True Speed 8 Telecine Models
Advanced High Quality Transfer Models
Fully Self-Contained Telecine. Camera and optical system are built-in. Connects directly to your DVD, MiniDV or VHS recorder. Run through the footage once and you are finished! Operates in exact real time, with our exclusive True Speed design with the correct 18.000 and 24.000 FPS (frames per second) flickerless speeds. Count the money (up to $180 per hour or more) while the competition is still waiting for a much less efficient two-step transfer followed by computer rendering. Or, connect to a computer if you wish through a Grass Valley Canopus ADVC55 box, or a camcorder with analog to Firewire digital pass-through.
Scanning. The built-in camera looks directly at the film, doing “Direct Imaging” through a highly corrected 1:1 macro lens.
Simplified and perfected optics gives a superior picture, and prevents the quality loss and bulk of old style “film chain” optics found in other less advanced systems. Digital correction of image orientation means no cheap projection lens, condenser lens, field lens, mirror, little grainy screen, zoom lens or “Coke bottle bottom” uncoated plastic close-up lens to introduce geometric distortion and color fringes, collect dust, lose resolution, reflect room lights, or introduce vibration or drifting image position.
Exposure correction can be selected as Peak sensing, Average sensing, or fully Manual.
Camera: Sony-CCD Y/C S-Video Camera. Provides the preferred S-Video output through the 4-pin Mini-DIN jack, as well as the Composite “yellow jack.” This has conservatively rated resolution of 480 TV lines, with 768 x 494 (NTSC) or 752 x 582 (PAL) pixel count.
Enlarged Gate. The sprocketless models feature an oversized opening in the aperture plate, so you can adjust the lens and camera to scan slightly more of the area that was exposed in the camera.
Heavy Duty Construction. Tobin Video Transfer TVT models feature a precision CNC-machined panel and welded steel case. LED (light emitting diode) light source should last virtually forever. Three motors, so no slipping clutches to wear out and no stretchy belts to fail. Digital Mechanism Hours counter for scheduling maintenance. Modified and refurbished Bell & Howell well-proven modular mechanism is virtually all metal. Power and video cables, and a take-up reel and instructions, are included.
Footage Counter. No arguments with the customer about film length if you can quote a precise digital footage count.
Fast Rewind. Motorized rewind operates without running the mechanism. Be ready to run the next reel in seconds.
Your Choice of Formats. Select machines for Regular 8mm, Super-8, or Dual-8 (takes both.) All feature automatic threading.
Dual-8 and Super-8 Locked Dual-8 are sprocketless with no film loops to lose, well suited to film that is in less than perfect condition. Lumpy splices or existing damage will cause the film to just stall in the gate, often working itself free, instead of being dragged through by sprockets. Reel capacity is 600 feet.
Regular-8 TVT-R8TS Available in NTSC or PAL, $3265
Regular-8 locked dual-8 sprocketless automatic threading mechanism. Y/C camera. For purists, we can instead use a manual thread or automatic thread sprocketed mechanism.
Super-8 TVT-S8TS Available in NTSC or PAL, $3265
Sprocketless, Dual-8 mechanism is permanently locked in the super-8 mode, with no loops to lose, and a much longer-lived mechanism than the previous super-8 sprocketed version.
Dual-8* TVT-D8TS Available in NTSC or PAL, $3765
Sprocketless. Y/C camera.
► Note on Format Change:
* With the Dual-8, it does take time, care and tools to change from one format to the other, and the user should have mechanical and optical aptitude and good English reading comprehension. Not following the directions meticulously will result in an image that is the wrong size, off-center and/or out of focus.
If your facility is busy at all, or if your staff is not highly skilled, you will find that it is highly preferable to have two separate machines.
Do you need a 3CCD pro-grade camera instead? Please see the Ultimate 8 model here.
Please specify NTSC or PAL video output.
Do you want the film counter to read in Feet or Meters?
If your line (mains) voltage is not 120 (for NTSC) or 240 (for PAL) let us know.
For the Dual-8 model, let us know if it is initially to be set up for regular-8 or super-8.
Note on above models: We do have to match the low-friction non-cogging Reverse/Rewind motor to the user’s line voltage, and NTSC units will be equipped with a 120 volt motor, and PAL units will have a 240 volt motor, unless otherwise requested. So these models can only be used for the specified line voltage, and not for universal 100 to 240 volt operation.
For all telecine models, we recommend that the film be repaired, cleaned and lubricated before transfer.
TVT machines are not intended for transfer from negative film.
Single format model, Sprocketless
Available for regular-8, or for super-8.
Dual-8 model is similar to picture and adds a claw shift lever below the mechanism, and tools and parts for the change-over.
Rights Notice: Material on film, tape, disc or otherwise may be subject to stated or implied Copyright or Performance Right, or the right to privacy, etc. depending on the laws of your country. Unauthorized duplication may be a violation that is civil or criminal in nature. Equipment or services offered by TCS Inc. should not be construed as inviting criminal activity. The user should ascertain if duplication might violate any rights, and obtain a written release from each affected party. Consult your attorney about any specific instance.
Single format model, Sprocketed
Available for regular-8 only.
Automatic threading version shown. Also available with fully manual threading for purists.
We don’t offer this any more for super-8 since the super-8 sprocketed mechanism has poor longevity, sometimes just a few hundred hours.