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#1 Dominik Muench

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Posted 04 January 2006 - 02:20 PM

Hi,

in the new cinematographer is an article about richard kline, one of the image captions mentiones something called cydex strips. could someone please explan a 35mm virgin like me what that means ?

thank you :)
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#2 Dominic Case

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Posted 04 January 2006 - 07:40 PM

These are CINEX strips (the caption in AC reads "cynex" but they are wrong).

In black and white days, prior to any type of analyser to grade negative, there was a printing machine called a Cinex that printed a bracket of printer lights - each successive frame at light 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20 - for each selected shot in a camera roll. The lab grader (or, I guess, the DoP, as in the pic in AC) could then choose the best looking result, and print the scene at that light.

It's similar to the currently-used scene tester printer that places like CFI/Technicolor use, and for those with b/w stills darkroom experience, like a print tester as used in an enlarger.

You'll find a heap of references through Google - they all lead to the same definition (plagiarism is alive and well on the internet!):-

CINEX STRIP. A short test print in which each frame has been printed at a different exposure level.
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#3 Dominik Muench

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Posted 05 January 2006 - 06:39 AM

great, thank you for that :)
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