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#1 Aaron Hultin

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Posted 21 November 2007 - 12:28 PM

I am wondering about loading 16mm film stock (Daylight Stock, mostly) in complete darkness, using my Sony Handycam with LCD screen infront of me on 'nightvision' mode of me so I can 'see' what I am doing, even in a completely dark room. Would this damage/expose the film? I am not sure exactly what the 'Nightvision' mode on a Sony Handycam is (infrared?).

Just curious.
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#2 Aaron Hultin

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Posted 09 December 2007 - 11:14 PM

Nobody knows the answer?
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#3 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 09 December 2007 - 11:41 PM

I don't know about the effects of the nightvision illumination, but the light from the LCD screen, either leaking to the film or reflecting off your face will definitely expose the film.

It's better practice to do a few dummy rolls in the light, then in the bag a few times until you're comfortable with loading "blind".
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#4 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 10 December 2007 - 08:22 AM

Most 16mm mags are pretty easy to load. I think I learned how to load an arri mag in about 5 minutes. Granted, i'm still working on mastery; but it's not too big of a deal.
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Posted 10 December 2007 - 09:26 AM

If you're worried about 'seeing,' why not try a change bag rather than a dark room? My first few times loading, I either had an empty mag or someone else standing by so that I could ask questions or look at the mag I wasn't loading in the light and see what I was supposed to be doing.

After a few attempts and working out a list of steps, you'll find it becomes second nature, especially if you use the same camera all the time.
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