Audio, AV, Film Scanners, Electronics, Software

Tascam DR-40 Digital 4 track audio record

Small for what it does, it has a set of stereo microphones that can cross aim as shown or turned outwards for more effect. At the bottom there are two XLR/phone inputs for two more mics or line inputs.  Supplies phantom power to the mics if needed.  Records to SD card

STATUS: Active

Audio Technica  AT835B

Professional microphone, very narrow pattern, operates on battery or phantom power.  Just under 15 long. I use this for sound capture of birds, animals and similar sources that you cannot get too close to.

STATUS: Active

Sony ECM-MS 907 stereo mic

Compact high performance stereo mic. It uses the Front/side format of sound pickup devices.  Powered by internal battery.  Will plug directly into DSLR bodies, or the portable audio recorder as second mic with adapter.

STATUS: Active

Audio Technica  ATM75

Professional microphone, I use it for voice captions.  It uses a standard XLR connector and gets power from the mixing board. 

STATUS: Active

Sony MZR900 mini disk recorder

This was the last of the MD recorder I used. The MD recorders used very  small disk storage that used las laser beam and a magnet to record the information. Sometime in the late 2000s it got replace by a Panasonic digital recorder to put everything to internal memory

STATUS: retired

Tascam 424 MK II cassette recorder

This analog cassette recorder could record up to 4 tracks onto a cassette.  You could also bounce one track to another.  I used it when I used to do slide shows (with real film slides) using up to 6 projectors.  One of the tracks was special in that it could record/playback the control track from my slide dissolve controller/programmer system. I keep this machine to play old cassette recording being transcribed to digital

STATUS: retired, resting in its box

Behringer Xenyx 302USB mixing board and usb interface

This compact audio mixing board allows input from one microphone plus external stereo from other sources.  It connects to the computer via. USB which powers the unit and the device provides full digital input and output.  Great little device for creating audio captions, as well as capturing analogue audio

STATUS: Active

X-Rite ColourMunki Smile  Colour monitor calibrator

This simple looking device allows you to calibrate your monitor(s) to an industry accepted standard.  I have it working with windows, once you run the program, attach the photometer to the screen and let it do it thing, a custom colour profile is generated and can be set as the default.  The intention is to have all monitors show the photo the same way, same colour balance and brightness.  By so doing, if you want to get a print from a photo lab, most use same standard profiles, so you can expect what you saw on the screen is what your print will look like. 

STATUS: Active

Photodex ProShow Producer software

This is my workhorse program for generating slide show videos, as well it will resize and clean up video files, add watermarks, alter audio channels.  It is a multilayer system that a layer for any given slide is a still or video file,  An audio file or audio of the video file is part of the slide, as well as text and/or audio captions. It provides a large selection of "styles" for how the slide presents and things happen during the slide, as well as a very wide selection of transitions between slides.  It is a wonderful program. 

But... Photodex ceased operations in early 2020.  I still have not found a program that matches it and is a program you own, not rent.

STATUS: Active

FastStone Image Viewer software

This is a great tool.  It allows you to look into folders and see all the photos,  Move them places.  resize, crop, adjust curves and levels, tweak colours, rename. remove trees from top of someone's head, the list just goes on.  Support raw files from Canon, Nikon and others.  It does not have the layers structure that photoshop has, but for most simple stuff it is great.  And the prices... Free for home users.  All my students love it.

STATUS: Active

Audacity Audio recording and editing software

This software is my general purpose audio tool.  You can use it to record voice captions, or capture audio from old analogue sources (using the Xenyx 302 interface).  You can create multiple tracks.  Add other sound files.  The software is loaded with filters and various other tools.  And it is Free.

STATUS: Active

Adobe PhotoShop CS6 photo editing software

This was the last version of Photoshop you could by,  that was back in about 2012.  I find for all my needs it works perfectly.  I can retouch faces for portraits, add text, create watermarks, it reads all my camera raw files.  And... I don't have to pay rent every month on it.  (OK they call it a subscription).

STATUS: Active

Nikon 4000 ED slide scanner with stacker

This is an older Nikon scanner, resolution is 4000 dots per inch so a 35 mm film is scanned as 4000x6000 or 24 MP.  That just about sucks all info out of the slide.  It will automatically scan the slide more than once and average to results to reduce noise.  Added extras are the slide stacker (shown) that plugs into the scanner port and can be loaded with close to 50 slides.  The device will automatically scan each slide, name the files in sequence and stop when done.  Down sides, uses firewire so some issues finding computers that have an suitable interface.  Software is windows 98 vintage.  So have it working on an old machine running windows Vista.

STATUS: Active


Kodak Ektagraphic III ATS slide projector

This is my last remaining slide projector.  I had 7 of them, 6 for shows, one spare.

This model was the loaded one.  Auto focus, Timer, small Screen with its own lens system at from for previewing.

Related items to this, besides a number of carousel slide trays mostly 80 slides per,

A Kodak EktaPro Select 93.0mm F2.5 FF projections lens (matched in FL down to 0.1 mm)

A Golden Navitar 100-200 f3.5 projections zoom lens

Kodak EC stack loader (replaces carousel tray, and you can put a stack of slides from a box straight in.

70x70 Da-Lite screen

Spare light housing for quick bulb changes and a few spare bulbs.


STATUS: retired, resting in its box

Clear Light Star 3 Slide Projector Dissolve

This was the big slide projector control system I bought after using the much smaller Kodak units about 1999.

There was the program unit (top left) which had all of the command buttons. It was connected to the memory unit top right which stored the program.  The program could be saved to and retrieved from audio tape or other means.  The programmer was also capable of controlling 3 slide projectors by itself or up to 5 of the dissolve controller (bottom), each of which could control a 3 projector stack.  So the maximum was 15 projectors in 5 banks.  Normally for any smaller shows, I ran just the 3 projector bank.

One projector at a time being on. At the command of the dissolve controller the next projector would turn on, the first one go dim (or stay on), the one that is dim can now advance to next slide or go backwards.  With three projectors and 80 slides per that was 240 slides. 


 2021 03 11

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