ImageHive Madison, Alabama

 

Imagine how you’ll feel, to at last see the faces and/or hear the voices of loved ones that’ve been locked up in an obsolete format and left untouched for years.

We’ll free your precious memories from those bygone repositories safely and restore them in your preferred digital format, preserving them for generations to come.

We do it all: film transfer, videotape conversion, 35mmslide/photo scanning, and audio digitization with nearly every format using the best available equipment. It’s all done in our secure A/V lab with just a few highly trained specialists. Customer cataloging is handled systematically to ensure that originals are linked to their digital transfers and both are kept confidential and safe until we personally hand them back to you.

 

Give us a call today at 205-942-9460 for outstanding Madison media transfer service!

What We Transfer

Film Transfers / Madison

Your Old Films – Digitally Restored & Ready, For The Devices You Use Every Day.

16mm film was introduced in 1923. It is 16mm wide (~5/8 inch). It either has sprocket holes on both edges, or just a single set of holes on one edge. The latter type is called single perforation film and includes an optical audio track running down one edge of the film.

8mm film was introduced in 1932. It is 8mm wide (~5/16 inch) single perforation film. It goes by a few different names including Standard 8, Regular 8, and Double 8. I very rarely includes sound.
Super 8 film was introduced in 1965. It is 8mm wide (~5/16 inch) single perforation film. Super 8 uses smaller sprocket holes than Standard 8 to allow more film real estate for the images, providing a much improved quality. Sometimes we will encounter an audio track, but most Super 8 film does not include sound. When sound is present, there will be a thin magnetic strip alongside one edge of the film.

Video Transfers / Madison

Digitize Your Videos & Enjoy Them On Your Devices You Use Every Day.

VHS / S-VHS: 187 x 102 x 25 mm. The Video Home System (VHS) was introduced in 1977. It is the most common consumer-level analog videocassette magnetic tape format. S-VHS, or Super VHS was introduced in 1987 and is backward compatible with VHS. It provides a much improved horizontal luminance resolution of 400 lines versus 250 for VHS.
Betamax: 156 x 96 x 25 mm. Betamax was introduced in 1975. Often called simply, Beta, it is a consumer-level analog videocassette magnetic tape recording format very similar in quality to VHS, which eventually outpaced, then eclipsed Betamax in consumer sales leading to the early abandonment of the format.
VHS-C / S-VHS-C: 92 x 58 x 20 mm. Introduced in 1982, the C stands for compact, which is really the only difference between VHS-C and standard VHS. The tapes can be played on standard VHS or S-VHS machines using a cartridge adapter. S-VHS-C tapes are a compact version of S-VHS and play in an S-VHS player with the same adapter.
Video8 / Hi8 / Digital8: 95 x 62.5 x 15 mm. Three formats in one tape type. The first was Video8, introduced in 1985 and is an analog format similar to VHS, but with much-improved audio quality coupled with a very compact size. Hi8 (high-band video8), is a competitor to the S-VHS and S-VHS-C formats with an increased luminance of 400 lines. Finally, Digital8 utilized the same magnetic tape as Video8 and Hi8 to record a digital signal for even better performance.
MiniDV: 65 x 48 x 12 mm. These very small cassettes are also known as S-size. MiniDV cassettes are used for recording baseline DV, DVCAM, and HDV. Each tape holds about 13 GB for one hour of video.
Professional & PAL: We can also transfer a number of professional formats as well as foreign tapes recorded in PAL. Contact us to confirm what you have and we will give you a quote for your specific format.

Call us today at 205-942-9460 for outstanding Madison media transfer service!

 

Photo Transfers / Madison

Slides, Prints & Negatives – Digitized & Ready To Share. Everybody’s Going To Like Them.

Slides: Standard slides have a frame that is roughly 1.5 inches wide and 1 inch tall, typically mounted in cardboard which is a 2 by 2 inch square.
Film Negatives: 35mm negative film was the most used film format of the analog era. Typically cut into strips of 4-6 frames, with an equal frame size to slides.
Printed Photos: We scan most picture sizes. We can also scan postcards, newspaper clippings, and other paper items you may have.

Slide and Negative Scanning / Madison

Proof Scan (700 DPI)
each slide $0.50 and up
(Slides scanned as is with no post-processing)

Archival Scan (1700 DPI)
each slide $0.70 and up

Pro Scan (2500 DPI)
Highest resolution of scan we offer
each slide $1.60 and up

We use complimentary Digital ICE scratch and dust removal. Image files are delivered on a USB drive (other formats available by request).

Picture Scan / Madison

$0.40 and up for each scan

Audio Transfers / Madison

Sweet Analog Sound – Easy Digital Playback

 

Vinyl:  Originally called a gramophone record in 1887, it is also known as phonograph record, vinyl, LP or simply, record. There are three sizes: 12, 10, and 7 inches in diameter. Although it is a very old format, it is still highly regarded by many audiophiles for it’s sweet, warm sound.

Vinyl records are notoriously fragile and must be very carefully handled and stored to maintain the integrity of the recording. Still, we are often able to transfer a badly scratched record, but with a significant loss in fidelity. Once we have it in the digital domain, there are some restorative procedures we can take.

Compact Cassette: 100 x 64 x 8 mm. Introduced in 1962, audio cassettes were the first mainstream method of consumer audio recording and distribution. The 3.81 mm tape can have a variety of track layouts: two wide mono tracks, two stereo tracks, or 4 mono tracks. Audio quality varies significantly with tape formulation and on the condition of the deck it was recorded on.
Mini Cassette: 56 x 34 x 8 mm. Also called Micro Cassette, it was designed for use in personal recorders and answering machines. The quality is slightly better than no recording at all.
Reel To Reel:  1/4 inch audio tape was the first widely adopted method of recording audio at home. We can transfer 3, 7, and 10 inch reels.
8-Track Cartridge: 133 x 102 x 23 mm. Introduced in 1963, the 8-track is a continuous loop of tape housed in a cartridge that incorporated a neoprene rubber and nylon pinch roller. This reduced the mechanical complexity of the tape player, but presented new problems because those parts were not designed to be serviceable. They would suffer from wear causing inaccurate playback speeds and tapes that would slip.

Why We’re The Best In Madison ?

Security: Because we do all work on-site in our Birmingham studio, you never have to wonder about the whereabouts of your audio originals. Your tapes, records, or reels do not leave the premises of our secure audio lab from the time you drop them off to the time you pick them up. One person is responsible for the work from start to finish and if you have questions, you’ll be able to get answers via face-to-face interaction.
Customer Service: Our staff ensures every detail is addressed and all communication is done with honesty and respect. We strive to explain our processes with clarity and transparency in order to provide well-defined expectations. We always put the value of relationships with our clients ahead of the the business value of the services we provide.

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