@IndifferentDude I’m having a Deja Vu moment also; or am I just watching a replay of a recording of the last time they sold this stuff?
Actually, it looks pretty clear; I didn’t realize 4K was an option?
@stinks I haven’t used this type of service, but in fairness, I’d say that if you see “grain” it’s probably real, i.e. it was the image represented by the film, similar with “washed-out” colors. Also the film image will degrade over time (one reason for using a service like this).
I remember 8mm films my parents made, these were from 40-50 years ago. Yes, 8mm is very small and there were limits to film chemistry. Which is why 16mm was a big step up, and 35mm was used for most professional filming, and still cameras. 70mm was the big upgrade for major movies on large screens, But yeah, 8mm is about 1/3 inch. On a big screen you’ll see a lot of limitations. No scanning can “fix” that. (there are ways to “filter” the grain but this affects the picture and makes it less sharp)
You had to realize at the time the TVs we had were 15-19" tube televisions, maybe a 23" if you went high-end. Color rendition was, um, well, there were colors. Which many people thought was great, coming from black-and-white TVs. High-definition and UHD color – those things of the future (i.e. now) were pure fantasy at that time. But we are used to them now. So now when you are used to just turning on your 60" HD television and getting clear images and accurate color – your expectations just weren’t possible with 8mm film technology 50 years ago.
@mbersiam@pmarin Yeah I’m not upset I got a few reels digitized by them, but there are times the process is so bad stuff is washed out and unviewable. There’s no (imo) noticeable color correction within the reel. Seem to set it up once and you get what you get.
That is, if a reel has outside and inside portions on it, one set (from the same reel) will be too light or dark, depending.
I’ve also had brief periods of the framing issue described on the YouTube video.
Better than not doing anything with your stuff, they haven’t (knock on wood) lost anything, they do it reasonably quickly, good deal on big reels, but not exactly archival quality.
I am planning to send at least one reel I got done at LegacyBox to a place that’s ostensibly better to compare, but didn’t think it would come back up here so quickly.
25% off on gift cards for scancafe.com right now. Save and combine to stack with later sales on various media scanning services. Top quality and due to covid, all work is done in the US. It used to be an extra fee, but not sure if they’ve resumed that.
No disparagement of this deal or service, just noting an alternative deal that I’ve had great results with on slides, 8mm reels, large format silver negatives, and printed pictures.
@mike808@MR_CloneABC Not one of the people in this video are alive today. It makes me wonder if they thought this sliver of their lives would be seen in 120 years? When we take selfies and post, do we realize someone could be watching or reading our words in 2150? So weird to consider. I wonder if it was joy or just a curiosity for them to see the camera. So neat!!
@werehatrack Film and slide scanning are more than just slap it on a all-in-one scanner. Theres IR dust removal and properly aging color profiles for individual film brands. And then repeating that process hundreds of times, getting it just right every time.
I would agree there are better services that are completely focused on scanning, and not so much into the side quests of scrapbooking, genealogy, and digital presentation.
For the side projects after you’ve got them digitized, I would say forever.com offers some interesting options (and for truly “legacy” digital storage/archiving).
For just scanning, for me, scancafe.com has been a better high-quality value.
And I spent zero minutes futzing with my printer/scanner.
For quality scanning software, if you do the DIY thing, I can recommend VueScan (hamrick.com).
25 pictures (not even a standard 36 exposue roll of film) = 1 item. So 2/3 of a roll of film is the same as a full VHS tape (8 hours)??? I have boxes full of pictures and it would cost me a fortune to digitize them with LegacyBox.
There are YouTube videos of people who got video back at like 420 or less in quality. They said the video on the 30 year old tape is better then the video on the remastered version. Not worth it. Also the audio get suppressed and sounds flat or monotone not stereo