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  • Old 8mm to DVD conversions, settings

    Posted by Erly on April 25, 2005 at 4:32 pm

    Hey Folks,

    First off Thanks to Scott Wright, mike velte & Sameer Shrivastava for answering my previous question.

    Here is my new situation, maybe you can help.

    My cousin has old 8mm footage of the entire family. the plan is for me to set up my dv camera on a tripod in a darkroom and record 8mm playing on a white wall. he wants the output in DvD, so he can have a contemporary medium. before stumbling upon COW i was going to go through the following motions: CAPTURE/EDIT IN PPRO > EXPORT > ADOBE MEDIA ENCODER > MPEG2-DVD. This will allow me to use the video in ENCORE for Authoring. -if you know of a better way, i’m all ears.

    Is this a good approach? is CBR, VBR1PASS, OR VBR 2PASS better for this instance. and the GOP settings are what exactly? mine are defaulted at Mframes-3, Nframes-15. I know now to set the field order to lower, should i set that to lower upon capturing as well ?]

    IF anyone has done such a project as this, I welcome your input. THANKS AGAIN.


    Larry Sherwood replied 19 years, 1 month ago 3 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Sameer Shrivastava

    April 25, 2005 at 8:34 pm

    I dont think so the the quality of dv will be great in this method. first of all, you will not get sync. i.e you will see black bands on the picture. you did.nt tell your camera is ntsc or pal. you can get good sync if your projector can be made to run at 25fps if shooting for pal,not 24fps.

    it’s better to get it transfered to beta/dv from a telecine house or people who do professional conversions. some photographic dealers still do.

    considering you have captured a good dv.
    leave the GOP setting default.
    the field order is lower field first everywhere if you are working with dv. i.e camera captures lower field first. that’s why you have to keep it that way in the entire chain


    if you can sync your projector to your dvand not happy with the contrast of the image(please do the below at your own risks)

    remove the projector lens and with a macro lens or cu lenses attached to your dv camera try to frame the projector gate. and then shoot

    or remove the dv camera lens( you will have to fool the camera electronics so that it still detects that lens is attached and camera works) keep the camera and projector head to head thier optical axis aligned and project the image directly on the ccd. you will have some time focusing the projector such a small image.
    the lens of the projector have to come quite a way ahead to project such a image.

    any way i think these procedures are risky and good for people who know what they are doing.

  • Larry Sherwood

    April 26, 2005 at 4:22 pm

    I am one of the product specialists for the new Matrox Axio/PPro product, I was doing the main theatre demos at the Matrox booth at NAB. I also have a business called Photage Digital Studios and we specialize in 8mm transfers.
    This is a completely professional scanned transfer and depending on the amount of footage you have, could be as little as 10 cents per foot. I have done work for others on the COW. Check my bio, I am one of the forum leaders at the Discreet Edit forum. If you are interested, email me offline I hope I can help you out, you would be very disappointed trying to shoot film images projected onto a wall.


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