My cousin just started collecting old 8mm family movie tapes, and is planning on digitalizing them. Now, most of those movies are 30 to 50+ years old, and not in the best shape; the projector we have to do it isn't really top class quality anymore either. Since I know SGI is used in video industry too, I was wondering if my Octane could be of any help there.
Question is: any hints on how to move from those mildew infested rolls to clean dvd? Has anyone done a similar project? Are there apps and/or filters to boost the image quality? All tips are welcome
I'd use a PC running Windows
Start by recording in a non-compressed format then apply filters using VirtualDub (or Avisynth) until you're satisfied with the quality. Then you can transcode to the format you wish to archive the footage in.
There's a decent guide to analog TV capturing (using Windows) on http://www.doom9.org
which also touches on post-processing issues.
Everything you ever wanted to know about about (de)interlacing: http://www.100fps.com