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by tom hardwick
Thu Apr 19, 2018 9:00 am
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: super 8 bauer projector repairs
Replies: 8
Views: 99

Re: super 8 bauer projector repairs

You don't say what your new (secondhand) camcorder is, but your aspect ratio problem is easily resolved, and I do it this way all the time. Reshoot the 4:3 image in the camcorder's 16:9 mode so that you end up with black bars left and right of the uncropped 4:3 image. Mask these in post to make them...
by tom hardwick
Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: super 8 bauer projector repairs
Replies: 8
Views: 99

Re: super 8 bauer projector repairs

Another beauty of the GS1200 Roy is the fine speed control. You can very accurately set it to an electronically controlled 16⅔ FPS to completely eliminate flicker, and the footage can then be speeded up by 8% on the timeline. Sorted.
by tom hardwick
Wed Apr 18, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: super 8 bauer projector repairs
Replies: 8
Views: 99

Re: super 8 bauer projector repairs

I too have a 34 year old GS 1200 which works well I'm pleased to say. My film transfers are done using a Schneider f/1.1 lens rather than the supplied Elmo f/1.0 zoom. What's good is that the 4 motor GS only relies on one simple drive belt, and they're easy to get hold of. Is there no signal from yo...
by tom hardwick
Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:00 pm
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: super 8 bauer projector repairs
Replies: 8
Views: 99

Re: super 8 bauer projector repairs

Any clues as to what the fault is with your projector? If it's a matter of perished drive belts, then eBay is an excellent place to search. Same with lamps etc. You may even find a suitable projector for sale that will do all you want and save you the hassle of getting yours repaired, assuming you h...
by tom hardwick
Sun Mar 18, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Filming shows in 4K and cropping
Replies: 16
Views: 777

Re: Filming shows in 4K and cropping

I do vary the exposure constantly throughout a stage production because there can be moody lighting, very bright lighting, spotlighting, every which way lighting. Spotlight mode (an auto exposure mode where correct highlight exposures are paramount) can be helpful when you've really no idea what's c...
by tom hardwick
Sat Mar 17, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Filming shows in 4K and cropping
Replies: 16
Views: 777

Re: Filming shows in 4K and cropping

Using three cameras (left of stage, centerline and right of stage) almost forces the editor to cut to each of them in sequence, otherwise crossing the line becomes very objectionable for the general viewer. I'm sure the cast members don't mind it in the slightest though, feeling that their showreel ...
by tom hardwick
Fri Mar 16, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Filming shows in 4K and cropping
Replies: 16
Views: 777

Re: Filming shows in 4K and cropping

I too am a believer in filming stage shows from one centerline position. Years ago I used to use cameras left and right of the stage, in combination with the on-axis camera, but the edit never really looked right as actors looked left, straight and right, depending on which camera viewpoint had been...
by tom hardwick
Sat Mar 03, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Editor/viewer lamp
Replies: 6
Views: 324

Re: Editor/viewer lamp

I couldn't always try?
by tom hardwick
Tue Feb 27, 2018 7:49 am
Forum: Competitions, Festivals and The Art of Film
Topic: BIAFF 2018
Replies: 50
Views: 3347

Re: BIAFF 2018

FIVE films entered. Surely this deserves a Guinness Book of Records entry?
by tom hardwick
Mon Feb 26, 2018 10:19 pm
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Editor/viewer lamp
Replies: 6
Views: 324

Re: Editor/viewer lamp

The replacement lamp arrived (rated at 15w rather than the stipulated 10w) and is very slightly brighter, but it's a cheap £1.95 thing and the filament is wonky inside the glass bulb so it doesn't focus nicely, giving me a streaky picture. I've cleaned the multi-faceted prism and the four surface si...
by tom hardwick
Mon Feb 26, 2018 8:15 am
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Hi8 players
Replies: 4
Views: 208

Re: Hi8 players

It might be worth keeping an eye open on eBay or Pre-loved or Shpock, as people do try to 'get rid of' old analogue tape camcorders they find in a drawer. Generally camcorders weren't used much so sellers will have to be pumped for confirmation that's it's a Hi8 version, but prices are so low that i...
by tom hardwick
Sun Feb 25, 2018 5:39 pm
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Hi8 players
Replies: 4
Views: 208

Re: Hi8 players

I use my Hi8 Sony camcorder to replay all my 8mm and Hi8 tapes. Might you have one in a cupboard somewhere?
by tom hardwick
Fri Feb 23, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: usb connections
Replies: 6
Views: 226

Re: usb connections

I haven't got a USB socket on my BD player so I can't answer from experience, but I'd say that BD players have USB ports for precisely that reason, to play movie files into your TV down its HDMI cable.
by tom hardwick
Fri Feb 23, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: usb connections
Replies: 6
Views: 226

Re: usb connections

Your TV will have an HDMI socket, probably 2 or 3. The BD player will plug into one of these sockets, (or maybe into your surround sound amp and that will take the signal HDMI to the TV). It will play your Blu-rays as well as upscale your DVDs which is a nice feature Some people find it better to ha...
by tom hardwick
Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Equipment and Technical Issues
Topic: Editor/viewer lamp
Replies: 6
Views: 324

Re: Editor/viewer lamp

Thanks for your thoughts Cathy. I've used the Wide-screen centre for many years but even they don't have a replacement lamp for my viewer. I've bought one on eBay and we'll see if it improves matters.

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