From: David Tetzlaff (email suppressed)
Date: Tue Jun 20 2006 - 15:10:32 PDT
Once you're in the world of digital post, you don't need crystal anything
to get sync. Analog audio recorders don't have any significant drift, but
you're low-tech recording device these days (maybe your laptop) is likely
to be digital anyway, which will generate constant speed. If you have head
and tail slates for any lip-synch shots, putting the two tracks together
and adjusting the length takes maybe a or two minute per clip in FCP --
faster than I can make a splice with a Ciro. As others have observed, the
main problem with the proposed project is camera noise. Freya makes a good
point about cameras with a lot of electronics having gone dead by now, the
capacitors dry up and fail. Another problem is that the built in metering
systems in old S8 cameras may well be shot even though the transport may
work fine, and on many models it's hard to set manual exposure.
Any Canon, Minolta or even Sankyo on eBay KNOWN by the seller to be a good
working condition recently (not an easy thing to find, used S8 cams that
have actually been used recently) ought to do the job. Save the money
you'd spend on a nizo or bealieau for stock processing etc.
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