Some sample footage of the new Vision3 50D Super 8 from Kodak.
This footage was lightly grain reduced using Neat Video noise reduction in Adobe Premiere Pro.
Scanning by Spectra Film and Video on their Spirit HD Telecine, 1080p, graded scene-to-scene.
Canon 1014 XL-S
Some of the most interesting facts I've learned from these tests.
1.) The Spirit HD Telecine at Spectra is one of the sharpest, if not the sharpest, Super 8 scanner available.
2.) The Spirit HD Telecine, as is discussed at length on forums and other websites, does not handle jitter or registration very well. In fact, line-sensor-based scanners/telecines all seem to have this problem. You'll notice backgrounds flexing and stretching from time-to-time. This appears to be directly related to jitter frames. Although Bayer Pattern area sensors have many draw backs, my experience the last few years now tells me that they are better for Super 8.
3.) Neat Video noise reduction is fantastic, worth the money and works really well with Super 8 Ektachrome 100D reversal and Vision3 50D negative as well as most 16mm film stocks. But, don't bother using it with any other Super 8 negative films. The grain is just too extensive and large in 500T. The grain detector does not reduce the grain unless you turn up the grain size. But, this leeds to very obvious smudging. You can get it to reduce grain... but it quickly starts to look like an oil painting. You can even see it in this footage if you are looking for it.
4.) Go with flat scan if you have the time and resources to deal with DPX files and flat data. Graded scans are fantastic but no colorist is going to take the time to get it perfect because that takes hours. If you have the time and resources, grade your own scans and create your own video files from DPX image sequences. The best example from this test is the washed out background behind the second scene. The building and sky in these scenes can be pulled out quite a bit more with highlights masks and a pain-staking grading. I didn't rescan the whole thing, only rescanned a few frames on a flatbed scanner. But, there is way more detail in these highlights that were blown out during the grading of this scan. I'll try to post an example frame on the forums. If the highlights are blown out in your graded scan, you can't get them back without re-scanning. Only flat scans optimized to achieve Dmin and Dmax can give you it all.
So, that's it for now. Please comment! Long live film, especially Kodak Vision3!