here is a pic of another rudimentary mod i have done. The pitiful quality of the arms is so bad that they sag forward when the film is on , causing the film to feed into the reflecta on a less-than-ideal trajectory. Basically, i used some electrical tape to pull the arm back so the film at least rolls in straight.
Helps to avoid the "Film Stuck!!" problem again...thanks to smoother uptake of the film.
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i wanted to add...anyone having problems with the "Film Stuck!!" message needs to TRY PUTTING A POWERED USB HUB IN BETWEEN YOUR PC AND THE UNIT.
make sure the USB leads are as high quality (thick) as possible, ideally with the magnet shielding "blob" on the lead somewhere (this filters out interference from AC and radio eg mobile phone) and the USB leads are as short as possible.
I can second a previous assertion in this thread by a very astute contributor that inserting a powered USB hub between the PC and Reflecta fixes this problem. Indeed it solved this issue for me. Instantly...no more "Film Stuck!!" messages.
It appears that the USB circuitry in the Reflecta is not particularly strong. My suspicion from looking at the board inside is that it is actually powered by the USB 5V lead voltage that is supplied from the PC, not from its own internal Reflecta power supply (yet another design shortcut/flaw). Laptop PCs are also more venerable to the "Film Stuck!!" problem as their USB ports are not particually strong in supplying the correct voltage at their ports.
Use a powered hub for this unit to avoid problems.
Hope this helps.
Last edited by Blackout; 31st Jan 2020 at 10:33.
Ive been asked a few times what my process is from scanner to final file so here goes:
1:/ Two passes with Reflecta scanner using Cyberview. Hitting "Calibrate" in between. Do not "make video" using Cyberview, just continue on so that jpgs are on the HD.
2:/ combine the sub-folders together that Cyberview has made for the pass when the "Film Stuckk" message has popped up for absolutely no valid reason.
3:/ Now with all the jpgs in one folder and numbered sequentially, load the first jpg into Virtualdub (32 bit version). Change frame rate to 18fps (in my case). Hit play and watch for stuck moments or particularly bad dirt on frames. Mark down on some paper the approximate frames
4:/ Scroll to the frame jpgs numbers using Total Commander and double click, loading Windows Picture Viewer. Click thru the frames and delete any double frames, right-click and open in Photoshop any dirty frames and clean using the Healing tool. Save jpg as Baseline (not progressive!).
5:/ using Total Commander. renumber the whole folder of files so they are sequential again (assuming ive deleted some frames).
6:/ reload first frame into Virtualdub. Ensure 18fps is chosen. Save to uncompressed AVI. "Raw film".
IF the film is scratched:
7a) open my special .avs scratched file in VirtualdubMOD (after renaming Raw film file to scratched.avi first)
7b) make changes to .avs scratched file settings in notepad
7c) use "F5" (refresh) in Vdub once changes are made.
7d) once scratches are removed and looks good, save as uncompressed avi. Append "Descratched" to filename.
8:/ Load Virtualdub 32 bit with the deshaker plugin in the plugin set
9:/ Open first jpg (change zoom to 66% by right clicking on screen)
10:/ Set framerate to 18 fps.
11:/ Add Deshaker plugin. (under video / filter)
12:/ Use my saved template jpg to adjust my custom settings to deshaker
13:/ Play thru all video with "Pass 1". Go have a coffee
14:/ open plugin again, choose "Pass 2" and THEN rewind Vdub to start by sliding slider.
15:/ Render to Uncompressed avi and append "Deshaker" to name.
16:/ Open Vegas 10 (not 11 or 12 or onwards!!)
17:/ Load my template with the session of HD (1920x1080, and track of shutter noise running for 20 mins to use in case the film has no audio)
18:/ Open Sound Forge. Record audio to 48k 24 bit file from Eumig projector in real time from DIN output plug (shutter removed/bypassed for smooth audio, lamp disconnected for less hum). Save.
19:/ Denoise audio file. Filter out 50hz hum. EQ Save. Close SF
19:/ Load audio file into Vegas, pitch change audio (Classic, Lock to Stretch setting, 0.57 ot 0.6386 or 0.5195 amount seems to be correct depending).
20:/ Turn off all video plugins to ensure audio is in sync. Once syncked, turn back on video plugins
21:/ Adjust Vegas 10's amazing "Sharpen" plugin (crap in SV11 onwards), Contrast, Saturation, Neatvideo plugin to remove image noise.
22:/ Render to HD1080 18 fps AVI with appended "inc sound and Neatvideo".
If frame smoothing wanted : Twixtor
23a) Import video from above and choose my Twixtor Template.
23b) Use my settings #3 setting (just trial and error to achieve)
23c) Right click on video file and choose 2x playback speed
Finalizing to mp4
24:/ Load TMPGENC
25:/ Load avi file
26:/ render as 50fps progressive HD1920x1080 15mb bitrate AAC LC 320k 48khz final mp4 file.
Enjoy super8 file on TV and give to rest of family.
Hope this helps.
Last edited by Blackout; 14th Feb 2020 at 08:56.
Hi every body.
I have just received my new scanner and by chance I have soon discovered your thread.
It's a gold mine and I admire your ingenuity.
But I have a problem.
I changed some files (add and delete pictures) in the folders ImageDataxxx created, changed the file plan.ini accordingley but now I can't build my film.
I receive the message "failed combination".
How could I fix that?
Thank you for your help.
Thanks to all the contributors trying to make the Reflecta Super8 function like it should. Especially Blackout! I've made the mods to my scanner.
I'm using the Super8 (not Plus). I've had the duplicate frames problem (post #270), but I upgraded the software and I think the problem went away. Now I have the skipped frames problem. I think I may need updated firmware. But this is old and I can't find firmware downloads anywhere.
What are the best (latest?) software and firmware versions? Does anybody know where they are archived for download?
Some downloads links are here:
https://www.scanexperte.de/download-links.html#Software für Super 8+ Scanner
BTW according to firmware the sensor seems to be ON-Semi (former Aptina) 1/2.3″ MT9N001 color RAW sensor
Pixel Size (Micron) Shutter Sensor Size Resolution
MT9N001 1.75 Rolling 1/2.3" 3488 x 2616
Last edited by Oto; 8th Jan 2021 at 08:23.
Last week I purchased an used Reflecta Super 8+ scanner. I also have the Reflecta Normal and Super 8 scanner, but wanted to see if I could get a better scan.
Yesterday I tried the machine for the first and unfortunately I didn't read this forum first, that would have saved me some scratches (I assume the film scratched when I fast forwarded and reversed the first part of the film a couple of times. I will look into the tips people shared here to see how I can avoid this.
I've read through the whole forum but still have a couple of questions. Hope someone can help me out:
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1) I noticed that there's quite some overexposure and the whites are pretty washed out (see attached photo) when I disable the auto brightness + auto contrast option. Looks like I get the best results when I set contrast to auto and leave brightness to 0. What are your experience with these settings? I read in an earlier post that the auto option isn't very good and should be left alone.
2) My CyberView S8 version is 22.214.171.124i and firmware is 2.011. Would you recommend to update? I've bought the machine second hand and there's no warranty so I'm a bit scared that things won't work after update. In case you recommend to upgrade would you know where to get the files from? Reflecta doesn't show them on their website anymore.
3) I'm doing a scanning for which I need short clips from a couple of 120 meter reels. Since it takes 24hrs to scan I don't want to scan the full reel. Unfortunately it looks like I can't use the fast forward and reverse buttons, so looks like my only option is to scan the whole reel?
I've bought a few old Disney films online to experiment with without risking to further damage my family films
Thanks for your help! Love this forum, great to see so many people are trying to save all this valuable super 8 footage
heya...sorry to hear you have scratched/damaged some of your precious baby film. Its bloody criminal eh. Best thing to do once you have dug yourself into a hole tho, is to STOP DIGGING. Dont do any more damage. Do the mods. I did exactly the same thing, experimented with a cartoon film for weeks until i was ready to put in my precious baby film.
1:/ Disable auto brightness and disable auto contrast, and THEN, ONLY THEN, AFTER THEY ARE OFF, RUN THE CALIBRATION button ...but also first wait until after about 10 minutes of turning the unit on. The white LED warms up and it changes its brightness and white balance as it warms up. I see the problem you have about whites. I had it several times. After calibration function and then adjusting the brightness slider manually in Cyberview software, all that detail came back. Then in your software program (i use Sony Vegas) you can bring back up the whites to have good brightness and it also will have the white detail, not just blown out solid white.
2:/ its on several other sites not just Reflecta site keep doing searches.
3:/ a) Reflecta runs faster with a PC that is faster...also mine takes a pic and the pause between the next frame is shorter when i use a powered USB Hub. Who knows why. Go figure.
b) always....use smaller reels. Do not use reels larger than 7 inch. The crappy, rubbish takeup motor spindle cant handle the heavier weight of a larger reel with more film onboard, it doesnt pull hard enough on the film to keep it stable once the mods are correctly done and it either eventually leaves you with film all over the floor or it jams. And you cant pull the film out when it starts jamming and skipping frames due to some shredded film teeth, or something else. Always break big reels up into several smaller ones, a 7 inch reel takes me around 8-10 hours. Thats more than enough. I do 2-3 passes of every 7 inch reel and find that it often skips in different scenes, and then i put together the perfect "no skips" footage
Thank you so much for your help, Blackout. Really appreciated.
At the moment I'm waiting for a few old super 8 films to be delivered but unfortunately Dutch postal services are very slow due to Covid
I have one additional question, hope you can help me: How did you attach the fabric that helps avoiding to the scanner? If I zoom in it looks like you used some double-sided tape?
hi Blackout, in a reply a few years ago you wrote that you removed the transparant plastic part which attempts to keep the film in place (see photo which was posted at that time). I think it's one of the sources of the tiny scratches I still see so I want to remove this part. I was wondering you removed it without damaging the machine? Did you just gently break it? And did you first remove the black plastic part to which it's glued to?
Hope you still read this forum and will be able to help me.
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