film scans

8mm . super 8 . 16mm . super 16 . 35mm

Created by Cinematographer Justin Lovell

  • At first our scanner was built just for me and a small collective of cinematographers who love film.  Eventually people saw my films and asked where I got it transferred. I had no intention of starting a transfer studio.  It’s only because of the requests from people like you that Frame Discreet was created.  So thank you.
  • After building 3 different filmscanners including the first 2K raw data film scanner in Canada, we invested in the groundbreaking Lasergraphics 5k HDR Scanstation.  Supporting 8mm, 16mm and 35mm.  I love the way it captures the subtle details and impressive dynamic range in film.  It’s been a journey to get where I am today and the friends I’ve made along the way makes it all worthwhile.

Why use Frame Discreet?

  • Frame Discreet’s Lasergraphics 5k Scanstation has a specifically enlarged gate.  By overscanning the frame, our system effectively shrinks the film grain giving you a sharper, crisper image.
  • We Multi-flash each frame of film twice – once for the highlights and once for the shadows to preserve more detail from each frame
  • We scan directly off the film.
  • We have separate optical and mag sound heads for perfect sync and incredibly accurate sound quality
  • Sprocketless transport means no claws touch your film.  Got torn sprockets, warped film, shrunken film?  No Problem.  Film is optically stabilized using algorithms that no other scanner has.  The BEST in the business.
  • 16, 18, 24 fps or any other speed… your footage is timed to play back at the exact frame rate it was intended.  No ‘charlie chaplin’ scenes here (unless that’s what you want!).
  • We provide scene by scene colour correction through DaVinci Resolve. This ensures that your film has accurate colour balance.  Faded and color shifted film can be restored back to its original look.



super 8 regular 8mm comparison

16mm transfer galaxy after - frame discreet



Transfer Comparisons

  • Below are some frame grabs comparing a typical ‘5 bladed shutter’ realtime transfer to our ‘frame by frame’ transfer.  These images have not been modified from the original scans.

  • Another filmmaker brought us this footage to re-transfer after she was thoroughly unimpressed by the original transfer done somewhere else. This was shot on COLOUR NEGATIVE 500T (7218) Super 8mm. The original transfer was washed out, missing all colour information and had no sharpness. (Check out the hands on the watch). Appears more like low grade VHS rather than super 8 beauty!

  • In this image you can notice notice how much sharper our image is. Particularly look at the how the grain shows up much sharper in the sky. Also look at the “50” road sign and metal guard rail. The detail and sharpness is completely lost in the typical transfer method (thank you to Nicolas Renaud for k40 images).

  • The above image shows how much more contrast can be gained from frame by frame scanning. We are particularly pleased with these results. Many clients have come to us because the typical telecine method leaves their footage looking too ‘flat’ and ‘washed out’. Also take note of how sharp the image is around the henchman poking in the fire.

  • This is the motion blur that comes with a typical transfer. As the video camera records the projected image, sometimes it catches information from 2 of your frames of film at once, giving you a blurred softer image. This can seemingly give you a smoother looking transfer but in turn sacrifices image sharpness, detail and contrast. If you are shooting Pro footage and understand your camera’s shutter angles, then a typical transfer method is unacceptable and will ruin any type of sharp shutter effects you are trying to create.

Frame Discreet’s Lasergraphics 5k Scanstation system resolves these issues replicating what is exactly on the film for the most true digital copy of your film.

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