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#1 Clive Tobin

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Posted 22 August 2009 - 11:17 AM

Tobin Cinema Systems Inc. announces eight new models of telecine with emulsion side scanning as standard.*

These include the newly named Mainstream, True Speed and Ultimate 3CCD models as well as the previously announced My Own Telecine units for the film hobbyist or small organization. Accepted formats include Super-8, Regular-8 and Dual-8 in most.

Since we have heard little in the way of any actual rather than theoretical problem with the previous base side scanning, six of the models are still available with this orientation. We might mention here that in the well proven Elmo Transvideo machines, as well as in all 35mm theatrical projection, and projection of all 16mm prints contact printed directly from original film, the base side is towards the projection lens.

The True Speed and Ultimate models offer exact 18.000 and 24.000 speeds, the same as the amateur filming rates. 18 and 24 are flickerless in NTSC, and 18 is flickerless in the PAL versions. True Speed operation has taken TCS some 25 years to develop, on and off. Running film at the right speed in the first place looks smoother than other methods where a computer inserts additional frames at intervals, causing jerky movement. Output signals on all are Y/C S-Video and Composite Video. On the Ultimate models, Component Video outputs are an option. On all models, you can connect directly to a MiniDV, DVD or VHS (etc.) recorder with no dependency on a computer or needing extra-slow running.

Our simplified and perfected optical system has only a 1:1 macro lens between the film and the CCD. Eliminating the excessive and bulky optical components of old style "film chain" arrangements gives quality, with the 1CCD models, that is equal to or better than the quality with other 3CCD setups. By eliminating the projection lens, condenser lens, field lens, mirror, zoom lens and low-cost close-up lens this arrangement likewise eliminates the geometric distortion, color fringing, loss of sharpness, reflection of room lights, vibration and unstable position of other systems.

* Technically you could say there are 16 models if you include both NTSC and PAL versions!

These models can be seen on the TCS website at http://www.tobincinemasystems.com .
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#2 Clive Tobin

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Posted 22 August 2009 - 11:36 AM

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These include the newly named Mainstream, True Speed and Ultimate 3CCD models as well as the previously announced My Own Telecine units for the film hobbyist or small organization.
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Oops! This didn't get worded quite right. I meant to say that the Mainstream and True Speed models offer emulsion side scanning with base side scanning as an option, but the 3CCD Ultimate model is still base side scan. Sorry.
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#3 Bryan Clark

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Posted 22 August 2009 - 05:35 PM

I'm becoming increasingly interested in your machines. Can't wait to test them out!
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