How do I convert 8mm film to digital photo's

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Paul Messina
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How do I convert 8mm film to digital photo's
Feb 12, 2002

While I was in the Navy in the early 60's 8mm film was the way to go. I took a great deal of film while on active duty and would love to have many of the frames converted to photo size digital pictures. Although my scanner is capable of doing 35 mm negatives, 8mm film is way to small to work in it. Does anyone know how it can be done? I would appreciate any advice given. --ltpdm

RalphM
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Re: How do I convert 8mm film to digital photo's
In reply to Paul Messina, Feb 12, 2002

RalphM wrote:

It's a bit of a tall order since 8mm is such a small area to work with, and the motion masks the fact that the pictures are not really very sharp.

A very round about way would be to copy the 8mm to digital video, then capture a still frame in an editing program. That would be the way to get exactly the frame you wanted. But, DV is very low resolution, less that a 1MP digicam.

The other way that might work is to project the 8mm onto a small screen and set your digicam to the highest shutter speed and snap several pictures. With luck you may get a full 8mm frame. Most projectors had a still function, but that drops a protective glass in front of the film to p[revent burning and usually causes an inferior picture. Projected transparancies are pretty contrasty. It will take a lot of trial and error.
Let us know if you find a really good means of doing the job.
--RalphMVirginia/USA

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bruce komusin
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Re: How do I convert 8mm film to digital photo's
In reply to RalphM, Feb 12, 2002

Even if you eventually do find a way to capture single film frames as stills, you will first want to convert the film to DV anyway (for posterity) so you might as well go that route right away, then see if the 720x480 DV frames are good enough.

Only after that should you possibly destroy the film by clipping out frames and trying to scan them individually.

-bruce

RalphM wrote:

RalphM wrote:
It's a bit of a tall order since 8mm is such a small area to work
with, and the motion masks the fact that the pictures are not
really very sharp.

A very round about way would be to copy the 8mm to digital video,
then capture a still frame in an editing program. That would be
the way to get exactly the frame you wanted. But, DV is very low
resolution, less that a 1MP digicam.

The other way that might work is to project the 8mm onto a small
screen and set your digicam to the highest shutter speed and snap
several pictures. With luck you may get a full 8mm frame. Most
projectors had a still function, but that drops a protective glass
in front of the film to p[revent burning and usually causes an
inferior picture. Projected transparancies are pretty contrasty.
It will take a lot of trial and error.
Let us know if you find a really good means of doing the job.

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RalphM
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