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#1 Anthony Schilling

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Posted 20 December 2008 - 02:01 PM

I'm getting some 16mm neg transferred soon... but since I have a session i was hoping to tape splice 100ft of select shots on 7285 to have scanned as well. I do good splice work, but would it be acceptable on a telecine machine? I would also have them ultrasonic prepped before hand.
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#2 Dirk DeJonghe

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 08:14 AM

Tape splices may be acceptable for a single pass in the ultrasonic cleaning machine but not more than one. The tape starts to bleed adhesive and if the film is properly wound up with proper tension, the tape will start to stretch and slide as well.Proper cement splices won't have this problem.

In the telecine the tape splices may slightly stick to the other side and cause jumps in the picture, even after only one cleaning pass. They may also deposit glue and dirt on the image area, this will take additional time to remove or may be impossible to remove.

In short: this is not where you want to save (very little) money..
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#3 Paul Bruening

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 01:53 PM

Just to throw in some handy things to know with glue splices:

Practice, practice, practice before you do your rolls. Glue splicing is an art and takes a kind of zen state of mind.

Use fresh glue (actually, it is not really a glue, it is a cement).

Ask your lab about splice type, direction and side. There are left hand splicers and right hand splicers. There are lap splicers and bevel splicers.

Use a good splicer. You're better off renting a well calibrated, motorized, heated splicer than some ragged-ass POS that's kicking around the school.
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