Wolverine Data Film2Digital MovieMaker-PRO 8mm and Super 8 Converter

Wolverine Data Film2Digital MovieMaker-PRO 8mm and Super 8 Converter

Wolverine Data Film2Digital MovieMaker-PRO 8mm and Super 8 Converter

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Expected availability: Apr 11, 2018

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  • Scan 8mm and Super 8 Film
  • 3.53MP 1/3" CMOS Sensor
  • Creates Full HD 1080p Video at 20 fps
  • Works with Reels up to 9"
  • Automatic or Manual Exposure Control
  • Supports SD/SDHC Card up to 32GB
  • TV-Out Cable for TV Playback
  • USB 2.0 Connectivity
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Wolverine Data MovieMaker Pro overview

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Transform your aging 8mm and Super 8 films into modern digital video with the Film2Digital MovieMaker-PRO 8mm and Super 8 Converter from Wolverine Data. This PRO model uses a 3.53MP 1/3" CMOS sensor to create detailed Full HD 1080p video at 20 fps by scanning the film frame by frame. Also, this converter works with a variety of reel types up to 9" in size and offers both automatic and manual exposure controls. As a standalone unit, the MovieMaker-PRO will save your videos to an SD/SDHC card up to 32GB in size and can then use the TV-Out port to play them back on a television. Additionally, it has USB 2.0 connectivity for transferring files.

UPC: 040074432000
In the Box
Wolverine Data Film2Digital MovieMaker-PRO 8mm and Super 8 Converter
  • Reel
  • Reel Adapters
  • Blower Brush
  • TV-Out Cable
  • Power Adapter and Cord
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Wolverine Data MovieMaker Pro specs

    Film Types 8 mm and Super 8 roll film on up to 9" / 22.9 cm reel
    Scan Quality
    Scan Sensor 3.53 MP 1/3" CMOS sensor
    Resolution 1080p at 20 fps
    Exposure Control Auto, Manual (-2 to 2 EV)
    White Balance Auto
    File Format MP4
    Memory Card SD/SDHC up to 32 GB
    Interface USB 2.0
    System & Software Requirements Windows
    macOS/OS X
    Power Source AC adapter
    Power Requirements 12 VDC
    Dimensions 10.6 x 6.5 x 4.5" / 269 x 166 x 114 mm
    Weight 3.1 lb / 1.4 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 5.2 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 13.9 x 8.8 x 6.4"

    Wolverine Data MovieMaker Pro reviews

    Film2Digital MovieMaker-PRO 8mm and Super 8 Converter is rated 3.6 out of 5 by 30.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from generates highly compressed MP4s The results are not as good as I was expecting.� The output is a terribly compressed H.264.� Clearly the unit is taking individual stills of each frame, why not leave those stills as a lossless image sequence instead of crunching it down (twice I suspect from the compression on the stills) and leaving the user with a heavily compressed MP4 video? I'm a bit disappointed. I'll be contacting the manufacturer, possibly a software update can improve the resulting image quality after the mp4 file is encoded???
    Date published: 2017-11-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Old Movie film to Mp4 It does all that it is supposed to do.� I have re-scanned 7 of my 8mm family movies from 1960 to 65 and so far it is working fine.� I am surprised at how well the color has survived and the film is not brittle and as yet has not broken.� The quality of the images on our 58" TV is comparable to our old movie projector and screen.� It does take a few hours to scan a 30 minute film but it can pretty much be left to do it's work while I do something else.� I has hung up a couple times and needs to be stopped and restarted after re positioning film in the scanning mechanism.� Over all I am happy with it and the price I paid.
    Date published: 2018-02-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from So far so good! I purchased this machine about 3 weeks ago and have used it for three 9 inch reels along with multiple smaller reels. I run a video production company and we provide video transfers as one of our services, and so far this has been a good addition to our equipment! I do wish it ran through the reels faster than it does, but for post production there is not much work that needs done...which is nice! It does require some monitoring, just to make sure the reel (if sprocket holes are damaged) doesn’t get stuck. Overall It does a great job capturing each picture and provides a nice video ready to be put into your video editing software.
    Date published: 2018-01-04
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Worked OK, then stopped I purchased the Pro model on Nov 22. I began converting our family 8 mm films in my spare time and was happy to see these films again. (I loaded them into my Mac and started converting them into fun videos using iMovie.) As with any new technology, it took some trial and error to figure out the mechanics of loading the films, etc.., �ut the device is generally user friendly for a patient person. However, a few days ago the sprocket that moves the film theu the device began to no longer "catch" the film, so it essentially no longer works. Inhave sent emails to the seller (B&H) and manufacturer (Wolverine) to ask for help. (i purchased a 3-year warranty with this item, too.) I will send an update about how this issue gets handled.
    Date published: 2018-01-07
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Beware that you may need to "modify" the track This machine started out working great. I have 7 inch reels of film from 1969 thru 1985. I began with my first roll from 1969 and it was humming away nicely until half way into the reel of film. The machine became very loud and the pin that advances the film began to catch and was unable to advance the film. I read through all the troubleshooting and did everything suggested. Even used an air can to clean it out. Nothing worked. While doing this I realized that every time the machine is stopped and started the counter ticks up one which is a problem because the warranty is for one year or 200 reels of film. So because I worked on this problem my counter shows 33 reels of film when I haven't even finished one! I tried another reel of film from 1975, same problem about half way into the reel. I emailed Wolverine and explained the problem and even posted a video to YouTube. I was told that film in 1969 was not always cut exactly 8mm wide and that I may need to shave the track down with an knife. What? I wasn't about to take a razer blade to this machine. I asked them to replace it and they finally agreed. Then four days later I received an email telling me to send my machine to them along with my reel of film and they will modify the track for me. I called them and asked why they hadn't already shipped me a new machine. They insisted that older film was unreliably cut and may be a few microns larger than 8mm. The representative stated that my film from 1985 would probably work. Well, I just tried the reel from 1985 and again at the half way point the film is catching and cannot advance. They said they will modify the track for me and send back the machine and my film. My question is, If they knew about this problem why not make the track "a few microns" wider to begin with? Furthermore, they told me that they usually CHARGE to modify the track but because they told me I would get a new machine and didn't send it, they would do it for free. No where on the box or instructions does it state this problem and Wolverine clearly knows about it. If you have old film (isn't all reel to reel film old?) be aware that it may not work and you may have to pay Wolverine to modify your track or take a razor blade to it yourself. There is also a problem with the frame adjustment. I can have it perfect on the screen but as it hums along the frame seems to constantly slip down and no matter what I do it eventually shows a sliver of the previous frame at the top. I'll have to fix that in editing. This machine needs to be watched over and babied through every splice. But compared to the outrageous cost of having a company transfer your reels of film this is great if you can get your film to go through the track. I'll post a follow up when I get the machine back and let everyone know if it worked.
    Date published: 2017-12-01
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good for the Price It will do the trick of saving old 8mm films without the exorbitant cost of pro digitizers. The mp4 files are adequate for most uses since the old Kodachrome films you’ll be trying to convert are not exactly like the resolution of your 35mm slides. But you do have to be aware of shortcomings. The film is pulled not by sprockets, as in a standard projector, but by the tug of the moving pickup reel. As a result, the individual frames tend to move out of position. They can be realigned but that requires you to watch the small (really too small) viewing screen and stop the digitizer. This can be quite wearying since converting even a 50 ft 8mm reel takes at least achalf-hour. Another shortcoming: the movement of the film is only in one direction - no transmission (ha!) to put it into reverse - so you have exchange the reels to rewind your film. But as I’ve said, it does the job for you at much less than what an outside conversion would cost. Now let’s see how long it lasts as I work through the many hundreds of feet of film my father bequeathed me. PS: The color of that old Kodachrome film has held up very well, even after 70 years. Too bad Eastman let the digital skip by them.
    Date published: 2017-12-13
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Everything About It Is Cheesy - Except the Results I've got very mixed feelings about the Wolverine Data Film2Digital MovieMaker-PRO 8mm and Super 8 Converter. Clearly, I wish I could afford something better. On the other hand, there seems to be nothing on the market at this price point that will do both 8mm and Super 8. I really want to rate the Wolverine 1 star, but at the same time, were it not for the Wolverine, the family home movies that are precious to me, 60 years old and more, would be lost. I actually rated the Wolverine 3 stars, but unfortunately it spilled 200' of film onto the floor and a dirty office carpet during the rewind phase while I took my eyes off it to write this review. While any assessment of pros & cons really have no pros when compared to better solutions, I can list advantages for the Wolverine: + Getting Something Done. I've been waiting 30 years, hoping to find the money to transfer my old family movies. A single apple box filled with films was going to cost $15,000 or more at a commercial service. + The image produced by the 1080p model Wolverine MovieMaker PRO looks better than expected. No doubt it helps that I don't have side by side comparisons to view against any of the better quality services. But the fact remains, output from the Wolverine looks better than what I remember seeing projected many years ago. Side note: my family's 60 year old home movies have held up much better than I expected. -------------------- INTERMISSION NOTES I work professionally as a photographer and filmmaker. I have had film transfers done in the past at the ultimate quality on Rank-Cintel equipment by California post production houses qualified to do work on feature films. There are a lot of services to transfer home movie films, and pricing is all over the map, a huge spectrum of methodologies and quality. I'm not new to this, I understand the issues involved (which are many), and my ambitions are frankly high end. I don't trust most of the consumer services, and the more I talk to these guys -- or their customer service reps -- the more disgusted I get. Maybe they are doing a quality job, it is impossible to tell because the customer service reps know little or nothing about the technical process, and it is almost impossible to get details on the transfer process on consumer level services. Here is one major warning sign: if the service is talking about delivering on DVD, that is a huge red flag. The problem is, these services have been going for years, and many people tell me "we already transferred our home movies to VHS video years ago." If that's the case, you need to have all your home movies transferred again, because VHS itself is an archaic format. Worse, it has a horrific color encoding system called "color under" that is the worst moving image system ever devised by man. It is a terrible mistake to use a VHS copy of home movies to digitize. Always use the original source film to make digital copies whenever possible. DVD is also terrible, but for different reasons than VHS. Again, DVD is an archaic format, dead as Blockbuster video, and DVD is tied to standard definition (SD) television which was set in stone with the introduction of color about 1965. DVD is a horrible choice for your home movies. The Wolverine is rated at 1080P, which is technically modern high definition, but there are practical considerations: a) You really need to overscan your home movies, capturing the edges of the frames and the sprocket holes. If you try to crop exactly in the Wolverine, there will be framing drift during the course of reels for all kinds of reasons including film tension, splices, etc. In the end, you need to take your digitized home movies off the Wolverine and put them in a computer video editor for final finishing, cropping to the exact frame, etc. This means you will not fully realize the 1080P potential of the Wolverine, but you will still be much better off than starting with a 720P scan using Wolverine's less expensive entry film scanner. -------------------- CONS Cons are many. + Poor build quality + Excruciatingly slow to use + Cheap supplied takeup reel + Frequent swapping reels back and forth from supply to take up + No rewind motor (swap reels to rewind...) + Baked in compression and file format (miserable choices, not good for subsequent computer processing) + Mechanism is not very inspiring, and risks film damage + Build quality is nowhere near basic Super 8 home movie projectors of the 1070s. + No sound. Worse, if you have sound movies, the film guides in the image gate area of the Wolverine seem to interfere with the slight thickness variation of the magnetic stripes of Super 8 film, which has tracks of iron oxide applied on top of the film, making for a slight ridge. These ridges seem to cause the film to misguide slightly through the Wolverine gate, resulting in a visible pumping action in the video as the mag stripe pushes the film around during digitization. + The Wolverine scans each film frame individually, which is good. Problem is, home movie frame rates, typically 16, 18, or 24 frames per second) do not correspond to video frame rates, which are approximately 30 frames per second. The embedded computer inside the the Wolverine has no adjustments, but the manual says it renders out 20 frames per second. This means that the Wolverine has embedded frame interpolation and a hard-coded, fixed compromise. This flags the device as clearly consumer oriented because Wolverine made these choices rather than deal with clueless customers who could not understand that film shot at 15 or 16 fps, then projected at 30 fps, would look terrible because the motion in the movie would appear on the TV at double speed. But by choosing to interpolate, synthisizing addtional frames for 20 fps output, the Wolverine still has unrealistic motion, and correcting that motion in a NLE amounts to applying a double dose of a bad correction, when giving the end user access to 1:1 non-interpolated footage would have been vastly better for advanced users. ------------------- While I am tempted to write a scathing review of the Wolverine, the bottom line is I still prefer it to most of the consumer level transfer services on the market, and I would purchase the Wolverine again. In fact, the final image quality of the output is better than I expected, and I'm very glad I bought the machine. Maybe someday I will have money and resources to buy a better machine, but the next step up from this would cost well over 10x as much. Compared to the priceless value I place on precious home movies in my possession, including very good images of many deceased loved ones, I think the price of the Wolverine is reasonable, even if I ultimately transfer the films again on much better, and much much more expensive, equipment.
    Date published: 2017-12-31
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Pros and Cons, Ok but beware This unit may serve many people but you should know the facts. But at the price point it may server many people fine. My reels were in great shape and film relatively clean. I transferred/spliced the majority of it to 400 foot reels cleaned and lubricated it years ago. What you should know: This unit is not designed to run without constant monitoring. You can’t set it and forget it. Pros: 1.The unit will take Both 8mm and Super 8. It holds larger reels, my 400 foot rolls without issue. 2. It allows viewing while recording on an external.monitor via a single composite connection. View is not what is being recorded but what is being seen by the sensor and of course not in real time. 3. File sizes are compressed and small. 4, I didn’t have to touch exposure setting, my film looked good. 5. Let’s you decide how much of the frame you want to see. Some people may want a tight crop, others may want to see it all including the image that were over sprocket holes. Cons: 1. As mentioned by other posters, this machine is not very forgiving. I understand that film of this time was not cut or sprocketed perfectly, but the majority of my film was Kadaxhrome, processed by Kodak, it was as good as it gets. The machine had problems with sprocket hole positioning(or film width 20% of the time. I had several rolls that would not go through at all. 40% of the time you could hear the film advance mechanism chip against the edge of the sprocket hole, which often caused a jitteryness in the recorded output. 2. The film gate was tight, which again had issues with film width, but often splices (naturally put by Kodak between the two 25 foot strips of film would stop the process entirely. 3. There is an interlacing issue caused by compression noticeable in any scene with quickly moving images. 4. Framing doesn’t hold and you have to stop the machine, and adjust it. 5. Warranty poor, they warrant by how many times you start. In one day, 3/50ftrolIs used 1/2 the warranty.
    Date published: 2017-12-25
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