The printer is built from steel sheets of 1/3" thickness. It is therefore very sturdy and rigid.
From left to right, we have the light source and its blower witch cools the lamp, the projector head which may receive 16 or 35mm mechanism, the lens support whose up/down and left/ right movements are indicated by micrometers and the carriage which receives the 16mm or 35mm camera. All the moving parts are guided precisely by ball bearings.
This printer is under control of an electronic rack and a mini-computer (PC) not shown here. A friendly-user program manages the different functions : speed, forward or resersed direction, number of frames, fades, dissolves, cycles for slowing or speeding up movements, etc and takes care for the security of the shooting session.
|The projector head may be equipped with 16mm and 35mm movements, both with registration pins (the 35mm mechanism may have negative or positive registration pins). The field lens concentrates the light on the image being copied. The 400 ft. magazines may be closed to protect the original.|
|The 16mm camera is built around the same 16mm mechanism as the one in the projector head. It has a variable shutter for fades and dissolves. Two leds indicate the "Open" or "Closed" positions. An image counter is fixed on top.||The 35mm camera is a Mitchell High Speed. Like in the 16mm camera, its shutter is controlled by a stepping motor for precise fades and dissolves. Two leds indicate the "Open" and "Closed" positions. The viewer has a close up position for critical focusing.|
|The 16mm camera has two different focusing systems : a reflex viewer with register pins in front of the shutter (1) and a viewer through the gate (2) for critical framing when the camera is not loaded. It has two buckle switches which stop the printer in case of a buckle problem (3). The gate is easily removable for cleaning, just as those in the mechanisms of the projector head.||The Mitchell camera is driven, as all the mechanisms of the printer, by stepping motors. The first one (1) takes care of the shooting at 1,2,3,4,5,6 and 8 frames/second. The second motor (2) closes or opens the shutter. Two torque motors (3) are responsible of the take up in forward or reverse direction. The mechanical frame counter (4) is above the main motor.|
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