Re: Film Transfer
- Regarding the film transfer to videotape, we have several very expensive
film transfer systems here at college. I am not sure what size they are but
I can look into this. If we have the right size equipment and I can get
permission, I can make a digital master and then a copy to whatever format
you people would like.
If you decide to have me do this, the cost would be SUBSTANTIALLY lower than
it would be to have a commercial lab do it, with the same results. Our
control rooms and studios are very well equipped.
I would request that everyone chip in for the cost of materials (tape) and
also postage to mail things back and forth to each of you, if we do this
I have seen film transfers done in our studios and they look excellent. No
flickering or fuzzy screen or anything you'd get by pointing a camcorder at
an image from a home projector.
Would you all (Saul, Randy, Gino, Paul, anyone else) like me to check on
I would not be able to handle this until next semester (I am out in a little
over two weeks this semester; finals are next week) and I'm not sure how
long it would take overall. I would also request that those sending me film
would sign a release that acquits myself, Syracuse University, and the
Newhouse School of Public Communications, of any possible damages due to
loss of the film in the mail, the machine eating it, etc.
From: Saul Kalbfeld <skalbfel@...>
To: FJGRailroad@egroups.com <FJGRailroad@egroups.com>
Date: Monday, April 24, 2000 10:56 PM
Subject: [FJGRailroad] Film Transfer
>Was there ever a negative of the FJ&G film? Or was this a direct
>positive exposure. Also you could make some good prints from the 16mm
>frames. VHS won't do the film justice. So much quality is lost. Then
>again, don't project the film either since those Bell & Howell
>projectors and the like are highly destuctive. I never worked with
>film that much when I was at Producers Color in Detroit, but I know a
>good transfer system can work miracles, but you pay a lot of money
>a high quality transfer to video.
- OK guys,
I will see if I can get permission to do this. If I am to do it, it will be
done all-out, with graphics and music, all digitally produced. I know most
of the locations and with your help I can try to add either sub-titles or
graphics slates between each shot. Full-screen slates would probably be
better because they won't take up any space on the bottom of the screen.
I will have to check the facilities to see if the equipment is set up and
wired properly to do what I want to do. I know the equipment exists, but I
need to see if it's wired properly.
I agree that anyone interested should get a copy and I can also distribute
to libraries in the area (Northville, Gloversville, Johnstown, Fonda,
Amsterdam, Schenectady). Of course I again reiterate that I will provide my
labor for free but I will ask that you guys chip in for the cost of the
master tape and whatever format each of you would like. Digital tapes are
not cheap. The DVC-Pro stuff we use is like $25.00 for one tape---but the
difference in quality over VHS or even 3/4 is remarkable. We get enough of
us in on this and it will not be expensive at all.
Okay, better stop getting ahead of myself. I will ask permission.