What’s The Difference?

That’s the question many asked when seeing HD television for the first time. At first glance, there doesn’t appear to be much difference, but over time we tend to pick up on the subtle details and eventually they are no longer subtle! We don’t transfer video tapes to HD, since SD is already double the original resolution, but the devices used for playback and capture can make a big difference. There is noise in a video signal which can be separated and removed with the right equipment, and getting a file without compression artifacts requires broadcast-level capture hardware.

Our Equipment

  • Professional Grade VTRs
    Professional Grade VTRs

    We use professional-grade decks for playback of all formats, which employ at least 4 heads for accurate playback of every bit of detail.

  • Canopus ADVC 300
    Canopus ADVC 300

    The video signal is passed through the ADVC 300 before capture, which acts as a microscopic cleaning crew on the noise and small distortions of video.

  • Digital Rapids DRC-500
    Digital Rapids DRC-500

    This card is normally used for broadcast archiving, and is installed at every one of our capture stations for the cleanest possible image and sound.

Our Staff

Each department (photo, film, video/audio) has a single manager, and they are solely responsible for the project once it is approved and ready for processing. Our culture of honest, respectful communication helps to set the correct expectations for each project and to make clients aware of even the smallest flaws in their media to avoid surprises and to be sure we have captured at the highest level possible. With a small team of less than 10 full-time staff, we have a tight-knit group where each feels responsible to the client and takes ownership of the work being delivered.

Our System

Every order is inspected upon arrival at our studio. We make sure that the cost estimate is accurate, and that any questions we have about organization, unusual media types, or custom requests are answered before proceeding. Throughout the process your order is kept in its own clear container and every workstation has only one order being digitized at a time.