[Tig] 16mm mag track standards?

colm forde colmforde
Thu Mar 3 10:44:48 GMT 2005


As with Jeff's comment, the majority of mag we hold is Centre with the M+E 
on Edge.  However our stock from the sixties is exclusively on Edge, for no 
particular reason.  Dolby was used here during the mid eighties, but fell by 
the wayside.

Colm Forde
Colorist
RTE Archives
Dublin.





>From: "Jeff Booth" <jeff.booth at sohoimages.com>
>To: "Marc Wielage" <mfw at musictrax.com>,"G.I.O." <tfg1 at mindspring.com>, 
>"TIG" <tig at tig.colorist.org>
>Subject: RE: [Tig] 16mm mag track standards?
>Date: Wed, 2 Mar 2005 18:38:28 -0000
>
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>Yes, at the BBC the norm was Centre (just to be different, I suppose).
>The edge would be used for M&E. I never came across a stereo track and
>certainly not Dolby.
>
>Jeff
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: tig-bounces at tig.colorist.org [mailto:tig-bounces at tig.colorist.org]
>On Behalf Of Marc Wielage
>Sent: 02 March 2005 18:30
>To: G.I.O.; TIG
>Subject: Re: [Tig] 16mm mag track standards?
>
>Thanks to Screen Time Images for supporting the TIG.
>--
>On 3/2/05 8:43 AM, "G.I.O." <tfg1 at mindspring.com> asked on the TIG list:
>
> > Can someone tell me what format of 16mm mag track is used most often
> > for monaural interlock transfers?
> >
> > Is it center track or edge track?
> >--------------------------------snip----------------------------------<
>
>In North America, my experience is that it's almost always edge track.
>Once in a blue moon we'd get center track or even stereo.  Chace
>Productions and some other firms specializing in optical sound transfers
>often would produce stereo or dual-mono mags with signals on both
>tracks, but the mags were always labeled "EBU 2-track."  Sometimes,
>those sound transfers were Dolby-encoded as well, but I think that
>practice has gone by the wayside; now, I think they're delivering DATs
>or DA-88s.
>
>In Europe, I'd say anything goes.  You'd think that center track would
>theoretically sound better, since it's further in from the edge of the
>film, and less susceptible to dropouts.  Probably the best bet is to use
>a 2-track head, and listen to both channels, if the mag is not
>identified.
>
>
>--Marc Wielage/Senior Colorist
>Technicolor Creative Services
>Hollywood, USA
>
>NOTE:  The comments above are strictly mine, and may not necessarily
>represent those of my employers.
>
>
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