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Format conversion services

Transfer from analogue to digital is just one of the services we provide. However, there are many reasons, once the media is digital to need to convert between formats.

Converting between AVI, MPG and MOV

 

Some formats are platform specific notably Final Cut and i-movie on Mac which use only MOV (quicktime). We convert between such formats to move between editing platforms.

We offer this service to our customers also, so that we can receive any audio or video input format and can output in any format.

 

Converting between WAV, MP3 and Audio CD

 

MP3 logoWe record native sound from external sources such as vinyl, audio tape and reel-to-reel in uncompressed WAV format which allows us to export audio to customers in either MP3 (high compression) or Audio CD (low compression).

Compression means that more sound can be stored on media, but may also mean lower quality. Despite this, MP3 can do the job, depending on the application, For hi-fi and sound enthusiasts it just won’t cut it. …

We can input in any format for editing, but the quality out depends on the quality in. This enables us to extract or export sound from either WAV, MP3 or Audio CDs.

 

Uploading to YouTube

 

You may wish to export, view or retain your media on You Tube. We can do this for you, whether we handled the transfer from analogue or not.

 

Hard and Optical disks

 

hard diskWe handle corrupted hard disks and damaged optical disks, we have the connectors to take any media and the software to recover damaged hard drives and hardware to resurface optical disks.

Montage pour la présentation de John Fogerty

John Fogerty Fan Club

John FogertyWe had the pleasure of working for the John Fogerty Fan Club de John Fogerty in France – for those connoisseurs who know just exactly what bits to choose.

This is a good example of having an editor to work for you – the editor deals with the technicalities, you make the choices. And we help you with those choices – one way is to send you a dvd with a timecode – and then you can make the edit choices and we execute them for you.

Another way is to work on style – you send or bring us your material and with a few indications and we do the edits.

Even if you view the dvd before editing – you can still leave us carte blanche – We always validate the final version with you before final payment or duplication.

Digital transfer of vinyle audio and tapes

We edit your recorded films

If you are not sure what is on your tapes or films, if you need them in particular order but cannot watch them prior to transfer, digitize them and watch them first on DVD. We then edit your recorded films.

People often ask us:

“I don’t know what’s on my films and tapes I would like to put them onto DVD but I don’t know whether they are good quality or in what order”

We have the solution! In general people know that the tape or film is of reasonable value, but they have not been able to view them for a long while.

We offer a transfer and edit pack which allows us to record your films onto DVD or key in a random order and then provide you with the DVD or key for review and edit the order afterwards based on your recommendations.

We add a time-code to your films to enable you to give us precise instructions

And we can add titles to label the film identification number:

You choose and detail an order to put them into and we do the rest.

Nous retenons tout enregistrement pendant 15 jours suite à la numérisation. Pour un projet plus conséquent il suffit de nous en informer au préalable afin de garder votre projet en mémoire.

Le montage lui même, pour corriger votre premier enregistrement, est calculé sur devis selon la complexité, mais s’il s’agit de quelques coupures simples, le coût peut être moins d’une heure de montage.

We edit your recorded films

You want to transfer your tapes or film reels to digital but you don’t know exactly what they contain since you have not been able to play them for a long time. Unfortunately, we do not offer the possibility of viewing the contents of your tapes or reels prior to transfer. However, we do offer you a complete service option where we transfer to digital and include editing.

Why would you want to do this? Your films are of a certain age, you do not know exactly what they contain but you would like to have a final result which is fluid and succinct, free of superfluous image. You may have a precise objective for your films such as focusing on particular people or themes.

How can you go about this?

While we do not offer the possibility of reviewing your films prior to transfer, we do offer the possibility of transferring them and providing you with an initial digital copy on DVD, USB key, hard drive or on YouTube in order to review the contents of the transfer. If you do not wish to edit in any way, then you already have the final results and you keep the media provided.

Note the sequences to keep or remove

You would like to modify your films once recorded.

Simply note the sequences o keep or remove in the table provided.

Change the sequence order

In another example where your tapes or reels were all mixed up, the beginning might be at the end and vice versa. This type of table enables you to tell us the required order of the sequences.

  1. Review the recorded material
  2. We record your tapes or reels
  3. We export the recording to DVD, key, hard disk or You Tube
  4. Watch the recordings and decide what you want to keep or delete
  5. Complete the table ‘keep or cut’
  6. Return the table to us and we make the required changes
  7. Review the recordings and decide if the changes are sufficient
  8. Repeat if necessary

OLD FILMS ARE NOT ALWAYS PERFECT

Why edit your films and what sort of sequences can you take out?

You might well discover that the camcorder was left on but unattended, thus filming the inside of a handbag, the wall or the floor. These are the most obvious types of sequences to remove.

Recordings are not in chronological order. You were not able to identify dates or locations prior to recording. On watching your film, you notice that sequences are not in chronological order. You decide that you would like to have them in chronological order
You find the film too long and / or you would like to focus on certain people, scenes, locations or events. Perhaps there are certain sequences that do not interest you at all and would simply like to exclude them. So as you watch the film you note the time-code of the sequences that you would like to remove.

Perhaps you would like to edit according to a theme, for example just focus on Grandad.

The film is too long. Perhaps you have recorded all of your holidays over a ten-year period which might give you perhaps 10 or 15 hours of film. Sometimes not much happens. A barbecue goes on and on, people are at the beach, there is a party. A good resume of a film mentions the significant people once or twice for only relatively short periods of time. More than that may get boring, be unnecessary. An edited film is a final product. A transferred film is raw material.

Another way of working

SIMPLY SET US AN OBJECTIVE

Specifying sequences to cut and retain is one way of working. But you could give us a certain number of indications and we will do the rest such as … NB: Alternative methods exist to edit your films. It is possible for us to work together where you identify simply the people that you would like to remove or keep, or say remove all the scenes where there are no people at all. We can identify the people concerned as we go through the film. Most often customers wish to focus on people in particular.

Keep some or all of the film with Granddad but remove all the film where there are no people or where there is just background scenery.

Take out all of the sequences where nothing in particular has been filmed, the floor, the ceiling or the film is just not aesthetically pleasing …

So you could simply just give us an objective. If we were to produce a one-hour film down to 15 minutes, just give us your feelings about the film, what you like and what you don’t like and we will do the rest … Of course we will give you a first draft edited version and will retain all the cut sequences so that you can change your mind.

You will already have viewed the raw footage. This is a first draft version. You then view the draft version and let us know how you feel about it, whether we have taken out too much, whether you would like certain things put back in or adjusted.

After a second corrective edit you review the film on DVD, key, hard disk or on YouTube.

We hope that this will enable you to approve a final version which we edit on the format of your choice.

What is the cost of this exercise?

A FIXED COST BASED ON AN INITIAL QUOTATION

We always work based on an initial quotation which establishes a total cost for your project. Sometimes we can simply calculate the number of cuts or reorder operations.

But projects may vary enormously, especially if we work based on your guidelines rather than a predetermined number of cuts. In this case we calculate our quotation based on the time we expect to take and an hourly rate. Once the quotation established and signed, the project price is fixed and we will charge you no more than originally agreed.

For this reason, we spend quite a little time with you understanding your requirements to make sure that we best understand how you want your film edited.

See also

Souvenir edit for a funeral

Video editing with Final Cut Pro X

Transfer your memories to digital

Transfer your memories to digital.

Even in this age of digital photos and videos there are still family archives in the loft which have not been seen for a long time. Don’t throw them away, have them transferred to digital so that you can see them once again on a computer, DVD reader, electronic frame or telephone. You could also share them with your family and your friends.

And it is possible to correct them.

If your paper photos or slides have lost a little color, we can correct them. If your videos are too long, they can be edited, reduced down to a more palatable length, combined with other media and transferred to You Tube or Facebook to be shared with your friends and family. Anything is possible in digital.

Souvenir Editing

COMPILATIONS OF YOUR SOUVENIRS

Event Editing

Souvenir family editing is about retaining really what is important whether it be the places visited, the people or events. Often it is about summarizing camcorder recordings which were often very long.

Ask us about reduction editing to summarize years of film in just one hour therefore adding value to your film and presenting it as something much more enjoyable. Offer a souvenir edit to your family or friends as a birthday present.

Event editing may be about editing film relating to events which may last anything from two hours to 2 days. Such an edit may be about summarizing but also creating interest. Typically by using different angles from different cameras.

Here are a few examples of event edits such as a musical, theater productions and street animation.

Our editing services allow several people to film your event and take the hassle out of the editing which can often be a long and detailed process.

Below are a couple of examples of our work, the first a documentary lasting an hour taken from twenty hours of film, a simple capture of an event and thirdly a digital CV for a local actress.

Remise des prix Reporter et Citoyen

Esperance de Vie – film semi-documentaire

Vanessa MARILLIER Archives théâtre 1998 2008

Souvenir edits

Souvenir Event Editing

Edits of past and future events

Are you expecting to organize a party, event, get married, a baptism or communion or other special event which lasts a long time. You would like to create a souvenir edit which does justice to the original event. We offer you to reduce up to 10 hours of film in a one-hour summary edit. All you need to do is give us the recorded film and we take care of the rest.

Forgotten to hire a cameraman?

Several people can film

It is best if several people film the event, so that’s not only Is it possible to choose the best shot the scene, Several versions of the same scene allow us to improve the edits by showing multiple angles

THE EDITING PROCESS

You allow us to edit your films. We initially produce a series of DVDs with the whole film on it which allows us to spend some time together to identify the important moments and people present.

A draft version on DVD

At the end of the editing we produce a final DVD for you to Check and then make any changes necessary prior to the final version.

Delivery of your edit

We deliver the final edits to you on DVD, USB, hard disk in as many copies and in the format that you wish or online.

The price of a souvenir event edit

The price of a souvenir event edit is always agreed upfront. It generally depends on the time that we expect to spend on it which is generally based on the length and number of original films, the length objective of the final edit since the more we take out, the more carefully choices need to be made. We always try to maintain reasonable prices.

Choices of style

Over and above the style of the main edit, you will be asked to choose Various options for the DVD menu, chapter marks And the style of music that might be used when covering dialogue, the style of transitions and other aesthetic elements.

Reduction editing

Reduction Editing – ten hours of film summarized in an hour

Summarize ten hours of film in less than one hour

MAKE 10 HOURS OF FILM INTO 1 HOUR

Reduction editing is about reducing perhaps 10 hours of film to one hour or less. Watching ten hours of film is of course possible, but it is nice to have a shorter version that can be watched easily.

Reduction editing is about time-slicing to remove the poorer quality source and reduce the length of scenes. Often it is a question of focusing on people, not leaving anyone out, without slash and burn, taking care to maintain a coherent and agreeable film to watch. It might be about keeping each place visited on holday, but reducing the time spent in each.

It might also be about making more dynamic souvenir: the shot of the church may only need 7 seconds, not 3 minutes. We determine together the approach that you would like to take.

Domain and scope of reduction editing

EDITING MAGNETIC FILM SOURCES

Reduction editing is often appropriate subsequent to transfer, particularly of magnetic tapes often filmed long such as VHS, Hi8 and DV since these are formats where people often filmed long sequences. Perhaps you filmed the whole of Christmas, the birth of your eldest, family meals which lasted a long time, the wedding and party which lasted two days.

Reduction editing is a way of creating a valuable souvenir of an event, of your holidays, sometimes even summaries of whole lives.

It is possible to edit based not only on long sources but also using multiple sources such as mixing DV, VHS and Hi8 sources together or where different people have filmed the same event on different cameras.

Differences with other types of edit

REDUCTION AND NOT COMPILATION

Reduction editing is about reducing long source to a shorter final edit (between 1 and 60 minutes)

Reduction editing is not a photo montage (stringing photos together) which is about assembling and possibly animating photos, adding music and sometimes text commentary as subtitles.

Reduction editing is not a compilation edit which is about stringing together video. For instance we worked for the John Fogerty fan club in order to assemble choice recordings from the artist?s long career and to create theme DVDs based on fan knowledge.

Reduction editing is 2D not 3D For us, a reduction edit is about working on the content, doing a linear edit and not about special effects. A reduction edit for us is about working on the content

Possible themes for a reduction edit

EDITING FOR WEDDINGS, BAPTISMS OR THEATER

A reduction edit can easily be used as a technique for editing recordings of events such as wedding, baptism or a play.

Editing recording of plays

Editing for the recording of a play is not strictly a reduction edit. The default approach to editing a theater recording is generally to retain the full length and swop between best multi-cam shots. But there are still choices to be made as to which is the best shot to retain.
However, a reduction edit may be used to create a teezer or summary of the play.

Edits for weddings

A wedding edit is a typical reduction edit because it may last up to two days including the religious service, the town hall, the meal and party afterwards and possibly people may come back the next day. The final result is much shorter, generally in the ratio 10 to 1. The most appropriate edit for a wedding is generally to create a one hour souvenir edit to create a great souvenir of your wedding. The final result is a summary or souvenir edit.

Editing your baptism film

A baptism edit may often just be the religious service but there may also be a meal and a party afterwards A reduction edit is a good solution because there may well be many hours of tape which can be reduced to a great one hour souvenir. If there is a party too, a reduction edit may be required (souvenir 1 hr)

Souvenir, Summary or Teezer

DIFFERENT TYPES OF REDUCTION EDIT

Film editing

Film editing is similar to reduction editing because you may have a lot of rush and you end up throwing much away. The difference however is that a film is filmed on purpose, shots are planned.

However the difference between a typical reduction edit and film editing is that the target of reduction editing is to edit à posteriori, when the film exists already and we want to make it watchable.

You film we edit

You can film your event even with several cameras and allow us to do the editing if you can?t or don?t want to do the reduction edit yourself. You can provide us with multiple long tapes or digital source and we will do the reduction editing for you.

The Teezer (1 minute)

What is the process for a Teezer?

A teaser is created by cutting into scenes, selecting and marking the best bits and cut together into a short film lasting 1 minute.

Where a summary edit aims to retain significant and representative content whereas the teezer can only show flashes and cannot summarise in the same way. A teezer is designed to attract attention, to make the public want to watch the full length film ?

A “real” teezer is filmed intentionally

A teezer after transfer is rare

The souvenir edit (1 hour)
Obviously there are fewer choices involved in one hour souvenir edit than in a ten minute summary edit or teezer. However the objective is not the same. A summary edit aims to compile the best key moments and be representative of the whole story. It is therefore important to retain the best sequences.

A summary edit can be offered as a birthday present We have already built a one hour souvenir edit which summarises eighteen years in one hour based on fifteen hours of tape.

The approach here is really to select the most important moments.

The Summary edit (10 minutes)

Between a Teezer and a Souvenir Edit (1 hour)

If you have ten hours of analogue or digital tape and you would like a summary or souvenir edit, here’s what we will do:

First, we will compile everything into one digital stream or on a series of DVDs and get you to watch it all. We ask you to watch everything, to note all the bits that are important to you and those that are less important. You could note all the important passages on a grid.

Once we have fully understood what you want to achieve, we cut your film on your digital editing platform and then export it for you to watch and comment. It can go back into editing a second or third time depending on your comments, perhaps there are bits left out or it doesn?t hold together.

We then go through your notes together, look at what it important for you and discuss your objectives. We sit down to discuss your objectives and our recommendations.

Once you are happy, the edit will be burnt to DVD, onto You Tube, hard disk or key according to your needs..

The cost

In general the cost of a reduction edit is based on time spent. The greater the reduction factor, the higher the cost because more time is spent making the required choices.

Editing video

Recording and editing video for theater

Editing theater recordings

Recording and editing video for theater

We had the pleasure of recording and editing the following plays

  • Texts by Christian Descamps at the Athena local arts centre
  • 2 plays by a local company les Traiteaux Trinitains,
  • Readings by local poet Charles Lescuyer,
  • Play organised at a local old people’s home in Séné,
  • Tribulations Alcoolisées by l’Association Seconde Souffle and
  • A Portée de Choeur a charitable musical in favour of the homeless.

Image and sound recording

Some of these recordings are done quite simply with single cameras and varying sound quality. For best results, it is advisable to have several cameras ideally one central fixed camera, 2 laterals, one mobile and one on stage.

Recording sound is particularly important and requires microphones on stage linked both to the camera. For best results microphones should also be linked directly to a digital recording system such as a sound card and pc so that for editing you have image and video synchronized and an independent high quality sound source.

Ideally, a place should be recorded with multiple cameras requiring therefore multi-angle editing which enables the editor to choose the best shot and to alternate between angles so that the edit is more interesting to watch.

See also:

Souvenir Event Edit