For some fifty years, 8mm/Super 8 movie film was a widespread format for home movies and amateur hobbyists; yet the films and projection or telecine transfer equipment are now aging and obscure, presenting a difficulty for archivists and filmmakers. Online DIY solutions usually involve photographing the film with a DSLR and macro bellows, requiring a high degree of expertise and expense. This case study examines typical problems and proposes a simpler and low-cost solution involving using a Canon flatbed scanner with a transparency adapter and improvised film holder, and more importantly, describes technical solutions and script code to straighten and cut out film frames in Adobe Photoshop.
"Low-Cost 8mm/Super 8 Film Digitization Using a Canon 9000F II Flatbed Scanner and Photoshop: A Case Study,"
Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies: Vol. 6
, Article 16.
Available at: https://elischolar.library.yale.edu/jcas/vol6/iss1/16