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Craig Jarvis
Film Handler

Posts: 44
From: Saskatoon, SK. Canada
Registered: Aug 2013

 - posted September 19, 2013 02:54 PM      Profile for Craig Jarvis   Author's Homepage   Email Craig Jarvis   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
What projector would you all recommend for transferring film to DVD. I've been striking out with my choices. I assume you all would have certain ones you agree on?


J. Craig Jarvis
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Mike McCord
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From: Birmingham, AL, USA
Registered: Jun 2013

 - posted September 19, 2013 06:05 PM      Profile for Mike McCord   Author's Homepage   Email Mike McCord   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
My best advice to you is to search this forum as well as google (ok, or Bing) for "telecine". There is more data out there than you can read in a week. I continue to find many good articles citing specific ideas, techniques, projectors, video cameras, processes, and examples of their various approaches and work.

Take it from a guy that started down this path about 3 months ago - There just aint no easy way. To me, this is fun, educational and rewarding. Good Luck!

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Craig Jarvis
Film Handler

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From: Saskatoon, SK. Canada
Registered: Aug 2013

 - posted September 19, 2013 06:45 PM      Profile for Craig Jarvis   Author's Homepage   Email Craig Jarvis   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Mike, me too. I have a Eumig I nicknamed the Mangler, a Bell and Howell that will play anything but looks crappy. So I have been searching the internet as well. I always post stuff here for advice.

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John Selph
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From: Metairie, LA, USA
Registered: Nov 2012

 - posted September 20, 2013 12:34 AM      Profile for John Selph   Email John Selph   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I'm sure you will get just about as many recommendations as there are responses. I started transferring a few months ago when I came upon a couple of thousand feet of old family movies. My problem was, and still is, that I have 8mm, Super 8mm, some silent, and some with sound. I started with a B&H 10ms because of the variable speed and it worked fairly well. I recently acquired a Chinon 7000 and a Chinon 9000. Both work well, but the 9000 has variable speed and both Optical and Magnetic sound capabilities. Along the way, I also acquired a parts machine and a Chinon Whisper 727 and I like it because of the Dual 8 and variable speed. I've had a couple of older projectors given to me, but they are more for decoration than use.
A lot of the quality will depend on the condition of the film as well as the equipment used to digitize the images. I use a Sony DCR-TRV350 Camcorder and a Ambico Telecine box and get pretty good results. Fortunately, my camcorder has "passthrough" capabilities and I run a Firewire connector directly to my computer and capture with MoviePlus. I've used both the Pinnacle and Premiere products, but found no difference in capture, so MoviePlus fits my needs. It's not frame by frame, but I figure I now have the movie on DVD so I can enjoy it for a long time.
Each of my projectors cost less than $100 USD, with a couple less than half that amount.
There are a lot of people on here with knowledge and experience that far exceeds mine, and they will have reasons to choose one machine over another. At this point in time, I'm only concerned with converting these "all but lost" family movies to a media that will allow them to be viewed again, so I'm not as concerned with the preservation aspect that a lot of members are. I may someday get there, as I do enjoy the sounds, smells, and imagery of film, but for now, I'm accomplishing what I started out to do.
Hope this helps,

Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend.
Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.
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Maurice Leakey
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From: Bristol. United Kingdom
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 - posted September 20, 2013 02:59 AM      Profile for Maurice Leakey   Email Maurice Leakey   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Basic starter. You must have a projector which has variable speed.


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Pete Richards
Master Film Handler

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From: Australia
Registered: Sep 2010

 - posted September 20, 2013 06:28 PM      Profile for Pete Richards   Email Pete Richards   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I like the Sankyo 600 or 800 as they use a DC motor and you can make a speed controller yourself just by dropping the voltage.

They also have great sound for transferring the audio. The 800 can be modified to take 1200ft reels, and they have proven pretty reliable.

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