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#1 Anthony Schilling

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Posted 28 September 2014 - 03:12 PM

Wow, look how much some of these former big boy scanners are selling for now, or actually not selling. I used to pay big bucks twice a year to have my films run through the Shadow. 

http://www.ebay.com/...=item4628051539


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#2 David Cunningham

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Posted 28 September 2014 - 09:54 PM

It's amazing how good we thought those machines were. Today's systems like the director, arriscan, scannity or even ScanStation blow those units out of the water for both quality and speed.
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#3 Chris Burke

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Posted 29 September 2014 - 06:23 AM

with a good colorist, the shadow can output some very nice looking stuff. Steve Baldwin over at National Boston does a fine job with theirs. Agreed though, the business model is changing because of technology improving and getting cheaper while it does it. 2k scans of super 8 are cheaper than Hd telecine from some places.


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#4 Robert Houllahan

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Posted 29 September 2014 - 08:26 AM

The older machines can be had for pennies on the dollar, but upkeep and electricity costs can be a monster!


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Posted 29 September 2014 - 01:37 PM

Not to mention you better live in a big house! :)


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#6 Anthony Schilling

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Posted 29 September 2014 - 02:19 PM

Not to mention you better live in a big house! :)

Yeah even if the machine was free, it would be pretty impractical to own given size, maintenance, parts ect... But it's a sign that the technical hurdle of telecine is getting better and cheeper, as any technology should.


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#7 Robert Houllahan

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Posted 29 September 2014 - 04:57 PM

A typical telecine like a Spirit or Cintel DSX will consume 2500-3500 watts running and a bit less in idle.

 

I think our new fast 3.3K Xena is somewhere around 300w including the fast computer and disk array and the DaVinci Resolve with 24Tb and Titan GPUs around 500w or so.

 

Not to mention the Xenon bulb or CRT in the Telecine plus tons of specialized and expensive to replace cards and parts.


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#8 Jerry Murrel

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Posted 03 October 2014 - 02:58 PM

I see a 2K Spirit DataCine going for $35,000 on eBay.  Or best offer.

 

That sounds overpriced to me.  (I'd prefer not to buy one from a

theater auction house or broker.)

 

-Jerry Murrel

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