[Tig] Old-school SMPTE Framing/Focus Telecine Chart

Graham Collett grahamcollett at visible-sprockets.co.uk
Thu Nov 20 10:02:05 GMT 2014

SMPTE AR-35 and AR-16, later on an independent DEL chart included s35 sizing and became the standard. Uk's Channel 4 made a s16 film also, ..they couldn't wait for SMPTE to publish the s16 spec, so it was never rubber stamped but became standard because it was the only thing available.
Graham Collett
Visible Sprockets ltd

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> On 17 Nov 2014, at 08:01, Marc Wielage <mfw at musictrax.com> wrote:
> So after several days of detective work, I determined that SMPTE had
> discarded and removed all their old test film information from their
> public site, but I was able to discover this:
> http://www.sprocketschool.org/w/images/3/38/Smpte-test-materials-catalog.pd
> f
> That lists everything that we old-school telecine operators were familiar
> with in the 1990s. Staff engineer Rick Heaslip (still with Technicolor)
> was able to determine it was called the ³Telecine Alignment Film² (aka the
> ³TAR²) sold by SMPTE as TV35-AR50, and that¹s the ³Classic² sizing loop we
> always used with the Ranks and the Spirits in SD throughout the 1980s,
> 1990s, and early 2000s. DI engineer/consultant Ray Mitchell found a later
> version of the exact same sizing film from the 1990s that had been
> augmented with ³RP40,² so at some point SMPTE just changed the number.
> Images of the film are scattered around the net as a ³Test Card,² but now
> we know what it properly should be called.  Glad that this mystery is
> finally solved!
> <Marc W.
> freelance colorist

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