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Alexa Alana
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From: San Diego, CA, USA
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 - posted May 01, 2016 04:30 PM      Profile for Alexa Alana   Email Alexa Alana   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Hi all,
I have started to transfer some of my super 8 films to digital by using a mirror and ground glass setup. However, I noticed that throughout the film the flickering changed speeds/lengths/etc., which resulted in me having to constantly change my projector's speed. The final result came out pretty nice, but there is some minor flicker in some parts since I could not adjust it as perfectly as I would have liked. Is it possible that throughout my film the camera was not maintaining the speed I have it set at (18 FPS in my case)? Or, is this just how flickering occurs - throughout the film at different speeds?

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Brian Fretwell
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 - posted May 01, 2016 05:28 PM      Profile for Brian Fretwell   Email Brian Fretwell   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Sounds more like variations in projector speed to me. Modern CCD etc sensors in cameras today are less forgiving of this than tube pick up cameras were, as they had image lag with smoothed out flicker, except for very bright pictures.

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Ty Reynolds
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 - posted May 01, 2016 07:54 PM      Profile for Ty Reynolds   Author's Homepage   Email Ty Reynolds   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
If you are not able to maintain constant projector speed after the first five minutes or so, this may be a sign that rubber belts are starting to stretch and need to be replaced.

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Will Trenfield
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 - posted May 01, 2016 08:18 PM      Profile for Will Trenfield   Email Will Trenfield   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
As posted previously, I captured footage using an Eumig 501, a fixed speed model, projecting on to a white card. The images were captured on an old Panasonic VHS-C which had a direct output to a cheap analogue to digital converter and saved to a hard disk. It was done on my computer desk quite easily. Just experiment until you get the best results you want. Here's a link to one film I uploaded https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbou-p_SgDM

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Alexa Alana
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 - posted May 02, 2016 02:39 AM      Profile for Alexa Alana   Email Alexa Alana   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Thank you all for your input. [Smile]
Brian, I'm leaning towards the notion that it is the projector. And, the video camera I was using is definitely not forgiving. It is one of Sony's newer Handycams and it picks up everything. I have another Sony video camera from 1999/2000, however it has a CCD sensor, as well. It still might be worth a shot, though.
Ty, I hadn't thought of checking the belt - I'll definitely look at it. Though, when I just project the film on a projector screen to view it there aren't any noticeable speed changes.
Will, what kind of white card did you use? Your film quality is superb - the results look excellent. I also have an older video camera (it takes mini DV tapes), and I am considering using it for my video transfers.

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James Wilson
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Registered: Jan 2015


 - posted May 02, 2016 05:50 AM      Profile for James Wilson   Author's Homepage   Email James Wilson   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Hi Alexa,

while all the above is true, if your camcorder records at frame as well as interlaced, set it to frame this will make some difference.
Good Luck,
James.

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James Wilson

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Will Trenfield
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 - posted May 02, 2016 08:13 AM      Profile for Will Trenfield   Email Will Trenfield   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Hello Alexa. I just used a sheet of Kodak A4 gloss photo paper. There's no recording going on in the camera. There are output sockets so I used it like a rostrum or security camera. I guess this feature was so that you could capture the images direct to a video recorder. I fed the output through an analogue to digital converter so that I could put it on to a hard drive. Then I cleaned it up with VirtualDub. All low tech stuff. Other methods would certainly give much better results.

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Alexa Alana
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 - posted May 02, 2016 06:35 PM      Profile for Alexa Alana   Email Alexa Alana   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Thank you both. [Big Grin]
James, definitely an excellent suggestion. I still need to experiment and adjust the settings some more on the digital camera, especially because it has been years since I have really used it.
Will, that seems like a rather brilliant setup, and the quality of your film is very respectable. Was that something you figured out on your own or did you have a reference for creating that setup?

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Will Trenfield
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 - posted May 03, 2016 12:43 PM      Profile for Will Trenfield   Email Will Trenfield   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Hi, Alexa. I looked at the different ways of capturing cine. There's loads on YouTube. This is a cheap and cheerful method. It's fine if you just want to capture home movies to DVD for the family to see as the content will be more important than the quality. Other methods will give superior results but at a cost.

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Alexa Alana
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 - posted May 03, 2016 10:17 PM      Profile for Alexa Alana   Email Alexa Alana   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Thank you, Will. I still have much more experimenting to do, and I have been browsing YouTube for various methods. [Smile] Though I must say, I definitely like your method. I will continue to do more research!

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