8mm Sniper-Pro 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 9.5mm 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 on 220VAC at 50 cycles,
you do not need a transformer for this product.

Step 1. Screw lens tube into camera.

Step 2. Set camera in cradle.

Step 3. Hold camera in position
and lightly tighten side screws until firmly held
in place.

Step 4. Install camera cables as shown.
(SVHS, BNC reference and power)


Step 5. Install control box cables as shown.
(BNC reference and RCA audio)

Step 6. Plug SVHS cable into Canopus box.
Plug RCA cable into Y connector as shown.

Step 7. Plug in unit.

Step 8. Turn power on.

Step 9. Verify that camera settings are as shown.
(white balance on memory, 0db Gain and selector on "cam")
Verify that power light is on.

Step 10. Attach the take up arms and secure
with provided screw.

Step 11. Keep tension on metal take up belt as
you remove it from the storage post used
for shipping.

Step 12. Place belt on small pulley during the following
threading procedure. The small pulley is loose and
allows the take up reel to turn freely during threading.

NOTE: Use the larger pulley when transferring film!

Step 13. Push the sprocket guide away from
the central sprocket as shown. It should click
into place firmly.

Step 14. Place your empty take up reel on the left
and your source reel on the right spindles. Follow the
film path as shown. The front gate swings open to
allow positioning of the film. Be careful when you
close the gate so that you do not crimp the film
at the edges. Click the sprocket guide back into place
upon completion of threading.

It should be noted that, because
9.5mm film has a centered sprocket hole, film often comes
from the client with the image backwards due to
improper rewinding. You can let the film feed
off the left side of the source reel as seen by
path "A" or you can use path "B" to reverse the
image during transfer. Both paths work just as well.

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.

Step 15. Seat the film in the gate by turning
the motor switch on then off one time briefly.
Make sure that there is slack in the film
above and below the gate as shown in Step 14.

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 16. Watch the Velocity monitor and adjust the
camera side to side using the knob as shown.

Step 17. Focus the camera using the knob at the rear.

Step 18. 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.

Step 19. 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.

After transfer, use your bench rewinds to rewind the film
as this unit has no built-in rewind function.

For manual exposure, plug in the remote and switch to manual.
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.