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FILM TRANSFER SERVICES

Film transfer rates are designed using a sliding scale that maximizes value based upon the volume of film that you submit for transfer. The more film you submit, the lower the rate. Pricing is based on three elements- setup fees, footage, and shipping- and is divided into two tiers- cumulative and comprehensive. All pricing is based on the estimated total footage of your film, and you are only ever charged for the actual amount of film that is transferred. There are also charges for certain extra services, such as additional DVD copies, that are listed separately. All of these are explained below, but as always if you have any questions or would like a personalized quote please call or email me via the information on the "Contact" page on this website. I will be more than happy to answer any and all of the questions you may have. All prices listed are in U. S. Dollars (USD).

 

SETUP FEES

Setup fees are established on a cumulative scale and apply to both tiers of pricing. The fees cover the labor and materials involved in preparing your films to be transferred and processed after the transfer is complete. Setup fees include charges for inspection, repair, cleaning, lubricating, and leadering your films, various material- expendable resources, unleadering and repackaging of your films, and menu creation on your DVDs.

 

Hours Of Film
Fee Per Hour Rate Reduction
1st $35.00 0%
2nd $30.00 14%
3rd $25.00 28%
4th And Above $20.00 42%

 

The total overall savings for setup fees charged on four hours of film is 25%, so it's a good idea to submit films in larger quantities to get better rates. Again, these fees are cumulative which means that setup for the first hour is $35.00, setup for the second hour is $30.00, making the total for two hours of film $65.00.

 

FOOTAGE RATES

Footage rates are charged per foot of film contained on your reels. The footage on your reels is precisely counted by the telecine equipment, so you are only charged for the amount of film your reels contain- not an average of what they should or could contain. Charges for footage are calculated cumulatively for smaller orders and comprehensively for larger orders, so again it is recommended that you submit more film to maximize savings.

 

Hours Of film
Price Per Foot Average Cost Per Hour
1- 2 $.15 $120.00
3- 4 $.14 $112.00
5- 6 $.13 $104.00

 

The Average Cost Per Hour in the chart above is based upon an estimate of 800 feet of film per one hour running time. These charges are cumulative, meaning that four hours of film will be charged $.15 per foot for the first two hours, and $.14 per foot for the second two hours.

Transfer projects involving seven or more hours of film are charged a comprehensive footage rate, meaning that each hour of film is charged at the listed rate, starting with the first hour. This tier of footage pricing offers the greatest savings, so I urge customers to take advantage and submit larger orders.

 

Hours Of film
Price Per Foot Average Cost Per Hour
7- 10 $.12 $96.00
11- 14 $.11 $88.00
15 And Above $.10 $80.00

 

 

REEL SIZES AND RUNNING TIMES

Below is a chart that can be used to estimate how much film your order will include. This data is based on the original Kodak specifications for reels. Please note that your reels may contain more or less film than is listed in this chart. You are only ever billed for the actual footage on your reels, so for instance if you have several 5- inch reels that are not quite full you know that they will run and be charged for less than what is listed below.

Reel sizes are determined by the actual diameter of the reel, so it is very easy to use a ruler and a calculator to figure estimates. As always, you are welcome to use the information on the "Contact" page to request a quote. Please have information regarding reel sizes and quantities on- hand.

 

Reel Size
Film Footage Running Time
3- Inch 50 Feet 3:20
4- Inch 100 Feet 7:00
5- Inch 200 Feet 14:00
6- Inch 300 Feet 21:00
7- Inch 400 Feet 28:00

 

 

EXTRA SERVICES

Several additional services are offered including extra copies, transfers to VHS cassette, and re- transferring of MiniDV masters to DVD or VHS. They are listed in the chart below. These services are not offered specifically in any of the packages that are listed. To request Extra Services via the Online Ordering system, simply add them as a note on the order form page. For example, just type "2 extra DVD copies" into the "notes" window.

Service
Price Setup Charge
Additional DVD Copies $3.00 Each FREE
VHS Copies $6.00 Each FREE
Audio Track For DVDs Or VHS Copies* $10.00 Per Hour FREE

*A note about the audio track. Because of royalty, licensing, and copyright infringement issues musical soundtracks for your videos are not available. Instead, I offer a "movie projector" audio track that gives you the actual sound of a projector running film. Several clients expressed that the "missing element" of their transfers was this all- too- familiar sound, so I decided to offer it as an additional feature. Believe me, it really does add to the experience of viewing your films!

 

ORDERING POLICIES

At the present time, no international orders are being accepted for film transfer services. This is due to the fact that I am currently producing NTSC video only, and am not able to easily operate in the PAL format used in other countries. That, coupled with shipping issues, means that I am only accepting domestic orders at this time.

To make the ordering process easier, I have put together several packages that reflect pricing for some of the more common orders that people request. These packages are based on the total running time of the reels in the project, so any combination of reel sizes can be placed in an order as long as the running time meets the criteria for the package. As a matter of policy, I require advance payment of the Prepaid Shipping fee plus 33% of the estimated Setup and Footage fees. The balance of the charges due for your transfer project will be added to your invoice, and must be paid in full before return shipping will be sent. For personal checks, this means allowing appropriate time for clearance.

There are two ways that orders may be placed. The quickest and easiest way is to use online ordering by clicking the "Add To Cart" button associated with each listing. When you are ready to place your order, you will be redirected to a shopping cart checkout where you can make payment through PayPal on their 100% safe and secure server. You do not need a PayPal account to place orders through the shopping cart, as all major credit cards are accepted. If you like, you can choose to make payment through your PayPal account as well. Once you have completed the automated ordering process, you will receive an email containing confirmation of your order and specific instructions about how and where to ship your films.

I do have one request regarding online ordering. During the checkout process you will be asked to provide both your billing and shipping addresses, and each of these is required to complete the process. In these fields, there is an optional request that you provide a contact phone number. Your phone number IS NOT required to complete the process, but please consider entering it as a secondary method of contact regarding your order. In some instances it may be necessary to contact you quickly regarding shipping or the details of your transfer project, and sometimes a phone call is the only way. You have my assurance that your personal information is safe- never shared, traded, or sold. If you truly prefer to not submit your phone number, that's fine. This is simply a request that can help keep your shipments safe and your transfer project on schedule.

The second ordering option is to contact me directly via email or telephone and make arrangements in person. My phone number and email address are listed on the "Contact" page at this website. I am more than happy to respond to all inquiries. Shipping and payment options can be discussed at that time, and include PayPal invoicing with either your PayPal account or credit card, money order, or check. Please note that in the case of check payments, film transfers will not be started and/or return shipped until payment has cleared- which can take up to 10 days.

 

FREE SAMPLE VIDEOS

Below are several free sample videos that are made available to give you an idea of the video quality offered at Far Q Pro. As mentioned on the FILM TRANSFER INFO page on this website, video compression is a major concern when considering the quality of any video. The clips below have been rendered to the Windows Media Player format (.wmv) for easier handling on the internet. Please note that this file type is not considered to be of "DVD quality".

These samples are offered as a FREE DOWNLOAD through the online ordering system. Simply click on the "Add To Cart" button associated with any or all of the clips, then click the "View Cart" button to check out and receive your samples. You can add all three videos to your cart by using the "Continue Shopping" button. You will be asked for some general information, but these downloads are absolutely 100% free. These video clips are arranged by internet connection speed- for ease and speed of downloading- but you are welcome to all three!

FAR Q PRO SAMPLE VIDEO 1

Running Time- 00:33

File Size- 7.47MB

A&E Supply store fire, downtown Duluth, MN May, 1968. Super 8 film. Watch for the "little rainbow" that appears early in the clip, when a stream from a fire hose stikes the building. There is a beautiful burst of color! Includes an audio track of a Bell & Howell Super 8 Design 346A projector.

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FAR Q PRO SAMPLE VIDEO 2

Running Time- 01:05

File Size- 15.2MB

"Behind the scenes" at the Ringling Bros. Circus, Duluth, MN September, 1967. Super 8 film. Tigers, elephants, and sea lions "backstage" at the Duluth Arena. Includes an audio track of a Sankyo Dualux 2000H projector.

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FAR Q PRO SAMPLE VIDEO 3

Running Time- 00:17

File Size- 4.0MB

The ore carrier R. E. Webster makes her way into port at Duluth, MN in September, 1967. Super 8 Film.

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PACKAGES AND SPECIAL DEALS

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Unless otherwise specified, all of the packages listed below include the following:

Inspection, Repair, Cleaning, and Lubricating Of Films. Your Films Are Returned To You On Their Original Reels And In Their Original Boxes Or Cans.

Transfer Of Your Films To Digital Video. You Receive One MiniDV Cassette Master For Each Hour Of Transferred Film.

Transfer Of Your MiniDV Master To DVD. You Receive Two DVD Copies, Each In Its Own Case, For Each Hour Of Transferred Film.

Dual Return Shipments- To Protect Your Films And Master.

 

1 Hour Package

The most commonly- requested order, this is a full- service package that delivers one MiniDV master, two DVD copies of your films, and dual- delivery return shipping. The estimated remaining balance on this service is $100.50.

This Package Covers:

Sixteen 3- inch reels, or eight 4- inch reels, or four 5- inch reels, or two 7- inch reels, or any combination up to 800 feet of film.

Total Footage/

Running Time

Setup Fee Footage Rate Total Prepaid Shipping

Estimated

Total

Advance

Payment

800 Ft./1 Hour $30.00 $120.00 $23.75 $173.75 $73.25

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2 Hour Package

This is another commonly- requested order. It's a full- service package that delivers two MiniDV masters, two DVD copies of each hour of your films (4 total), and dual- delivery return shipping. The estimated remaining balance on this service is $197.65.

This Package Covers:

Thirty- two 3- inch reels, or sixteen 4- inch reels, or eight 5- inch reels, or four 7- inch reels, or any combination up to 1600 feet of film.

Total Footage/

Running Time

Setup Fee Footage Rate Total Prepaid Shipping

Estimated

Total

Advance

Payment

1600 Ft./2 Hours $55.00 $240.00 $23.75 $318.75 $121.10

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3 Hour Package

This is a full- service package that delivers three MiniDV masters, two DVD copies of each hour of your films (6 total), and dual- delivery return shipping. The estimated remaining balance on this service is $286.09.

This Package Covers:

Forty- eight 3- inch reels, or twenty- four 4- inch reels, or twelve 5- inch reels, or six 7- inch reels, or any combination up to 2400 feet of film.

Total Footage/

Running Time

Setup Fee Footage Rate Total Prepaid Shipping

Estimated

Total

Advance

Payment

2400 Ft./3 Hours $75.00 $352.00 $31.67 $458.67 $172.58

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4 Hour Package

This is a full- service package that delivers four MiniDV masters, two DVD copies of each hour of your films (8 total), and dual- delivery return shipping. The estimated remaining balance on this service is $371.18.

This Package Covers:

Sixty- four 3- inch reels, or thirty- two 4- inch reels, or sixteen 5- inch reels, or eight 7- inch reels, or any combination up to 3200 feet of film.

Total Footage/

Running Time

Setup Fee Footage Rate Total Prepaid Shipping

Estimated

Total

Advance

Payment

3200 Ft./4 Hours $90.00 $464.00 $39.59 $593.59 $222.41

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For transfers above 4 hours of running time, please contact me directly so that specific order details can be arranged.