From: marco poloni (email suppressed)
Date: Mon Feb 02 2009 - 08:25:25 PST
I am embarking on a technical endeavour which consists of attempting to sync super-16mm film with sound at the projection stage. As you well know S-16mm is a camera film. It has no space for an optical track between the image frames and the sprocket holes. I contacted Martin Sawyer in London, who did a good amount of research in adding a very fine optical track. He got good results, but said it was very difficult to find labs that would process this footage. If I am not mistaken, he abandoned this.
I'd like to attempt exploring another route. The idea is first to modify an existing 16m projector by widening the gate's aperture to the â€śWâ€ťtype gate of S-16mm. That's the not-too-difficult part. Second, I would have to find someone to crystal-sync the motor via an external "master" device that will also pilot the sound of a CD, MP3 or solid state player to ensure perfect sync.
I have done quite some research and have some very technical questions. I am writing in the hope that someone might provide feedback.
1. It seems that syncing DC motors is fairly easy, whereas syncing AC motors would be difficult and costly. A friend recommends using a Bauer P8 projector which uses a DC motor. I am a big fan of Eiki's and am not ready to swap brands. I was wondering if anyone knows whether their drive motors are AC or DC?
2. More specifically, should this be feasible with an Eiki, does anyone have a scanned service manual for an Eiki EX-300SL (or EX-2000)with the electric circuitry? (350W xenon lamp)
3. I have been looking for an Eiki EX-300SL through the usual channels (ebay, ...). It is very difficult to find... Much harder than the more common SSL's. Does anyone know of a place that could have a couple for sale?
Thanks a lot beforehand for your input!
Marco Poloni, KorsĂ¶rer Strasse 1, D-10437 Berlin
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