Turn 8 mm and Super 8 memories into modern-day, digital films. The KODAK REELS Film Digitizer is exactly what you need to make old films into something more. Don't leave your precious memories on old film negatives. Scan your negatives through the digitizer and let it convert old, outdated media into MPEG-4 videos. Save all your memorable content on an SD card and take it with you anywhere you go. You can even connect the micro USB cable to transfer your converted video files to your computer. Select between 8 mm and Super 8 films, adjust the exposure, clarity, or tint of the picture, and frame your film perfectly to create an efficient film-scanning experience. Make memories modern with the KODAK REELS Film Digitizer.
I just bought this unit about a week ago. My first impressions is the build quality is pretty good and it's straight forward in operation. The large screen is a big improvement over the other scanners of it's type, although I've never seen any of the other ones in person. I've had some trouble with film frames sticking or jumping occasionally while transferring. I've managed to resolve this by not necessarily following the designated film path on the take up reel side. It's seem to vary with the film I'm scanning. You definitely need to keep an eye on the unit when in operation as it will hiccup every now and then, especially if there are splices in the film. The scan quality is not what you would get with a professional scan, not that you should expect that. I find transfers a bit on the grainy side and the color seems over saturated. I adjusted the sharpness and tint down a notch which seems to help. Overall, I think it does a pretty decent job of scanning film for the price and good way to view your old 8mm/Super 8mm movies.
I have absolutely no experience with film. My late father-in-law has a number of various 8mm and Super 8 film I wish to digitize, with the intent to show my mother-in-law. The current firmware is 1.0, and so far my biggest issues are with the film itself: loading it, getting it processed and wound through the unit. And then monitoring it. I am fairly well versed in many operating systems, devices, gadgets, etc. Not an expert, but can hold my own, and have dove into esoteric systems before (HP48SX, various PLCs, Linux, yadda yadda). The GUI is decent - gets the job done. Transfers are fine. Could use a bit more software automatic tweaking to framing the film. Maybe some more GUI handholding guidance. The basic firmware does the job. I just got the unit, wanting the larger screen and the Kodak backing. So I am not yet sure what to suggest as improvements. Dealing with old film I am finding out the software itself isn't a limiting factor compared to the film.
I will also say I looked at the competitors for a while, and jumped on this unit when it came out. The larger screen and overall ergonomics and button interface was much more of what I needed and wanted. Buttons on top, screen near the top, well out of the way of the film. Compared to the other offerings, this impressed me more.
The few films I've done so far met what I expected in resolution, clarity and focus. I reiterate, the film will be the biggest variable here.
I'll review again once I've accumulated more time with it, learning as I go. There were no reviews I could find, so thought I'd do one. The unit, for me, meets my current expectations and needs. Its doing the job. For someone with far less computer or device experience, I think the GUI would be fairly self explanatory. I cannot underscore enough how much the real job is simply managing the old film most people may try to put through it. Those quirks and learned skills will matter more than the unit itself.
Overall, glad I purchased. Compared to Wolverines and a few others, I do recommend.