mi-Skan D8 Set Up

Unpack the unit but do NOT plug it in.

You will need the following:
Can of compressed air.
Shielded S-video cable of appropriate length
Sharp, bright Super 8 film with good sprocket holes
(this should be disposable film to practice with)
Production monitor

If you are international on 220VAC at 50 cycles,
you do not need a transformer for this product.

First, install the focusing knob as shown
by gently inserting and turning clockwise.

Continue turning until the knob
starts to feel tighter and the
smaller knobs begin to move to
the left slightly. Then stop.

Plug in S-video cable as shown
and connect to your recording device.

Plug in 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.
Use of heavy, unbalanced reels can interfere with
proper performance and lead to flicker.

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.

Solvon is another suitable film cleaner.

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.

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.

Step to right of unit and use
your left hand to push film into the gate.
(I know this seems odd but it is easier than using your right hand.)
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.

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".

Start the film running by turning on the motor.

Watch your recording monitor and adjust the
camera using the provided controls.
It is best to focus the camera first.

Adjust the framer knob until the frame is centered
in the gate of the projector.
(the framer knob only works while the film is running)

Then use the smaller knobs to zoom, tilt, pan or rotate
until the image is framed as desired.
It should be noted that most televisions
do not show the entire video frame. Use of an underscan
monitor for positioning of the image is highly recommended.

When finished transferring, turn the motor off.

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 separate crank winders.

For manual exposure, plug in the remote
 and switch to manual exposure.
Adjust the knob until you see the exposure you desire.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call
Roger Evans at 830-966-4664.