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Will Trenfield
Master Film Handler

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From: Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK
Registered: Mar 2016


 - posted January 12, 2017 06:16 PM      Profile for Will Trenfield   Email Will Trenfield   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Hi. Some of us have digitised precious home movies using various methods. There seem to be various frame by frame machines offered in the US. Has anybody any experience of them?

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Ty Reynolds
Film Handler

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From: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Registered: Nov 2015


 - posted January 12, 2017 08:08 PM      Profile for Ty Reynolds   Author's Homepage   Email Ty Reynolds   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I've tested the Wolverine and was very disappointed in the results. Way too much compression, resulting in artifacts and loss of detail. A de-noising program may smooth the artifacts out, though. Other drawbacks are the 30fps frame rate, which must be corrected in an editing program, and the 200-foot maximum reel capacity. Some users are satisfied with the image quality, given the relatively low price.

I use the Retro-8, made by MovieStuff, which produces excellent results from home movies. The one drawback for me is the inability of the sensor to recognize the sprocket holes if that edge of the film is clear, as in commercially-printed films, or light-flashed reversal film. The Retro-8 has been replaced by the RetroScan Universal, but you can still find it from time to time on ebay for around $2,000.

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Bill Brandenstein
Phenomenal Film Handler

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From: California
Registered: Aug 2007


 - posted January 12, 2017 08:51 PM      Profile for Bill Brandenstein   Email Bill Brandenstein   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I've seen spectacular results using MovieStuff equipment. Sometimes there are local shops that have them. Or you can send your footage to Roger Evans directly.

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