I’m pretty sure it was built either immediately before WW2, or immediately after. Either way, it’s very, very old but very very cool. Bonus is it still works.
It’s a Bell and Howell 8mm Projector, Regent series, Model 122. And, it works!
You see, grandad has a little bit of 8mm film. Well, maybe more than a little bit. 17 300′ reels and over 50 50′ reels. That’s quite a bit as I’m learning. The big reals are about an hour long, give or take. The little reels are about 10 minutes long. That’s a lot of old school video.
And I’m going to make it digital.
(and yes Paul, you will get an email from this weekend)
Why am I doing it? To start, my Grandfather is a bit of a pain in the ass, control freak and some might say stubborn. He’s 82 so I cut him some slack. Anyway, the thought of this leaving his control makes him shake something aweful. And, he knows I need the work. He would rather pay me (not as much as a transfer service) than pay a transfer service. For this, I am extremely grateful. And it’s going to be fun!
I’ve already done a primilinary test of the process. Very rough, but I wanted to see what the quality would be like this way. I’m very happy with this initial test and am positive the results I get once my rig is fully setup will be very nice. Here’s a sample of my test. Details and project outline after the jump.
This was done in a not very dark room, projecting against a piece of copy paper and recording with a Panasonic SDR-S7 camcorder I was holding. Like I said, not the most ideal but it does show that this will turn out very well once my rig is setup.
- Screen or whiteboard
- A dark room
Transfer all of the 8mm film to video. Once transfer is complete we will edit and organize. After that, I’m going to setup my audio recording rig with 2 microphones so my grandparents can narrate. Once that is done, I will put that all together along with a few photos that I will scan in to produce a DVD for the family, ready by Christmas.
I’m pretty excited about it and you know I will be keeping track of progress here to help the goog out.