Few words about us

Who are us? What we are doing? How should we do it? Introducing the Filmmásolda.


You are looking right now at the home page of a family business, whose professional leader is Andrássy Gábor. He will tell you with a few informal words below, how the company was created and the technology the company uses:

Ever since I was a child, I have been interested in electronics. In primary school I would assemble transistor radios, there was no question about it: just like my dad, I would study electronic engineering. I graduated at the head of my class and started working in consumer electronic service industry at first, and then in our family business. As times went, the interest for servicing consumer electronics was considerably reduced, and a new demand emerged: to transfer the recordings once made with those obsolete machines to a 21st century format. It was evident for us to moving on to this industry from the maintenance activity. This was not big challenge at all, because the amateur film and video production in our family has a nearly 50-year-old tradition, so I already had a lot of image and sound recording equipment at my disposal, as a start-up machine stock.

70s reel-to-reel VTR

Digitize early 70s reel-to-reel video tape

tape recorders

Digitization technology

The first and the easiest of the problems was the digitization of the sound recordings. For this, only a high-quality sound card (in my case an ESI Maya 44) was needed, and of course, to select and fix up the best vintage equipments to playing back the recordings. When this is done, I had to find proper way to transfer the digital formats (minidisc, DAT, DCC) without converting back to analogue and re-digitize. to preventing quality losses.

Philips SVHS

video correcters

The second problem was the digitization of the videotapes. Although working VHS recorders and Hi8 camcorders are still available on the second hand market, to transfer them is not easy, due to there are lots of inferior quality video digitizing devices on the market. Finally, after spending out some student money for useless junks, I got equipped with the Canopus MVR-D2200 cards from the Californian Grasswalley company, well-known from the professional studio technology.

Then I purchased various additional equipment: transcoders, time base correctors, video equalizers.

I encountered very soon interest in the digitization of the foreign VHS versions (NTSC, french-SECAM, etc.) and some vintage formats (U-matic, Beta, Video-2000, etc.), so the video section started expanding rapidly. Today, I have more than 80 different types of restored VTRs and VCRs, and even I became able to digitize footages from damaged videotapes, which, according to their owners, none of my competitors succeeded to doing.

cine digitizer mechanism

control electronic of the cine digitizer

The third and the biggest challenge was the digitize small gauge films. In this field, there is no available product, at least not for reasonable price. My starting point was that anybody can shoot the picture projected to the wall, so I have to do somethings more and to do better to earn money for it.

The result of a nearly 1.5-month development is this telecine shown on the image. As you can see, the film gate and the HD camera are in direct optical connection, without any mirror or opal glass, to prevent any quality loss. It scans the film at 16,67fps rate, and sends it to the computer via USB. The unique advantage of this setup is that it works well even at daylight.

The perfect synchronization betwen the progressive camera and the film transfer mechanism is guarded by sophisticated electronics. This guarantees the flicker-free transfer, and also controlling the spectral of the RGB light source.

This machine is the pride of our company, entirely my design and implementation. As far as i know no one else in the country has anything similar.

16mm digitizer

Modeled after the proven 8mm version, the 16mm telecine also created.

Sharpness of images, even in the corners are guaranted by the genuie Zeiss Tevidon lens.