Retro-16 Set Up
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instructions, please click HERE.
NOTE: All instructions are for
RetroScan-HD version 2.7.6 or above.
If you are using a previous version, please get your free
NOTE: Please unpack carefully and keep the shipping box
and internal packing materials for warranty shipping, if
necessary. This is a precision optical device and the
warranty does not cover repairs of return shipping damage
if unit is not packaged appropriately using the original
box and internal packing materials we have provided for
Unit is designed to be
stored and used in climate controlled
environment of 68-75 degrees F or 20-32
degrees C with minimum humidity.
after unpacking, please let the unit set for about an hour
at room temperature before attempting to use.
This is necessary as changes in humidity can alter the
precision alignment on components within the unit.
Attempting to use the unit without letting it stabilize
will not hurt anything but performance
may be affected until stabilization is complete.
After unpacking, please set unit on smooth, level
If the unit rocks, adjust the leveling by loosening the
screws on one of the plastic legs, pressing down on the unit
from the top lightly, then gently tighten the screws. However,
for proper operation, do not remove the plastic legs from the
Do not loosen or adjust any screws
on the Retro-16 unit than what is
All components are calibrated for
Making unauthorized adjustments to
the gate or other components can
affect performance and void your
The only exception is the
user-adjustable tension clip (see
bottom of this page) and motor
Attach the provided USB cable to the back of the unit but DO
NOT plug USB cable into the PC.
You will be notified during installation of the software when
to connect the USB cable to the PC.
To dust off the unit, use a can of compressed air but do
not invert the can nor turn it sideways.
Clear the nozzle first with a short blast and then bend then
can's tube as shown to clear dust and debris from the mirror
above and the gate below.
Do not touch the mirror and do not use any type of liquid
cleaner on its surface. If necessary, use a cotton swab to
gently wipe the surface and then follow up with a soft puff of
compressed air to blow away cotton fibers.
Remove the accessories from the cardboard
insert and locate all the parts shown above.
Locate the Mounting Holes, Alignment Marks and Power
Sockets on both sides of the unit.
Align the back of the Take Up (right) outrigger with the
alignment mark and secure using the provided mounting
Insert the motor power cord into the socket and repeat for
the Source (left) outrigger.
Insert the locking screw into each reel retainer and turn
until the tip of the screw is almost flush with the
surface as shown.
Place the take up reel on the right spindle and turn reel
retainer until tight and then loosen a bit so the reel
At this point, do
not continue until software has been installed.
Unit does not have to be turned on for
Please make sure that all screen savers, sleep
mode functions and antivirus are turned off during
operation of this software.
Leaving these active can cause instability on some
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Make sure that your BIN registration key is on your
You will not be able to load the RetroScan-HD software
without the BIN registration key.
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After launching the RetroScan-HD software, you will need
to calibrate your unit before you can transfer.
Gently move the film tension clip from the "closed"
position to the "open" position as shown.
The purpose of the film tension clip is to keep the film
pulled flat as it spans the open gate during transfer.
It is normal that this clip may lose tension over time
such as sitting for long periods or during shipping.
So, for best performance, it is advisable to
re-tension the clip now and at the beginning of
each work day.
- See bottom
of this page about adjusting tension on this clip. -
Also, it is best to calibrate the unit as follows at the
beginning of each work day.
Put your reel of film on the source (left) spindle of the
In practice, there is no need to use the black
source reel retainer during a transfer as the reel will
easily stay on the spindle.
The retainer only needs to be used during rewind. But you
can put it in place during transfer, if you wish.
As with the take up reel, tighten the retainer slightly
and then loosen a bit so that the reel turns freely.
Unlike the other Retro units, the Retro-16 has
reverse threads on the source side.
So, turning the retainer to the left will tighten
the retainer against the reel.
Turning the retainer to the right will loosen it.
Pull film under rollers and then
thread into take up reel.
turn the take up reel a few times to get a good wrap and
Thread film leader onto the gate as shown. Note that the
sprocket holes are to the inside.
Make sure that the sprocket hole edge is under the tension
Gently move the tension clip from the "open" position to
the "closed" position as shown.
Your film is now threaded properly into the Retro-16
should be noted that the take up reel is the only thing
that pulls the film through the scanner. For short
transfers, you can probably just tighten the black
retainer and friction will engage the reel. But, for more
reliable performance during transfer, align the locking
screw with one of the large holes in the reel and tighten
the screw as shown. Loosen the retainer and turn reel to
new position, if necessary.
Always loosen this retainer completely when rewinding.
Do NOT tighten the locking screw on the source retainer
After loading the 16mm film, switch the unit
the exposure knob to the position
shown then switch the unit to
The unit will pull film for
several seconds before the light
Once the light comes on, let the
unit run for about 10-15 seconds.
about 10-15 seconds, switch
directly from "run" to "set up".
The unit will then stop with the
It should be noted
that the LED is
very, very bright.
Do not look directly
into the gate with
the LED on. Doing so
runs the risk of
damage to your eyes.
To calibrate your unit, select "Regular 16"
from the drop down menu.
Then click the "Calibration" symbol in the software.
You will see a thin, red line appear in the capture window
as seen above.
Then click "Set Up" in
the software one time. After a second or so, a live image
of the gate will appear.
Most likely the sprocket hole of the film will not be
the hex wrench and
slowly turn the
As you slowly turn the hex wrench, the
sprocket hole will move to the left. Do not
turn too fast!
Stop turning the hex wrench when the
edge of the sprocket hole aligns with the red
line as shown above.
If you move the sprocket hole too far, or if
it drifts past the line, simply turn the hex
wrench the other direction.
When finished, click "Set Up" once to stop the
calibration and then click
the "Calibration" symbol again to remove the
(You may have to click the calibration symbol
twice for it to respond.)
The Retro-16 unit has now been calibrated for
both Regular 16 and Super 16 film.
It should be noted that the
RetroScan-HD software must be able to "see" the sprocket
holes or the frames will not be captured. Extreme over
or under exposure will blind the software to the
sprocket holes. If this happens, just turn the knob back
towards the center position and capture should resume.
To capture, again
put the unit in the "run" mode and then click "start"
on the RetroScan-HD software. When you finish your
"stop" on the software
and then stop the unit. If you let the entire reel
transfer unattended, the Retro-16 unit and the
RetroScan-HD software will stop automatically about 15
seconds after the reel ends or in the event of a film
To rewind your film, loosen the locking screw on the
take up retainer until the tip is again flush on the
Then also loosen the take up retainer a few turns.
Make sure that the locking screw does not engage or
scrape against the reel.
Tighten the source reel retainer firmly and tighten
the locking screw as shown aligned with the hole.
and move tension clip to the "open" position.
If the film was stopped before the tail end left the
path, remove the film from the Retro-8 and loop under
guide rollers as shown. Do not rewind directly between
reels or you risk the film rubbing against the
overhead mirror assembly. This can damage both the
film and the mirror assembly.
Put the Retro-16 unit in the "rewind" mode. It is
advisable to hold your hand lightly on the reel on the
right to provide back tension during rewind. It should
also be noted that the unit will not rewind if it is
in the "set up" mode. It must be in the "run" mode for
the "forward" and "rewind" functions to work.
Congratulations! You have
completed your first RetroScan-HD transfer!
Useful tips on your Retro-16 scanner.
Though the unit itself has no wet-gate nor any kind of
built-in film cleaner, we anticipate Retro-16 users being
inventive enough to experiment with devices of their own
design. To accommodate that, we have added some user accessory
screws on the left side of the unit. These are wood screws and
have no nut on the back side so they can be removed safely.
These screws can be used to hold user-designed or aftermarket
attachments in the future. Also, some older source reels may
be warped. If you find they rub on the front of the unit, you
can adjust the position of the motor outriggers or you can use
the provided spacer to offset the reel.
Over time, the clip may lose its
tension. Use a small hex wrench to loosen the
screw out about 1/8th of an inch or about 4mm,
pull the clip forward and down into the middle of
the gate slightly as shown. Make sure that the
bottom "hook" of the clip is firmly and completely
against the screw shaft, then tighten the screw.
To extend the life of the tension, always return
the tension clip to the "closed" position when not
Do not loosen or
adjust any other screw
on the Retro-16 unit.
All components are
calibrated for optimal
adjustments to the
gate or other
components can affect
performance and void
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