Super 8/8mm Film Scanner

Super 8/8mm Film Scanner

Digitize and View 3”, 5” and 7” Super 8/8mm Movie Reels (FS81)

$299.99 USD

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Get it : September 24 - September 30

Model:

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Overview

Let the Memories Live Forever

Specifications

Super 8/8mm Film Scanner
Display 2.31” Color LCD Display
Focus Range Fixed Focus
Exposure Control Automatic/Manual (-2.0 EV ~ + 2.0 EV)
Recording Resolution 3.5 Megapixels
Scan Quality 1080p (1440 x 1080)
Scan Method Video Recording
Film Type 3”, 5”, and 7” Super 8/8mm reels
Light Source LED Back Light
File Format MP4
Image Playback 20 frames per second
TV Out Type NTSC/PAL
Built-In Memory None
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
Weight 4.4 lbs
Power Supply Input: AC 100-240V 50-60Hz 0.6A, Output: DC 12V/1.5A
Certifications FCC
UPC 061783270448

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating:

Mark H August 30, 2020 Texas, United States

This machine works better than I expected. It is super easy to setup and operate. I'm very satisfied with it and would recommend it. One thing that I figured out, is I connected to a 19" Magnavox tv and can view the movies while they are being transferred to the SD card. Can also watch the playback on it. So far this has been a great purchase. When I'm done with the super 8 movies then I'll probably purchase one of the devices to transfer slides with.

5
Len H August 15, 2020 Ontario, Canada

I'm using the Magnasonic Scanner to digitize several hours of Super 8 film and it's very easy to create the files for transfer to my laptop. It's easy to use and works just great.

5
Mounir Z. August 14, 2020 Ontario, Canada

Tried to scan 5" Super 8 film reels. The scanning starts out as it is should for few seconds and the scanner's spool started missing frames which causes the output to be jumpy. It took 3 hours to scan 1" of the real. I get in touch with support was informed that the film must not be lined up correctly or the SD card is below class 6. The SD card was class 10 and made sure many time that the film is install the right way, but the same happens and the the output is poor quality. So I return the unit to the seller.
VERY disappointing.

2
Erik K June 25, 2020

I have done a lot of film since getting this. It works great but you do have to sit by it some to catch it when it stops on an old splice or a previous broken film ( it will keep feeding on to the floor.) Picture Quality good but a 5-7 megapixel camera would take it over the top! That would make for larger files though. It is 3.5 megapixel. The frame adjustments are easy to understand and use. A 7" reel will take 4.5 hours to copy file size 1.5-2GB mp4a. 5" 2 hours, 3" 45 minutes. I used and old movie projector to rewind the film faster and to not put that load on this unit. It only has one speed so it can take a few minutes to rewind a 7". Old AC projector about a minute.

5
Erik K June 18, 2020 Pennsylvania, United States

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!!

4
T. S June 7, 2020

This is a wonderful film scanner for home movies. You have exposure control and framing control, but no color control. Luckily the default color setting seems very balanced. I do wish that the image capture size was a full 1920x1080, instead of 1440x1080. I like to zoom out to scan the full image frame; however that leaves me with partial frames above and below showing. After I take my clips into After Effects to crop, I'm left with a final size of 1440x950. I convert my frame rate to 16fps while I'm doing my cropping. The only other issue is if your film has any crimping. The film guide when closed is so tight that crimped film won't pass through easily. Because of that I had to start several films further in than I hoped.These are minor criticisms for what has been a great purchase. My family is so happy to see films we haven't watched in 35 years.

4
L June 2, 2020

Works well. Had to set up a way to brush off dust on the film before or fed into scanner. Any dust can cause film to jam. Would not stop when film Is jammed just keeps scanning same frame. Loading film into clips is a bit tricky when you have large fingers.

4
old e June 1, 2020

Does a reasonable job converting frame by frame as I had wanted. For some reason regular 8mm comes out better than super 8mm. A bigger screen would be nice as it's not always easy to get the frame adjusted and the other controls for resolution & brightness. It would be a + if it had the capability of temporary storage so that if a break occurs and needs a splice the film can be restarted and the final output will just be one file. It also would help if it had an output to connect to a larger screen when doing the conversion so correction can be made. It's a good buy though compared to having your films sent away and after paying outrageous prices have trash come back. With this you just re-adjust it and try again.

4
CAMcDonough May 29, 2020

We had a little bit of an issue with 'jumping' and returned the item.

3
Mark S April 30, 2020 Ohio, United States

Works well. Picture quality is pretty good. Colors are vibrant on old Kodak films. Two gripes:
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.

4
Amazon Customer April 30, 2020

Easy to use. Cheaper than paying someone to do it. Good rainy day project. It takes about 25 minutes for a 3" spool. I used a video editor afterwords to enhance color and contrast for a better picture. My films are over 35 years old. I have a few friends that want theirs done so for a small fee it is paying for itself.

5
MER April 30, 2020

I needed to archive 20 super 8 reels. Works as well as I could hope. Perfect for my project.

5
George S April 26, 2020

There are several digital scan 8 mm machines on the market and this was a good price. I have thousands of feet to go through an it has worked fairly well so far. The quality of the digital video has a lot to do with he quality of the old film. There are adjustment for exposure and framing. Some standard 8mm film as you scan, the frame line between each frames gets into the view. You must stop it, go the the menu and change the frame, you can see it as you adjust it. If the exposure looks too dark or light it also can be changed at the menu but the film does not run and it is a trial and error. Once you stop the film and restart it creates a new file on the SD card. I'm using a 16MB SCAN card but it does work with 32MB. For the price I didn't expect more.Ideally it would be nice to run the film at normal speed as a projector but it does not. It scans at 2 frames per second and a 50' reel takes about 30 minutes. To rewind you must reverse the reels but fast forward is kind of slow. Once scanned you can connect it to a monitor or TV and view the MPG file. The unit comes with the appropriate cables.When viewing the old digitalized film from the SD card the speed may seem to be too fast especially 70 year old B&W film. The YouTube video player can adjust the speed at a slower rate. What is really nice that uploading to YouTube from your computer, the whole family can view it and it has given some family members a real sense of the family before some of them was born. I have some cousins that were born after grandpa and grandma died and they seen them for the first time in motion other than a picture. Also they see their great grandparents like they never seen before. It is well worth the effort to convert the old films. This machine will accomplish what you want but not fully professional results but still very good.

4
Kelly W April 23, 2020 Texas, United States

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.
VERY disappointing.

1
CLAUDE C April 13, 2020 Quebec, Canada

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.

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