Collect your Video Floppy Disks and send them to:
Östra storgatan 25, apt. 0901
S - 331 76 RYDAHOLM
Please include a valid e-mail address so we can give you access to your processed images.
NOTE: If you are sending the disk from outside EU/EES you must declare the package as private "documents" and value "gift", otherwise the customs will charge an import fee.
If you want the disks in return, please also provide your own name, address and phone number.
When we receive your disks we catalog them and start the digitizing process using the best available equipment.
We are using professional Still Video Floppy Disk readers that provide us with a clean RGB + S (Red, Green, Blue + Sync) signals that we stabilize using a Time Base Corrector. Then we feed the signal to a scaler that de-interlace and enlarge the image to a full HD-resolution. We finish by capture a series of 10-bit RAW color video-frames that we process with averaging technology to reduce noise and artifacts.
The end-result will be a RAW Targa-file (.TGA) and a Jpeg (.JPG) standard image file just like a traditional digital camera or smartphone.
After payment you'll get a login and password to access your images.
Normally we give you access to a OneDrive folder, but we can arrange other ways of digital distribution on demand.
If you want your physical disks sent back to you and/or if you want the images delivered on a physical USB-stick, we'll send them back to you. An additional fee will then be charged. This step is optional.
GARPENHOLM have a long history and a huge media knowledge. We have been in the business since the early 1990's and we have more than three decades of digitizing experiences.
You should know that the resolution of the image sensors (CCDs) those days was at best (pro) around 400 kPixels (or 0,4 Mpixels), mid-range prosumer cameras like the Canon RC-260 had 300 kPixels (640x480), but the most common (consumer) cameras like the Canon RC-250/251 had just a 200 kPixels sensor giving approximately (320x240).
The CCD sensor in e.g. RC-250/251 didn't have symmetric pixel aspect ratio, so you have to shrink the image down to 380x276 pixels to have a 1:1 square pixel-by-pixel ratio.
Our equipment scans each analog video frame in full Hi-band PAL, NTSC or SECAM resolution with 4:2:2 10-bit video sampling and color precision. On top of this we use professional digital scalers to de-interlace, reduce noise, and enlarge the image. Everything is done with separate RGB-component signals to minimize color bleeding and luma interference.
When we retrieve the images on your disks we will give back your images in both the native resolution and in enhanced resolutions.
We always save the result in a non-destructive non-processed (RAW) format, but you'll also get them in standard .jpg format (and .png on request) as well.
We charge €20 per disk. If a disk is empty you don't have to pay for that empty disk.
If less than 10 disks are sent to us for process we charge a startup fee of €20.
When having more than 50 disks you may contact us for an offer.
Return postage fee (if needed) is usually €30 within the EU and the US.
All you have to do is send us your Video Floppy Disks and we'll start digitizing them into modern digital photo formats.
After your images are copied, you’ll be able to download them via OneDrive. The URL is sent to the e-mail address provided with the disk(s) after full payment.
If you want to have the physical disks returned back to you, and/or have the images on a USB stick, then you’ll have to pay the return postage as well. Postage fee varies depending on country.
Since we are talking about floppy disks from typically the 80’s and 90's, (30-40 years old), you should be aware that there may be technical errors on some disks or in some pictures, because of de-magnetization, mechanical tare and other issues.
We can not guarantee that I can recover all the images, but we always do our best and use high-end professional equipment to enhance the video signal to get the best possible video image.
We always handle all floppies and its contents safe with the highest confidentiality. GARPENHOLM is a high security-classified company.