Direct Imaging Picture Quality. A CCD sensor and our exclusive technology assures a sharp, steady image without objectionable flicker. Video outputs are standard Composite video, also optional Y/C (S-Video) for optimum DVD and Mini-DV quality. Composite video is through a BNC jack, and a cable or adapter is furnished to feed the signal to the Yellow RCA jack on consumer equipment. The speeds are crystal controlled to .005% accuracy, eliminating any flicker adjustment by the user. The exposure level can be set fully manually if desired for running density corrected film prints, or two automatic modes are provided.
Camera Options. The 1CCD industrial grade Y/C model has an extra S-video output for recording equipment using this preferred connection, in addition to a Composite “yellow jack” output. A 3CCD camera version rated at 800 TV lines (1067 pixels) resolution using a Hitachi HV-D30 camera is offered for the best picture quality and freedom from image artifacts, with on-screen menus, also with Component outputs as an option. All are available with either NTSC (USA) or PAL (Overseas) video output. 3CCD cameras may not be kept in stock at all times and require a deposit so we can get one ordered.
Two Speeds. Film that was photographed at either 18 or 24 FPS (frames per second) can be run at close to the original speed, without objectionable flicker. Speed change is with a simple switch and no menu changes, belt shifting or other adjustments are required. No more apologies for the speed being wrong!
Film Handling. “Autoload” automatic threading is featured on the Bell & Howell mechanism. Reel capacity is 2200 feet for up to one hour shows at 24 FPS. The Bell & Howell mechanism is the best for running very severely shrunken ancient film, if the sound drum path is threaded one frame slack to prevent excessive tension after the end of the head leader.
Audio Reproduction. The TVT-16 models include standard optical (photographic) audio playback. Output is through a 1/4″ (6.35mm) 2-conductor phone jack for B&H, unbalanced –10 dBv from a typical sound track. The exciter lamp is run at reduced voltage for long life (perhaps years) and can be switched off for running silent film. Audio output cable is included, as is a Y-cord for feeding the audio into both inputs of a stereo recorder.
Balanced audio output at 8 volts p-p through a 1/4″ 3-conductor TRS (tip-ring-sleeve) jack for broadcast use is an extra-cost option and is not usually needed.
Footage Counter. No customer arguments if you can write an exact figure on their bill! Select feet or meters when ordering.
Heavy Duty Construction. Linear voltage to logarithmic current conversion of the Exposure correction knob for smoother and more gradual manual light control. Welded steel case and heavy gauge aluminum panels. Motorized rewind. Actual weight of the TVT-16 is 29 pounds and shipping weight is about 37 pounds in a 25 x 17 x 25 inch double box.
NOTE: Although most of the machine is rugged, the 3CCD Hitachi camera is delicate. If the camera is dropped or given a hard whack, one or more of the CCD’s can be knocked unglued from the beam-splitting prism, requiring a repair job in Japan and months of delay, or more realistically, putting in a new camera. The 1CCD cameras are more durable.
Models for NTSC (USA type) or PAL (European) video:
Note: Running speeds for NTSC video standard are exactly 19.980 and 23.976 FPS, crystal controlled. Speeds for PAL video are 16-2/3 and 25 FPS. These are the same as obtained with an expensive studio-type film scanner. Each video field contains picture from just one film frame, except that digital noise reduction if selected will give a small amount of blending. All models are designed for use on 100 to 240 volts, 50 or 60 Hz AC current with no changes needed by the user.
TVT-16 1CCD is $4725. With Japanese Sentech industrial grade Y/C camera.
TVT-16 3CCD is $6955. With Hitachi HV-D30 or HV-D30P 3CCD camera.
Please specify NTSC video output (USA type) or PAL video output (European type.) Film counter for USA units measures feet, and overseas units can be set to measure meters. Let us know your preference.
Component outputs are available with 3CCD cameras for an additional $100. Kindly indicate whether you want RGB or
Y, B-Y, R-Y (same as Y Pb Pr) signals. Note that the Composite and Y/C outputs are not possible any more with this option. If you want to use the Hitachi RC-Z3 fancy remote control unit, let us know and we will cut a hole in the camera cover to clear the cable, and change a camera internal switch setting.
Balanced audio output through TRS (3-conductor) 1/4″ phone jack is an additional $100.
Automatic White Balance: A tiny switch (#1) on the rear of the 1CCD Y/C camera selects auto or fixed white setting. The 3CCD camera permits many changes via the on-screen menus, referencing the camera instruction manual.
The type BAK exciter lamps are priced at $10 each. These are still being manufactured and are widely available. These have been employed in literally millions of Bell & Howell projectors sold worldwide. These are Krypton gas filled for long life, and are also known as 4 volt .75 amp C-6 filament with SC Prefocus base. (In a pinch you can also use the older BRS lamp which has identical specs except for shorter rated life.) Do not confuse the BAK with the BRK which has similar specs except the filament is pointing the wrong way and will give muffled and distorted audio.
It is a good idea to have spares on hand as your corner convenience store probably does not carry them.
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Film Preparation note: Before copying film on any telecine equipment, it is recommended that the film be first inspected and defective splices and damaged sections removed. It should then be cleaned and lubricated. Directions and sources of supplies are given in the instructions.
Can’t afford every possible format of telecine? Transfer companies who have bought some basic equipment from us, can have us copy odd format film on their behalf. See our capabilities here and contact us for more details.
TVT machines are not intended for transfer from negative film.
For 16mm Copies to DVD, MiniDV Video
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.