View this on Roku!! These are some sample S-8mm home movie film clips that I took at 1969 Formula 1 and SCCA races held in Watkins Glen N.Y.. All the clips were handheld & shot at 18fps. Shown here on Vimeo 720p HD, they approach the ultimate quality produced with the DIY 1080p uncompressed transfer system I developed. Roku requires a soundtrack, so a sweet, "long ago" background track was added.

For a split-screen DEMO of "Raw" vs. "Processed" done by this system, see:

The DIY HD transfer system uses the same basic workflow as described in the earlier, July 2008, SD transfer system, for which a free 22 page .pdf "System Description" is still available. See: for details on obtaining a copy via Email.

Each 25min. of S-8mm footage requires about 20 hours of processing time!! As such, this DIY system is used mostly for transfer and archiving of “home movies” of family and friends. And with all due respect, professional footage usually looses too much of the "film look" (sorry). Most of the steps in the workflow are “automatic” and require no operator attention once initiated. The workflow requires 5-6 resamplings of the data, but the data is kept uncompressed up to export to: DVD, Blu-Ray and 1080p MJPEG archiving.

TECHNICAL: Uncompressed 1080p is used for Telecine and ALL post-processing. Telecine projector - modified 2002 vintage MovieStuff Workprinter – wetgate, opal diffuser, high CRI 3500K 50W lamp, software “mirror”. HDMI Camera - Sony 3 CMOS V1 operating in 30p with fixed iris /auto shutter & "Indoor" WB. Image stabilization – VirtualDub/Deshaker. Film grain reduction – VD/Neat Video. Auto color correction – Premier CS4. Brightness correction – CS4 Mid-tone Grays Gamma. Add 2:2:1 Pull down for exact 18fps on 30fps displays – CineCap. Pan Smoothing – second Deshaker selected with manual edit in CS4 (as described in Sharpening - Neat Video & VD/MSU (small).

DVD’s are downsampled and transcoded directly from the uncompressed 1920 x 1080p Masters using CS4 Encore's great “NTSC Progressive High Quality 7Mb VBR 2 Pass”. For Blu-ray, the masters are encoded in Premier directly to H.264 WITHOUT ANY RESAMPLING - for optimal 1:1 viewing on large screen 1080p HD sets. IMHO, as HD replaces SD, these sets are becoming the world standard for home entertainment viewing. As such, 1080 is a “safe” standard for archiving today’s home motion formats.

VIMEO LIMITATIONS: Use HD, Full Screen, Scaling OFF. Again, 720 Roku Vimeo viewed on a 50+" 1080p screen is "almost master quality". The uncompressed 1920x1080p master was downsampled (down-rezed) in CS4's Export H.264 encoder to 1280x720p for Vimeo HD upload and display size limitation. The only quality difference between viewing on-line vs. the downloadable .avi, is the .avi will avoid Vimeo's one-pass Flash re-encoding.

Click on the "Photos" for more info and then right click on the Flickr photo for a "Large" display option.

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