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Robert Houllahan

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  1. Also the "HDR" works by rewinding the film and doing a second pass and not by double flash while scanning like the Scan Station. It is what it is. Pretty poor for 16mm. Effective Resolutions 3840 x 2880 - Super 35 3390 x 2864 - Standard 35 3390 x 2465 - Anamorphic 35 1903 x 1143 - Super 16 1581 x 1154 - Standard 16
  2. I was able to get my Data Spirit migrated to SUSE11 and PhantomII software which is much more modern.
  3. Also while looking at these machines I think it is good to remember that it was not that long ago that none of this fancy digital high res sensor and fast gpu stuff existed. Realtime 2K and 7-8fps 4K true RGB was pretty impressive when these were new in 2005ish on. And post houses and labs which bought these scanners typically made that investment back in a year.
  4. Spirit Data (2K 4K) machines are complex to setup, most run BONES on SUSE10 Linux and require very specific FC storage. Spirit machines with the SDI video outs can be run standalone with the GCP controller or connected to a DaVinci 2K. Spirit 2K 4K are usually 3-Phase power although they can be configured to run on 220v. Not really machines for the uninitiated or those who think they are going to be an easy machine to run.
  5. I think what you are seeing here (according to people who know) is a bunch of parts machines and random stuff, there are older DaVinci 888 panels and cards from various Spirits etc. I don't think these are running machines. The Spirit 2K/4K series is a very reliable competent scanner but you do need a facility and parts machines to run them, good for a lab or post house definitely not for an individual in their house. I have two at Cinelab and they are workhorse scanners and live along side our Scan Station and Xena machines.
  6. No not really at all, the two machines I have are quite a bit simpler in terms of number of boards in them, in fact the whole right lower section of the machine is empty on the last models. The basic film transport is similar to the rest of the Spirit classic and Quadra etc. machines as is the lamp and how the CCD arrays are placed relative to the gate but the overall electronics got simpler and more robust. They are great machines if your a lab or big post house and there are some definite advantages for some material compared to some of the newest generation of scanners.
  7. They are excellent scanners and were $2M in 2008 and many high end shows still use the Spirit 4K for scans. It is a very reliable true RGB scanner but really needs a proper space to live in an engineering support including having a parts machine on hand.
  8. In a ECN processor the step after the prebath is a rotary sponge which has a set of water jets, I would suggest building something with a rotary backing removal tool and water to carry the backing away.
  9. Well we run ECN2 on two processors every day, mostly 8mm and 16mm on an Allen and a PhotoMec. As with any lab if you ask for dailies and your shooting 10k or 100k Feet of film it will get done right away. If you send in 100ft of film there is not the incentive to move the lab schedule around and do the required setup tests to shoot a 100ft of 35mm through in a rush with the 16mm. Remember that Kodak built NY Lab for Spielberg and others shooting high profile work in NY.
  10. I think 16bit RGB DPX is good for almost anything, remember that is 16bits per color channel. No film scanner I know of scans to EXR so if your doing a film scan it would already be a DPX to EXR conversion.
  11. I think the Arriscan II is $850K I "gave away" the Imagica Imager XE+ because the Toshiba tri-linear CCDs in those scanners go bad and it had too much noise to run as the scanner would only finish a calibration once out of maybe ten tries. Plus it was extremely slow by today's or even ten years ago standards.
  12. I have two Arrilaser 4K recorders and I am in the process of modding one for camera negative but in general the laser recorder is a complex tech to DIY and the laser power is really good for slow intermediate stock, with the laser ND mod that Arri came up with the Arrilaser can shoot to 50D but anything faster it cannot calibrate to. The 16mm recorder uses a Radiforce CAT Scan imaging panel and a servo motor controlled CP16 but I am rebuilding it with a very very nice Auricon 860. I am also thinking of possibly using a DLP or LcOS or LCD 3-panel projector and a lamp mod for another Auricon I have to possibly shoot 2K(ish) Pix and Optical sound to print stock in realtime. I am also thinking about either buying a Definity 35mm recorder or building out a Radiforce panel 35mm recorder so I can shoot to a wider range of stocks without using up the hella super expensive lasers in the Arrilaser recorders.
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