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Winbert Hutahaean
Film God

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From: Nouméa, New Caledonia
Registered: Jun 2003

 - posted May 01, 2017 01:01 PM      Profile for Winbert Hutahaean     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Hi guys,

Until 2 years ago, we only knew MovieStuff, Retro Scan or Flashscan for commercially made 8mm film scanner. Tehy were priced $3000 above.

Now suddenly we can buy $300 scanner to do the same.

Now, what do you guys think for the result comparison in laymen' eyes.



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Janice Glesser
Film Goddess

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From: Sunnyvale, CA USA
Registered: Sep 2011

 - posted May 01, 2017 04:56 PM      Profile for Janice Glesser     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Winbert....The Wolverine mechanical process of frame-by-frame capture I do like. It's not robust...but with a little babying it seems to work. It's the image compression that is the problem for me. I haven't seen an example from the Wolverine yet that the results weren't over compressed pixelated jagged-edge images. If you could output just the images into another post processing application, then you could control the compression and have more options, but I won't be running out to buy one anytime soon.

All I can say is...You get what you pay for.There are dozens of ways to telecine...and if the $300 machine helps preserve their memories and the quality meets their expectations...then so be it. Maybe future models will have more flexibility and compression options.

[ May 01, 2017, 11:08 PM: Message edited by: Janice Glesser ]


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Bill Brandenstein
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From: California
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 - posted May 03, 2017 03:12 PM      Profile for Bill Brandenstein   Email Bill Brandenstein   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Ditto Janice, absolutely you get what you pay for. I'm not at all impressed with the Wolverine's ability to represent what's actually on the film - it's just not that accurate. But for the price, well, the fact that it works is pretty dandy.

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