Let the Memories Live Forever
|Display||2.31” Color LCD Display|
|Exposure Control||Automatic/Manual (-2.0 EV ~ + 2.0 EV)|
|Recording Resolution||1440 x 1080|
|Scan Quality||3.5 Megapixels|
|Scan Method||Video Recording|
|Film Type||3”, 5”, and 7” Super 8/8mm reels|
|Light Source||LED Back Light|
|Image Playback||20 frames per second|
|TV Out Type||NTSC/PAL|
|External Memory Card||SD memory card up to 32GB (Class 6 and above)|
|Scan Speed||2 frames per second|
|Language||English/French/German/Italian/Spanish/Japanese/Simplified Chinese/Traditional Chinese|
|Dimensions||12.6 (L) x 5.1 (W) x 7.5 (H) inches|
|Power Supply||Input: AC 100-240V 50-60Hz 0.6A, Output: DC 12V/1.5A|
The machine does OK. Understand 8mm film that is 50-60 years old can have quality issues itself. This copies at 20 FPS the 8mm film is 18FPS so it looks a tad like things are moving faster but it's OK. Seeing that the coping is at this speed and the pixel rate of the machine's camera is most likely low pixel rate you are not going to get HD or 720p or 1080p quality. It scans 2 frames of film at a time. Using video software can't make the film any better than what the machine copied it at. Quality depends on the film itself. Things that affect this are: Distance of shots, light, movement, etc. Some films are grainy and other somewhat clear specifically when close stand still pics had been filmed. If watching on a computer you can just shrink the window down smaller to get a clearer viewing picture. The larger the view the more grainy it will be. I use Video Pad Video Editor program which also lets me add sound (mp3 music/narrative) to the videos. Great thing it does 7" reels but they do take 4.5 hours and the finish digital file size will be 1.5GB to 2.0GB. If the machine had a higher camera pixel rate the size of the captured film would be 50x to 100x large files. (like 50GB to 100GB or more)!! But it doesn't have that ability. You will have to be there to catch it when it gets stuck on an old splice or if there is a break in the old film, in the case of the latter the film will keep feeding and be all over the floor. As for rewinding I use an old movie projector for it is faster and doesn't make the copier have to work hard doing that. I have done many films for myself and others and never had any complains. It is way cheaper and safer than sending your film through the mail. Just remember the quality is Standard Display and not High Definition. If you can live with that go for it!!Erik K 4
Works well. Picture quality is pretty good. Colors are vibrant on old Kodak films. Two gripes:Mark S 4
1. Compression artifacts--I would not expect this from what should be a hi-res picture.
2. Frame jitter--Rather than played through like a usual projector, each frame is stopped over the camera and scanned. Not every frame is placed exactly where the last one was, causing the picture to be somewhat jumpy. I hope that this can be corrected by editing software.
Otherwise, this is a good, lower-cost alternative to other transfer services. Would I recommend this machine to others? Yes.
After trying to scan nine 7" Super 8 film reels, I give up. The scanning starts out as it is should and about halfway through, the scanner starts pausing between frames which causes the output to be jumpy. I chatted with support twice and was told the film must not be lined up correctly, but it definitely is because it works initially and then starts pausing. It takes more than four hours to get through one reel and then the output is poor quality.Kelly W 1
Very fast delivery, free shipping, very good customer service (phone and sms). Very good product (with 1 year warranty). It is easy to use and not so expansive.CLAUDE C 5
I used this machine to convert 8mm and Super 8 movies, it is easy to use and works as it should, I would highly recommend this machine to anyone wanting to preserve home movies at an affordable price.Heath D 5