Unpack the unit but do NOT plug it in.
You will need the
Can of compressed air.
Shielded S-video cable of appropriate length
Canopus ADVC55, 100 or 110 analog to digital converter
Sharp, bright Super 8 film with good sprocket holes
(this should be disposable film to practice with)
PC with minimum 512 megs of RAM
Level Pentium 4 processor or better
Windows XP Home or Pro, Vista (or Intel Mac)
(Your system must be 32 bit, not 64 bit)
Velocity software installed
Mainconcept DV Codec installed
you are international on 220VAC at 50 cycles,
do not use a transformer with this product.
Unwrap all components and lay the LCD monitor into the cradle.
Plug the power cord into the side of the monitor.
Install camera cables as shown.
(S-video and sync)
For convenience, there is also a lower quality composite
output via the BNC connector. You can have both connected
at the same time.
Step 6. Plug SVHS cable into Canopus box.
Plug RCA cable into Y connector as shown.
Make sure that Canopus
box is set to NTSC video
using the small DIP switches on the bottom of the unit.
Turn power on.
Verify that power
light is on.
Put provided take up reel on back spindle. Make sure
that the slot of the reel is on the small "fin"
found on the spindle hub.
NOTE: This reel is critical to the balance
and tension of the system. Always use this take up
reel for proper performance.
Also, your source
reel should be lightweight and balanced.
Avoid heavy metal reels with small hubs (the part the film
wraps around). Use reels that are very much like the
take up reel for best performance: Lightweight, balanced
and open so that the reel does not bind the edges of the film.
Also, make sure that
all film is cleaned and prepped.
All sprocket holes should be in good shape and
the film should be projectable for a stable image.
We recommend using Edwals AntiStat film cleaner.
As an alternative, Urbanski sells a new, non-toxic
cleaner called "Solvon". It can be shipped overseas.
Do not use FilmGuard
on these units.
Remove side cover by squeezing the top
and bottom of the panel and gently pulling loose.
Blow out film channel on inside of cover.
Blow out film gate.
Cut tip of film leader in a curve.
Step to right of unit and use
your left hand to push film into the gate.
(I know this seems odd but it really is easier)
Only push about an inch at a time.
If you feel resistance after about an inch,
the film may be hitting the advance claw. Turn the motor
on and off quick one time to retract the claw.
Repeat if necessary until the film will feed easily.
DO NOT TURN ON THE PROJECTOR AS THIS UNIT HAS NO AUTOFEED.
Keep pushing the film until it exits the back of the projector.
Pull film through projector.
Lay film on reel and let sprocket holes catch barbs on hub.
(some reels may not have the barbs, in which case use the slot)
Turn reel while keeping film tension and take up slack.
NOTE: Never try to
load the film by taking the side cover off.
You can unload in mid-roll but do not attempt to load in that fashion.
Close gate by turning knob to "project" or "lamp".
Seat the film in the gate by turning
the motor switch on then off one time briefly.
At this point, you need to launch the Velocity
software and verify that you have an image on the
computer monitor. The image will most likely
be out of focus and off centered. This is normal.
If you do not see an image, make sure that your
Canopus box is set to "analog" input
and that all settings on the bottom of the Canopus
box are set for NTSC video, even if you intend
to output PAL for your final video files.
Make sure that your
Velocity settings are adjusted
according to the drive you wish to capture to and
the drive you wish to process the files to.
Make sure that you have chosen the Mainconcept codec
in the dropdown menu of the settings tab for best results.
For Velocity instructions,
Turn motor on and
let the film run.
Zoom back on the image until you can see the
entire frame and make sure that it is
centered in gate using the framer knob.
Then use the controls to orient your picture as desired.
The Velocity window will show the entire video frame.
The built in LCD monitor shows about 99% of the video
frame and should be used for general reference only.
Picture quality should only be judged by the Velocity
window or by a high grade production CRT monitor.
Once the picture is
oriented, turn the motor off.
Turn the sync on and leave it on.
The sync can be turned off during transfer momentarily
if there are parts of a reel that you want to skip.
Anywhere in the reel that the sync is turned off
will be left out of the final file.
Start your transfer by turning on the motor first.
You should hear a repeating pulse from your computer speakers.
Then click the start button on the Velocity software.
Stop your transfer by clicking the stop button on Velocity
followed by turning off the motor button.
It is best to do it in this order each time.
NOTE: Is is normal
to see pulldown blur during transfer.
This pulldown artifact will not be present after processing
in the Velocity software.
After transfer, process your file(s) using Velocity and
inspect the transfer to make sure that the image
is clear and free of artifacts such as pulldown blur
and that the image is sharp and level.
For Velocity instructions,
During set up, if you need to rewind the film a bit
to a previous section, switch the motor off and open the
gate by turning the control knob to off.
Manually move the film forward or backward
but turning the reels in the appropriate direction
at the same time, to relieve tension.
If the film is caught on the advance claw, just turn
the motor switch on and off briefly to retract the claw.
After transfer, always rewind between reels
outside the projector mechanism to prevent film damage.
For efficiency, rewind using seperate crank winders.
For regular 8mm film, remove the super 8 adaptor.
Grab by the black plastic only. Do not press down
on the silver metal clip. Firmy but gently pull.
There is an 8mm spindle underneath.
For manual exposure, plug in the remote and switch to manual.
Adjust the knob until you see the exposure you desire.
You can also change the white balance
by switching to WB-AUTO and then lock it by
switching to WB-LOCK.
The auto exposure
light level can be pre-set
for optimum balance between highlights and shadow
for any given roll of film. Just put the unit
in the "auto" mode and then loosen the set
screw on the pre-set knob. Adjust as needed.
Then gently tighted the set screw.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call
Roger Evans at 830-966-4664.