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Colin Robert Hunt
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Just a general request on info on copying cine film to video camera. This thread was started on silent film through a simple copying device to a video camera. The question is how do we do this if the fim has sound? How do we connect for the sound? Any answers would be appreciated on this.

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Winbert Hutahaean
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It depends on what projector and camera are being used. Some projectors (mostly high end one) have an audio output jack, despite it uses the cannon output jack (the one like the earphone's).

As well as the video camera, they have audio input jack, but some brands put the cannon jack, some are with RCA (normal red and white audio jack).

So hook the output to the input jack...that's it!.

If you don't find the output jack in the projector, take the headphone output jack...it will do the same.

BUT Beware...don't ever take the sound from the speaker output and put to the video input jack! It is to big to be handled by your video camera.



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Tim Christian
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For safe conversion of loudspeaker output to audio line input levels, see

this article.


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John Whittle
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From: Northridge, CA USA
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The question is how do we do this if the fim has sound?
It's also important to know where you are in the world since different video standards require different techniques. If you're in the US with NTSC you have to overcome the 24 fps film to 29.997 video frame rate. The simple way is with a five blade shutter, synch motor to get a suitable impulse rate to the camera.

If you live in a PAL country with 25 fps video rate, then a two blade shutter will give good results.

In any event, quality with be greatly increase if you go to an aaerial image (I haven't checked the above link, but it's probably discussed there).


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