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- January 16, 2005 at 6:45 AM #36579AnonymousInactive
I’m trying to copy 8mm film movies by using a Sony Digital8 cam and then capturing it onto the PC using Plextor PX-TV402U. My problem lies with the recording end. Regardless of what speed I copy at (Hi8/Digital8 @SP or Standard8 @ SP/LP, I get flicker (like blinking, not frame shutter). It’s more noticable with lighter frames but still ever present. I thought it may be caused by conflicting frames per second, projector vs. cam, but then it still occurred regardless of speed. This happens throughout the entire copy. By the way, the original does not have any flicker at all. This becomes even more noticable on the PC. How do I correct it, edit it, etc. Any ideas would most useful.
How, exactly are you trying to “copy” them?
Are you taping a projected image?
That’s exactly what I’m doing. I’m playing the 8mm reels onto a projector screen and with my Sony HandyCam Dig8/Hi8 camcorder, I’m recording onto Digital8 tapes set for digital at SP. From there, I connected the camcorder to a Plextor ConvertX to digitize and capture to my PC’s hard drive. But, as soon as I record the home movie onto the camcorder, I can see the screen flicker on my preview screen. So the problem relates to the actually recording end.
I have a colleague who has had some success doing the same thing. I’ll confer with him, but I’d say it is a frame rate issue. I’ll ask him how he got around it & get back to you.
Thanks. I tend to think it has something to do with the speed of frames per second on the camcorder vs. the frames per second on the 8mm film being projected. But when I tried using a Standard 8 tape and set for LP, I was still getting the same results, but with degraded resolution.
The LP/SP selection really has nothing to do with frame rate, only recording speed, which is giving you your crappy quality. Keep it on SP. I talked to my colleague on the subject, & he confirmed my thoughts of frame rate. Film rolls at 24 frames per second(fps) while video record at 30 fps. If the camera you’re using has a shutter speed option, then you could adjust it to a slower speed. However, I have a Sony D8/Hi8 camera as well,(DCR TRV 120) & it doesn’t have that option. Maybe yours does.
That being said, you can do alot of research on the Web. There is a lot of detailed info on how to avoid such problems. Google it.
My 2 cents? You may be able to adjust fps in post-production. Are you using an editing software? I work with Sony Vegas, and it can manipulate frame rate.
I also upgraded my camera to a Canon GL2, due to the fact that the Sony was not very versatile.
I’m sorry if this doesn’t help, but there are alot of resources out there. Keep digging.