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  2. Even if by some miracle they were able to sell them for $299, have you ever met the hard core super 8 people? They have no interest in spending $50 on a camera, let alone $299. They also shoot like 5 rolls of a film a year, not enough to even warrant Kodak making super 8 stock to begin with. The reason the Super 8 camera won't be released any time soon is because Kodak and the design firm Logmar are in a heated financial debate. I believe kodak went into the deal with good intentions, but Logmar wasn't reimbursed the about they had initially agreed on. Thus, either Kodak has to start over again with a different design OR they need to pay Logmar and then get the camera made. There are other problems as well, but that's the gist of what's going on.
  3. Ohh interesting, so he was trying to pull a panavision with custom cameras. My friend didn't mention that, he said they were for sale. He said there were only 15 made, but maybe the two that Matthew owned, weren't counted in that.
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  5. I think only Leonetti rented these cameras in Hollywood. At one time, I think there were 17 bodies in use.
  6. I operated Steadicam on Child’s Play 3 🙂
  7. Probably the only way to get to a mass market would be for them to use the cameras as a loss leader, i.e. sell the cameras at a loss and make it up with film sales. The big question is, would enough people buy the camera and enough film for it to be profitable? This is a particular concern given the ongoing shocks due to such a large portion of the economy being shut down (things like a super 8 camera and film are "extras" that people will probably cut out before cutting other expenses). Kodak still isn't in the greatest financial shape, but they have improved things (e.g. lowered long term debt, etc.). They've been running at an operating loss (note: as a publicly traded company this is all available) for the past few years, the net profits they have reported have come from other activities (e.g. renting space as Tyler pointed out). Their cash flow hasn't been great over the past few years either. Cash flow is a particular concern as that means they would have to incur the loss and negative flows, then realize the profit and positive flows over a longer period of time. They would need a better balance sheet and cash flow to make it work. It would be quite a gamble for them to do take this approach, at least at this time. If they tried it and things didn't pan out, it would put them in a really precarious position.
  8. I'm fortunate to have my short film, mostly in the can. But might have to resort to stock footage for a couple of B'roll shots I haven't been able to go out and shoot. The lockdown is giving me time to work on the edit, which is good because I'm slow. It's been a long time since I've edited a drama, the last few projects I worked with an editor. I've been working with my sound designer to set up a remote Pro Tools session to complete the audio, it looks like it's going to be pretty straightforward. I'm hoping I can set up something similar for the grade, but it won't be as nice as sitting in a plush post house. I still want to work with a good colourist as I have a habit of overcooking when DIY'ing colour correction. I really hope film festivals will start to happen again later in the year, so I have a chance of screening it on a big screen.
  9. Keep them coming! What the hell else do you have to do? ✌️🤞🙏 G
  10. Did you think I would post anything else??? 😎 G
  11. I blame Google Photos. I've edited the original but I suspect your quote of it won't get the update.
  12. I’m feeling well David. Thanks for asking. When my doctor told me it would take an entire year to feel normal again, I thought he was crazy! As it turns out, he’s probably right. But getting stronger everyday!! Hope you and everyone here stays healthy and happy. G
  13. That's why I said "mass market". If they were relying on sales of Super 8 film, they'd need to move a few million cameras. Only way to do that would be at ~$299.
  14. I have an old working Arduino chip so it might be worth trying to use that. I'll have a look at some of the Arduino sites to see if there's any similar pre-programmed stuff that I can modify. Hall Effect Sensors are fairly easy to get so I can build a test model to start with and see where I get.
  15. freq dividers are needed in every case because you start with multi-MHz oscillator signal and need to get it down to for example 50Hz. The design I am currently working on uses 2.048MHz oscillator and three dividers to get a total of 5 different speed signals and one intermediate signal of about 30kHz which can be used for other purposes later. But if using real crystal oscillator you need to divide the frequency in stages so you will easily get some other speeds as well and it may not require much extra work to get three speeds instead of one. It makes it a bit more complicated if you use small slot count on the encoder but you just need to calculate which crystal+divider+encoder option is the most suitable option. for example one can get 16fps for 10-slot encoder this way: 16fps = 160Hz (2.048Mhz / 1024000 / 512000 / 256000 / 128000 / 64000 / 32000 / 16000 / 1600 / 160.00) Another possibility is using normal non-crystal oscillator for generating the reference frequency. Like a simple 555 oscillator or similar. Another possibility is to use a microcontroller for frequency division like Friedemann suggested. But then you need to learn programming which was not your initial goal 🙂 Using the microcontroller for frequency generation is easier when you will need to get multiple carefully selected speeds. With crystals you may need to take what you got so that the frequency division circuit does not get overly complicated.
  16. optical encoder could of course used but it may need regular cleaning to maintain working condition. It is much easier to attach to the axle (it may be possible to use mirror surfaces for reflecting the light so black-silver masking might even be enough. The silver part or the end of the same axle which has the bakelite end cap would probably be the easiest places to attach the optical encoder. Just beware that the oil and vaseline may mess up the readings every now and then so you need to regularly open it and clean it. With optical the duty cycle stuff and the frequency divisions are easier though because the slot count is not as limited. You may want to try different approaches if attempting this project 🙂
  17. That's the exact motor I've got. I have another one that is completely in pieces so I could use that one to modify and test. Looks like I'll be working on this as you've given me an excellent place to start. The thing that I'd change from the outset is the need for frequency dividers. 25fps is my main goal. I'll let you know how I get on and ask for help when I come across an insurmountable problem. Thank you so much for the detailed photos. They're a great help. Kind regards Marek
  18. I had time to open one of my motors briefly. Is this the motor type you would want to adapt? I checked it and it seems that it would be easiest to try to build a magnetic hall type encoder assembly to that silvery part which is used to attach the bakelite gear in place. the part seems to be aluminium so it should work and that is the spot where there is most space available inside the housing. Making the magnetic assembly should be possible without disassembling everything. I would personally not want to use optical encoder for this because the system is placed inside the gear housing and there is vaseline and oil particles flying around which could smear the optical parts and it would thus need to be regularly cleaned to keep it in working condition. This is how much there is place for the encoder assembly: I would try to attach the magnets to that silver part which holds the black bakelite gear in place. The actual motor axle is another possible place for the encoder but it may be challenging to remove that gear first and there is still very little space. The silver part removed. I would try to do the magnetic encoder to that silver part which attaches black gear to the axle. Basic crystal sync logic, extremely simplified. The Hall sensor would read the magnetic encoder attached to the silvery aluminium part and the Hall sensor signal then amplified and converted to square wave. You would use a crystal oscillator to generate a reference frequency which is the same amount of pulses per second you will expect to get from the encoder ( if wanting 25fps camera speed and in this case you would want 50 pulses per second from the oscillator because you have two slot encoder) . The oscillator signal is square wave with similar duty cycle than the amplified encoder signal will be. The motor signal and the oscillator signal are compared against each other. The phase and frequency difference of the signals is calculated and used to make a control signal to adjust the motor speed controller. The motor speed controller generates a pulse width modulated signal which is amplified with cmos motor driver circuit and used to control the motor. I hope this helps a little. The actual circuit needs to be figured out by you if you will want to make a system like this. We will help of course if it's possible but nobody probably wants to make the whole circuit design and circuit board design and testing for you ( and it would NOT be DIY anymore if someone else would do all the hard work for you :) )
  19. For $2500 bux or whatever they're going to charge? Yea, no thanks.
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