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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful
on January 7, 2011
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My family has a lot of old super 8 movies laying around which we have never watched. I wanted to have them digitalized so that we can enjoy them. I did some researching before I found this "box", ordered it and it came within a few days. I brought it home for Christmas and it was amazingly simple. My dad was very skeptical to start with but in no time we had the movies transferred to my computer and I uploaded them to the internet so the whole family can watch.

I used my digital camera with video function as I do not have a cam corder but the quality turned out great. It is easy to set it up and takes little effort or technical knowledge. Just adjust the camera so it captures the frame correctly and hit 'record'. That simple!

I only converted super 8 movies but next time I go home I will try it with slides and old pictures.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on December 11, 2012
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I purchased this product because I located some decades old super 8 and 8 mm film reels in my attic and wanted to get them into a format that could be more easily viewed than a projector with bulbs that blow so fast. I also intend to edit and add still photos taken through the years after putting the videos into chronological order and sharing with family. I researched having a company do it, but the cost of $8 per 50' of film and having over 3,000 feet made that too costly. Plus many of the companies will not give you raw footage, they want to add music, menus, and/or other templates and then they own the copyright of your material because of their compilation. Many also offered to "keep a copy of your submission in case you lost or damaged your copies for them to easily send you another."

I will not give up copyright to a company who will not just give me the raw footage (or for any other reason, it is not theirs). I will do my own editing. I also do not want anyone keeping "archival" copies of my works 'just in case.'

So research led me to this product to use to convert myself.

The item arrives with a card that helps to align it. I set the device on the paper to ensure I had the exact alignment called for to achieve the best possible results.

Following the setup template in that manner, setting up the projector to direct the output into the mirror was easy. Had to use several empty DVD cases to raise my small camera to a height to allow getting a straight shot of the playing image.

That all went well. It was even possible to watch the projector on this screen like a small TV screen. For that purpose, this device performed well. it works well as a viewing screen if you do not have a large one.

The biggest problem I saw didn't come to light until I started to play the recorded files on my computer.

Using the mirror to put the image on the backside of the screen is clever, but it has a nasty side effect. If you have any bright spots in your film playing, they are not noticeable to you while viewing, your camera will see every flicker of the frames passing.

Playback of the recorded video revealed BRIGHT white spots that, at times, covered 1/4 of the screen and the image flicker was horrible!

Experimenting, I found the best way to get your video recorded is to use a regular projection screen or white flat (perfectly flat for best results) sheet or paper, place your projector at least 10-20' away from the viewing screen and place your camera on a tripod slightly below the projector lens. This allows for the best head on shot (to minimize the keystone - not quick square - output on your camera). It also reduces the flickering and bright spots to a more subdued viewable and recordable output.

This item may work very well for still slides without that flicker. But I did not have good luck with it trying to record my reel film images for editing and sharing on the computer. If you just want to watch them, not record them, this device will work well for that in a smaller space than a projector screen requires.
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48 of 55 people found the following review helpful
on December 31, 2011
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The unit dose work but rather difficult to align projector and camera/camcorder for proper transfers.
The unit comes with instructions and an alignment sheet however moving the 8mm or slide projector and camera or camcorder to proper focal distances/angels is tricky. I shot some film using the unit then shot the same footage using a standard movie screen the resulting video quality looked the same no improvement using the unit. The unit looks like it uses a standard mirror and a piece of frosted glass you can by at any hardware store stuck in a folding frame. The frosted glass causes white balance issues had to use the manual WB on my camcorder. Your hosed if you don't have manual WB on your camcorder. There is no way to lower or raise the unit height unless you use books, boxes, magazines etc. Not worth $70.00 plus dollars, Maybe that's why it no longer available from Amazon.

Revised 1/6/12: The unit is now available again. Don't see any improvements. Just beware of the glowing praises about this unit. If you have or borrow a decent projection screen use a variable speed 8mm projector or slide projector you will get the same results as using the unit. Using a screen the camcorder zooming and projector image are much easier to physically line up and it's easier to set the manual focusing since not all lenses have same focal distance range.
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51 of 61 people found the following review helpful
on July 8, 2010
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This is a simple product that works GREAT! I used it to convert my old home movies onto DVD. I jsut played the movies from my projector into this transfer device and used my new digital video camera to record the movies and create my DVDs. It was lots cheaper than paying somebody else to transfer them for me. Best of all was I could skip the stuff I didn't want!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on February 23, 2013
What you will get when you order are two picture frames hinged together. The mirror is junk. The surface of the glass AND the mirror both reflect - so there is a halo effect you can't get rid of. The mirror itself has pits where the hardware mounts. these appear as spots in EVERYTHING you film. This is a total waste of your cash. Filming a projection on a screen is better than this piece of junk. Total waste of time.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Using the box it came in as an extra height stand, I put the mirrored screen on top the diagram for positioning. I moved my old 8mm movie projector until the image filled the screen, focused, rewound the movie I had been using to do set up. Then I set up my point and shoot digital camera to do video and set it to focus on the screen and started both it and the projector. I took the SD card from my camera and inserted it into my computer and the memories long since forgotten by family found new a home on DVDs. My family has the past back and did so without paying outlandish amounts to a store front photo converter.

I admit it isn't magic. There is some work involved for the person compiling the home movies. This won't edit, edhance or add music to those old films. You have to do that with your own software. So if you aren't into that, then invest the dollars to send them out.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2012
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Unfortunately, this item does not do anything to increase our productivity in film transfers. You might as well just project and capture on a white wall. We will be returning ours ASAP - hopefully it will be a smooth transaction....
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 12, 2012
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This arrived in very good conditon and it has worked just like it is supposed to. I have transferred my super 8 movies using my digital camera and they look great. It came with a template which I used and everything lined up perfect. It is nice that the whole process could be accomplished on a card table.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2015
Projection transfer is the worst way to transfer your precious movies. Do it right the first time and find a video transfer service that has a machine that does a frame by frame transfer to DVD or Blue-Ray. That is the highest quality you can get before your film deteriorates permanently.

Walgreens has this service and there's a place near Dallas, "Action Video Service" that's inexpensive and has a 2-day turnaround for as little as $15 per movie.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 10, 2013
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...but it actually works. I received it yesterday afternoon and tested it by recording a reel from 1961. Worked OK, but could have worked better. The screen on which the projector's image displays has very fine lines horizontally across the screen. You don't see them while they are being recorded, but they are irritating when the result appears on my 23" monitor.
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