Straightening things out...

A project log for Super 8 digitiser

Aiming for a low cost but high quality way of copying from super 8 cine film to a modern digital format.

The_MekonThe_Mekon 09/11/2021 at 17:550 Comments

For my second attempt at scanning, I increased the camera resolution from 1920x2560 pixels to 2448x3264.  The resulting capture was not as good.  Increasing the resolution increased the amount of visible noise on the pictures and they looked a bit overexposed too.  I fixed the focal length, but left the exposure settings on auto.  I'm using Open Camera on an LG G7 ThinQ.

I still have no sync between my camera and projector, so I had to manually remove blurred frames and duplicates.

This time I sorted out the keystoning by running the photos through ImageMagick and using the perspective transform to re-map the corners of the projection to the corners of a 1440x1080 rectangle.  In this case the command was as below.

mogrify -distort Perspective '540,424 0,0 3140,388, 1440,0 680,2290 0,1080 2930,2370 1440,1080' *.jpg

I compiled the frames into a movie using FFMPEG, like this -

ffmpeg -framerate 18 -pattern_type glob -i '*.jpg' -c:v libx264 -pix_fmt yuv420p -vf crop=1440:1080:0:0 out2.mp4

My final result was less distorted, but otherwise inferior to my initial attempt