Archival Material Preservation

Archival Film PreservationStudio Post provides Archival Film Services to Producers, Educational Institutions and Government Archives requiring film-to-tape, film-to-digital, tape-to-digital and tape-to-tape migration of film archives.

We have the only HD Telecine in Western Canada and our staff has the experience and dedication to ensure all archival material is transferred and preserved in a safe, secure, clean environment. We have one of the largest selections of tape machines in Canada for preserving and transferring media.

Our goal is to make your Film Archives more accessible and do so in a timely and affordable fashion.

Services for Archives and Museums

  • C-Reality Film Scanner, the only HD Telecine in Western Canada.
  • Gentle film handling under low tension.
  • Experienced staff. All archival material is hand inspected before cleaning and preparation for transfer.
  • Film can be transferred to videotape in high or standard definition, as well as to digital files.
  • 16mm & 35mm print, reversal or negative, optical sound.
  • 16mm with magnetic audio track.

Video & Audio Services

  • Video dubbing, cloning and duplication to over 20 different formats.
  • Viewing copies on DVD or Blu Ray.
  • Video encoding to mpeg 4, mpeg 2, FLV, WMV, H264, AVI and Quicktime. Optmised encoding.
  • Repurposing for web.
  • Broadcast standard digital equipment.
  • LTO-5 data storage.

Video Deck Options

One of the most extensive selections of Broadcast quality equipment in Western Canada.

Archive Film to HDCAM SR at Studio PostHD Solutions

  • HDCAM SR
  • HDCAM
  • DVCProHD XDCam HD
  • Blu-Ray

Extensive Video Tape migration options for Film ArchivesSD Solutions

  • Digital Betacam
  • Betacam SP
  • Betacam DVCam
  • 1″
  • 3/4″ U-matic
  • miniDV DAT
  • DA88
  • VHS
  • Betamax
  • DVD

Film Archival and Preservation

Archival Film Preservation with the C-Reality Film ScannerAs audio and video tape formats retire and media deteriorates over time, the need to accurately and affordably preserve our nations’ history grows. In operation for over 30 years, Studio Post is the most complete and reliable source for archival media preservation in Western Canada. We handle our preservation projects in a timely, careful and economical manner.

Studio Post has a C-Reality Telecine suite that guarantees swift, highly expert order fulfillment for producers from around the world who need quality film-to-tape video masters and full Film Preservation and Archiving services in all formats. Our Telecine can transfer 16mm and 35mm film in both print and negative formats to virtually any other media – tape, disc or digital file. Our veteran staff has expertise in handling archival material in a secure, clean environment.

All our Film and Tape Preservation work is performed on an as needed basis, which means very affordable Preservation and Archiving. We strive to guarantee that film and tape is preserved at the highest quality possible. Studio Post is dedicated to getting our clients’ archival resources to their viewers in the best quality possible while also not performing unnecessary Film Preservation steps, thereby maintaining the integrity of the original.

Film Migration to Tape and Digital Media

Once the film has been transferred and preserved, Studio Post offers an impressive selection of migration options. Our Video Tape Room (VTR) is one of the most extensive in Western Canada offering Archiving to High Definition (HD) video in formats including HDCAM SR, HDCAM, XDCAM HD and DVCProHD. Our Standard Definition (SD) solutions to store preserved film include Digital Betacam, Betacam SP, Betacam, DVcam, 1″, 3/4″ U-matic, miniDV, DAT, DA88, VHS and Betamax.

Transfer Film Archives to LTO-5Beyond video tape, Studio Post Archival Film Services offers a complete array of digital archiving services. Our dedicated staff stays on top of technological developments to evaluate and recommend the best and most affordable options to preserve and migrate Archival Film. Future proof solutions like LTO-5 Data storage is an excellent way to store archival film and ensure its preservation for future generations. Optical Media like DVD and Blu-Ray are excellent options to make your film archives viewable to the public.

More and more film archives are being released to the public on the web and for download. Studio Post offers the most cutting edge encoding options including H264, FLV, QuickTime, MPEG 4, MPEG 2, WMV and AVI. Studio Post is also a dedicated Post Production facility so we know the best options to transfer archival films for video editing. Codecs such as ProRes 422 for Apple’s Final Cut Pro and DNxHD for AVID are popular options for editing archival film. For lossless encoding of preserved film we offer QuickTime files with Animation Codec. To ensure compatibility and seamless transportation of Archival Film, Photo JPEG QuickTime movies (PJPG) are a popular option. We can also facilitate requests to encode archival film to software specific codecs such as DVCPRO, DV, MPEG-4 AVC, DivX, Sorenson 3, Cinepak, and many others.

After migration and preservation of archival film to digital media, Studio Post offers a Digital Distribution by virtually any method required.

For clients looking to store cherished Film Archives, consider the Studio Post Vault, A safe, secured, confidential storage area for your master film, videotapes and digital media. We provide a temperature and humidity controlled environment for film and video archives with computerized inventory and traffic at very competitive rates.

Archival Film Clients

We have provided film archiving and preservation services for many Canadian Government Archives including the Provincial Archives of Alberta, Saskatchewan Archives Board, NWT Archives and the National Archives of Canada. Museums and other historical preservation institutions such as the Glenbow Museum, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies and the Western Development Museum have used our facility to migrate film to other media.

Studio Post has partnered with educational institutions such as University of Manitoba Archives and Simon Fraser University to transfer and preserve their collections of filmed Canadian history. Other institutions with vintage film archives such as Hudson’s Bay Company Archives and London Life Assurance Corporate Archives have used our HD telecine for migration of archival film to video tape and digital media.

To learn more about Film Preservation, Film Archiving, Film Migration or any of our other services,
contact Bill Hamilton at (780) 436-4444 ext. 236

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