16mm Sniper HD Instructions

The following instructions are for the Sniper-16 HD unit set up with AutoSync.

For Velocity-HD software instructions, as well as the connections
and set up for BlackMagic, please click HERE.

Please read carefully before attempting to use your unit.

NOTE: Do not plug in unit until directed by instructions.
If you are an international customer with 50 cycle, 220VAC power,
you will need a basic stepping transformer that outputs 110-120VAC.



After unpacking the unit, remove the tape holding the two cradle pivot screws.

Place the camera cradle into the cradle yoke, aligning the holes as shown.

Gently, but firmly, tighten the pivot screws on both sides.


Note: The screws should be tight enough to prevent side
to side movement in the cradle but should not bind.

Next, plug in the cable for the monitor.
(This may be rectangular or round.)

Align the monitor and press into place.

Plug camera power cable into camera as shown.

Attach both the provided Composite and Component Video
cables to the camera.

Attach the camera Composite cable to the reference BNC socket
in the back of the unit. Attach the provided audio cable to the RCA jack as shown.

Attach the audio cables and Component cables
to your Intensity Pro input harness as shown.
Attach input harness to computer.

Plug unit into power.
If you are an international customer with 50 cycle, 220-240VAC power,
you will need a basic stepping transformer that outputs 110-120VAC at 250 watts.

Turn on the power.

The camera is shipped in the "power on" mode but
may have been turned off during packaging. If you do
not hear the camera power up, just turn it on and leave it on.
It will power up automatically when you turn on the unit
in the future.

NOTE: The camera has been pre-set internally for optimum
results. Please do not remove the black control guard and
make adjustments to the camera. Also, please do not attempt
to remove the camera from the mount nor remove the lens
from the camera. This camera should not be used for recording
to tape and the eject button should never be operated.

Doing any of the above may void your warranty or incur
additional fees to re-establish settings.

Next, turn on the monitor. The monitor will not maintain
a "power on" mode, so it will have to be turned on manually
each time you turn on the unit. The monitor should be used
for focus and to verify a video signal. It should not be used
to make asthetic judgements regarding exposure or color, etc.

Before loading film, it is always a good idea remove
the pressure plate and blow out the gate and film path.

This is a manually loading machine. With the control knob at the stop position,
load the film as shown in the photo below.

Turn the control knob to the play position to close the gate.

Seat the film by turning the motor switch on and off briefly.

Launch the Velocity HD software and follow the instructions
for appropriate settings for your computer. Once the software
is launched, you should see an image in the capture window.

To adjust the vertical placement of the image, use the framer knob
as seen in the photo below.


To adjust focus, use the silver focus knob on the camera.

To adjust side to side position, use the black compound knob.

To change the cropping of the image, use the zoom
control on top of the camera.

Always start the motor before starting the capture in Velocity HD.
Leave the sync switch on unless you wish to skip a section of film
while making a continuous transfer of a reel. Always stop the
Velocity HD capture before stopping the motor.

Manual Exposure Control


The unit's exposure can be pre-set to a desired level
by loosening the set screw and changing the pre-set knob.
Do not over-tighten the set screw.


In the manual mode, you can make changes using the provided remote.

NOTE: The internal default mode for the camera is always auto-exposure. Adjusting the remote will make fine adjustments in the overall brightness and contrast of the picture but the camera will still be operating in the auto mode. For greater control, you can put the camera temporarily in a manual exposure lock as follows:

Remove one of the screws holding the rear control guard in place and rotate the guard out of the way.
(On 16mm units, you will need to remove both screws and the guard completely.)

Gently press in on the joy stick ONE TIME ONLY.

This will reveal a control icon in the lower right hand corner of the camera control panel.
(For earlier HD units without this panel, look in the viewfinder of the camera)

Next, gently press down on the joy stick ONE TIME ONLY.

This will put the camera in the manual exposure mode.


Next, gently press up on the joy stick ONE TIME ONLY.


This will allow access to the camera's manual exposure settings.


You can then use the joy stick for a fine adjustment of the overall exposure and/or use the Pre-Set knob on the Sniper front panel or the remote for a more coarse exposure control.

To reset the camera to full auto, just turn off the power to the Sniper or to the camera and then turn back on. It will automatically reset to all auto operation. Do not attempt to use the camera controls to reset to auto. Just turn the unit off and then back on to regain auto exposure capability.

Adjusting the white balance.

There may be times that it is necessary to adjust the white balance on the camera. For regular home movies, it is best to just white balance to the empty gate of the projector.

Gently press the function button ONE TIME ONLY.

This will reveal camera preference icons on the left and bottom of the control panel.

Next, press down on the joy stick ONE TIME ONLY.

This will put the camera cursor onto the icon for manual white balance.

Press the joy stick to reset the white balance.
Hold for about 2 seconds and then release.


Press the function button ONE TIME ONLY to lock the white balance into place.
The camera will hold this white balance even after being turned off.

Transferring Color Negative

Insert some color negative into the gate and then follow the above white balance procedure.
Transfer your film in the silent mode.
Process with the "NEGATIVE" option in the settings tab.

IMPORTANT: Always reset your white balance to an empty gate after transferring color negative. Otherwise, your next home movie transfer will come out very very BLUE!!!!


If you have any questions regarding set up or operation of this unit,
please feel free to call me at 830-966-4664. We have an operator on call
24 hours a day and I will get back to you as quickly as possible.

Or email me at moviestuff_tek@swtexas.net.

Roger Evans