Tobin Video Transfer Telecine Equipment

Standard Definition


> True Speed  Exact 18 and 24 speeds without flicker, a world exclusive as far as we know! It took us 25 years to come up with it. For super-8, and for regular-8. Also: 3CCD camera option.


> True Color  Improved RGB light source for                  brighter and more accurate color.


> 16mm Sound   Two Speed technology.



High Definition


> High Definition TVT-8 Full HD and TVT-16 Full HD Sound


             Records Full HD 1080P in your computer editing program, Mac or Windows

             Records Full HD 1080P on your HD-SDI field recorder


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Recommended only for video editing experts:

             The following models archive Frame By Frame 4:3 format at up to 24 FPS:


> High Definition TVT-8 PHD Progressive Scan 

                          Needs computer for recording an HD file.

                          Original AVI digitizing done on Windows with included program.



> High Definition TVT-16 PHD Progressive Scan

                Needs computer for recording an HD file.

                          Original AVI digitizing done on Windows with included program.




In Preparation:

> High Definition TST-8 Tobin Strobe Transfer

                Continuous motion, no sprockets or claw, all new parts.

                          Higher productivity or lower cost than the competition.

                          The “Strobin’ Tobin” may possibly be available in May 2014



Helpful Information


> TVT Price List — Prices are also shown on the individual catalog pages, linked above.


> Ordering Information, Hours, Warranty, Etc.     


> TVT Standard Definition Order worksheet.       

> TVT-8/16PHD High Definition Order Worksheet


> Instruction Manuals for TCS Equipment, Past & Present


> Authorized Service Facilities for TCS Telecine Equipment


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


> 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 uploads made with Tobin Video Transfer machines, please send us the links!


> Tobin TVT-16 3CCD model, USA copied 2012 from 1976 16mm Ektachrome VNF

> Tobin TVT-S8PHD Progressive Scan, USA copied 2012 from 1960s Super-8

             Vietnam War footage in Super-8 was included as part of a CBS News feature story

> Tobin TVT-D8PHD Current model, 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 Current model, 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-R8 and TVT-S8 YouTube Promo by our customer

Our suggested equipment lineup:

             First, you need to decide whether you want to transfer films directly to DVD in real time, with minimum fuss and no need for a computer. If so, look at our Standard Definition machines below. You will need two True Speed units, one for regular 8 and one for super 8. These interpolate between film frames to make video frames at 25 (PAL) or 30 (NTSC) FPS (Frames Per Second) from the 18 or 24 FPS film. Later you can add models for 16mm. These all use a stand-alone DVD recorder, available from a number of companies. It is also possible to convert the analog video to computer signals by passing through a converter box such as a Grass Valley 55, or a camcorder with analog to Firewire pass-through.

             For Progressive Scan High Definition files made by computer hookup, look at our PHD models below. These do 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 normal USB2 connection, which you then open with your editing and authoring program, to remove bad parts, rearrange, add titles or music, etc.  You can record with various popular compression modes 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. With the Dual-8 model, it has an enlarged gate that shows both the regular-8 and super-8 frame sizes; in editing you crop the image to show the area of interest and can even Pan-Scan to 16:9 ratio. Otherwise the units show only the normal projected area. 16mm is also available.

             Our Full HD models record High Definition via an HD-SDI connection to your computer or field recorder. Make a regular DVD now by scaling in your editing program, and also be ready for High Definition delivery such as Blu-Ray later.