scanning super 8 for simple viewing on tablet vs pc
Posted 27 January 2018 - 01:23 AM
Posted 27 January 2018 - 01:54 AM
Maybe Spectra's Rank-A-Roll service. Call them tomorrow and ask what file format they deliver in. If they don't deliver it in mp4, just use an online site to encode the video into MP4. Or use Handbrake.
By the way, I would download VLC for Android on that tablet, as it plays formats other than MP4.
It is definitely worth it to scan more than one roll at a time and get better pricing. You would pay about $100 to get two rolls scanned in HD at Colorlab, in Maryland, but they have a $95 minimum so if you send one in, you're nearly paying for two.
Unfortunately even if you negotiated a cheaper price with Pro8mm, you'd run the risk of getting the short straw and becoming one of those people who'd give up on Super 8 due to Pro8mm giving you crappy results, dirty scratched film with pits in it, noisy video transfer, etc.
Posted 27 January 2018 - 01:04 PM
Posted 27 January 2018 - 02:11 PM
You should PM Perry of Gamma Ray, he hangs out here. Explain your situation, he might be able to work something out as fas as scanning or if not, he might point you the right way. He's a real nice guy.
Spectra is fairly big and I'm not surprised that sometimes you get the wrong person on the phone.
Another alternative is Yale. They have this deal called "Reel Deal Cintel" which is $78 for standard def.
Processing & transfer (1 light) to DVD or Standard Def Digital File, one 50' roll of Super 8 Color or B/W Reversal & Negative, or one 100' roll of 16mm for only $78.00. High Definition $125.00.
The thing is, if you're just testing a camera, you might want to forego the more expensive HD transfer. The SD transfer won't look as good but it will let you know if the stock works for you, if the camera has any speed issues, is scratching, etc.
Then you can feel safe and scan your next roll higher.
Of course, you can always take option 3: You buy a used projector for cheap and shoot a roll of reversal film to test your camera. Unfortunately that confines you to Black & White in most cases, unless you purchase Provie 100D from Retro 8 Enterprises in Japan. It's an amazing looking stock and price includes processing.
Plenty of options out there. And no need to use Pro8mm ever.
Posted 27 January 2018 - 09:39 PM