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Learn & Explore Series Episode 43

"What You Must Know about Film-to-Digital Converters"

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Did You Know?

According to the National Association of Theatre Owners, approximately 87% of the 5,762 US movie theaters now show digital versions of Hollywood releases instead of film.

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Did You Know?

Many of today’s professional photographers, especially wedding photographers, prefer to shoot film because of its color, dynamic range and grain. Film also causes them to be more aware of what they are shooting since they can’t view images on an LCD screen.

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Did You Know?

Of all American silent films produced prior to 1929, 90% are lost and of all sound films made before 1950, 50% are lost.

Special Thanks to
Industry Expert: Matt Mardini
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Questions covered in the above interview:

  1. What film formats can a digital converter accommodate?
  2. Can I convert movie film too? What size?
  3. Will the age of the film originals affect the conversion process?
  4. Does film-to-digital conversions take much time? Is it a laborious process?
  5. Is a computer or software required to convert film to digital files?
  6. What is the maximum resolution of the converted images?
  7. Can I view the film image on a converter? Why is that helpful?
  8. Is a film-to-digital converter compatible with both PCs and Macs?
  9. Are film-to-digital converters bulky, heavy equipment?
  10. Do film-to-digital converters have an internal memory for storage?
  11. Can they also accept SD/SDHC cards?
  12. How are the digitized images transferred to a computer?
  13. Is any special knowledge or skills necessary to make film-to-digital conversions?
  14. Can I then edit, manipulate the digitized images in Photoshop, Lightroom, etc.?
  15. Does a photographer that still shoots with film need a good film-to-digital converter?