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Scanning 8mm film

Post by Silfver8 » Sat Oct 21, 2006 11:57 pm

I have an idea about scanning developed 8mm film and use them a 'still photos' - a sequence of them. Not having any developed 8mm film around (I'm thinking I'm weeks away from that) I would be very interested in learning if anyone here has done anything to that effect?

I was planning on using my flatbedscanner that can scan at 3600 dpi.

Anyone have any samples of what scanned 8mm film looks like or any 'lessons learnt' in the area?

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Post by gianni1 » Sun Oct 22, 2006 1:29 am

I think the most practical DIY 'scanning' solutions involve using a twosome between a Mr. Projector and Ms. Mini-DV (camera) or a threesome between projector-camera-computer. English is useless for gender bending inanimate objects. :lol: Then we have the industrial alien hybrids, mixing both new and old technologies, both fantastically cheap and expensive with raanges inbetween.

The idea of converting a 35mm film scanner to batch scanning 8mm or 16mm frame sequences of frames has been discussed, have any other designs been built or prototyped? The projector film transport mechanisim seems to be the strongest evolutionary success for transfering the film frame to digital. I have not yet seen many new practical or popular DIY flatbed scanner frame transport developed.

To get the film transport working with this new cine film scanner, we need to mate up an sewing machine industrial designer with a film scanner / digital camera maker, and hope their creation thrives in the consumer economic - creative media jungle, and not vanish.

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Post by andredigital » Sun Oct 22, 2006 2:26 am

Hello,

i've made a scan with my Nikon 5000ED Negativ Scanner to see if there is more inside an S8 frame as PAL SD-TV resolution, and yes - you knew it all for sure - it is ;-)

First picture shows this scan with 903x661 pixels, second one is an example of a wetgate telecine (look at the cropping!) with ca. 720x576 pixels.
Used film: Kodachrome K40
Camera: Canon A512 on tripod

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Linked page is about 800kb:
http://www.kamera-board.de/wbb2/images/ ... vergl.html


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Post by gianni1 » Sun Oct 22, 2006 7:03 pm

That means this Super 8 frame was scanned at 5000 dpi? Very nice, looks great BTW.


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Post by andredigital » Mon Oct 23, 2006 10:42 am

Hello Gianni,

thanks, it is a frame of a time laps sequenze which i shot at central park/new york.

The optical resolution of the Nikon 5000 ED Negativ Scanner is up to 4.000 pixels per inch with built in 3,964-pixel CCD, 16bits color.
Of course, the scan area is built for 35mm slides and only 903x661 pixels
are useable for the s8 frame.

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Post by steve hyde » Mon Oct 23, 2006 3:30 pm

..I've got a project somewhat like this. I have been making what I'm calling super8 lomo-ramas. "Lomo" because I originally planned to process the film in my Lomo tank, and rama because the idea is to stitch panorams together in post production. The final image is to be digitally printed on cotton rag paper. I haven't printed any yet since I've been busy with other projects.

Initially, my plan was to shoot single frames and then cut the film into ten inch strips that would be taped together with lithographers tape until I had a sheet of images eight inches wide to give me an 8 x 10 sheet. Then I was planning to scan the films on a film scanner that handles sheet film.

I decided this would be too much work.

Instead I sent my film to Cinelab in Boston and asked for a 10 bit 4:2:2 transfer directly to an external hard drive.... now the images are sitting on a hard drive waiting for me to get around to doing the work. :oops:

Shooting single frame super 8 is great: 3600 images per roll in beautiful low-fi splendor.

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Re: Scanning 8mm film

Post by steve hyde » Mon Oct 23, 2006 3:38 pm

Silfver8 wrote:I have an idea about scanning developed 8mm film and use them a 'still photos' - a sequence of them. Not having any developed 8mm film around (I'm thinking I'm weeks away from that) I would be very interested in learning if anyone here has done anything to that effect?

I was planning on using my flatbedscanner that can scan at 3600 dpi.

Anyone have any samples of what scanned 8mm film looks like or any 'lessons learnt' in the area?
by the way and in reference to "not having any 8mm film around". Go onto ebay and buy some. I bought 16 rolls of old Kodachrome shot in the mid western united states in the 1950s for 12.00 USD....Great found footage and royalty free I might add.

Speaking of found footage, another filmmaker you might be interested in cheking out is Jay Rosenblatt (he's in the Bay area) Jay is doing some of the most interesting 8mm films I have seen...Check out "The Smell of Burning Ants" and "Phantom Limb"..

Steve

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Re: Scanning 8mm film

Post by Mayra456 » Wed Nov 22, 2017 12:16 pm

Hello..

I have a wolverine moviemaker yet continue getting issues with the sensor getting earth on to it and afterward run continually when I switch on.

Do you have similar issues..?

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