Sniper16-Pro RGB Set Up

Unpack the unit but do NOT plug it in.

You will need the following:
Can of compressed air.
SVHS cable of appropriate length
Canopus ADVC55, 100 or 110 analog to digital converter
Sharp, bright 16mm 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
Firewire port
Velocity software installed
Mainconcept DV Codec installed

If you are international and have 220VAC at 50 cycles, then you
will need a transformer that outputs 110-120VAC at 250 watts.

Step 1. Insert lens into lens tube.
And then screw tube into camera.
Do not over-tighten.


Step 2. Set camera in cradle but do
not tighten the screws.

Step 3. Install camera cables as shown.
(SVHS, BNC reference and power)

Step 4. Install control box cables as shown.
(BNC reference and RCA audio)

(If transferring silent, only install the synch cord. If
transferring sound film then install an RCA cable
in the "audio" jack.)

Step 5. Plug SVHS cable into Canopus box.
Plug RCA cable into Y connector as shown.
(If using a sound unit, do not use the Y cable.
Instead, run the "sync" cable into the right
input of the Canopus and the "audio" cable
into the left input of the Canopus.).

Step 6. Plug in unit.

Step 7. Turn power on.

Step 8. Verify that camera settings are as shown.

These are pre-set before shipping but sometimes
cameras lose their settings over time. Use
the menu button to navigate through the settings.
 (most likely the settings are fine. You can go ahead and proceed with a transfer
and review this section only if necessary)

Step 9. Clean gate and then load film as shown.
Note the path of the film.

Step 10. Close gate by turning knob to "play".

Step 11. 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, click HERE.

Step 12. Watch the Velocity monitor and adjust the
camera side to side by loosening the mounting screws.
Leave loose until camera is aligned then tighten securely.

Step 13. Focus by sliding the camera.
If the lens is in all the way, you will see out to
the edges of the film. This is handy for super16.
If you wish to crop into the frame, the pull the lens
out of the tube about 1/8th to 1/4 inch.

Step 14. Then slide the camera to re-focus and lock the camera
in place by gently tightening the screws.

Step 15. Adjust the height of the image
by turning the wheel at the foot of the projector.

Step 16. Turn the sync on and leave it on.
The sync can be turned off during transfer momentarily
if there are parts of a silent reel that you want to skip.
Anywhere in the reel that the sync is turned off
will be left out of the final file.
However, you should never turn off the sync switch
when transferring a sound film.

Use the sliders to adjust red, green and blue
of the picture as desired.
"M" is the panel mounted master control for the LED.

Radical changes in exposure will require retuning
of the RGB color balance.
It is best to set the exposure and then the color
for any given section of film.

For remote operation, plug in the remote and
switch to "LED-Remote".
Adjust the knob until you see the exposure you desire.

Step 17. 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.

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, click HERE.

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