Much of this film dates from early 1920’s until the mid 1960’s in Black and White early colour and the later Pathécolor types which still looks surprisingly good today. This film can be fragile so special handling is required to transfer this to achieve the quality it deserves, fortunately we have years of experience handing Pathé film and a scanning machine with gentle transport and variable tension
This Pathé film is typical of the quality that can be achieved, it has been hand cleaned and scanned in HD then a digital process of dust and blemish removal, stabilisation, light grain reduction and sharpening is performed over the uncompressed files to give a high quality resulting image.
Baby Pathé reels are wound very tightly so require gentle unwinding and re-winding on larger hubs before transfer, we add modern white acetate leader and tails so non of this precious film is missed in transfer, our machine has gentle sprocket-less drive so can handle this film very gently without damaging the sprockets and adjacent film cells.
Pathe Projectors are quite harsh so much of this film is scratched, we add a wetgate system that can drastically reduce or eliminate the appearance of vertical scratches and surface imperfections, with improving the scan results.
Although the film gauge is only 9.5mm this film format has nearly the same picture area per frame as 16mm, 9.5mm Pathé film is easily identifiable by the sprocket holes being in the centre of the film rather than at the side like 16mm film.
We can scan to HD, 2.5K or 4K and supply high quality in a wide range of formats,
- 10bit DPX
- .avi uncompressed
- JPEG or TIFF Image sequences (12bit)
- ProRes 444 or 422HQ
- DNxHR 444 or HQX
- MP4 (H.264) low or high data rates
- MPEG2 50Mbit
- DVD or Blu-Ray discs with navigation menu
Please contact us for pricing & information for converting your 9.5mm Pathé cine films.