Film to Video Transfer Machine
The TVT-S8 telecine models are designed for making high quality
commercially acceptable video transfers, with high productivity,
from typical home movie film with normal magnetic sound. Flickerless
running without speed tweaking by the user, plus automatic or manual
exposure, a footage counter, heavy duty construction, and other
features. No hard to find expensive light bulbs to buy. Unlike other
brands, the new “TS” telecines run at exactly the right
speed. The TVT-S8STS True Speed design prevents the objectionable
sound pitch and “Keystone Kops” speed of movement errors
found in other equipment, which can amount to 11% (18 sped up to
20) or even 39% (18 sped up to 25).
Direct Imaging Picture Quality. A 3CCD video pickup, a special
macro lens system and our exclusive technology assures a sharp,
steady, flicker-free image. Video outputs are standard Composite
video, also Y/C (S-Video) for optimum DVD and Mini-DV quality. Composite
video is through a broadcast quality BNC jack, and a cable or adapter
is furnished to feed the signal to the Yellow RCA jack on consumer
equipment. No flicker adjustment knob is needed. The exposure level
can be set fully manually if desired, or two automatic modes are
provided. The 3CCD camera version rated at 800 TV lines (1067 pixels)
resolution using a new Hitachi HV-D30 camera is also offered, also
with Component outputs as an option.
True Speed: Absolutely Correct Sound Speeds. The newly invented
TVT-S8STS models run super-8 sound film at the correct speeds of
18 and 24 FPS, the same as in the original film camera. The True
Speed feature gives smoother and more natural screen action via
slight frame blending, which is visibly superior to hard inserting
of entire duplicate video frames via computer software, which gives
an uneven frame rate and thus an extra, uneven jerkiness of motion.
An additional 9 FPS speed is for checking threading etc. and is
not usable for viewing or transfer. The crystal controlled speeds
18.000 and 24.000 are accurate within ±50 parts per million,
or .005%, so there is no sound pitch or pacing error to cause complaints.
Available for either NTSC or PAL video, in either 1CCD or 3CCD camera
Film Handling. A spare tooth on the two-tooth pulldown claw gives
more reliable transport of problem film. Fast and simple automatic
threading. Push-type loop setter, also with loop restorer knob and
ratcheting sprockets for resetting lost loops. The TVT-S8STS requires
that film and leader be in good condition with accurate and solid
For silent films with a lot of defects or bad splices, you might
want to also choose for these the silent True Speed Dual-8 model
or other TVT silent models, with fewer bends in the film’s
path and sprocketless drive so there are no loops to be lost. In
any case, we recommend that your Sound machine be used only for
running sound film, as both sound and silent film will cause wear
of the magnetic sound head assembly and it is not feasible to bypass
it in threading. The sound head assembly might need replacing about
every 200 running hours or 180,000 feet of film at 18 FPS.
Footage Counter. No customer arguments if you can write an exact
figure on their bill! Reel capacity is 600 feet (180 meters.) A
high-speed rewind is provided and it works without running the mechanism.
Audio Reproduction. The TVT-S8STS reproduces sound from the standard
magnetic recording stripe, with the standard 18 frame advance, and
outputs are -10 dBv unbalanced through an RCA phono jack, and +4
dBu electronically balanced through an XLR jack. The TVT-S8S utilizes
modern equivalents to the original B&H audio circuitry and probably
shares the original specifications of 20 dB s/n ratio and 0.5% weighted
RMS wow and flutter. B&H never published frequency response
or output uniformity figures. Super-8 magnetic sound at its best
is pleasant and intelligible but not capable of full fidelity by
modern CD/DVD or Hi-Fi Video standards.
Heavy Duty Construction. Two reel motors eliminate slipping clutches
that can wear out. The light source features Cosine Correction for
more even illumination from corner to corner. Linear voltage to
logarithmic current conversion of the Exposure correction knob for
smoother and more gradual manual light control.
The mechanism is a modified and reconditioned modular Bell &
Howell Filmosonic of various models, so the color scheme may vary
from the picture, and all other parts are new and heavy duty. The
1CCD and 3CCD versions are identical in external appearance except
for the 3CCD sticker on that model. Instructions are here. A You
Tube silent demo is here.