TVT-8PHD Frame By Frame Progressive Scan HD Telecine
Advanced High Definition Models
For Experts at Video Editing Only
Progressive Scan High Definition Telecine. Unlike almost every other TVT model, the Progressive Scan version must be connected to a computer for operation. Computer software is provided by the camera manufacturer at no extra charge, for viewing, controlling and recording the HD signal. You can record a file Frame By Frame to your hard disk or to a removable drive. Possible work flows and equipment requirements for making a DVD or Blu-Ray disc are described at the bottom of the page.
High Definition. You can choose resolution according to your work flow. For a final product in 720p HD, we can install the 1024 x 768 camera which your editing program will scale slightly to 960 x 720 pixels.
Progressive scan means that there is no blending between consecutive film frames, and no interlace. The film frames are copied 1:1 to the video file. 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. The image is correctly oriented with no need for reversing it.
The actual usable capture speed will depend on your computer’s processing and file transfer speeds, and the optional selected compression mode and any optional image processing, so we are told you should figure on transferring at 18 or possibly 24 FPS.
If you want to record Uncompressed, this makes huge files. This is not a problem but you may need a RAID array to handle it.
PHD Progressive Scan
Single format model, Sprocketless
Available for regular-8, or for super-8. Regular-8 is also available with a sprocketed manual thread mechanism.
Dual-8 model is similar to picture and adds a claw shift lever below the mechanism, and tools and parts for the change-over.
(None of the present models have the composite or S-video jacks seen in this photo.)
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.
Interfacing With Your Computer. The camera connects to the computer with a USB 2.0 cable, included.
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. Power and output cables, and a take-up reel, program CD and instructions are included.
Footage Counter. No arguments with the customer about film length if you can quote a precise digital footage count. Available to read in feet or meters. Footage count for Dual-8 model is correct for super-8; multiply by 0.9 to calculate the actual regular-8 length. Or you can calculate from the frame count in the file.
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 or Super-8 silent film, or Dual-8 for both.
Exposure: Exposure level is manually set with a knob on the TVT and there is no Auto-Manual switch. You can enable automatic exposure via camera shutter speed and gain, by software control.
Disclaimer: No 8mm film transfer will have the resolution and fine grain of an original HD video recording, which is comparable to 35mm film.
Regular-8 and Super-8 machines are adjusted so the projection aperture coincides almost exactly with the video size and shape, in 4:3 aspect ratio and normally with a 768 x 1024 pixel count camera.
Dual-8 machines can be supplied in either of two ways:
1. We will adjust the magnification and centering for your choice of Super-8 or Regular-8 first use. Change to the other format will require your physically moving the lens and camera to adjust magnification, centering and focus using the tools provided. This is the traditional fussy and time-consuming method used with our other models that are not used with a computer. Or,
2. We will adjust so the enlarged full aperture is captured. Then you can choose what area will actually be used in editing later. This eliminates the physical adjustments usually required. The concept is shown here:
Red = Full Aperture recorded. Green = Super-8 Area selected later in editing, or Blue = Regular-8 Area selected later.
Note that automatic exposure cannot be used when capturing Regular-8 with full aperture, as the sprocket holes are visible on the left, which will upset the automation.
The 8mm sprocket holes being visible to the lens with the dual-8 mechanism can cause light scatter in the picture in the vicinity of the holes, especially with dark film.
Regular-8 TVT-R8PHD $3595
Framing adjustment lever or knob.
Computer required, not included. Basic viewing and recording software included.
Sprocketless automatic threading Regular-8 locked Dual-8 mechanism is standard.
For purists, we can instead use a manual thread sprocketed mechanism.
Super-8 TVT-S8PHD $3595
Framing adjustment knob. Automatic
threading. Sprocketless locked mechanism for long life. Computer required, not included. Basic viewing and recording
Dual-8 TVT-D8PHD $4095
Please specify whether you want the camera set to see the full aperture, or be adjusted for a specific format,
either Super-8 or Regular-8. Framing adjustment knob. Automatic threading. Computer required, not included.
Basic viewing and recording software included.
TVT-8PHD order worksheet is here.
Higher resolution 1280 x 960 and 1600 x 1200 cameras are possible but not really recommended for 8mm. They do not give any better image sharpness, as nearly as we can tell, but just show the film grain in greater clarity, which makes for a larger and more cluttered file that is more problematic to compress. See the TVT-16PHD page for a discussion. The 1280 x 960 USB2 camera requiring half speed running is $30 extra. 1600 x 1200 is priced on request.
Note on Locked models only: We are now building these with a Locked Dual-8 mechanism for the best longevity and lowest maintenance cost, equal to the regular-8 sprocketed model, also with less problems with customers’ bad splices and damaged film. You do need to specify on both Locked and Dual-8 models whether 120 or 230 volt operation.
TVT machines are not intended for transfer from negative film.
An “early adopter” of the PHD system reports the following equipment requirements and work flows:
To use the PHD machines, you need the following:
A computer monitor capable of showing 1152 x 1536 pixels or larger if you want to be able to see the whole 960 x 1280 frame plus border.
To make the final DVD or BluRay disc, you need an authoring program and of course an appropriate disc burner. The authoring program will insert additional or interpolated frames so the material will show at the correct speed on a standard player, and will have standard MPEG-2 compression that will show correctly on all brands and new and old models of equipment. You also will make a disc menu.
If you are not comfortable with all this computer stuff, the True Speed telecines run the film at correct 18 and 24 FPS speeds, and efficiently produce normal video from it, that can be recorded directly to a stand-alone DVD or VHS recorder, with no need at all for a computer. You can also feed the video through a Grass Valley / Canopus 55 box, or a camcorder with analog to Firewire pass-through, to record it in your computer.