Velvia Test, Single 8mm (Hyde Park, London)

this is a test clip for a longer unrelated project. it is a test for many things – the new Single 8 Velvia emulsion, a new camera used, unknown quantity, the ZC-1000; the vagueries of home ciné-dv transfer: a new…

Velvia Test, Single 8mm (Hyde Park, London)

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this is a test clip for a longer unrelated project. it is a test for many things – the new Single 8 Velvia emulsion, a new camera used, unknown quantity, the ZC-1000; the vagueries of home ciné-dv transfer: a new customised projector, the Elmo GP-E, and a fresh look at my transfer cam the Canon MV830i. this is an MPEG, i prepared an AVI but it was too big for vimeo. in any case, the AVI was itself an import from a home dvd, because my edit software refused to author me a smooth AVI of this footage: reason unknown – the file stuck and stuttered – so even after you have your transfer, the edit software can trip you at the last hurdle it seems 😐 the mpeg has some slight vignetting at the bottom due to the imprecise viewfinder:video frame equation, a perennial headache; i tried a range of manual ‘white balance’ settings then settled for ‘indoor’: this is the least flickerful extended footage i have yet achieved apart from one or two earlier flukes – getting an exact match shutter speed to fps is virtually impossible with an old projector and i do not understand how anybody can achieve perfect results without a greater recourse to digital technology, i take my hat off to them, but am quietly content with my home-made effort today, perhaps. it opens the way for improvement. the clip was filmed at 18fps to allow a three blade projector to theoretically synch with a PAL shutter speed of 1/50 – amazed to get any where near this with a completely uncalibrated rheostat projector, but it’s a great improvement on earlier efforts: nurse, the blinds.

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