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Blacking/time-code a Tape On a DVW Machine. 

Using Videotapes that have been Blacked and time-coded will make your life easier. Laying Down an Uninterrupted Black Video Signal Prepares the tape for insert editing. 

The time-code format is Hour|Minute|Second|Frame. Minutes and Seconds range from 0-60, while Frames range from 0-25. (PAL) 

Route Black or Colour Bars to the VCR. Or Use the Internal Signal Generator, item 710, as follows: 

Select the type of test signal to be Output from the VTR’s Internal Test Signal Generator. When ‘OFF‘ is selected, the Test Signal is not Generated, and the VTR usually Operates. In modes other than off, keep pressing the LIGHT INPUT SELECT Switch for 3 seconds or more. All the INPUT SELECT Switches ‘Light up’, and the Internal Test Signal Generator Operates. The test signal selected by the data 1 through 16 is output from the VTR. This signal can also be recorded. 

  1. Set the TC Generator EXT/INT Switch to ‘INT’ (Top Panel on the Right, Pull the whole front out by handles to access).
  2. Set the TC Generator REGEN/PRESET Switch: PRESET (Next to above)
  3. Set VITC Switch to ‘ON’ (Bottom underneath panel, tilt front panel out to access) 
  4.  In order to set the “Time-Code” To [00:00:00], use the following buttons below the counter display on the front panel: 
    1. Press The TC button – Indicator Lights
    2.Press The HOLD button – Digits Flash 
    3. Press The RESET button then SET Button 
  5. Press the Record and Play buttons at the same time on the Main Panel
  6. We highly recommend that you let it Run all the way to the end of the Tape unless you’re Desperately Pressed for time.

Heurtier P6 – 24 Projectors

We capture the pictures on our film scanner, but lifting audio off 8mm films can be quite tricky. We have several options, including using Heurtier sound projectors. The audio files are then synced up with the picture.

These projectors have survived well. The film transport mechanism remains solid, and the film speed across the audio heads is very steady.  Considering the limitations of the recordings, which are now 50 years old or older, the quality we can achieve is surprisingly good.

Finding 8mm Sound Projectors that work well, don’t chew up the film and provide decent audio is not easy, and this perhaps is another reason to digitise film. Although a premium brand half a century ago, unfortunately, many very old 8mm Eumig projectors now cannot run at a steady speed. Multi-standard projectors sound good in theory but will often make the damaged film worse, particularly if they only move the film with a claw mechanism.

Audio on Super 8 is easy by comparison. The machines are newer, and many have electronic speed control.

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