Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What does Cine Magic do?
A: Cine Magic offers conversions of cine film reels of various formats and sizes such as 8mm, Super8, 16mm and 9.5mm.
Q. How do you transfer the films?
A. The films are scanned on a frame by frame basis into a computer. The quality is second to none, flicker is removed and the frame is maximised.
Q. What exactly do you mean by "conversion"?
A: In short, we can bring your old cine films into the modern era by digitally restoring and enhancing your films onto a digital video format such as 'MP4'. We can also convert your films onto DVD, Blu-Ray or host them on our cloud server.
We have various types of digital formats we can produce, feel free to give us a call on (01473) 327574 if you need something specific.
Q. How long does a typical transfer take?
A: That depends upon the size of the job. A normal transfer will be completed within 15 working days. If you need it sooner, i.e. for a gift, then we will do our best to accommodate your needs.
Q. Are the films cleaned prior to scanning?
A: Yes, they are subject to pulsating air blast cleaning prior to scanning. This removes all but the most stubborn dust particles and is the safest cleaning method.
Q. Can we have chart music added to our movie?
A: Yes you can. You can have as much music as you like on your DVD at a cost of an additional £10 per DVD, which covers the cost of the post-production Copyright license. Alternatively we can use copyright-free music which is free of charge. Phone us on (01473) 327574 for further details.
Q. Can the DVD's you make be played in a DVD player in other countries?
A: Yes, if specially requested. Many countries have different television standards to us, however we can convert if we know the target country. If you require a non-UK DVD(s), then please phone us on (01473) 327574 for further details and advise.
Q. Can we have DVD menus and titles for each cine tape?
A: Yes, these come as standard.
Q. Will you edit out the leader tape/unused portions of the film?
A: Yes we will. We will take out as much of this as we can, leaving you with nothing but the good stuff!
Q. Will I be charged for a tape that is blank?
Q. Do you offer gift vouchers?
A: Yes we do offer gift vouchers. For more details please contact us on (01473) 327574, or go to the 'Contact Us' section of this website.
Q. Will my original tapes be returned?
A: You have the option to either have your films posted back to you or alternatively, we store them here for 3 months then recycle them. (If in this time you change you mind, just let us know and we'll send them back, you will be required to pay postage).
Q. Can you recommend a good video editing program to edit the computer files?
A: Yes we can. On a Mac, we would suggest using iMovie, it is easy to use and fully functional. For a Windows PC try Adobe Premiere CS2, it is an excellent program and you can get it HERE
You will just need to create a free Adobe account. (If you would like help with editing your video, please contact us! We can even give you remote assistance and show you the fundamentals on how to edit your videos).
Q. Will HD Scanning give me a better quality scan?
A: 8mm and even Super8 film is not high resolution.. A Blu-Ray disc will not offer better quality than DVD for 8mm film but may do for 16mm.
Q. Some transfer companies say that HD quality is better than SD for 8mm, why is this?
A: The reason for this is that they scan everything in HD as this is easier and then down convert to SD. Because the number of scan lines of HD (1080) is not a multiple of SD (576) then downscaled HD is no where near the quality of native SD. The moral is capture in the format that you want.