I'm planning to do a DIY transfer of a short segment of a super 8 film for a family event coming up very soon. It's one shot on the reel that's probably less than 200 frames - shot 24fps. Call me crazy but I'll be advancing the film manually frame by frame. There will not be any automation at all. I'll rig up a crude but basic film transport system with a backlight behind it. And I'll use my tripod-mounted Panasonic G6 Micro 4/3 camera to photograph each individual film frame with a Canon FD 50mm macro lens and extension tube.
Though I'm wondering about image stabilisation. Since I'll be advancing the film manually, each frame will probably be in a slightly different position. I'm going to try my best to line up the frame lines with lines in the camera's viewfinder but it's unlikely to be a perfect match every time. It's inevitable that in the transferred footage, the frame line will be jumping a bit. Not only that but the film footage is hand held so there is a little bit of camera movement but it's fairly acceptable / non-objectionable.
I'm going to use some kind of image stabilisation like VirtualDub's deshaker plugin after assembling the stills into a video file. However, what I want is the software to stabilise only the frame lines and ignore my hand held camera movement within the frames. I think that's going to be tricky unless I can find some software that can distinguish between the two types of movement. Any suggestions on software that is intelligent enough to make that distinction?
Edited by Patrick Cooper, 13 June 2017 - 10:08 PM.