I have been poking around Kinograph for more than a year, my apologies for not providing an introduction.
After some downsizing in the video business where I worked as engineer and sales person for many years, I found myself going back to basic, or rather C++. While doing some consulting work, started to play with arduino to do some home projects.
Did some volunteer work digitizing a collection of negatives (pictures) https://blog.flickr.net/en/2018/06/26/welcome-the-amadeo-leon-collection-to-the-flickr-commons/
https://vimeo.com/167653933 (select english CC for subtitles).
Then my sister shipped me a box of about 120 rolls of 8mm and Super 8, many filmed by her, and many by my late father. I went to a local store (I live in Miami) that did video transfers, and when I inquired about HD transfer, they tried to tell me that 8mm did not have enough quality to do anything above SD… did not like the commercial options available (good ones price, local ones quality), so it was time to figure out how to do film.
Since I don’t have the film background (or know how), decided to Frankenstein a film transfer from harvested pieces of a projector.
This is the resulting transfer after doing some filtering with Neatvideo in VirtualDub.
Noticed some areas would be worth improving, so I working on a second round of the DIY scanner.
At this stage, I have a much better platform, still some challenges with focusing, but overall a much better result.
In addition to the grain, it nicely show the finest scratches and even the texture of the support.
My long term goal is to remove the Frankestein gate, and directly drive the film with steppers. While I have the know how on the programming and electronic areas to do so, the mechanics for 8mm film is a work in progress with very limited skills in that area.
Also interested in using modern devices flow sensors (aka mouse) for controlling the film transport.
Thank you for all the comments on different threads, this is a great place for exchanging ideas and special thanks to @matthewepler
for building this community.