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Mark Todd
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 - posted September 11, 2019 06:58 PM      Profile for Mark Todd     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Has anyone tried this please.

Would it work at 18 FPS possibly.

Just wondered if anyone has tried filmimg film running with a modern phone.

Any tips etc please.

Thanks Mark.

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Steve Klare
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 - posted September 11, 2019 07:59 PM      Profile for Steve Klare   Email Steve Klare   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Hi Mark,

The iPhone does pretty decent screen grabs, both as stills and videos. A couple of times I've used mine to capture short segments of films and then e-mail them to friends.

As far as stills go, when I do screen captures at CineSea, it's always with an iPhone.

I'm not fooling anybody that I'm not just pointing a phone at my movie screen, but it's pretty good.

(24FPS looks fine, if I remember right: even better than 18.)

All I ask is a wide screen and a projector to light her by...

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Nantawat Kittiwarakul
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 - posted September 11, 2019 08:09 PM      Profile for Nantawat Kittiwarakul   Email Nantawat Kittiwarakul   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
You mean classic "off the wall" telecine approach, pointing your camera at the projected image of S8 film?

Short answer: DEFINITELY YES. [Cool]

If your camera's phone does have something so called "pro mode" that lets you adjust several settings esp. SHUTTER SPEED, it will definitely do the job.


The result would be kinda poor quality of course, but the cost is literally zero [Big Grin] so that should be okay.

(Additional info added)
The camera setting, as far as I remembered.
White balance: indoor/incandescent
Focus: manual of course. You may let the auto focus do its job at the beginning, then lock it once it settles down to prevent further "hunting".
Shutter speed: this is the most important thing to get rid of any banding/flickering. Ideally it should be set equal to projector's speed times no. of shutter blades. It is usually 18 fps x 3 blades = 54 Hz. In my case the closest I can get is 1/50 second, which in practice works just fine for me.
Iso: that depends. You may have to experiment with that to get the optimum exposure.

[ September 12, 2019, 10:01 AM: Message edited by: Nantawat Kittiwarakul ]

Just a lone collector from a faraway land...

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Mark Todd
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 - posted September 12, 2019 01:38 AM      Profile for Mark Todd     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Hi thank you people, its as much for the sound, but its my sons phone, an up to date thing, I am still using an old dogey type ( these days apparently ) button phone.

I`m a bit behind the times ( he said looking over at his turntable and Elmo !!! ) still here.

I`ve just bought some 35mm camera film to start taking proper photos again too !!!

Anyway fingers crossed, be interesting to see how it actually looks.

Thanks, Mark.

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Mathew James
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 - posted September 12, 2019 08:43 AM      Profile for Mathew James   Email Mathew James   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Hi Mark,
There is a way to do this now using the phone. I have done some good video using my smart phone, but the issue becomes image stability and the sound capture:
The Shure MV88+ video kit which basically turns your phone into a portable video recording system. Comes with a manfrotto tripod, which is a great name btw. I haven't got this far into it yet but am always intrigued with what people come up with...
Shure MV88 Video Kit

video of same

Matt 📽

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Mark Todd
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 - posted September 12, 2019 03:11 PM      Profile for Mark Todd     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Hi Mathew thanks, looks good, but I only want to do a segment of film for someone I can email re a sound track.

That does look very handy though.

Best Mark.

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