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#1 clairef

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Posted 17 October 2005 - 05:47 PM

i've seen S16 blow up to 35mm with great results, but never seen S16 blow down to 16mm. Has anyone seen this and what do you think? would there be quality lost in a blow down? or distortion?

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#2 Robert Hughes

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Posted 17 October 2005 - 08:22 PM

Depends on whether you're doing an optical copy or not. If you're just duping thru a masked gate it won't be any different from a standard 16mm dupe, except you'll be losing 2.1mm off one side.
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Posted 17 October 2005 - 09:26 PM

i've seen S16 blow up to 35mm with great results, but never seen S16 blow down to 16mm. Has anyone seen this and what do you think? would there be quality lost in a blow down? or distortion?

all advice/speculation gratefully received


A straight 1:1 contact print will crop the image along the right hand edge of course, where the analog soundtrack is on a regular 16mm print.

Done right, a "blow down" of a letterboxed image on a 16mm release print should be of very good quality. You could also do a simple 1.33:1 crop on an optical printer. For "pan-and-scan" to a 1.33:1 image, you would likely have to go through a DI.
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