
We then prepare your film for transfer. We splice your film onto 13-inch archive reels in the
sequence that you have assigned. These 13-inch archive reels prolong the life of your film by
reducing the curl of your films. While we prep your film, we also repair any deteriorating or
incorrect splices, and we clean your film using our Kodak particle transfer rollers - all at no
additional cost to you. The rollers lift dirt and dust off of your film without the possibility of
scratching or damaging your films in the process.
Once your film is prepped, it is ready to be scanned. For clients ordering a 720p, 1080p, or 1080p
Ultra scan, one of our professional film colorists is assigned to your project. They will work on
your project (and your project alone) during the entirety of the scanning process. While they
transfer the film, they will also enhance the picture quality using our custom-engineered color
correction technology. With this technology, old faded film can come back to life with enriched
color. Details once lost to underexposure can be seen with increased brightness. Your films will
look much better transferred with our Highly Modified Rank Cintel machines than they would
on an old projector. In fact, many of our clients report that their films look better than they ever
remembered. If you are ordering our non-monitored 720p Basic scan, your film will still benefit
from our custom design optics and superior scanning process.
We put every effort into producing technology that can create the highest quality pictures from
your film and providing your old movies with new life. Whereas other companies often transfer
several old media (like videotape or still slides), we focus solely on engineering new, innovative
technology for transferring film. Most of our technology has been created in-house. We have
developed our scanners to exceed the resolution of 8mm, 16mm, and even 35mm motion picture
film, so that you get the maximum amount of detail out of your home movies. Since scanning
more initial data means compression is possible without sacrificing image quality, you don't need
professional computer software to enjoy the benefits of a High Definition film transfer.
We are also at the forefront of scanning sound film. Our equipment is constantly being updated to
optimize 16mm sound (both optical and magnetic) and Super 8 Sound. In fact, we are one of the
only facilities in the world that can transfer Regular 8mm Sound film using professional scanners.
Our sound heads are at the cutting-edge of technology, and optical tracks are scanned by laser.
Our colorists are skilled in getting the most out of analog soundtracks.
Once we have scanned your film, we record it onto your choice of media. When choosing your
recording media, it is helpful to think of your film in terms of data. More data means more quality.
A hard drive stores the most data, which is why we highly recommend transferring your movies
to one of our portable USB 3.0 drives or flash drives. Your films will be formatted for PC or Mac
as ProRes 4:2:2 .mov files ready to play on QuickTime or VLC and edited on iMovie, Correl
Video Studio, Final Cut, Adobe Premiere, and many other editing programs. We can also record
your film to DVD or Blu-Ray in addition to hard drive. While DVDs and Blu-Rays are great for
simple viewing, recording to disc applies additional compression to your data. By transferring
your movies to a hard drive, you can store much more data from your project, while also having
the freedom to edit your films, rearrange scenes, apply additional color correction, and add titles
Once your transfer is complete, we will calculate how much film was transferred. For monitored
scans, our colorists remove prolonged sections of your film that are completely blank, so you are
not charged for blank footage. You are only charged for film that is scanned. If you pay for your
order by check, we send a refund check back to you for any overpayment. If you pay by credit
card, the card will not be charged until we have completely finished your transfer and know the
exact total. Before your film is returned to you, you will also receive an e-mail to let you know that
the transfer has been completed.. You are also provided with a FedEx tracking number so that
you have a clear idea of where your film is and when you can expect it to be delivered.
Whether your film represents your life's work or your family's memories, we realize its importance
to you, and we take our obligation to its preservation seriously. We are confident
that we can provide you with the highest quality film transfer available - so much so that we
provide a Free Sample to prospective clients.
We service all of North America, and we welcome any international orders as well.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding a prospective project, we encourage you to email
us at email@example.com or to call us at (412) 264-2526 or toll free at 1-800-865-7172.
We have no salesman on our staff, just helpful technicians who are happy to answer any
questions and give you further details regarding our process.
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