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David Cunningham

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  1. Hi All, I'm replacing the jaeger connector on my ACL body with an XLR connector. However, I am finding that my existing jaeger cable appears to have no voltage OR ground on 2 of the pings. If you are locking at the connector on the body of the camera, the wide line key is on the top and the two pairs of tiny key notches are on the bottom left and bottom right. Assuming that and you go around the pings clockwise like this: 1 4 2 3 I appear to have ground on 1, 12v on 2 and nothing or 3 or 4. But, there are clearly wires going to the circuit board. I assume for the light meter or other function. Can someone tell me these pin outs so I can wire the new XLR correctly? Thanks! Dave
  2. Heres one where you can see the plastic loop formers were taken out. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v207/necro4130/Picture005.jpg
  3. Another thing about those K-3s. They were infamous for film path issues, especially faulty loop formers. Most rebuilds usual take the loop formers out all together and make the loader manually make the loops... which takes some paying attention to what youre doing.
  4. To answer the question... camera is probably in need of a tuneup or was loaded wrong.
  5. To me that looks like ever so slight variations in the film speed in the camera likely caused by tension in the film path somewhere. You can see that the flicker also appears to correlate with some slight frame registration jitter. Those cameras are very cheap and simple cameras with very little registration precision. Something like a Bolex with a trailing arm, a well tuned ACL or a pin registered Arri is not going to have those issues. But they are also $1K,$2K or more cameras. Not $100 cameras.
  6. Does anyone have the inside scoop in ready player one? It looks like its half anamorphic 35mm and half 4K animated CGI. There is a 70mm release right now and it would appear to me that these prints were made from 4K digital intermediates of the 35mm footage. Is that true? If so, whats the point? Just watch it in digital 4K. If the 35mm scenes are optical blow ups to 70mm then I can at least see the point. But it looks likes thats not the case. Anyone know for sure? If its a 100% 4K digital source, what would be the advantage of a 70mm print?
  7. Usually the biggest reason for poor image in Super 8 vs Regular 8 is the gate. A regular 8 camera has a proper gate and keeps the film flat in the gate during exposure. The film tends to flap in the breeze of the gate of a Super 8 camera. The cheaper the camera, generally the worse this issue is. Another draw back of cheap Super 8 cameras is crap lenses. Many of the later ones were actually plastic. Ick!
  8. Video Film Solutions does this with their own home-grown system. I have never seen the results, but it sounds good: http://www.videofilmsolutions.com/film-scanning
  9. Thanks! The color grading is a lot of work, unfortunately. I probably spend more time doing that than anything else. It would be great if there was an HDR multi flash option for Super 8 reversal/print as it is hard to get all the fine details in shadows in E100D, Velvia, Provia, etc. The blacks do get muddied. But, it's still miles ahead of any other Super 8 scanner out there. Also, the camera options for the ScanStation continue to improve every year and new software for it makes improvements frequently too. For negative, it's pretty much perfect unless you significantly over expose the negative or have excessively bright highlights relative to your midtones. In those cases you can get some sensor noise in the highlights... but these are extreme cases. Also, being a color Baer sensor, it's technically not a true RGB scan. But, we're talking extreme details that would be nearly impossible for anyone to perceive, especially after grading.
  10. Does anyone know when tickets will go on sale for Dunkirk's 7.21.17 premiere? I cannot find it anywhere yet.
  11. Perry/Gamma Ray Digital Super 8 scan examples using ScanStation: (reversal) (negative) Be sure to watch them in their full 2k or 4k settings even if you only have an HD monitor. It increases the bit rate and lets your browser downscale.
  12. Interesting problem... I cannot even personally think of a pin registered scanner that scans super 8. I'm sure there must be/have been one, but I have no idea where that would be. If you find out, please post here as I'd be very interested to know. The only place I can think that might have that is Color Lob (formerly Video Film Solutions) in Maryland. http://www.colorlab.com They had a home built, pin registered, wet gate Super 8 system. However, I believe scans were quite expensive. Dave
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