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Paul Shuttleworth
Film Handler

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From: Stockport Cheshire UK
Registered: Sep 2015

 - posted 01-17-2018 08:41 AM      Profile for Paul Shuttleworth   Email Paul Shuttleworth   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Apologies if this is in the wrong place, I have some short 35mm national anthems that is popular with our patrons. The film is sadly shrinking.
Is there a scanner that I could use to scan the images individually without cutting the film up?

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Leo Enticknap
Film God

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From: Loma Linda, CA
Registered: Jul 2000

 - posted 01-17-2018 08:53 AM      Profile for Leo Enticknap   Author's Homepage   Email Leo Enticknap   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I had this problem about 15 years ago, working as an archivist. I wanted to be able to scan stills from (moving image) film elements for use in publicity materials, the website, people who wanted to publish stills in books and articles, and that sort of thing. Pretty much every stills film scanner on the market was of a box design that required you to cut the stock into lengths of four or five frames.

I did eventually find one that was similar to this one, but had an open slot at the front, so film from a longer reel could be inserted and pulled without having to cut it. This is now so long ago that I can't remember the make or model. I do remember that the quality of the scans left a lot to be desired, but it was the only one I could find that would enable you to scan movie film frames without having to cut them.

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Pete Naples
Phenomenal Film Handler

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From: Dunfermline, Scotland
Registered: Feb 2001

 - posted 01-17-2018 09:08 AM      Profile for Pete Naples   Email Pete Naples   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
It can be done professionally, at a price.

I'd be talking to someone like MPS or one of the facilities houses in London.

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Muhamad Taufiq
Film Handler

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From: Bandung, Indonesia
Registered: May 2015

 - posted 01-17-2018 09:14 AM      Profile for Muhamad Taufiq     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I guess you could photograph each frame by using something like this. Although with motion picture the number of frames would add up quickly so positioning and color work would be much more time consuming.

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