The Reflecta Super 8 Normal 8 scanner (as well as the Somikon HD-XL film scanner or the Wolverine Super 8 Normal 8 scanner) may cause some film material to flicker. Depending on the severity, even the whole picture can jump back and forth or the film will not be transported any further. To avoid this, you can simply work through this guide. This is not a malfunction of the scanner but just one necessary adjustment, since the footage used to be very different and the scanner must be set especially for your footage in advance. In most cases the problem is already solved by adjusting . Note, however, that some slight flicker will always be visible due to the technique. A normal flicker can also be a bit stronger depending on the footage as you can see in the following video:
If the film shakes heavily or if the film does not move or does not move properly, proceed as follows:
If you have purchased the device, we point out that you follow this tutorial at your own risk and we can not guarantee success. If you have rented the device from us, please send us an e-mail in advance stating the invoice number and the serial number of the device in which you ask for approval to carry out this manual. This is necessary so that we know which devices were screwed on.
Make sure you have set the lever to the correct position. For Super 8 films, the lever must be set to the right, for Normal 8 films to the left. If you are unsure which footage you own, please click here for details on the differences between Super 8 and Normal 8 films. If you have misadjusted the lever, start a new test scan with the correct settings. If the problem persists, or if you have the lever in the right position from the start, continue to step 3.
Open the flap on the bottom film guide (see fig. 1) by sliding the slider labeled "Open" to the left.
fig. 1: S8N8 Scanner with closed flap
Locate the screws shown in Figure 2, which secure a metal plate. These screws are sprung, so that the metal plate can move a little bit in all directions.
fig. 2: metal plate with screws
Carefully turn both screws - if at all possible - to the very right (clockwise).
fig 3.: tightening the screws
Run a test scan. You should only scan a short sequence for this, usually enough to let the scanner run for two minutes before pressing the "Enter" key to stop. Watch the movie and find out if the film is still shaky. If so, go to step 7.
Turn both screws equally half a turn to the left (counterclockwise) and run a new test scan. If the shakyness is still noticeable after that, turn another quarter or half turn to the left and run a test scan again.
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