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Eclair ACL Motor feedback
Ray is correct about the added expense of 23.97 and 29.7. The amount of
dividers needed in the electronics becomes cumbersome to hit all these
speeds. Milliframe controllers aren't popular in the UK probably because we
use 25fps, but I do understand the need for exact telecine speeds in the
However, I could be wrong, but none of the controllers listed, Arri, Aaton
or Tobin are compatible with any other motors except for their own. If that
isn't the case (as I suspect it may not be with the Tobin) then the
controller was designed specifically for already existing motors. This
would mean that the new ACL motor would have to be designed around
accomodating sync from an existing miliframe controller. A case of the tail
wagging the dog!
I can't see a miliframe controller being compatible with this motor, but it
is feasible that to compensate, additional running speeds could be added.
As long as we all agree on the most important!
75fps although possible with the ACL has never been recommended. Has anyone
ever had problems with it running at this speed? The designer of this motor
is adamant that it's a risk to the camera and he very much likes to play it
safe. I'd rather see the addition of 75fps but it would take an awful lot
to convince him it's okay.
When I have the prototype here, I'll try it out and then send it to Ray for
testing (if he agrees). That way you'll at least get some independent
results on its usefulness.
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