This is a test using an 18P workflow for Super 8 film shot at 18FPS. . Scanning to Prorez in 2K at 18 frames per second in a Progressive format.
A word about Data Scanning:
A data scan is a transfer of the film material with the objective of getting all the raw information from film onto digital without regard to the final presentation. This is done by over scanning the film to gather the most picture and decreasing the contrast to gather the most color and exposure information . This is possible due to the availability of large digital file format , such as 2K & 4k that are now capable of hold all this date . After scanning , these images can then be framed , exposure & color corrected and set to what ever output format is desired. This workflow has several advantage for modern film users . First it saves money on the cost of scanning and second it put the control for framing , color and exposure correction, stabilizing, dirt & scratch concealment in the hands of post production process.
Data Scanning in Log mode for Color Negative and Linear low contrast for reversal can be done for all 8, 16 & 35mm film formats. These include 8mm, Super 8 , Single 8 , Max 8 , 16mm , Super 16 and Ultra 16mm and 35mm formats. Scanning can be done in 2K & 4K and encoded in compressed .mov files like Prorez or uncompressed DPX file types. This scan process can also be done with sync sound that is part of the film in either Optical and Magnetic configuration. Audio can be made part of the file or encoded as its own .Wav file. All Data scanning is done on a per foot basic based scaled to the output resolution and the scheduled turn around time.
Pro8mm offer 3 unique Scan method that give customers maximum flexibility in terms of budget, resolution & manipulation when using Motion Picture film. Here is some rough guide line to help you decide which method might best for you. If you want to just see what is on your film in digital the least expensive way and you have no professional aspirations for these images you just need a Basic Scan. If your concerned about preservation and want to see your images looking there best with the flexibility of using this images directly in a professional production you want a Professional Scan. If you have the tools and the desire to frame & color correct your own images and just want the maximum information that was on the film as a digital file your want a Data Scan.
Basic Scan’s uses standard definition Ntsc or Pal broadcast resolution using interlaced formatting. This can be done as Pro Rez files ,DVD’s or compressed to Upload files for internet use . Great for home movie on DVD, using intro editing software like I Movie and uploading to social media. Professional Scan’s uses much higher quality high definition scanning and is formatted in 23:98PSF . This is typically done in Pro Rez files but can be upgraded to DPX . In this scans images are color and exposure corrected scene to scene, framing is applied , dirt & scratch concealment & often image stabilizing is applied. These images are ready to used in professional project or for individual that want spectacular looking home movies. DATA Scan is designed to capture the maximum information from the film to digital without regard for final presentation. This is done in P formatting in 2K or 4K resolution done as Log files for negative and Linear Flat for reversal . This is most often done over scanned . These can be done as Prorez . Mov or DPX . To use these scans you must have post production tools for framing, color & exposure correction and output formatting. These included editing platforms like Final Cut Pro, Davinci Resolve, Premier or Avid. (C) Pro8mm 2015