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.

 

Footage
Fee Rate Reduction
1st 800 Feet $35.00 0%
2nd 800 Feet $30.00 14%
3rd 800 feet $25.00 28%
4th 800 Feet 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 800 feet is $35.00, setup for the second 800 feet is $30.00, making the total for 1600 feet 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.

Far Q Productions offers two levels of video quality for your transfer project. With both options the transfer process is the same, but different cameras are used to transfer your movie film to video. These levels of service are referred to as "Production Industry" and "Medical Industry," based upon the typical applications of the different cameras. Each of these options is billed at its own footage rate.

 

Production Industry cameras are typically used to monitor machinery and goods in the manufacturing and shipping industries. They are 1 CCD cameras that are specifically selected for the telecine process according to the quality of their video output. The benefits of "PICs" are excellent picture quality and affordability. This level of service is recommended for collections that are very large and may not have been shot well, for example with poor color composition ("bluish" or "orange" tinting) or a lot of out- of- focus footage. It is also a good option for medium- sized colllections for which the quality is unknown, as good- quality footage can be found and transferred later with a Medical Industry camera equipped machine.

Production Industry Camera Footage Rates- Cumulative
Footage
Price Per Foot Average Cost Per Hour
1- 1600 Feet $.15 $120.00
1601- 3200 Feet $.14 $112.00
3201- 4800 Feet $.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.

 

Medical Industry cameras are typically used in the fields of science and medicine. "MICs" are often attached to microscopes to document micro- organism or cell activity, and may also be used in diagnostic equipment to monitor operation and patient condition. These cameras are "the best of the best", and are manufactured by Hitachi and Sony. They are 3 CCD cameras that offer superior color reproduction and exceptional picture quality. While no camera can truly improve the look of poor- quality film, these cameras have definite advantages. They are a great option for small to average- sized collections where good- quality footage may be present, as well as large collections where the footage is known to be of good quality.

Medical Industry Camera Footage Rates- Cumulative
Footage
Price Per Foot Average Cost Per Hour
1- 1600 Feet $.18 $144.00
1601- 3200 Feet $.17 $136.00
3201- 4800 Feet $.16 $128.00

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 $.18 per foot for the first two hours, and $.17 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.

Production Industry Camera Footage Rates- Comprehensive
Footage
Price Per Foot Average Cost Per Hour
4801- 8000 Feet $.12 $96.00
8001- 11200 Feet $.11 $112.00
11201 Feet & Above $.10 $104.00

 

Medical Industry Camera Footage Rates- Comprehensive
Footage
Price Per Foot Average Cost Per Hour
4801- 8000 Feet $.15 $120.00
8001- 11200 Feet $.14 $88.00
11201 Feet & Above $.13 $80.00

There is a lot of information in the above section. As always, if you would like a specific quote for your transfer project please use the information on the "Contact" page to request a quote.

 

 

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. Movie film transfers to hard drive as digital files are available. Please visit the Video Cassettes page for more information.

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.

 

 

FREE SAMPLE VIDEOS- COMING SOON!

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.