The Good, The Bad and The Ugly--
(of Transferring Film to Video)
There is just one thing- These scan systems do require a higher level of understanding the technical issues and expertise of operation of the equipment.
Just to help understand, here is a video I made for those who may be interested in observing some technical issues I faced.
1. Let's start with the obvious ugly--
Set up a projector and shoot with a video cam-
This can yield from mediocre to downright ugly results.
2. Mediocre --
A. If projector has 3 or 5 blades on the shutter, and your
video cam is a good 3 chip, you may get up to mediocre results.
B. Aerial lens transfers- decent results up to recently, the only
practical methods utilized by small production companies.
3. Good to Excellent-
The absolute best is to utilize full scanning of each frame.
There are some very inexpensive units that will still yield good results, but, if you want stellar results, you must use a high quality lens and scanning cam and the unit should not require using a claw to advance the film and complete the process incorporating the latest software developments of stabilization, color correction and film grain reduction/elimination.
Now, if you wish to see results of a great scan, stabilization, color correction and grain removal, check out this clip.
This is typical of the results one can expect when a transfer is done correctly.
This is one of the best