Tobin Video Transfer Telecine Equipment

Helpful Information



* Instruction Manuals for TCS Equipment, Past & Present


* Authorized Service Facilities for TCS Telecine Equipment


* FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions about Film Problems & DVD Transferring


* What format film do I have?   


* Video Alphabet Soup 


* Tobin Video Transfer equipment is designed and manufactured in the USA.


Sample Transfers

Actually, we question if it is worth even having links here to YouTube posted videos. The quality is a poor imitation of the actual results with Tobin Video Transfer equipment, being small in size, low resolution, and highly compressed.

Some of these are not as exciting as we would like. If you and your customers don’t care if the world admires your YouTube / Vimeo uploads made with Tobin Video Transfer machines, please send us the links!


* Tobin TVT-S8TS Super-8 3CCD True Speed Ultimate, New Zealand 2015

* Tobin TVT-D8PHD Australia copied 2012 from 1963 Regular-8

             Note: the above has some motion judder because 15 FPS film was converted to 25 FPS PAL, then Vimeo re-converted it to 30 FPS.

* Tobin TVT-R8MS R8 with 19.98 FPS speed, USA sales pitch

             Note: this customer of ours is trying to make you think he is building the machines and you have to buy them from him! Good presentation though.

* Tobin TVT-R8HD Former model, AVCHD vs. MJPEG compression, 2011 from 1956 B&W (Silent)

* Tobin TVT-R8PHD USA copied 2011 from 1964 Regular-8 (Silent)

* Tobin TVT-8M Older models rented out in the UK (English narration)

* Tobin TVT-D8M Older model used in Russia (in Russian)

* Tobin TVT-16 Older model used in Russia (in Russian) (Hope he’s saying something nice!)

* Tobin TVT-16 Death of a Peasant

* Tobin TVT-16 Commute
* Tobin TVT-16 Salem Cigarette Ad

* Tobin TST-8 R8 and S8 for New Zealand TV 2016

           For Progressive Scan High Definition files made by computer hookup, look at our now discontinued TVT-8PHD model. This does true Frame By Frame scanning, where each film picture goes to one video frame. Software is included for making an AVI file with your Windows computer via USB2 “High Speed” connection, which you then open with your editing and authoring program, to remove bad parts, rearrange, add titles or music, etc.  You can record Uncompressed, or with compression such as Motion JPEG. Your program will perform interpolation between frames, or add extra frames, to convert the frame rate for normal video display from a DVD or Blu-Ray disc. 

Minimum computer specs per The Imaging Source:

           Intel Core i3 processor with 2 GB RAM ( some earlier drivers needed i5 processor )

           USB 3.0 or 2.0 or Ethernet controller ( according to camera model )

           24 or 32 bit graphics card

           Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 or 10

           DirectX 9.0c or higher


Work flow after generating the AVI file, submitted by one of our customers:


We use the Tobin TVT-8PHD on Windows and edit on the Mac in Final Cut Pro.

We capture on the WIndows to huffyuv codec. Then we can import the AVI files into FCP 7 using Perian


We also have converted huffyuv AVI files on Windows to ProRes Quicktime files using Xmedia Recode

More recently we've been editing on Windows with Resolve
( which is free.