Digital Roots Studio - SF Bay Area

510 922 8481

4187 Piedmont Ave, Oakland CA

Mon 8am-2pm, Tues-Fri 8am-5pm


Film Transfer Services to Digital
RetroScan Universal Film Transfer Machine

Film Equipment


All of our film transfers are done using the

RetroScan Universal HD/2k Film Scanner capturing unit.

All footage is captured frame-by-frame into our computer, recording each and every frame of your film.


Continuous feed transport provides true frame-by-frame digitizing without use of claws and sprocket holes for moving film forward, so there's no pressure or contact that can damage older film. This also allows warped film or film with broken sprocket holes to still be digitized.

Output options: Playable DVD or Editable Computer File


Playable DVD


  • Can be played on DVD player or played on your computer


  • Not meant for editing


  • 2 hours max per playable DVD


  • Approximately 1,600 feet of film per DVD


  • Chapter points inserted between film reels


  • HD film transfer must be played on a Blu-ray disc to maintain HD resolution


  • 10 hrs of SD film can go on a Blu-ray disc
Playable DVD
AVI Computer File
MOV Quicktime File
MP4 Computer File

Editable Computer Files - AVI, MOV or MP4


  • Your choice of MOV (Mac), AVI (PC) or MP4 (PC/Mac)


  • AVI & MOV files are approximately 14gb per hour


  • MP4 files are approximately 1.5 gb per hour


  • We ask that drives are empty & formatted NTFS or ExFat. FAT32 & Mac backup drives will not work.


  • Its strongley recommended that all drives are empty or new when dropped off with your order. Digital Roots Studio is not responsible for any files that may be compromised.


  • Client supplies external drive or you can purchase a 64gb thumb drive for $30 or 1TB external drive for $85.


  • MP4 can be uploaded to Dropbox for an additional $2 per hour of footage. Deleted two weeks from invoice date. We do not upload AVI or MOV due to the file size.



Film Transfer Pricing, cost per foot



Silent Film Transfer Per Foot of Film (SD) 720x480

Silent Film Transfer Per Foot of Film (HD) 1920x1080

16mm Optical Sound Film Per Foot of Film



Additional $0.15

Output Options

SD Computer File - MOV, AVI or MP4, cost per hr (720x480)

HD Computer File - Motion JPEG AVI or MP4 , cost per hr (1920x1080)

SD Playble DVD - (2 hrs max), first copy

Blu-ray Disc (2 hrs of HD or 10 hrs SD)

Image Sequence JPG/PNG (TIFF add $10 / hr)






Additional Add Ons

Additional Playable DVDs

Title Slide

DVD Menu

Music, per track, provided by client

Music, per track, downloaded from iTunes

Full Album (or ten tracks)







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Our Film Transfer Process


Upon receiving your film we will carefully examine your reels for any signs of mold, as well as  confirm no symptoms of vinegar syndrome, which will first be detected by a vinegar smell, followed by curling/shrinkage of the film do to lack of moisture.


For ensuring your reels are output in the order you would like, we ask that you organize them ahead of time to ensure the correct order for playable DVD or numbered digital computer files on your hard drive. If you do not have a preference on order then Digital Roots Studio will number each reel for you.



  • Prior to transfer all film is cleaned, adding leader and repairing broken splices as necessary.



  • Please see the Film Length Table below to estimate how much content you have, or we'll do so.


  • We use a digital process to remove color casts (typically red, yellow, or blue) on the overall reel, and will compensate for under/over-exposed film when possible.  The current condition of the film, and how it was originally shot, will determine the quality of the footage.


  • If the footage is blank or deteriorated to a point that is no longer viewable then you will be notified.


  • Film editing is available by appointment once the reel(s) have been converted to computer file.


Types of Film We Transfer


  • Super 8mm Film (Silent)


  • 8mm Film (Silent)


  • 16mm Film Silent


  • 16mm Film Optical Sound
16mm Film Reels

What Type of Film do you Have?

Kodak Ektachrome Film Box
Film Size Chart


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           Mon 8am-2pm Tues-Fri 8am-5pm

510 - 922 -8481

4187 Piedmont Ave Oakland 94611

Video Transfer

VHS Tape Transfer


VHS-C to Digital


Hi8 8mm or Video



DVCam MiniDVCam

Video Transfer Services

DVD Duplication

Film Transfer

16mm Film Transfer

16mm Sound Film

Super 8 Film Transfer

8mm Film Transfer

SD or HD Film Capture

Frame by Frame


Image Sequence Output


Blu-ray & Playable DVD

Photo Scanning

Photo Album Scanning

Loose Photos

Scrapbook Scanning

Oversized Images

Newspaper Scaning


Color Correction


Photo Restoration

8 Bit - 16 Bit


35mm Slide Scanning

TIFF or JPEG Output

8 Bit TIFF - 16 Bit TIFF

Negative Scanning

Medium Format

Large Format

Super Slide Scanning

110 Format Negatives

126 Format Negative

Digital Ice Technology

Audio Transfer

Reel to Reel Transfer

Audio Cassette Transfer

Micro Cassette to MP3


CD Duplication

1/4'' Reel to Reel

Audio Capturing Service

Analog to Digital Service

Mini Disc Transfer

Audio Digitization

Tribute Video

Birthday Celebration

Graduation Party

Wedding Celebration

Memorial Tribute

Family Reunion

Bar Mitzvah Video

Bat Mitzvah Video


School Presentation

Business Presentation



Digital Roots Studio is located in Oakland CA on Piedmont Ave, about 8 miles from San Francisco and within a mile of two BART station. Pick-up & drop off service is available for qualifying orders in North Bay Area, South Bay Area, East Bay Area, Oakland, Piedmont, Hayward, Fremont, Berkeley, Richmond, Alameda, Castro Valley, union City, Emeryville, Albany, San Leandro, San Pablo, Corckett, El Sobrante, Pinole, San Lorenzo, Hercules, Rodeo, El Cerrito, Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, Walnut Creek, Tri-Valley, Antioch, Pittsburg, Brentwood, Oakley, Dublin, Pleasanton, Livermore, Alamo, Danville, San Ramon, Diablo, Napa, Sonoma, Fairfield, Santa Rosa, Benicia, Peninsula, Silicon Valley, San Mateo County, Pacifica, Half Moon Bay, Palo Alto, Los Alto, Woodside, Atherton, Belmont, Brisbane, Burlingame, Colma, Daly City, Foster City, Hillsborough, Los Altos Hills, Menlo Park, Millbrae, Mountain View, Redwood City, Redwood Shores, San Bruno, San Carlos, San Mateo, South San Francisco, Santa Clara, Milpitas, Cupertino, Sunnyvale, Saratoga, Campbell, Morgan Hill, Gilroy, Santa Cruz & Morgan Hill. Proud member of Oakland Grown Check out our Tips & Hints, Faq, Privacy Policy


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