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Re: Eclair Cameras: RESPONSE-AZ Spectrum video assist, preliminary

eric wrote:

... so i would like the video tap footage recorded to dv and used for
keeping track of my scenes i have shot and continuity regarding items in sequencial scenes and lighting and so on...<

It should work fine for that. Also, the slow K-40 will provide plenty of finder exposure for the tap and the eyepiece, so that will help. I started out filmmaking with old K-Commercial, EI 16. You will need to be very careful to meter your exposures correctly and not exceed a 4:1 lighting ratio if you want shadow detail.
...can anyone help me out with the best way to take 400' spools and cutting
them in half to make 200' spools? is there a machine that can be purchased to do this? or a company that provides this service? <

I have a film counter (like an editing synchronizer) with a counter on it.  I opened it up and applied phosphorescent paint to the 0 and the 1 so I can watch them go by as I crank through the film (doesn't pay to paint every number--they're too dim to read, you just watch them go by every 10 feet.)  But if you are going to down load the film onto 200 foot daylight spools, you could do it by feel.  In the dark, crank the 400' onto a 200' spool; when the film is about 1/8 inch from the outside rim, cut it off and wind the next one.  After spooling it onto 200' spools, run them back onto another set of spools so the film will be heads out.  Otherwise, the edge numbers will be on the wrong side (if that matters to you) and if the K40 is single sprocket, it must be heads out (B wind) or the sprocket holes will be on the wrong side.

Crank slowly to minimize static build up and be sure the area is clean.

Wade K. Ramsey, DP
Dept. of Cinema & Video Production
Bob Jones University
Greenville, SC 29614

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