Super 8 Editing

May 17th, 2006

For the longest time, I’ve been editing Super 8 and regular 8mm footage with a small light box, scissors, and press tape. This has been an extremely frustrating process, especially since Kodak press tape didn’t seem to want to cooperate with my junky splicer (I’m convinced only the fingers of a five-year-old could get this to work). I finally decided to do all my editing using a viewer and make my splices with a good cement splicer. So back in February I bought an Elmo editor on eBay and a nice Agfa cement splicer at a thrift store. Well, the editor was stolen off my porch, so I bought another one, this time a Vernon. It’s taken a while to get adjusted to threading the film through the Vernon, but I’m liking the way it works. The viewing screen is kind of small, but the image is nice and bright. Take a look at my editing set-up below. Note the Grundig radio tuned to KPSU 1450 — one of the only AM college radio stations left in the States.

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  • 1. Brain  |  May 18th, 2006 at 5:44 am

    That’s a sweet set-up, G. And that Grundig is awesome. You’ve seen my big Grundig and Braun consoles, but I’ve always wanted one of their table radios. I can just see you working on some film, listening to some tunes, and just enjoying the zen of editing. Well, maybe not zen. You tell me.

    I gotta get off my fat ass and get some kind of project going. Maybe I’ll finally start cataloging those vintage stereo slides I have. I’d like to make a book out of them; like that Yeager stereo pinup book, and a lot more wholesome too.

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