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Scott Norwood
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 - posted 01-01-2001 04:10 PM      Profile for Scott Norwood   Author's Homepage   Email Scott Norwood   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Does anyone here happen to have access to a 35mm film-chain setup with a really low minimum charge? I'd like to transfer some PD footage (countdown leaders, mostly...yeah, I know it sounds nutty) to tape, preferably Betacam SP or 1", but I'll take 3/4" or even VHS if it's cheap enough. Thanks.

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Jesse Skeen
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I'd love to do this too; I have access to some great vintage trailers that I want to put on tape for my own use, but not sure how to get it done. The only thing I've heard of is a place in San Francisco that charges some ridiculous rate, something like $100 per minute of film.

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Mark Gulbrandsen
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The last film production I worked on was paying around $500.00 per hour for Rank film to video transfers. Usually a film production gets as substantial price break as they have thousands and thousands of feet transfered during a production. Scott, Is the stuff you want transfered something you could get from a stock footage video type of place? This may save you $$.

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John Pytlak
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The Kodak website has an extensive listing of film labs and video transfer facilities:

Most TV stations had only 16mm film telecines (e.g. RCA TK27), but a few network "flagship" stations may still have 35mm telecines. Most film-to-video work is now done "off-line" at a transfer facility.

John P. Pytlak, Senior Technical Specialist
Worldwide Technical Services, Entertainment Imaging
Eastman Kodak Company
Research Labs, Building 69, Room 7419
Rochester, New York, 14650-1922 USA
Tel: 716-477-5325 Cell: 716-781-4036 Fax: 716-722-7243

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Scott Norwood
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Stock footage probably won't work in my case. I'm trying to assemble a collection of weird old countdown leaders, which I want to transfer to tape and then convert to MPEG files for download. It probably sounds like I've gone off the deep end, but I'm attempting to put together a "history of film leaders" web page. There's a guy who has a "history of BBC test patterns" site which is surprisingly interesting and informative, and I'm trying to follow that pattern.

I've been in touch with at least two people who have offered to do this transfer work cheaply, so I think I'm all set here.

If anyone wants to contribute weird countdowns (16mm or 35mm), feel free to send them to me. I'll return them on request; email me privately if you want my address. I'm really in need of oddball stuff from old prints or foreign prints or some such. Thanks.

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Randy Stankey
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The only oddball thing I remember is this sound sync test I would occasionally see in High School. I was in the AV club and we got to get out of class if a teacher wanted to show a film. (16mm)

It was about a minute long. It said, "You'll see a FLASH and hear a BEEP... If you see the flash before you hear the beep, you should make the loop larger....", etc, etc.

We used B&H auto threaders so, for us, it was a moot point. But I always thought it was "neat".

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