Well, after a very long friday in front of the telecine machine I have finally come to the conclusion that the Canon HF200 is far more suitable for the telecine business opposed to the Panasonic HDC-SD90. Although initially the Panasonic was sharper it has a lot of down falls in other areas. Firstly it was getting red hot so I don't suppose it was meant to stay on for +3 hours at a time. Secondly it couldn't handle underexposed or overexposed footage very well. Thirdly it kept defaulting back to auto settings after a while which is a real deal beaker for the telecine application.
The Canon, although not quite as sharp (but still bloody amazing) handled all the above with ease. Never got hot, exposes beautifully at all times and perhaps most importantly it keeps manual setting (even when the camera has been turned off for days). I've been putting the Canon through its paces today whilst transferring 500ft of film. It never skipped a beat and it's still going strong whilst I type this out. Looks like come monday the Super 8 telecine service will be up and running! Standard 8 sill needs some fine tuning but it'll be up for the 1st of May at the latest.
Today has been a day of testing. I've been experimenting with various manual camera settings on both the Panasonic and Canon to see which works best with the Workprinter-HD. Both of these cameras blew me away quality wise (I'm used to SD transfers) but for me there was a clear winner.
Watch the videos bellow and judge for yourself. Keep in mind the image quality is stripped by youtube but each of these files have come straight out of the Velocity software and have been uploaded to youtube. Similar settings on both cameras were used and the same settings in Velocity were utilized. Which camera do you feel produces better images? Remember set them to HD and fullscreen them.
It looks like (fingers crossed) the telecine machine will be up and running for the 1st of April. I finished setting up the timing disk today and did a quick test run and all seems good! Now the timing disk is set properly and the pulldown is eliminated I plan to pit my 2 HD cams against one another and see which comes out on top. One has a great optical zoom (panasonic) and the other has very impressive resolution (canon). Upon first inspection there doesn't appear to be much in it and both have blown me away quality wise.
As for the Wittner order. I'm not far off now. Hopefully come the end of the month I'll be placing a nice juicy order and we can be rocking a myriad of film+process+telecine deals come the 1st of May. I still need help though so one last push to get the funds in please. I'm tired of hearing myself say this but all the process paid carts and processing I sell helps tremendously. Please purchase what you can over the next two weeks to help.