Puggo - Jar Jar's Yoda said:
I'm very excited about this, but we have to find a way to capture in HD. Can't we swap an HDV camera for the DV one in the workprinter?
It is possible to upgrade the Workprinter for HD, but it would take hundreds if not thousands of $ in equipment. A new video card, something called a "velocity box", and several software upgrades. And of course a good HD camera with manual adjustments. And if you're going to do that, you might as well get the RGB upgrade too. Considering this isn't an actual scope scan (it's faked in software), and that there is likely to be cropping like in the PG, and it's not a wetgate transfer, I'm not sure it's worth the cost and effort.
It is hard for me to believe that any 16mm scan, even from the most pristine of prints, could possibly come anywhere close to the corrected GOUTs. I think of the PG and other similar captures as reference material for people researching what was printed on the films back in the years they were made. That reason is enough for me to get excited about transferring them. But you can always make it a little better, and once you start down, there's practically no end.
Perhaps there's a low-cost way to determine how much information is in this print. In theory, 16mm film is 1920x1080 resolution or better, so under ideal conditions, it would blow the GOUT away. Real life is unfortunately unkind to "theory."
Here's what I propose: if you can pause the film in the workprinter and take one still with a DSLR (similar to what's been posted, except with careful manual focus and several different exposures which could be combined using the HDR technique to get the full dynamic range of the print), then we can hold that high resolution image up against the GOUT and do a little color correction, and see how it holds up. Wouldn't be expensive or take a lot of time, because we're just talking about one or a couple stills.