Virtual-Tape Services

Expiring-Video™ Virtualization to HDTV
Video8 Hi8 VHS VHS-C D8 MiniDV HDV Tapes
AVCHD M2TS files
DVD Blu-ray Discs


Endangerd Interlaced Videos Follow:
  • Video8 Tapes, Hi8 Tapes,
  • D8 Tapes,MiniDV Tapes, HDV Tapes,
  • VHS Tapes, VHS-C Tapes
  • DVD discs, Blu-ray discs,
  • AVCHD Files

Using Virtual-Reality Technology...

Picture Below:

Center Column is two interlaced images
("like" video you now have on your tapes & discs.)

Right Column is same two images with line doubler processing.
("like" you might expect with your video images -- without our service -- on HDTV DVD player.)

Left Column is two progressive scan images
("like" you might expect after our Re-Engineering services;
However, we also enhance both the color and images, too.)

Top Row are original resolution images

  1. Left: Progressive Scan,
  2. Center: Interlaced (raw)
  3. Right: Raw Interlaced on HDTV.

Bottom Row are softening effect from (anti-aliasing)line doubler on all images.

(More on this below)

Tape-to-DVD COMBO Recorder Transfer

Combo Recorders are TWO-TIME LOSSERS

Tape-to-DVD Conbo Records guarantee that your DVD quality will be the "lowest quality money can buy" -- at any price! Yet, most "video tape transfer mills" use Tape-to-DVD COMBO Recorders".

Tape-to-DVD COMBO Recorders "rip" (NOT RENDER) the video -- in "real time" to a DVD. Transfer Mills "rip" to DVD called "archive DVDs" -- making you think you have a premium, long term data storage sollution -- to preserve your "video tape" images. This is absolutely FALSE!

NO DVD is "archive worthy", according to The National Archives -- who banned the use of DVD -- "FOR ARCHIVE PURPOSES" -- in 2007 -- and ever since then.

Dual-Pass Rendering
Progressive Scan Re-Engineering and
Virtual-Reality Technology

Using the above technology, we make your Endangered Interlaced Video

You can have a Virtual-Video Archive -- that will last "virtually" a 1000 years!

Our video archive standards exceeds archive standards of
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and
The Library of Congres
both "save-keepers" of the US National Archives.

AFFORDABILITY AND RISK:

We offer a
"Pay as you Approve" Program
Where you preveww Re-Engineered Video
In your own Home
On your own Computer
before YOU move your project forward with "the next payment".

You you have "Full Control" of "Quality Control".

MEDIA WE CAN IMPROVE AND PRESERVE:

We will


The Device-FREE™ Technology Shift -- AWAY from Physical DVD Discs

News: All "Recordable" DVD discs (including "gold") are banned for "archiving purposes" by The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) stating::

" CDs and DVD s are not an archival storage medium. Do not rely on them to store permanent records. "
"Recordable" DVD discs and CD disc have a life span of 2 to 5 years.

Click National Archives Newsletter , to read if for yourself. 

What the National Archives know that you do not -- "in a Nut-Shell..."

  1. DVD RECORDERS" Slash" DVD DISC longevity -- by decades -- even "gold discs". National Archives says 2 to 5 years for all. This applies to YOUR DVD RECORDER, TOO -- AND ALL DVD S YOU HAVE BURNED TO "PRESERVE" ANYTHING! After RECORDING some "data block" are "on the brink of failure".
  2. recordable DVD s store YOUR data and RECORD ERRORS in the "light sensitive", "unstable" Dye Layer of the DVD . Data ERRORS continue to accumulate -- after recording -- due to AGING and due light and air and "normal wear" -- until "drop-out" or" Sudden death" of DVD .
  3. There is a "technology shift" -- away from DVD s.. Like CD discs, DVD "disc" technology is being supplanted by Internet video technology and" Solid state technology".. DVD disc and players are going the way of CDs and vinyl record players and "floppy drives".
  4. Given ALL the above, a "Recordable" DVD is NOT considered "long term storage". DVD are" Short term" Storage ONLY - 2 to 5 years! They need to be "refreshed" (re-recorded) periodically -- from their DVD disc IMAGE™ file.

This ALL is standard knowledg" in the "Archive Industry" -- and the National Archives are the Standard-Bearer".
Companies that do NOT tell you these facts are "negligent"-- or worse -- if they sell you a DVD -- as an Archive..


News: The concept of "archiving" to DVD discs -- of any kind -- is a "last century" concept. OLD Archive Theory tied "content" to "physical media" -- for a long time -- making both "content" and "media" vulnerable to "technology shifts".
Old "archive concepts" were NON-FUNCTIONAL. Add to this the probability that recordable DVD discs WILL FAIL in about 5 years, and you have a formula for disaster.


News: New Modern Archive Theory frees "video content" from "physical media" -- for all time -- making the archive immune to technology shifts . The NEW MODERN ARCHIVE is loaded with FUNCTION -- that perpetuates the archive itself -- to an unlimited life span -- through faithful replication -- generation to generation -- free of any media..


We call the technology a" Virtually-For-EVER™ Library™".

What this means to you...

Our Virtually-For-EVER™ Library™s are NOT Theory -- they are a Reality Now!

For about the same price a buying "just a DVD ", YOU can both

  1. make and play YOUR own DVD discs (last decade's technology),
  2. but you can also things called" Virtual-DVD s" (this decade's technology -- see our Virtually-For-EVER™ Drives™).

With a Virtually-For-EVER™ Library™, our clients (YOU) have

Virtually-For-EVER™ Drives™

WE OFFER 2 MAJOR SERVICES FOR ENDANGERED INTERLACED VIDEOS:

Digital Re-Mastering™ Services

Who needs Digital Re-Mastering™ Services?

People with video that

  1. ORIGINATED FROM VIDEO CAMCORDERS or
  2. COPIES OF OTHER VIDEO TAPES.
  3. COPIES OF Expiring-DVD discs
  4. COPIES OF Expiring-Blu-ray™ discs

DIGITAL RE-MASTERING™ SERVICES INCLUDE:


Cinematic Video Services™

Who needs Cinematic Video Services™?

People with video that ORIGINATED FROM MOVIE film.

CINEMATIC VIDEO SERVICES™:


TV Footage Out-Take Services™ (minor service)

Who needs TV Footage Out-Take Services™?

People who "accidentally" recorded TV footage over their "family footage". This is most common with VHS tapes -- used to "pre-record" broadcast programing for TV.

People who do NOT want to PAY "full price" to preserve both "family footage" and "OLD TV footage".

TV FOOTAGE OUT-TAKE SERVICES™:

  1. A Price Reduction service
  2. Combined with “TV footage” removal service
    • For VHS tapes (usually)which were
    • Used to archive YOUR PERSONAL HOME MOVIES and
    • Were ACCIDENTALLY used to record TV programs from a Video Cassette Reocorder (VCR)!

    Performed ONLY if

    • “TV Out-Take” saves client MORE money than Out-Take Service costs

Service Includes

    • An "in-video" Graphics -- where "TV Out-Takes" occurred in your video
    • Moving a "SAMPLE only" of the “TV Out-Take” to the end of video footage

Purpose:

  1. Shortens the total time of video on your new archive products
  2. Which saves you money
  3. Documents where TV Footage was removed and
  4. why you have a gap in your home movies; and
  5. Provides a "sample" at the end of the movie -- of what was moved and removed
  6. which is also documented with graphics as, "TV Out-Takes"

Digital Re-mastering and Cinematic Services:

VIDEO PRODUCTS INCLUDED IN SERVICES:

  1. Virtually-For-EVER- Library™ (made from Hard Drive or High Capacity Flash Drive) and
  2. Home Movies-N-a-Flash™ Drive (made from Flash Drive)
  3. Device-FREE™ DVD Disc-IMAGES™
  4. DVD Discs -- Physical Discs
  5. Social-Media™ files –
    • for Internet
    • for Windows Media Player &
    • for Apple QuickTime Player
  6. Social-Media™ Data Disc –
    • for Internet and
    • for Confirmation of Work Done

DIGITAL RE-MASTERING™ SERVICES
(Included in both services)

CREATING Virtually-For-EVER Master-Files™ for HDTV:

Why two master files ?

Primal-Film™ Master-Files™: The word “Primal" means “original source”. Your “Primal-Film™ Master-Files™ ”™ video (made directly from your original tapes or discs) is -- as close as you can ever get “digitally” – to your “original video tape” or “DVD / Blu-ray Disc”. You need to KEEP this video – in a “near-original state” as possible – should future technology evolves to make “better” products than we can make now – with today’s technology. However, freezing some video files, like VHS -- in the 1960's format -- is crippling. If you have ever hooked up your OLD VHS player to an HDTV -- you will see why.

Thus this "near-original state" should be in its best condition for use with tools for HDTV -- moving the format decades into the future. We have a method of off-loading your tapes and upgrading them for HDTV -- in progressive scan (among other thengs) -- to produce what we call a "Primal-Film™ Master-File". This adds value and function to your Primal-Film™ Master-File.

Virtually-For-EVER Master-Files™ for HDTV: The goal of digital video for HDTV, is to make your images “look like” movie film. Your “Virtual-Film™ Master-Files™ ” files are a digital leap from “old (Primal-Film™ Master-Files™) INTERLACED video” to “new Progressive Scan HDTV technology”. We call these new, enhance images -- “Virtual-Film™ Master-Files™ ”.

Having 2 types of files gives you a “before” and “after” perspective on your “enhancements”.

For these reasons, you receive 2 “files ”.

  1. The “Primal-Film™ Master-Files™” files – your “original video” images – good, bad, or ugly – just like the were captured from your original video tapes or discs.

  2. The "Virtually-For-EVER Master-Files™ for HDTV" – youe Enhanced and Re-engineered "files" -- for HDTV. Used to make ALL your other video products!

The way a Motion Pictures studio handles MOTION in MOTION PICTURES is IMPORTANT!™
Our Clients get a True-to-Life™ film LQQK" for HDTV -- from "Last Century's Video Tape"!"

VIDEO PROBLEMS: PICTURES WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS

Examples of Video Problem-Solving:

The samples below are" Special problems" for clients with Expiring-DVD discs or video tapes -- WHICH HAVE INTERLACED VIDEO.

First of all, there is the challenge of getting rid of all distracting elements of "interlace video" that conflict with displaying them

Picture Below:

Interline Twitter Effect from Interlaced Video:

For demonstration purposes, the animated frame rate of the IMAGE™ above has been slowed by a factor of 3, to emphasis flicker.
Credit: "Indian Head interlace":
by RCA_Indian_Head_test_pattern.JPG: RCAderivative work: Damian Yerrick - RCA_Indian_Head_test_pattern.JPG. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

Problem 1 with Your Old Interlaced Video on HDTV:

The density of and number of interlaced lines for HDTV is much greater for HDTV, than for OLD NTSC TV sets. Interlaced lines video for OLD TV sets, and OLD video tapes and DVDs -- desigend to be used on OLD TV sets.

Therefore, if you can convert OLD video for OLD TV to Progressive Scan images -- BERORE you play them on your HDTV, you will get a better IMAGE™.

FOR EXAMPLE: (IMAGE™ above) The interlaced scan (center) precisely duplicates the pixels of the progressive IMAGE™ (left), but interlace causes details to twitter.

A line doubler (built into your DVD player for HDTV) operates in "bob" (interpolation) mode and would produce the images at far right.

Raw interlaced video blurs such details to prevent twitter, as seen in the bottom row, but such softening (or anti-aliasing) comes at the cost of IMAGE™ clarity.

But even the best line doubler could never restore the bottom center IMAGE™ to the full resolution of the Progressive Scan IMAGE™.

For that reason,

  • we convert your OLD INTERLACED VIDEO to Progressive Scan --
  • preserving as much "IMAGE™ detail" as possible --
  • for your HDTV equipment to "optimize" further.

Interline Twitter

Problem 2 with Your Old Interlaced Video on HDTV:

Interlace introduces a potential problem called interline twitter, a form of moiré . This aliasing effect only shows up under certain circumstances — when the subject contains vertical detail that approaches the horizontal resolution of the video format.

For instance, a finely striped jacket on a news anchor may produce a shimmering effect.

This is Interlace or Interline Twitter.

Television professionals avoid wearing clothing with fine striped patterns for this reason. Professional video cameras or Computer Generated IMAGE™ry systems apply a low-pass filter to the vertical resolution of the signal to prevent interline twitter.

Interline twitter is the primary reason that interlacing is less suited for computer displays (and HDTV). Each scanline on a high-resolution computer monitor (and an HDTV) typically displays discrete pixels that do not span the scanlines above or below (of an interlaced image).

When the overall interlaced frame rate is 30 frames per second, a pixel that spans only one scanline is visible for 1/30 of a second followed by 1/30 of a second of darkness, reducing the per-line/per-pixel framerate to 15 frames per second.

To avoid this, standard interlaced television sets typically don't display sharp detail. When computer graphics appear on a standard television set, the screen is treated as if it were half the resolution of what it actually is or even lower.

If text is displayed, it is large enough so that horizontal lines are never one (1) scanline wide. Most fonts for television programming have wide, fat strokes, and do not include fine-detail serifs that would make the twittering more visible.


Interlace Combing:

Problem 3 with Your Old Interlaced Video on HDTV:

"Interlaced video frame (car wheel)" by Mikus (talk). Original uploader was Mikus at en.wikipedia - Transferred from en.wikipedia; transferred to Commons by User:Liftarn using CommonsHelper.(Original text : I created this work entirely by myself.). Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Interlaced_video_frame_(car_wheel).jpg#mediaviewer/File:Interlaced_video_frame_(car_wheel).jpg

When someone watches interlaced video on a progressive monitor with poor deinterlacing, they can see "combing" in movement between two fields of one frame (above).

Picture of a moving car tire, interlace combing reduced by realigning the even and odd field on the X axis. The other field has been moved 16 pixels right, reducing the combing on the bumper and the tire outline, but the hub cap that has turned between the fields has notable combing.

(end wikipeida reference)

For a more detailed descussion on this topic visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interlaced_video


Solving 3 ProblemS at once: DIGITAL RE-MASTERING SERVICES

Convert ALL your "Interlaced video" to Progressive Scan --
without "stripping-out" lines of resolution solves all 3 probmes above.

All video from last century -- and most video thru last decade -- is Interlaced.
Yes, Hi8, DVD, DV, Digital 8 (D8), HDV, and AVCHD is ALL interlaced.

"The way a Motion Pictures studio PRESERVES YOUR MOTION in YOUR MOTION PICTURES is IMPORTANT!"

Here is ONE WAY we do that.

Frame A (below) is what ALL your video looks like as "interlaced video". 

Video Interlace Close-up

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Frame A: As Interlaced Video (400x Zoom)
FRAME "A" IS ABOUT AS BAD AS MOTION IN VIDEO CAN GET!

It has up-and-down motion with with yaw in the frame itself -- from "HAND HELD CAMERA" MOTION.

It has "wind-whipping" motion in the flags -- action faster than the shutter speed of the camera.

FRAME A IS ACTUALLY FROM 2 FRAMES OF VIDEO --
BLENDED INTO A TRANSITIONAL INTERLACED FRAME WITH ODD/EVEN FIELDS.
THE FLAGS, THE HAND-HELD CAMERA, AND THE VIDEO FRAME ITSELF -- ARE ALL MOVING!

Most studios are afraid to "show and tell" video at this level of complexity; however, THIS is typical level of complexity of "home movies" -- that YOU have -- and that YOU give us to work with. So, why not talk about a few Pros and Cons...

MOTION in VIDEO separates the Pro Artist from the Con Artist.

Don't even think about giving your home movies to a studio that does NOT talk about how they handle the complexity of MOTION in MOTION PICTURES! They are not Professional Video Artists. They use "ripping methods" to convert video; which also means, they are "rip-offs" -- "ripping you off"!

Frame B: Below: A Video Re-Engineered Frame -- made from Frame A (above). Notice the" Subtle motion" of flags -- after pixel shift.

Frame B: AFTER RE-ENGINEERING(400x Zoom)
Progressive Scan with
No lines "stripped out",
No "anti-aliasing",
No "bobbing".

Progressive Scan Close-up

NOTE: We have a method of off-loading your tapes and upgrading them for HDTV in progressive scan -- in the same step -- to produce what we used to call a "Primal Master". For demonstration purposes, we have shown the step-by-step method of doing this; however, a primal master "like" B above is far better than a primal master "like" A above.

We call video like Frame B (above) -- before color enhancement --
a Primal-Film Master-File™

We call video like Frame B (above) -- after color enhancement --
a Virtual-Film™ Master-Files™.

Why is this important to YOU?

To the naked human eye, True-to-Life™ Motion "looks like" Frame B (above) -- not like Frame A (above).

At 30 frames per second, on your HDTV, you have the choice to look at frames like Frame A or like Frame B.

Which type frame would you rather look at - on your HDTV?

Which frame would you rather "pass on" -- to future generations?

Frame C: (below) Virtual-Video™ for HDTV
TRUE PROGRESSIVE SCAN -- WITH NO LOSS IN RESOLUTION
Notice the" Slight blur" over-all, which will makes this frame a nice "Predictive Motion Frame" -- not a "Blended Frame" -- like Frame A (above).

Final Blended Frame

(Above: 2 frames blended together as a Progressive Scan frame -- to show motion)

But Virtual-Film™ Master-Files™ is where the quality STARTS -- not where it ENDS.
Our "Dual-Pass Rendering Methods" -- for making your DVD and Blu-ray products --
re-maps motion in images like Frame B (above) with "normal frames" --
making images that are "better than the original".

Press the video "Play" triangle in the frame below to see the True-to-Life Motion of our Virtually Re-Engineered™ Virtual Video™

(VIDEO Demo A iPhone)



Virtually-For-EVER Master-Files™ For HDTV (included with all services)

(See Frame B and Video Demo A above):

Virtually-For-EVER Master-Files™ For HDTV use Video Re-Engineering to take an “interlaced frame” and “re-engineers” it into “Progressive Scan” frames – without the “comb lines” – called “jaggies”. This process does NOT "strip out" lines, but rather reconstructs a new IMAGE™ from ALL lines.

This process re-maps (re-weaves and adapts) variations in the lines of video to restore “shapes of objects (i.e., making a round ball “stay round” as it travels across frames of video – instead of looking like a “blob” of jagged little lines).

Since Video Re-Engineering eliminates “comb lines” (called “jaggies”), the end result is something you can actually see -- a visible enhancement – especially in clips with “fast motion” or “hand held” camera movement. Were your home movies "hand held"?

Unfortunately, on video made from "copies of copies" (i.e., video tape copies of video tape copies). although the IMAGE™ is still "improved", a remnant of "the jaggies" becomes part of the IMAGE™ itself -- which remains -- as a soft saw-tooth pattern -- even after Video Re-Engineering. This can be seen in our example (below) of "3-Color Displacement Correction" -- which is a forth generation "copy of other video copies".

Who needs this service?

People with ‘INTERLACED VIDEO” which includes:

  • ALL INTERLACED DIGITAL VIDEO -- MiniDV tapes, Digital 8 tapes, and DVD discs; and
  • ALL INTERLACED DIGITAL VIDEO -- MiniDV tapes, Digital 8 tapes, and DVD discs; and
  • ALL INTERLACED ANALOGUE VIDEO -- VHS, Hi 8, and Video 8 analogue tapes; and,
  • ALL video that was shot “hand-held” -- is "jaggy saturated".

Our Unique Video Re-Engineering gives you “The Best of Both Worlds!”

  1. Quality – from the “new” Progressive images
  2. Action – from the “old” Interlaced images.

DIGITAL RE-MASTERING SERVICES:
(Included in both services)

3-COLOR-DISPLACEMENT CORRECTION:

One of the biggest problems with “video tape” is “Color-Displacement” – when the Red, Blue, or Green (RGB) colors shift off-of the Black & White IMAGE™ – to someplace it does NOT belong! 

Frame D: Example
BEFORE "3-COLOR DISPLACEMENT" CORRECTION
ORIGINAL (Primal-Film™ Master-Files™) Fourth-Generation VHS VIDEO -- ZOOMED 200 TIMES
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3-Color Discplacement

The example (above) shows extreme "Color Displacement" -- called different things -- like "color smear", “color bleed”, or “color ghosting”, "color-shift", etc. All 3 colors -- Red, Blue, and Green (which make all other colors in video) -- are "doing their own thing!" Each color must be manipulated separately -- from the other 2 colors. This is "impossible to fix" -- according to most video experts. Impossible for THEM!

Frame E: Impossible Correction...
FRAME AFTER "3-COLOR DISPLACEMENT" CORRECTION

This Virtual-Film™ Master-Files™ made from
FOURTH-GENERATION VHS VIDEO -- ZOOMED 200 TIMES
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3-Color Displacement Correction

In Frame E (above) our special 3-Color-Displacement Correction process has "put all 3-Colors back together" AND put them "where they should be".

Notice MORE detail in the" Skin texture" -- proof that much of the "original resolution" has been "restored". This is just another thing that other studios say, "can't be done.." -- just because THEY CAN'T DO IT!

This video will never be "GREAT" but it IS -- "Better then the Original".

The remaining color distortion can be attributed to "generation loss" -- over 4 generations (copies of copies) -- where the original "3-Color Displacement" -- from a prior generation of video "RIPPING" -- was copied" onto the next generation of video -- without benefit of TBC (Time Base Correction) or 3-Color Displacement.

The remnant of the interlace lines along SOME diagonal lines have become part of the IMAGE™ -- even after Video-Re-engineering to Progressive Scan.

The Acid Test:

Would YOU rather watch 2 hours of video -- like Frame D -- or like Frame E?
Especially if it was video of YOU and YOUR BELOVED FAMILY!

We are one of only a very few "high quality" Studios that can correct or improve "3-Color Displacement”.

DIFFERENCES YOU CAN SEE:

  • 3-Color Displacement Correction
  • Progressive Scan Re-Engineering
  • Dual-Pass Rendering (NOT Ripping)

MAKE YOUR VIDEO "The Best It Can Be!"

Our Guarantee:

We can confidently guarantee your money back -- if your video is not "BETTER than the video you send us to work with. We use a "Pay-as-YOU-Approve" business model -- just like used by our Commercial Clients.

To request a price quote, click here: Quote Request Link.

MPEG-2 Transport Stream (M2TS) Video files

M2TS video files are the video segments found on your memory card from your AVCHD camcorder.

As you know, your M2TS files are individual "clips" – created each Record/Pause cycle on your camcorder.

The problem is, the files were very easy to copy out of the AVCHD format folder from the memory card on the AVCHD camcorder onto a hard drive on the computer.

The problem is, once copied, each clip is no longer logically connected to the "clip" before it and the clip after it. Thus, the serial continuity of visual relationship – of one clip to the next is lost. In other words, the "story line" -- told clip-by-clip -- is lost – and the individual clips themselves are endanger of becoming lost – if they are ever renamed -- using something other than a number.

Technically, M2TS is a LOSSY, partial-frame, view only (if you are lucky) video format.

Because of these barriers and limitations, both M2TS cannot be considered a "files" format – suitable for both editing and the long-term preservation of video images. 

M2TS needs to be "ingested" (transcoded) into a full-frame video format for useful work flows for the 1) preservation, 2) editing, and 3) rendering of video – for useful consumer video formats and products.

All the above has been a big problem in the AVCHD camcorder community – especially for Apple users  who can not even view the individual clips with most things Apple.

Five issues face all M2TS file owners as follow:

  1. Just viewing M2TS video – outside of the proprietary world of Sony.
  2. Re-uniting the individual clips into their original contiguous order.
  3. Editing M2TS video with conventional non-linear video editing software.
  4. Preserving M2TS video so that future family users -- who know nothing about the perils of AVCHD video formats and disenfranchised M2TS clips.

For these reasons there are several video conversion products for MAC and PC will transcode from M2TS to most any video format, however, these products do not create 1) video archives nor 2) create video products that most consumers can use directly.  Last but not least, the unguided use of these products – as with ALL transcoding processes -- carry the risk of loosing some of the Proprietary M2TS video integrity of your home movies -- forever. At best, used of these products is a learning process of many trials and errors.

ProRes Video Container files

The best format for Mac users – to preserve and edit these M2TS files -- is ProRes 422 – a High Definition format – proprietary to Apple.

ProRes has found wide acceptance for cross-platform use in the Windows world for professional and prosummer work flows as follows:

ProRes Playback
On 28 August 2008, Apple introduced a free ProRes QuickTime Decoder for both Mac and Windows that allows playback of ProRes files through QuickTime.

ProRes Open source projects
On 15 September 2011, FFmpeg introduced a free decoder for ProRes 422 for libavCODEC .   FFmbc , a fork of FFmpeg customized for broadcast and professional usage, supports ProRes 422 and 4444 files.

ProRes Encoding
Installing Final Cut Pro will install the ProRes CODECs for encoding files on OS X.
Apple released ProRes bundled with other pro CODECs as a download for users with "qualifying copies of Final Cut Pro, Motion, or Compressor" installed, for OS X with QuickTime 7.6 and newer.

At the April 2010 NAB Show, Digital Video Systems launched the first Windows 7 platform with the ability to encode to all the varieties of Apple ProRes at speeds far faster than real time on their Clipster product.

On March 31, 2011, Telestream added support for ProRes encoding on Windows systems with Episode Engine, Vantage, and FlipFactory as a free upgrade to the current versions of these products. The system must be running on Windows Server 2008 and be able to support this feature. ProRes video capturing and output to tape is available in Telestream's Pipeline network encoder.

On 29 October 2011, FFmpeg introduced a free encoder, enabling ProRes 422 encoding on all FFmpeg supported platforms.

At the April 2012 NAB Show, Brevity introduced a customized algorithm for the accelerated transport and ...

M2TS (HDV) files To Blu-Ray and DVD:

Since M2TS files are High Definition (HD) files, I suggest that one of your products be Blu-ray discs – if you or other family member have Blu-ray players. In the process of making of these Blu-ray discs, we create Blu-ray Disc-IMAGE™ files – which could be used by future generations to duplicate more Blu-ray discs and to view the "true quality" of your M2TS files. 

For family members that do NOT have Blu-ray, but do have DVD player, of course creating Virtual-DVDs and DVD Disc would be the logical path to their enjoyment of your videos. We add to this to the dimension of a portable Virtual-DVD on our Virtual-DVD™ / MP4 Library™ – which works on both Mac and PC.

MP4 Video Format files MP4 Video Format: The Internet Format

I recommend that your M2TS be converted to MP4, too, for use on the internet and for used on tiny "Virtual" devices – like our Virtual-DVD™ / MP4 Library™ .  MP4 was popularized by YouTube and Netflix – and is a very efficient, "view only" format.

 


CINEMATIC VIDEO SERVICES


CUSTOM COLOR ENHANCEMENT

CINEMATIC VIDEO SERVICE is ONLY for “video” which “originated” from “Standard 8mm movie film or 16mm movie film ”.

For video images -- that originated from MOVIE FILM -- your images have a lot of hidden quality which we can now release with modern digital tools. Working “best” for digital tape and digital disc (DVD and Blu-ray) this process also works “well” with most first generation “analogue master tapes”, too.

Our Color Artists -- using state-of-the-art Color Enhancement Tools -- will make a “profound difference” in most segments of your video -- a difference you can see.

This is the SAME “Clip-by-Clip” Custom Color Enhancement we use for our “Professional Clients” -- and that we how offer our “Domestic Clients” -- for “Virtual Film Transfer” services.

(NOTE: This is NOT a “film transfer” or “film-to-video transfer” service”).

The only difference with YOUR video – on tape or disc -- that originated from a "film transfer" -- is we do NOT have to “capture it” from the original movie film.

Custom Color Enhancement is such a “PROFOUND IMPROVEMENT”, that we can guarantee -- with confidence -- that if CINEMATIC VIDEO SERVICES -- do NOT look better than your “original video”, then you only pay for our DIGITAL RE-MASTERING SERVICES (see details below).

Clients choosing CINEMATIC VIDEO SERVICES are sent a “Confirmation Videos” – in MP4 -- so they can confirm the added quality – before making their “next payment”.

This is same “business model” used for our film-to-video Virtual Film Transfer Services – and if you have used our services in the past, you know we mean “business” -- "good business".

Under CINEMATIC VIDEO SERVICES…

1) We “sharpen the IMAGE™” -- with technology that makes the IMAGE™ "crisper” – on HDTV. This includes converting the IMAGE™ to a Progressive Scan IMAGE™ after we get rid of interlace “comb lines” – known as “jaggies”.

2) We "Re-White Balance" you images with Color Temperature Restoration. HDTV has a greater dynamic range for whites and shades of white – allowing use to “bring-out” overtones of sunlight, etc.

Older cinema camera technology and transfer technology use “auto-white balance” technology to pseudo (false) color correct. Many colors – like yellow sunlight on a sidewalk, light blue in the sky -- that were NOT “white” in natural light or in nature, are “forced” to “look white” or “neutral grey”. As a result, the subtleties of “sunlight” (called “color temperatures”) was lost. Colore may "look different" but the do NOT look "true to life".

Using “Master Color Artist” techniques, along with our new Custom Enhancement Color Technology, these “subtleties” locked in your old film images (now on video) can be restored. To see these “subtleties” in nature, look at a white rose in the early hours of morning or evening -- and then look at the same white rose at high noon. 

3) We “Black Enrich” your images – to HDTV standards – so that “correctly exposed” segments of your video no longer look “washed out”. The OLD NTSC Standards for “Black” NOW tend to look “washed out” -- when played on an HDTV. Black Gamma Enrichment corrects this problems – in many cases – by actually expanding the dynamic range of black details within the picture – to create “true black” in those elements of a picture -- which actually ARE ‘true black” -- in real life. 

4) We “Green Enrich” your images. Green is the color most frequently lost in older RGB film transfers -- drifting toward blue or even red. Deep greens tend to look “black or even blue”. We can now “restore” many green shades to a more “life-like” color – which HDTV truly exploits.

5) We Correct Blue and Magenta Distortion: Most Super 8mm movie film was chemically altered for “low light”. As a result, shadows tended toward “blue” instead of “grey”. With time, as the dyes “got tired”, this film image (now in video) had a general color shift toward the color “magenta” (purple-pink – in layman’s terms). Most Super 8mm movie transfers (now video images), especially sound, had a light to heavy “magenta caste” that permeated the entire picture. We now have a correction for this distortion which corrects 95% to 100% of “magenta distortion”. When we are finished with our magic, many people see their home movies in “true-to-life” normal colors -- for the first time! Better than their old movie film!

CINEMATIC VIDEO SERVICES are NORMALLY for “video” which “originated” from “movie film”; however,

HOTE: CUSTOM RE-COLORIZATION VIDEO SERVICES -- much like our Cinematic Video Services -- can be ordered for ANY VIDEO PRODUCT. Just call us for pricing.

FINALLY: If we feel Cinematic Video Services are not a good match for your video, we will simply switch it to Digital Re-Mastering Services (see below).

CINEMATIC VIDEO SERVICES INCLUDE:

True-to-Life™ Motion AND True-to-Life™ Speed ENHANCEMENT

AGAIN, CINEMATIC VIDEO SERVICES are ONLY for “video” which “originated” from “Standard 8mm movie film or 16mm movie film ”.

Using Digital Algorithmic Interpolation (DAI), we “normalize” the speed of your films to “True-to-Life™ Speed” and “True-to-Life™ Motion (Preserving THE Times of YOUR Life™ )”.

NOTE: Film captured by our studio, prior to 2010, was synchronized to a video signal at
20 frames per second (fps) -- for both Super 8mm movie and Regular 8 film. That was the ONLY way film and video could be synchronized -- at that time.

However, even with 2016 technology upon us, most studios are still synchronize film to video at 20fps frame rate. They do NOT "normalize" VIDEO FROM FILM TRANSFERS -- from 20fps -- to "True-to-Life Speed" and "True-to-Life Motion".

Why? To Save THEMSELVES money -- at the expense of adding time and motion distortion to your priceless images.

18 fps Normalization using DIA:

Super 8mm movie film – for HDTV: We" Slow down" the motion from 20fps to 18 fps (frames per second) using DIA. This means that your Super 8mm movie film is "normalized" to the same “real life” speed at which it was originally shot (with 0% "real time" distortion"). Normalization of 18 fps ADDS 10% “real time” to your project (i.e., 6 minutes more time for every hour of movie film ) and “slows down” the motion to “life-life” speed. These are changes that HDTV supports in Progressive Scan.

If you know where your Regular 8 video ends and your Super 8mm movie video starts, this information will be a big help to tell us. If we can not determine if video is made from Super 8mm movie or Standard 8mm movie film (Regular 8mm movie film) , which is rare, we will error on the side of normalizing it to only 18fps. Although 18fps is not ideal for Standard 8mm movie film (Regular 8mm movie film) , it is “visually more natural” than 20fps. Splitting the difference between 16fps and 20fps (i.e.,18fps) is a 50% improvement toward “normal speed”.

16 fps Normalization using DIA:

Standard 8mm movie film (Regular 8mm movie film) – for HDTV: We" Slow down" the motion to 16 fps using DIA. This means that your Regular 8 film is "corrected" to a speed distortion of 0% of the original “real time” speed -- at which it was originally shot. (16 fps ADDS 20% “more viewing time” to your project (i.e. 12 minutes per every hour) and “slows down” the motion to “True-to-Life™ Speed” and “True-to-Life™ Motion (For THE Times of YOUR Life™ )”.

TV FOOTAGE OUT-TAKE SERVICE:

Most studios charge FULL PRICE for TV footage – same a family footage -- and just leave it in your video.

“TV footage” can be “news”, “sports”, “weather”, “soap operas”, “movies” -- with TONS of commercials!

TV footage is “a problem” with “video tape” projects – especially VHS tapes. Many people send us tapes full of nothing but TV footage. Sometimes people send tapes having “mixed” family footage with TV footage – by accident – recording “TV footage” OVER “family footage”. 

NOTE: If you alert us, we are happy to preserve TV footage of "historical significance" -- like the Lunar Landing, post-mortem TV coverage of Kennedy, King, Elvis, etc.

TV footage usually plays for hours at a time; however, our “default policy” is to capture TV footage – since we can not pay someone to watch every minute of a video tape being captured – and “deal with it later”.

On average, 20 minutes of “TV footage” cost you about $5 – but most people are willing to pay that -- although they "cringe" at paying for hours and hours of TV footage -- which they will never re-watch.

Why? In the case of many “recording accidents”, “family footage” can re-appear – after the “accidental” TV footage ends. Although you “hate” paying for TV footage, you would “hate even more” to loose “even more priceless “family footage” – hiding AFTER the “recording accident” ends. Most people have never seen this “hidden family footage” -- assuming the entire tape has been "over-written'.

We will “look for” – “family footage” at the end of “TV footage”, however, by sending us your project, “you agree to hold us harmless” should we “miss any family footage” which may be commingled with “TV footage”.


IF WE ENCOUNTER “TV FOOTAGE”…

We try to save you money and save your memories with a TV Out-Take Service. We NEVER charge a TV Out-Take Fee – if it does NOT save you MONEY. To protect you, your final cost of producing a tape – plus any TV Out-Take Fee – will never be MORE than the quoted price of a tape.

How do we earn our TV Out-Take fee?

We document each “out-take” – in your video with an “Out-Take” graphic. That way, you can confirm – which tapes have TV footage and where it was. The “Out-Take” eliminates this “TV time” and “TV cost” from your “family video project”, When – and IF -- “family footage” re-appears, we then restart the video capture process. We also MOVE a “sample” of the “TV Out-Take” to the END of your video, so you can see a sample of what was removed. Sampling saves you tons of hard drive space, too!

For example, if you have a 2 hour tape and TV footage appears at 1 hour and 50 minutes into the tape, there is no reason for us to “Out-Take” TV footage – to save you money.

On the other hand, if a 2 hour tapes STARTS OUT with TV footage, if we fast-forward through the tape – only to find TV footage for 1 hour and 30 minutes, but THEN we find “birthday footage” – to the end of the tape -- we just saved you MONEY AND MEMORIES!

The best savings comes when a video tape has ALL TV footage. it only cost $5 -- instead of “full price”!

Our TV Out-Take Fee is applied ONLY under the following conditions:

  • Limited to one time only per tape -- ONLY IF the tape “needs TV Footage Removed”; AND,
  • Only if the “TV Out-Take” saves you MORE than $5 in savings OFF your final bill!

This is NOT an Add-on Fee; This IS a “Take-Off” Fee – for “Added Value” and saving "REAL MONEY!"

Virtually-For-EVER™ VIDEO PRODUCTS
(Included in both services)

Home-Movie-Library Virtual-Drive™ on a "Host" Drive is A Virtual-Drive on a Physical-Drive.

In “Digital Archive Theory”, the “best archive” contains 1) all versions of your video, 2) an on-board “media player” to play your videos, and 3) a tutorial on how to use the “Virtually-For-EVER™ Drive™ ” – to play video, make DVD discs, to make “Virtual-DVD™ / MP4 Library™ ( Virtual-DVD Library)s and finally, to duplicate the Virtually-For-EVER™ Library™ itself.

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Pictured is an older model of our Virtually-For-EVER™ Library™
a USB "Pocket" Hard drive

Virtually-For-EVER™ Library™ Drives™ contain ALL your “video data files ”, “media player” and ‘tutorial”. Your Virtually-For-EVER™ Library™ Drives™ are usually hard drives (shown above) which are “re-purposed” – specialized – for managing and maintaining your “video archive”.

NOTE: For" Small projects", we can substitute a 128Gb Flash Drive (pictured below as the black flash drive) for a "hard drive" (pictured above) and save you money. Since it contains ALL your video files, too, we refer to it as a "Virtually-For-EVER™ Library™ ", too -- also used to "manage your video archive".

For example, you need to “check” your Virtually-For-EVER™ Library™ every few years to insure that your videos are “still there”. To this end, we have incorporated a royalty-FREE™“media player” onto your Virtually-For-EVER™ Drive™ – thus its name “Virtually-For-EVER™ Drive™ ”. This “media player” BOOTS from your “Virtually-For-EVER™ Drive” – not from your PC or Mac. This means you do NOT have to “hunt for software” to view your archive – even if you are on someone else’s – or your -- new computer. Software, with a tutorial -- that YOU know how to use -- is already on the Virtually-For-EVER™ Drive™ . This means, your “video media player” is ALWAYS physically located with your video files – when and where you need it – and with a couple clicks – you can be playing and sharing your videos and memories – no matter what computer you use – anywhere – anytime. This is MUCH BETTER than a “dumb drive” with a “read-me file”.

Making your own DVD discs: The US National Archives says recordable DVD discs are only good for 5 years. Now, from your Virtually-For-EVER™ Drive™ , you are empowered to refresh (re-record) your DVD s every 5 years – or any time -- for anyone. To do that, we provide you with “virgin” DVD DISC-IMAGE™ files – to burn new DVD platters -- right from your “Virtually-For-EVER™ Drive™ ”. Your DVD s will be as good as our DVD s – because they come form the “same digital disc IMAGE™”.

No more copying one DVD disc directly to another DVD disc – which is “BAD”. Why? According to the Library of Congress, the act of “recording a DVD ” introduces tons of data errors – which shorten the DVD discs life. Because DVD -to-DVD duplication – a bit-to-bit transfer process -- can pass on ALL data errors -- compounded from all generations of DVD discs in a DVD ’s linage of previous “duplications” – onto the NEW DVD disc. That means, your NEW DVD data may actually be “OLDER” in terms of “data errors” – than the “OLD” DVD – used to make the NEW DVD . This is similar to “generation loss” from copying an OLD analogue video tape to NEW analogue tape. The NEW tape is ALWAYS WORSE than the ORIGINAL.

Finally, you NEED BACKUPS of your video archive. We have made “duplicating” your Virtually-For-EVER™ Drive™ easy. Like painting by numbers – you can make your OWN, NEW Virtually-For-EVER™ Drives™ by “drag-N-dropping” files -- “by the numbers” – as you read my tutorial.

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Small Player-Drive

SMALL SOCIAL-MEDIA™ Virtually-For-EVER™ Drive:

Virtual-DVD™ / MP4 Library™ is a “miniaturized” version of your Virtually-For-EVER™ Library™ -- containing YOUR ENTIRE VIDEO LIBRARY on Social-Media files. Your Virtual-DVD™ / MP4 Library™ ( Virtual-DVD Library) – the size of a key -- has a ring, that will clip onto your key-chain. Take it with you and you can share your videos on any computer using Windows Media Player or Apple QuickTime Player. You can also UPLOAD these files (or edited segments of these files ) to the Internet – or send them to friends and family via your cell phone. If you loose it, just make another one – from your Virtually-For-EVER™ Library™ .

Each "Virtually-For-EVER™ Drive™ " has an "on-board" media player -- to play your videos -- on both Mac and PC computers.
You can duplicate your Virtual-DVD™ / MP4 Library™ ( Virtual-DVD Library) "on the spot" -- giving it to someone in your family -- without worry of violating software copyrights!

All the above – and much more -- is covered in your “Virtually-For-EVER™ Drive™ Tutorial” – located on each Virtually-For-EVER™ Drive™ .

Summary of Products and Services

CINEMATIC VIDEO SERVICES:

DIGITAL RE-MASTERING SERVICES:

TV FOOTAGE OUT-TAKE SERVICES:

PRODUCTS YOU WILL RECEIVE:
(“set” means “a complete, unabridged copy of your entire project”)

Products Included with BOTH services:

2 sets of DVD s
1 set of DVD Device-FREE™ Disc-IMAGES™
1 set of Social-Media Data Discs – for “confirmation” of work done on disc
1 set of Social-Media files – in H.264/MP4 video format (for the Internet)
1 set of Primal-Film™ Master-Files™ -- in DV Format – “Interlace Video” IS preserved from original video
1 set of Virtually-For-EVER Master-Files™ For HDTV – as “Progressive Scan Video”
1 Virtually-For-EVER™ Library™ (files and all product files )
1 Home Movies-N-a-Flash™ Drive ( Virtual-DVD s and Social-Media files )

All DVD discs have a 90 day “replacement” warranty – within 90 days of shipping.

All Video files are “backed-up” for only 30 days – once products are shipped – so that you can verify that all video file-based products are good. After 30 days they are purged from our database.

BILLING and CONFIRMATION OF WORK COMPLETED:

You will receive a Social-Media Disc to Confirmation files in MP4 format
which you will play on your computer using either Windows Media Player or Apple QuickTime player --
which are both “free” applications you probably already own. You may receive several of these over the course of the project – especially if you have several hours of Service A footage. These “data discs” will NOT play in your DVD player.

CINEMATIC VIDEO SERVICES Guarantee: If any 15 minute segment of CINEMATIC VIDEO SERVICES is not “better” than your old, original video, and if we can not remedy the quality issue,

then you pay Digital Re-Mastering Services pricing only for that segments of video.

DEPOSIT:

Your INITIAL DEPOSIT is 75% the price of the total project or $300, which ever is less.

Deposits are deposited only when production starts.

PAY-AS-YOU-APPROVE: 

Final Payment(s) is apportioned to each of the" Social-Media Data Disc" -- as you approve them.

Final shipment is sent after last payment.

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SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS:

PRODUCTION NOTES:

CINEMATIC VIDEO SERVICES are a labor-intensive processes that use labor and equipment from our Movie Film Transfer Services. Therefore, CINEMATIC VIDEO SERVICES must be scheduled into our “Film Transfer” production – which generally is on a “monthly production cycle” – for every 2 hours of video production. We generally have "Movie Film Transfer" Sales 3 months in advance.

We do NOT offer "express services" on transferring video tapes and estimate a 1 month" Start date" with 1 production cycle per month -- for each 8 hours of video sent for confirmation. At this time, we can not be "the best" and "the fastest". If speed is more important than quality, then we are NOT the right studio for your needs.

RETURN SHIPPING and INSURANCE:

Every project has a different size, weight, and destination. “Our cost” is “your cost”. We do not have “packing and handling fees”. Carol, our Business Manager, can give you an estimate of shipping cost and options to your area. Most people choose USPS “Flat Rate” shipping or UPS “Ground”. Since we keep a 30 day backup of your project, there is only little risk to your video archive in shipping.

video tape SPLICING & REPAIR: If you have “broken or damaged” tape, we WILL have to repair it. This often means removing the case – or replacing it or parts – making the splice – then reassembling the case.

Be advised that video tracks crossing the physical splice WILL be lost. All stretched or damaged or wrinkled video tape will be lost.

Also, be advised, “the splice” is “only temporary” -- FOR OUR USE ONLY -- to capture your video tape. Use of a “repaired tape” WILL damage YOUR video tape player -- very badly.


DVD DISC repair: We can resurface a disk if we need to, or we can use “tricks of the trade” to temporarily restore the surface of a disc – so that it is more readable. We also have special software that can perform reconstructive processing. In any case, some data may be lost. All this takes time, and sometimes test trials.

By sending us your project, “you agree to hold us harmless” if we can NOT restore function to a DVD or if we make it worse.

LONG PLAY (LP) TAPES or DVD DISCS

“Long play” tapes are “regular tapes” record in Long Play (LP) Mode. This video is VERY POOR, but a lot of it (up to 6 to 8 hours) could be “crushed” on to a “2 hour tape” – usually a VHS tape. Many people copies their camcorder tapes to VHS in LP mode; or tape several hours of TV in LP Mode.

In the event tapes are found to be recorded in “long play mode”, then the “extra video” means “extra capture services” and maybe extra hard drive and flash drive space. These EXTRA COSTS are “self-evident”. By the act of sending us your project, you agree you will pay the any extra costs for “Long Play” Tapes or DVD discs. If we encounter “long play” media, we will notify you -- after the first occurrence.

YOU AGREE TO BACKUP YOUR PROJECT:

By sending us your project, you agree to “backup” your Virtually-For-EVER™ Library™ – within 30 days of receiving your Virtually-For-EVER™ Drive™ . We will purge you project from our database 30 days AFTER your receive your Virtually-For-EVER™ Drive™ .

METHODS OF PAYMENT:

Checks:

Chase Quickpay

ClearXchange

VISA / MC

Paypal

VIDEO ANOMALY NOTICE: Before 2006, HDTV was a moving target. The video world “standard” was still NTSC TV. That standard included hidden (masked) sections of video – to make allowance for all the different TV sets. Color correction equipment -- for digital video – ONLY corrected the “visible” parts of the NTSC video. Digital monitors were “so expensive” that they, too, only displayed the “visible” parts of the NTSC video.

Now that HDTV is the standardized – EVERYTHING – good, bad, and ugly -- ALL of the old NTSC video “screen area” can be see. The once “hidden video” usually appears as a band of “uncorrected video” -- with a line in it -- on one or both sides of the picture’s frame. Currently, there is no “cure” for this artifact of technical evolution.

HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS

As film and video transfer -- subcontractors and preservationist -- we have direct and indirect client affiliation with FOX, NBC and PBS . Other commercial interests -- include many private movie ventures and societies. As such, we have worked with some of the oldest movie films in the US and with movie films that can only be termed “national treasures” -- a few of them "Legendary" -- as follow:

We have produced historical films for countless cities and towns, fire departments, football teams, State and Federal government archives, hundreds of hours on Vietnam, declassified ballistic missile test on high speed film, etc. -- the list goes on, now, for about 20 years.

We have always provided "private" video restoration for our film transfer clients. Only recently have we been made aware that there are many "professional abuses" in the "video tape transfers " industry.

As such, we now offer an alternative to abusive services -- as a premium Virtual Video Transfer Studio -- for VHS, Video 8, Hi8, Digital 8 (D8) and MiniDV transfer.

With Virtual Reality Technology, the bar -- in both the Film Transfer Industry and the Video Transfer Industry -- has been raised! Let video now LIVE -- Virtually-For-EVER™!

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