Choosing the right format depends on your goal. If you want to be able to delete footage, re-arrange the order, add your own music, etc. then you need an editing format (see below). If you simply want to archive the film and be able to easily play it, then our archival DVD or BluRay is the best format. We use Professional Archival DVDs and BluRays. These Archival disks will last 100 years under normal conditions (non-archival DVD-R and BluRay-R disks last about 10 years) . We do include easy listening music on our DVD and BluRay products. If you would prefer not to have music, please let us know when you order.
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We offer the following formats for editing purposes:
Pro HD & Pro 2K Process: 1080 HD-AVI (MJPG), 1080 ProRes 422HQ, 1080 DPX or 2K DPX Files
SD & Pro SD Process: 480 line AVI or MOV
Pro HD & Pro 2K Process:
HD-AVI files. HD-AVI (Motion-JPEG or MJPG codec) files are considered a good master quality format. AVI has been the industry standard for decades and HD-AVI follows in those footsteps. Our HD-AVI files are compatible with all Mac (iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express) and PC editing tools. The order form will estimate how much disk space you will need. Download a small (1 second, 12MB) example of typical 8mm film here. Download a larger (15 second, 170MB) example of typical 8mm film here.
Apple ProRes 422 HQ files. Apple ProRes HQ 422 files are considered a good master quality format very similar to our HD-AVI files. These files are intended to be used with Final Cut Pro only. If you only plan to edit in Final Cut Express or iMovie it is recommended that you order HD-AVI files instead. These can be imported without issue into Final Cut Express or iMovie. However, you can edit ProRes in Final Cut Express or iMovie with the right codec pack and Quicktime components. Please contact Apple technical support for details. The order form will estimate how much disk space you will need. Download a small (3 second, 39MB) example of typical 8mm film here.
DPX Uncompressed 4:4:4 1080 and 2K (1556) master files. DPX has been only ordered by professional clients in the past. It used to require a professional post production editing suite. Although it can still be difficult to work with, it no longer requires a fully professional editing suite. Today, Premiere Pro CS 5.5 or above supports DPX natively. You simply point to the first DPX file and import it as a sequence. Premiere will treat it like a video instead of thousands of individual images. In order to work with DPX we recommend a computer with 2 raid 0 drives at a minimum (4 raid 0 drives recommended). In addition, you will need a minimum of 8GB of RAM and a series i7 Intel quad core processor or equivalent AMD processor. The Disk space required is 1TB per hour of film for 2K DPX or about 500GB per hour for 1080 HD DPX. You must ship us an external hard drive or purchase one on the order form if you choose DPX uncompressed HD files. The order form will estimate how much disk space you will need.
Writing DVDs. You will be able to write regular DVDs or BluRays with the HD-AVI, ProRes or DPX files (if your system meets the minimum requirements above).
SD & Pro SD Process:
AVI/MOV files on an external Hard Drive. You must ship us an external hard drive or purchase one on the order form if you choose AVI/MOV files. Our AVI files are compatible with all Mac and PC editing tools. MOV is only compatible on a Mac. The order form will estimate how much disk space you will need.
DVD and an Editing Format
You may want to consider getting a copy on a playable DVD in addition to the format you choose to edit from. This way you archive the film and have a format you can edit. If you want to do this, choose the format for editing as format #1 and the DVD as format #2 on the order form. Our copies are master quality. We go back to the master file and completely render the video to the copy format. We never make one format using another like many other companies do. So, we charge a little more but the quality will be better.