On Jan 11, 2006, at 12:49 PM, Brian Davis wrote:
> 1942 is pretty early from what I understand for magnetic soundtracks.
> Although they didn't specify, this film could be a duplication of an
> earlier film. I do know that the film highlights the building of a
> Japanese American internment camp in Parker, Arizona in 1942.
> I'll be using an Elmo TRV-16G telecine going to a PCI capture card.
The Elmo is NOT a telecine, it's a low-grade projector with a low-
grade video camera built into it. It could cause permanent damage to
footage that may be of serious historical interest. It's one thing
to run non-original commodity prints of no special value through an
Elmo, but a very different matter to run what could well be camera
original through it.
If the film is at all shrunken (not unlikely given its age) running
it through a device like the Elmo is not a good idea. Check it on a
film shrinkage gauge first (if you don't have one, compare a length
of the film to a length of a modern 16mm polyester print, and, over
100 frames, see how many perfs difference you get between the two.
Consider taking it to a facility with a telecine (even an old Rank
will do) -- anything that doesn't drive the film with sprockets.
Jeff "cringing at the thought of Elmos eating original for breakfast"