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Milton Ginsberg
Belaboring The Obvious, Film To Digital
on Sep 20, 2011 at 5:40:12 pm

Only a single, archival print exists of a film I directed many years ago.
The owner will let me borrow it (if I accept considerable responsibility for it)
so I can make a digital file of it. I want to re-edit the film, zoom in on
scenes, add newly shot material -- so I can re-issue it on DVD and
stream it. I plan on doing this in FCP7. (Old habits die hard!)

The owners are offering to do a transfer to SD near by them.
I want a transfer to ProRes HQ, right?

Please critique my thinking and make any suggestions ~
like which are the right facilities to do this. Deluxe NY ?

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Jerry Hofmann
Re: Belaboring The Obvious, Film To Digital
on Sep 20, 2011 at 8:16:04 pm

Well, a simple scan to HD would limit your scaling abilities. So if you want to zoom in on shots, then you'll want a higher resolution scan I'd think. 4k probably. You end up with a DPX sequence or something that you can transcode to proves, but leave the ability to zoom in on those pixels. seems to me.

Modern VideoFilm has a Sprit 4k I think. I'm sure there are others out there. but that would be the best I'd think. Planning to get back to film?

Can't get to the shoot reels eh?


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Milton Ginsberg
Re: Belaboring The Obvious, Film To Digital
on Sep 21, 2011 at 8:25:21 pm

Jerry, thank youi.
No shot reels, no neg. 35mm print only one in existence.
The main zooming is rescanning each shot in fcp7 to 16:9 from 3:4
Only looking for dvd and streaming reissue.
Altho some people would like to project it digitally in a theatre.
Further thoughts???

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