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  1. If you're pulling everything into AE then there's no need to matte anything in-camera. All of your matting, color matching, etc. can be done in AE, with way more flexibility and control.
  2. In your research have you not yet discovered that the old Technicolor process no longer exists? All those labs closed long ago. The images coming out of a Technicolor 3-strip camera were black and white. The colors were added in the lab by a complex dye-imbibation process, which is why they were so saturated and beautiful, not to mention fade-proof. Other photochemical processes are single-strip and rely on color layers in the emulsion which appear during development, and although we get good results, nothing equals the old Technicolor process.
  3. That super-8 system is more like a telecine than a film scanner. It won't be as steady or have the greatest image quality, but it depends on what you need. Are you just digitizing home movies or something comparable, or do you need the best quality available?
  4. Yeah, sprocketless, I wouldn't even attempt it. So much harder to engineer successfully, imo. Precision registration pins and old fashioned sprockets are tough enough to manage.
  5. Like I mentioned earlier, all I need to do is attach an appropriate camera. I'm in no rush; I'll wait for the right time and deal. This is not a film projector in the usual sense. It is a projector head that was part of an optical printer or process projector, which was a specially built piece of gear for optical effects work in the days long before digital effects. It was fabricated from heavy steel castings and precision machined. Portable it is not. It was built for absolute steadiness, not portability.
  6. "Not difficult to do" needs to be qualified. If you have the machine tools and knowledge of how to use them, then your efforts are more likely to be satisfactory. I was spared much time and effort in constructing a transport mechanism by scoring an old projector head off ebay, which in its day probably cost $20,000 to build. I paid $0 for it. It is a thing of beauty for anyone who wants to build a scanner, an optical printer or whatever. I later bought a 35mm pin-reg shuttle from a veteran effects artist, again on ebay, for $300. I considered that a bargain, and it slipped right into the
  7. $4000 just for the camera? Sounds like a machine vision camera rather than a mirrorless or dslr, neither of which need cost that much if bought used. Part of the motivation for building is to hold down costs.
  8. Would love to hear your recommendations on specific cameras for this application. This is precisely the kind of system I too have been building. Already have the transport finished, which was built around an old process projector head with a standard 35mm pin-reg shuttle. Just need to attach a camera.
  9. Any 4-perf movement can shoot 2-perf with nothing more than a 2-perf aperture mask installed. You need to mark your start frame at the beginning, and then rewind the entire load after the first pass. Re-thread and offset your start mark for the second pass. Your frames are sorted digitally after scanning. This method has been documented here more than once.
  10. You said, "I'm just wondering, if I can precisely control all other aspects of the design and construction, would stock lenses be good enough to produce a quality projection of a super16 print. " Stock lenses can give you very usable results, but because of their generic design, they are almost always going to be slower in speed than lenses specifically made for the application. So, for projection, that means less light output. You either need to use a more powerful lamp to make up the loss or accept a smaller image that maintains the overall illumination.
  11. With stock lenses, such as those from Edmund, you are not concerned with the tolerances of the elements themselves. All you are doing is machining the barrels, which is not difficult for someone with the tools and know-how, but I get the impression that you don't really have that. For a kitchen table project, though, using toilet paper tubes and scotch tape or plastic pipe fittings, you can still get usable results. One of the easiest and most useful configurations to construct is a symmetrical lens. This is nothing more than two identical achromats arranged back-to-back with a stop in
  12. There was something called a pic-sync, which was basically a synchronizer with a small viewing screen attached to one end, and may have even had a small motor built into it. I think they were more common in Great Britain than the U.S. Been a while since I've seen one on ebay, and I think the seller was asking close to a grand for it.
  13. Probably a reference to a type of motor used on film cameras starting back in the 1970's. Precision speed control was achieved using crystal-controlled electronics. The main advantage was the ability to record synchronous sound without the need for cable connections between camera and recorder, but it would also provide extremely accurate, constant exposure from frame to frame.
  14. I wouldn't know how your specific lens was set up before, but I'm still inclined to think you were provided with two different methods of mounting. Seems like you would have interference issues otherwise.
  15. I have a similar type of attachment. Looks like you have two options here. First, the bracket would allow you to mount it on rods in front of any lens, as long as your rods provide correct centering. Also, you're limited to lenses whose front diameter closely matches the rear of the anamorphic. Second, I don't know of any spherical lenses with a bayonet mount in front, but I'm guessing the bayonet ring you have would allow you to build an adapter for one.
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