Bring your old movie film memories back to life with our state-of-the-art
frame-by-frame high definition transfer technology
Remember “Film Nights”? Gathered in front of an old movie projector, laughing out loud at your home movies?
Those days may be gone, but somewhere there’s a box full of memories just waiting for another chance to tickle your funny bone.
Let RetroMedia transform your dusty old reels into vibrant easy-to-play digital files on USB that you and your family will enjoy over and over again for years to come.
Our system for digitising 9.5mm pathe film is 100% safe, with no risk of sprocket-hole tearing.
As you can see, the sprocket perforations are located between the individual image frames. If sprocket-hole tearing occurs (a very real risk with projector-based, sprocket-driven transfer systems), the damaged section of film will be ruined beyond repair.
Because our system is not projector-based, there is no claw or sprockets in our system that can possibly tear your film.
Unsure exactly what movie film formats you have there? No problem! RetroMedia can digitise all home movie film formats from the early 1900's onwards, including 8mm, Super8, 9.5mm & 16mm.
Even just playing them can cause damage. A projector can easily tear, chew, or burn your film. Then there's mould, vinegar syndrome & dye fading.
Your film can easily be damaged by old projectors of unknown condition.
Careless operation of projector-based transfer systems can also spell disaster.
Because we use the state-of-the-art RetroScan Universal claw-less film scanner, it is simply not possible for us to damage your films.
Our Brisbane lab is located at
249 Lutwyche Rd, Windsor. Qld. 4030
We're on the corner of Bowen St, with parking in Bowen St.
We are open 9-5 AEST Monday to Friday, and 9-2 Saturday.
Ph: (07) 3357 4807
SMS: 0448 855 056
If a service is not open and honest about their film transfer methods, it actually isn't because they have any "secret process" to protect.
Some services hide behind this argument simply because they don't want the curtain pulled back to reveal the limitations of their methods.
We have nothing to hide, and you can ask to take a look at our setup anytime.
If a company will not show you their system, we suggest you look elsewhere.
Your film is hand inspected, cleaned and if any damage is detected we repair it before transfer.
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We are pleased to offer the RetroScan Universal multi-format transfer system fresh from the US. The gentle clawless film feed system cannot tear your film.
In film projectors, toothed sprockets and a small lever called an advance claw drag the film through the projector. But the claw &/or sprockets can easily damage the sprocket holes on your film. This is always a risk with projector-based systems, as shown in this photo of torn perforations in a piece of 9.5mm film.
Our system is claw-less & sprocket-less, and gently tensions and guides the film without touching the perforations at all, ensuring we cannot tear them. So your film is safe.
RetroScan's cold-to-the-touch LED lamp technology safeguards your film from any chance of being burnt.
Hot lamps in projector-based systems can easily burn your film, causing irreparable damage.
They also tend to produce overly-bright "hot spots" in your picture, as seen below.
With it's cool white LED light source, our system can never burn your film & introduces no colour cast. Illumination is evenly disbursed so there's no washed out "hot spot" in the middle of your picture.
RetroScan individually scans frame-by-frame each and every image on your film. You get a sharper picture with no blurred, doubled or interlaced images.
Frame-by-frame, or FxF scanning is a system that digitises each individual frame of film as a separate snapshot. These are then played back at the correct frame rate to give you a movie.
Other systems do not give you a discreet snapshot for each frame, but instead a video approximation of your film's content. Blurry double frames & interlacing give lower quality results.
Because RetroScan photographs each frame individually, the resulting transfer is guaranteed to have ZERO flicker.
There is a mild type of flicker caused by a projector's shutter blades. This is apparent even when watching film projected on a screen.
But there is also a much more annoying pulsing effect, caused by differences in frame rate between projector and camcorder in projector-based systems when not operated carefully.
With us you get neither.
Because our system is a true frame-by-frame system (not projector-based), we can guarantee zero flicker in our digital transfers.
Adjustable film framing means we can capture up to 20% more of your film around the edges of the frame in areas cropped off by lesser systems.
Projector-based transfer systems are limited in how much of the film frame they can actually capture, by the size of the film gate opening.
Our system has no such gate, so no such limitation. We can position our camera to capture more picture around the edges of the film frame that lesser systems will crop off.
It could mean the difference between cutting off Aunt Mildred's head, or keeping her in one piece!
Our Full High Def (1080p) digitising process means vivid, crystal clear picture quality for your enjoyment.
Because there are no Standard Def TVs anymore, it makes sense to choose a service that can digitise your film in Full High Def. This will mean that your movie will not need to be "upscaled" by your TV in order to fill the screen.
As the image shows, Full High Def 1080p frame size is almost six times larger than Standard Def.
So instead of your TV having to enlarge a Standard Def film transfer by almost 600% to fill your TV (with the accompanying softening of picture & possible pixellation), your RetroMedia Full High Def film transfer naturally fills* your TV screen without any upscaling.
*NB: Because the film formats we transfer are almost all 4x3 aspect ratio, and today's TVs are widescreen 16x9, we'll insert vertical black bars (a.k.a "pillar-boxing") to fill the sides of the screen, as shown below.
Future-proof High Definition MOV files, suitable for editing/archiving. We can also further convert to HD Mp4 files on USB or DVDs for ease-of-viewing.
And of course all of your original media will be returned to you with your digital versions at the end of the project.
Gather up your media and drop it over or ship it to us. You don't need to organise anything. We'll take care of everything.
RetroMedia will professionally convert your old media to future-proof digital formats.
Experience the excitement of watching and sharing your memories anywhere, any time you like!