Time to start building. I made a very basic platform out of acrylic and am ready to start putting our ideas to the test - building the next Kinograph one section at a time and testing all our options along the way.
I'm going to be starting with the drivetrain (take up motor, capstan tests, torque vs. drag, etc.) since everything depends on that working well.
Here's the order of tests I think would be productive, and allows for spreading out major expenditures:
PHASE 1 - MOVE THE FILM
Goal = get film moving reliably through the machine
a. Drivetrain (what motors, where they go, how they work with each
other and the system overall)
b. Film path (roller placement, etc)
c. Gate design
PHASE 2 - IMAGE CAPTURE
Goal = get reliable results with high quality images for a range of budgets
a. Frame detection/registration (speed, accuracy)
b. Cameras/optics (arange of options tested. hopefully by multiple people following
c. Lighting (adjustable, flash, etc)
PHASE 3 - POST WORKFLOW
Goal = efficient and cheap tools for making accessible video files
a. test available software tools
b. discuss functionality of custom software where needed
c. memory management, cloud options, etc.
PHASE 4 - SOUND
Goal = usable sound for accessibility, not preservation purposes (although that would be nice)
a. AEO Sound test
b. alternative software solutions (custom build?)
c. hardware solutions (slit scan, reverse engineer existing designs)
Ideally I have some people building in parallel that can do more tests and verify my results. This should help us move quicker.
We can also be doing some of these phases in parallel once we all have a working drivetrain/gate/path.
All suggestions and comments welcome as we embark on this. Let me know what you are all thinking! In the meantime, I 'm going to start collecting all comments on the drivetrain we've had so far so I can build a list of possible solutions we want to test. That will lead to a list of materials to buy. And I do like shopping for gear....