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  • Hi,

    I am interested in knowing your method of digitalizing the films mentioned in the post.

    Thank you,

    AG1
    ehbowen
    ehbowen
    I'm a semi-pro; I do this as a part time hobby business. For video tapes I use one of five high-end S-VHS and D-VHS VCRs; I feed that output to a time base corrector to clean up the signal and then digitize it using (normally) an ATI All-In-Wonder video card. The AIW cards are widely regarded to be the best hardware ever built for this purpose; unfortunately they were discontinued with the move to digital video and the drivers were never updated (they still require Windows XP). I also have machines which are capable of playing 8mm/Hi8 video tapes and Mini-DV tapes as well as an adapter which lets me play VHS-C tapes in the full-size S-VHS machines. I'm also in the process of acquiring a machine which should allow me to convert PAL format VHS and S-VHS tapes.

    I also have a film scanner which allows me to digitize 8mm and Super 8 film movies (silent only, at present) to 720P HD digital video. Once digitized, I have the software to add (generic royalty-free...I don't want to tangle with the copyright ****s) music, titles and effects to the videos as well as perform some color correction and restoration. Then I can master and burn the videos to physical media (DVD or Blu-ray) as desired. Oh, I can also scan slides and negatives but I try to downplay that as it's a fairly slow and involved process with a lot of manual fiddle-work.
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