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Tim Wagner
Film Handler

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From: Fairport, NY USA
Registered: Nov 2004

 - posted 01-31-2017 02:22 PM      Profile for Tim Wagner   Email Tim Wagner   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 

I would like to locate the closest booth to Rochester, NY which has an SDDS reader installed on a projector and is willing to provide access to photograph it for a project I'm working on. I'd be grateful for any recommendations.

Thank you kindly, Tim Wagner

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Leo Enticknap
Film God

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From: Loma Linda, CA
Registered: Jul 2000

 - posted 02-07-2017 11:49 AM      Profile for Leo Enticknap   Author's Homepage   Email Leo Enticknap   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
As no-one else has bitten, I will.

I'm afraid that I'm about as far away as it's possible to be from Rochester without leaving the lower 48 (in fact, San Diego is about the about the only city that is even remotely likely to contain a working SDDS reader, be further away and not require a passport to visit!). Furthermore, our SDDS readers are not yet reinstalled following the big refurbishment of the Egyptian's booth over the summer.

However, this is likely to happen in the next month or so. We are in the process of having blimps built that will enable the penthouse digital readers to be integrated with the nitrate feed reel magazines on our Norelcos, which should be done by the end of this month, after which the SR-D, DTS and SDDS readers will be properly and permanently reinstalled. At that point, if you can give me a description of the pictures you need, I can take them. You'd also be welcome to visit and take them yourself, but it would be a long trip, obviously.

Alternatively, there's a pic of one that I took on the Wikipedia page for SDDS. It's not very good (I had to Photoshop it to reveal detail of the film path, and in doing so made it very grainy), but under the Wikipedia license, you can do what you like with it. I'd need a tripod and a long exposure to get the same image without the grain/digital noise, and getting a tripod into that space is easier said than done.

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Jim Cassedy
Phenomenal Film Handler

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From: San Francisco, CA
Registered: Dec 2006

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I dug through my photo files and here's a couple of pictures.
They're not that great, but you're welcome to use them-

SDDS Processor at The Metro Theater, San Francisco (Sept 2005)

Here it is in a rack, sandwiched between a bunch of amplifiers.
(IMO not the best place to mount it, due to the heat factor!)
The Metro had both Dolby Digital & Sony SDDS systems.
There was a 2nd sound rack with a Dolby CP-200 and more
amps. Unfortunately, when these pictures were taken in
Sept 2005, the SDDS reader had been removed, and they
were only using Dolby Digital.The projectors were Norelco
DP-70's. The Metro closed in OctY2k6,& is now a gymnasium.

This is the only picture I could find of an SDDS reader.
Photographed in March, Y2k5 a The Coronet Theater, San
Francisco. It was mounted on top of a Dolby Digital sound
reader,and both were perched on top of a Norelco DP-70
The Coronet closed suddenly about two weeks after this picture was
taken. It was torn down and replaced by a Senior Citizens home.

I never saw SDDS in use at either of these theaters. Ironically, at the time
these pictures were taken, The Metero had an SDDS processor, but no SDDS
reader, and The Coronet had the reader but no processor! [Roll Eyes]

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Bill Duelly
Film Handler

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From: Roselle Park, NJ
Registered: Feb 2006

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contact me off site. I have a 3000 installed and still operating, at a location I'll be at on Saturday.


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Tim Wagner
Film Handler

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From: Fairport, NY USA
Registered: Nov 2004

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Good afternoon Jim,

Thank you for sharing your photos of the SDDS reader and processor. I have never seen one before. When I left projection in commercial theaters, digital soundtracks were just being introduced. Working in a film archive with an exhibition theater, we do not have SDDS capability. Unfortunately, the image of the SDDS reader is not of sufficient quality for the publication project we are working on, though I appreciate your time and willingness to share. Thanks to other generous folks like yourself on Film-Tech, I have received a few other offers of photographs.

Cheers, Tim Wagner

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