Telecine machines convert film into a television signal. One type uses a special projector to focus the film image onto three CCD sensors. Another, the flying spot telecine, uses a small TV tube scanned with a very bright raster. Light is transmitted through the film and an ingenious lens system on to photo-electric cells.

Since the industry has moved towards video acquisition for most applications, few small operators invest in a telecine machine because of the expense and low utilisation. For occasional needs facility houses offer a good service for film transfers.

Film gauge

The film gauge most widely used in television is 16 mm but its application is generally limited to documentaries where film is more appropriate for reasons ...

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