Top Halloween Films for the Family

October is upon us and that means everyone is thinking about Halloween. Costumes are in the shops, adverts are on the TV and it’s also a big time for filmmakers. However, not all Halloween films are 18+ scare-fests, there’s a lot of Halloween films that are aimed directly at the family, and that doesn’t mean they’re just for kids! Continue reading

The Best Films of 2016 So Far

We are coming very close to the end of 2016 and what a year it has been so far for those in Hollywood! There have been some truly fantastic films released so far this year and, who knows, maybe another smash hit could occur in the next few months. To remind you of how fantastic this year’s films have been, we’ve chosen a small selection of our favourite films of 2016 so far. Continue reading

The First Film

Filmmaking and cine films had their beginnings in the late 19th century, when technology advancements provided the chance to completely change how events are recorded. From immortalising precious memories to recording tragic moments, films like the Zapruder Film are invaluable pieces of history.

Thomas Edison and the Lumière brothers have often been credited for pioneering the technology for the moving image. Louis Le Prince, however, has been credited with the oldest surviving film, recorded in 1888.

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The Future of the Cinema: Are They Losing Popularity?

With the massive rise in streaming on demand, cheap DVDs and home entertainment systems, is the Great British pastime of going to the cinema at risk of dying out?

Well, despite all the doom and gloom from some within the film industry, it still seems that ticket sales are going strong. According to the UK Cinema Association, there were more than 16.5million admissions to cinemas across the country in July 2016 and the numbers for 2015 as a whole were healthier than they had been for the previous two years.

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Genre Spotlight: Horror

There’s nothing better than curling up on the sofa with the lights dimmed and popcorn out and watching a spine tingling horror movie. Once a rather DIY genre, best exemplified by B movies such as Day of the Triffids and low budget flicks like Nosferatu, serious money from Hollywood has been invested in the horror genre over the past couple of decades and brilliantly made scream flicks are hitting our screens right, left and centre.

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Is New Video Technology Killing Home Videos?

Everyone who owns a smartphone has the ability to film and edit high quality videos and quickly upload them to the internet, if you wish it. It’s easier and quicker than traditional cameras, and it has opened the way to apps like Vine that let you share your videos online instantly.

Home videos have been common since cameras first allowed people to film their families at home. Are apps like Vine becoming the popular choice that will surpass the traditional home videos?

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Genre Spotlight: Animation

We all love a good animation film. They can make the impossible feel real, achieving things and helping to create worlds that a live action film would be hard pressed to achieve. However, being able to achieve this excellence has been a long process that has developed due to the hard work and dedication of many individuals over decades. The wonders that it has produced include films such as Toy Story, The Lion King, Princess Mononoke and many, many, others.

So, how did animation develop to create whole new worlds for both children and adults alike to explore and enjoy? Just a pinch of movie magic and a whole bunch of innovation.

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The Evolution of Resolution

Films are a great way to store memories of your friends and family. It could be your first footsteps as a baby or a special celebration such as a birthday or graduation. Either way, it is important for people to store these memories in a way where the quality of the film is maintained.

In the early days, cine films were used to record home videos. Nowadays, we see the likes of HD and even 4K digital recordings that have the most incredible detail. By understanding how resolution has evolved over the years, it can help you know why it is important to preserve your most cherished memories.

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The Magic Behind FPS

The technology behind the way we view things on screen is ever evolving, becoming more and more in tune with reality and creating amazing experiences for viewers. Here at Cine2DVD we are always following these advances, eager to see where the future of video will take us and how we can apply it to your home videos. FPS is one such element of video advancement we are excited about.

But what is FPS and what are the advantages that it can bring to the home viewing experience?

 

What is FPS?

FPS (frames per second) is, simply, the frequency at which an imaging device displays consecutive frames. The term is used in relation to film or video cameras, computer graphics and motion capture systems alike.

Human vision takes the FPS in, but the untrained eye often will not notice the difference between 24 and 60 FPS in most cases. The resolution and temporal sensitivity of the human eye differs from person to person. Theoretically, human vision can process 1000 separate images at once, but at this stage it will appear to be nothing more than a blur. So, an optimum FPS must be reached to be perceptible to the human eye and maintain a high-quality viewing experience.

Speed

There are different speeds of FPS that we see on a daily basis, depending on the way that the video is filmed. A standard cine reel is around 18 FPS for example.

More common is 24FPS, which is the standard format for most televised programmes on television and in film. This has recently increased to 25 FPS on the standard PAL television, as this is much better for suited for progressive-scan output; such as LCD televisions, computer monitors and projectors.

Cinematic filming has taken to using a 30 FPS filming technique, due to the higher quality and cinematic nature of this frame rate. Recently, Peter Jackson used 48 FPS in the film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey which received a mixed reception. The criticism from the audience was that it felt too lifelike, effectively ruining the suspension of disbelief needed to view the film. So, it seems as if a higher frame rate and more realistic experience is not always the desired outcome for audiences.

However, that is not the case in gaming. For many gamers, the more real the better, and as such 60 FPS is the desired output. This frame rate works well with the growing standard of 1080p50 resolution screens and the European Broadcasting Union considers this to be the best way to future-proof broadcast television. It recommends that companies upgrade their equipment to 50 or 60 FPS as a result.

Ultimately FPS is something which many people may never even notice; however, it is an important part of our viewing experience nevertheless.

So, if you want your cine memories to be brought up to speed then we are happy to help you. Viewing your old memories on DVD can be a great blast from the past, brought to your TV screen today.

To find out more about how we can help convert your cine film, please contact us on 0800 592433 and we will be happy to help.