Transferring Those 16mm and 8mm Films In The Digital Era And Making Them Look Great!

Tonight Many Ayromlou of Nerdlogger and myself were questioned on modestly priced technology to transfer 16mm film to video. Short of having an old style Telecine or a more modern –and expensive– film Scanner, the last item that I purchased for this purpose was an Elmo TRV 16 unit. That was over 20 years ago and it’s pictured on the right. The TRV 16 had no projection lens and operated by transferring the film image directly on to a CCD. It had output video and audio connectors to hook the unit up to videotape machines. After servicing us for 20 years the unit is now gone and after an Internet search tonight the device appears to be no longer manufactured. In reading some of the Internet posts this evening, it appears that many people are searching for one of these kind of projectors.

I gather Many must have spent some time searching for it this evening because I see he has posted information on a prototype 8mm film to 4K transfer device that employs the RED One camera!

Some months ago I came across the Sniper-16 (pictured on the left) that is pretty much the same kind of device as the Elmo TRV 16. The Sniper 16 is one of several devices manufactured by MovieStuff. They also manufacture units that transfer 8mm film and 35 mm slides to video. If your concerned about quality, there is a page on their website that originated from PC Magazine. It shows images from one of their units compared against that of a transfer performed on a RANK scanner.



Old and New In Mainstream Media

Film Screening: Helvetica

If you’re into typography, Richard Kegler will provide a brief history of P22 type foundry, a company that started as a prankster art collective. It will occur this Wednesday March 19 at 6:00 pm. in the Rogers Communications Centre at Ryerson University. The session will also include a screening of the documentary film Helvetica that was popular at last years Hot Docs festival.

Film Industry: Canada

The soaring Canadian dollar is driving Hollywood filmmakers out of British Columbia. Film and TV production in the western province slid 21% to C$943 million in 2007, while the portion spent by foreign producers plummeted 44% to C$536 million.

The Secret History of the Credit Card

We often don’t think of this but Credit is a medium. On March 17th PBS’s Frontline will feature The Secret History of the Credit Card, a documentary that looks at how credit cards came to be a nearly ubiquitous part of our lives. Today it is an essential element of consumerism and the documentary focuses on how they went from being a loss-leader to one of the banks’ most profitable services is in some ways the story of consumer society itself.

Technical Anniversaries… Technical Obituaries….