This is a sample of 16mm film (from 1958) scanned into 2K HD - the art of the possible!
Our Standard Grade process provides for a RAW transfer of the film (no post capture digital clean up) to a Standard Definition digital file. Over time and depending on how they were stored film will inevitably fade, colours run and some form of dirt/dust/mold will be present - our Archival Grade process provides for a comprehensive “digital clean up” of the captured film footage providing for enhancements to colour, contrast, light, and grain.
There is so much information in a film frame that we do have the option to scan that frame into a SD, HD or UHD digital file. Scanning into 2K HD or UHD (4K) naturally provides a much higher level of detail (resolution) ideally suited for large screens.
Scanning film into 2K or 4K digital files using the wetgate feature and enhanced digital image processing is both extremely time consuming (ie., a single 20 minute reel takes 2 hours to scan into digital) and requires enormous computing power but the final results speak for itself. When a scratch or vertical line in the film emulsion is filled with fluid, light will travel through the film with less refraction. This results in less visibility of damaged parts of the film. We use standard film cleaner, Isopropanol 99.9%.
The high percentage of alcohol ensures that the fluid will evaporate before it winds up on the reel again. Enhanced digital image processing provides for dirt removal, stabilization, sharpening, de-graining.
We have a very rigorous Quality Control process which gives us the confidence to say that we completely stand behind our work and guarantee the results. If there are any issues with the quality or performance of the digital materials created (not having to do with the physical condition of your media) we will reprocess those materials at our expense, no questions / no hassles.
We are committed to ensuring the Privacy and Security of our clients information:
“Working with Digital Treasures was a great experience from start to finish. Our company needed to get some digital conversion work done quickly and at high quality and DT delivered on both accounts. They made the whole process simple and stress-free and provided us with a great quality product. We’re already planning to do repeat business converting our old video archive and I would highly recommend their services to others.”
“The David Suzuki Foundation turned 25 years old this week! The Foundation trusted Digital Treasures with 25 years’ worth of irreplaceable archival video footage. Marc and team were a pleasure to work with every step of the way. Professional, trustworthy and an outstanding finished product. Expectations exceeded.
Thank you for helping to preserve and share our history.”
“I have this afternoon received the return of my film and your digital scans. A quick look and I'm thrilled! Thank you so much for the clearly considered attention to my requests.
I'm also recommending you to friends at the Vancouver Art Gallery Imaging Department. More to come, with again sincere thanks for this.”
In 2014 Digital Treasures went fully commercial and became a part of the Digital Treasury Group (DTG). DTG is exclusively focused on being the highest-quality provider of full-suite media conversion and archiving services nationally. We operate under a fully integrated ‘lean’ business model utilizing industry best practices for providing low-cost/high-value digital solutions to the commercial, institutional and retail marketplaces. Our infrastructure has been purpose-built to (1) mitigate all potential risks associated with the handling and processing of a high volume of multiple media formats and (2) ensure the delivery of a best-quality digital solution fit to the client’s specific requirements. Our methodology is based upon 10 years of dedicated media conversion and archiving experience coupled with 15 years of leading-edge corporate experience resulting in the creation of what we know to be the “best in class” provider of these services in Canada.