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THE TRANSFER PROCESS
The theory here is that the simpler the process, the fewer the steps at which errors or distortions might occur, and the better the result is likely to be. With that in mind, each film will simply be run through a projector, captured by a synchronized video camera, and sent directly to a computer. The equipment is kept clean, and careful attention is given to such factors as focus and projector/camera speeds. Neither analog nor digital tape enters into the process at any point. And no "black box" projection units are involved, because they contain reverse-projection glass, extra lenses, and mirrors, each of which can potenially add distortion to the image before it's captured by the camera.
Once the film has been converted to a digital file on the computer's hard disk, it will be scanned by a human for quality. If, at this point, some scenes can be improved in brightness, contrast, or color, they will be adjusted. Though many sequences may have too little picture information to provide much of an improvement, others may seem to be given new life.
The final step is to compress your movie file to a DVD. If there are two or more titles on the DVD, a menu will be provided to allow you to choose among them. But if there's only one title (as is usually the case with home movies), the DVD will be designed to play immediately upon your placing it into your player, without forcing you to suffer through a menu.
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How 'Share the Memories' Compares
Of course, the quality of the DVDs will depend partly upon the quality of the films from which they are made. Unfortunately, many home movies, even after having been stored carefully, will be found to have deteriorated. The best way to preserve your family's movie memories is to take care of your film. Keep it in a cool, dry place, tightly wound on its reels.
A couple of myths need to be dispelled at this point. First, DVDs are not indestructible. Indeed, a recordable DVD has a life expectancy far less than that of film. Neither tape nor hard disks are permanent, either, though a hard disk is probably the most durable. Therefore, when you receive your DVDs, it's a good idea to copy them to an external hard disk devoted exclusively to your home movies. Then, store that hard disk with your precious films, just in case your DVDs ever degrade. Such hard disks are very reasonably priced. If you like, Integra Computing will be glad to copy your DVDs to a hard disk for a nominal charge.
Second, no copy, digital or otherwise, can be an exact duplicate of your original films. Not even today's best high definition cameras are able to extract every detail from each frame of your film. But you can reasonably expect to be satisfied enough with the DVDs of your movies to enjoy watching them on your television or computer monitor. You'll also appreciate their convenience and the ease with which copies can be made for your loved ones.
If you're unsure whether you can depend upon a conversion service to do a good job with your beloved family movies, put it to the test. Send a short one- to three-minute film to one service and wait for the film to be returned with its DVD copy. Then, send the SAME short film to another service. When all the services you wish to compare have sent you their DVDs, compare them to each other and select the one that gives you the most satisfying viewing experience.