On/Off – On some brands you actually have to find two or three switches to accomplish this. You may be required to choose between camera and VCR or VTR, you may have to open shutters over the lens or remove a lens cap, and you may have choices about snapshots, locked, standby, or video. You’re probably ready when you see a picture through the viewfinder with no unexpected icon flashing in the middle.
You might think that Super 8mm is difficult to find. Not so. In fact, there is a company called “Super 8 Sounds” in Burbank, California that will take high-quality 35mm professional 8mm Film to DVD Miami, run it through a machine that cuts the film to the Super 8mm width and then load it into the Super 8mm cartridge Pretty neat, eh? The same company sells high-end Super 8mm cameras for the pro. Also, Kodak still makes a Super 8mm film. Visit their web site.
Try to shoot at about the same time every day. If you shoot a scene when it is cloudy, and need to pick it up the next day it will be difficult to capture the same “feel” unless it is cloudy then too. And whenever possible try using the same type of film to avoid contrast and brightness issues with the finished product.
The trailer was put together well but the movie itself did not deliver what the trailer had seemingly promised. That, in itself, stinks. I was really not expecting anything because like the TV show I had thought it would be just random, weird and funny. I would see a Robot Chicken Movie if that ever occurred with the assumption it would just be like the TV show but longer—but still enjoyable.
There is a trick I use when going to manual exposure at an event such as a stage performance or a wedding. Let the automation help you! Before going to manual exposure, zoom in tight on an important face that is lit pretty much as you expect will be common throughout the event. The camcorder should adjust its exposure to a nice mid-point of the light on that face. Then flip the manual exposure feature on. Normally this will “lock-in” the automatic setting that you trust is OK. Do not turn the manual exposure knob — the camcorder is set to the desired value. You are now free to zoom wide and pan around the room knowing that a bright window in the background won’t close the camera’s lens down and black holes won’t cause the faces of the main stars to blister out.
One very cheap way to record your movies is to project them onto a wall or screen and use a video camera to record it while it plays. Of course, there’s no guarantee that the images are going to be clear. In many chances, the recorded footage will suffer from poor color balance and flickering.
When you want to change super 8 to digital, and you want it done right, it’s best that you hire a professional to do this for you. There are a number of companies that offer 8mm film transfer services for a reasonable price. If you’ve got a minute number of super 8 films, this is your best option. Once done, you can produce more copies and backups of old 8mm film to digital or on super 8 dvd to share with any person you want for a long time to come.