Leidschendam, The Netherlands
|Quality improvement of (old and new) films and videos||
|Do you have film or video material that is unclear, wobbly, vague, dull and /
or plays too fast or too slow? If so then we can help you to drastically improve this
|Using special software, we can
significantly improve your digital media in quality, including:
Please note that this is a completely different type of service than, for example, digitizing your old 8mm films to CD or DVD.
|Basic tariff: 15,00
for each video file or separate fragment (starting tariff, regardless of file length).
In addition, there is a charge per type of service for each block of 10 seconds (rounded up to the nearest multiple of 10 seconds):
Service A: Sublime quality enhancement:
Service B: Speed correction:
Service C: Colorization of B&W film:
Service D: Colorization of B&W film for professional use:
Service E: Linking of multiple film fragments:
For videos with a duration of longer than 5 minutes a discount of 1% applies on Services A to E for every additional minute, up to a maximum discount of 40%.
Example-1: You provide a digitalized film of 3 minutes en
want to use Service A and B. The tariff will then be based on a file length of 180
seconds (i.e. 18 blocks).
Example-2: You provide 2 video files that need to be
linked of respectively 50 seconds and 75 seconds and select Service A, B and C. The tariff
will then be based on a file length of (rounded-up to) 130 seconds (i.e. 13 blocks).
Example-3: You provide a digitalized film of 20 minutes
and want to use Service A. The tariff will then be based on a file length of 1200
seconds (i.e. 120 blocks).
You can also first decide to give us a trial
assignment. We will then produce a video file of at minimum 10 seconden
against afore mentioned tariffs. If you then decide to give us your definite order for the
entire film(s) then the costs for the trial film will be deducted from your final invoice.
|You inform us by e-mail of the following:
Subsequently we will provide you with an offer by e-mail and ask you to send your video material
electronicly via WeTransfer to us. After receipt of your payment we will commence
producing your video(s); this takes 2 to 10 working days dependent on the complexity of
your order and other workload.
|You do not need to read this, but for those interested in
technology, here is an explanation of the quality improvement methods that we use:
Contrast and brightness enhancement:
A smart filter calculates the ratio between light and dark per scene. This is done by generating a histogram that corrects brightness and contrast. This happens not only for the entire image but also for elements in the image. A white shirt, for example, ensures that the folds and pleats remain visible, even when the brightness of the rest of the image needs to be intensified.
On the left is the original, faded image, in the middle is a roughly corrected image and on the right shows what our filter does! Pay special attention to the white sleeve and the blouse: the pleats remain visible!
Upscaling to higher resolution:
This function is intended to upscale video in standard image quality
(such as with images with 640 x 480 pixels) to, for example, HD format (1920 x 1080
pixels). With intelligent software, image pixels are split into even smaller image
particles. For example, a bevel is rendered less coarse and jagged. Previous and
subsequent images are also used to achieve the best result:
One of the most annoying experiences when watching (amateur) films
and videos is a choppy, wobbly image. Even if it is not immediately noticeable, troubled
images will cause the brain to do more to process the images, which causes fatigue. The
stabilization software we use ensures that all images are displayed stably and smoothly.
In early years (until circa 1935), movies were recorded at just 15 to 18 frames per second (fps). Later that became 24 fps (and with television 25 fps). Many modern projectors cannot play 18 fps images and use 24 fps instead. The result is that everything moves 33.3% too fast. People on the street seem to run too fast. To convert 18 fps to 24 (or 25) fps, additional intermediate images can be generated with smart software, so that the film looks smooth again and is displayed correctly. This process requires great computing power. To correct 1 second of film, our computer is stamping for over a minute. However, the result is astonishing. This technique can also be used to convert ordinary film images into smooth, non-choppy slow-motion images, or to convert images from, for example, 25 fps to 50 fps, 100 fps or higher.
Left and right are two consecutive images (frames) of the original video. In between is an intermediate image generated by the software, the head rotation being about half of the source images.
Colourization of black & white film:
The possibility to artificially colourize (old) black & white
films has increased rapidly in the past year due to the arrival of Artificial Intelligence
(A.I.). Various parties are busy developing software for this.
Professional Colourization of black & white film:
Since 2022, we have been offering TV stations, film and video producers the option of colorizing films with an even higher quality than with our standard colorizing service. It uses a different A.I. colorization method, which is based on (partially or completely) manually colorizing reference frames from the original video. The AI uses these colorized frames as a reference for the rest of the frames in a movie scene. In particular, the movement and shape changes of all objects coming into view (pan and tilt, vehicles, people, animals, etc.) is monitored by the A.I. followed and colorized accordingly. How many frames need to be colored manually depends on what's happening in the film. A static shot with little movement only needs one colorized frame about every 30 seconds, while a film about a car race needs 1 new colorized frame every few seconds. Here's a good example of what's possible with this new technique:
Quality enhancement and Upscaling to higher resolution using A.I.:
This function is intended to upscale video in standard image quality (such as with images with 640 x 480 pixels) to, for example, HD format (1920 x 1080 pixels) or even 4K. With the help of Artificial Intelligence the film is drastically improved in quality. This new technology has been available since 2020.
The conversion from SD (480 or 720p) to HD (1080p) requires 1 hour of processor time per minute of film. Conversion from HD (1080p) to UHD (2160p) requires approximately 4 hours per minute of video, hence the price difference!
Reasonable to good source material can be significantly improved in
quality. Don't expect miracles though. After all, beautiful HD material cannot be
generated from 'nothing'. Especially if the source material is poor (blurry, low
resolution and / or with a lot of digitization 'artifacts' or noise) then the English
expression applies: "Garbage in, garbage out). If we believe that your material
cannot achieve good results, then we will report this to you in advance.
|If you want to task us to enhance your films,
you can mail us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
or call: +31 70 3206117.
the following questions in your email:
We only communicate via E-mail.
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