Retro Telecine

Building an 8mm Telecine Machine with Style

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Trial Run

This is the first sample of a real movie captured with my machine. Some work to be done yet, but it proves the concept.
By including the sprocket holes in this test, I can see how much frame jitter is due to my projector and how much to the camera that made the movie. The main problem visible in this clip is the very non-uniform illumination – the diffuser is just a piece of crumpled paper in front of the LEDs. And the movie looks a little dirty, maybe that’s because I’ve been letting it roll out on the floor!
I have no idea who these people are – they came with the projector from Ebay.

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And here’s one of the first frames Dad ever shot. That’s my Mom (with me inside) and my sister in the Spring of ’58.


Here’s that same movie live, now using the opal glass diffuser…

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And finally, the AviSynth processed version…

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Oh yes – one more thing – here’s that clip from the VHS tape Dad had transferred professionally a few years ago. I watch it whenever I wonder if it’s really worth all this trouble…

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1 Comment

  1. Jim:
    May I say, “What has God wrought?”

    Comment by Dad — January 28, 2009 @ 4:22 am

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