Experimental S35mm Telecine Underway
Posted 22 February 2011 - 12:01 AM
I am now replacing the lamphouse with a more appropriate color temperature controllable led light source than before.
While I have a contact closure trigger tapped off of one of the existing motors and am able to drive single frame capture on the red via a simple relay board the image steadiness is a huge issue at any speed.
The projector has a movement controlled by two separate motors. One drives an eight pin rake that constantly speeds back and forth across the film, while a second moves the whole rake/claw/pins just in time to engage the film and hold it in place for projection at your desired frame rate. Its pretty scary to watch and loud, even at 1fps.
So my plan has been to replace this constant motor with a large software controlled 12V stepper motor and relays with USB boards from pc-control.co.uk. I have most of this gear on hand now. Of course, I basically am replacing all the motor drive in the projector's movement, while slowing down the system to a much much much slower pace.
If anyone has any ideas, other than to tell me this is a crazy waste of my time, i'd love to hear them!
Posted 22 February 2011 - 09:48 AM
Posted 22 February 2011 - 12:33 PM
You can use subtractive filters, but then you have to contend with filter factors as when you subtract light you are losing intensity through the filters.
Even with additive there is loss, color contamination, but I think the results are much better than trying to correct in the digital realm, where heavy coor adjustments aren't as lossless.
If I were doing this (with so much gear being thrown out I personally don't see the need), I would use color filters, rather than a camera with RGB photosites to sample each color. Since you are scanning a single piece of film there's no need for real-time imaging, although, even here with a fast-enough setup you can get pretty close spinning filters.