Vinegar syndrome 16mm transfer

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Vinegar syndrome 16mm transfer

Post by milesandjules » Tue Dec 12, 2017 11:54 am

Hi guys I'm transferring a friends pile of 16mm film and one of the reels is totally gone crusty- I've never seen one this bad -it looks like the film has secreted sugar crystals - and the fumes are of strong vinegar -the film is kind of slimey rather than brittle - so it's going to be interesting to see if the universal can transfer it at all - will post a link if it works -the machine is going to need a good clean after this one

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Re: Vinegar syndrome 16mm transfer

Post by slackercruster » Sat Dec 30, 2017 3:58 pm

How did it turn out?

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Re: Vinegar syndrome 16mm transfer

Post by milesandjules » Sun Jan 14, 2018 2:13 pm

Well I had to coil the film into a huge pile and let it dry out-the vinegar is sort of slimey - so let that dry for a few days outside because of the fumes-then put it through the universal - the beginning was watchable for 5mins after that it was completly abstract- but amazingly the optical sound on it worked as well- way better than I thought- so it was an interesting project - It did coat the transfer machine in a smelly vinegar dust though

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Re: Vinegar syndrome 16mm transfer

Post by supa8 » Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:40 pm

Did it leave some sticky residue on the rollers?
I wonder how film that gets sticky with the vinegar syndrom would affect PTR rollers.
Anyone?

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Re: Vinegar syndrome 16mm transfer

Post by milesandjules » Wed Jan 31, 2018 12:34 pm

Yeah ya have to let it dry out first before putting it through the machine- it still leaves a layer of dust over everything

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Re: Vinegar syndrome 16mm transfer

Post by Nate Williams » Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:15 am

I have yet to run across a slimey one! I really dislike working with vinegar syndrome film. I digitized a film last year that was more warped than brittle. The final product is pretty rough. Unfortunately I wasn't able to transfer the audio, but for a warped as heck, clear edged 16mm film I thought it transferred surprisingly well! Here's a low res version:

https://gallery.memoriesrenewed.com/watch?v=1Ey5

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Re: Vinegar syndrome 16mm transfer

Post by milesandjules » Sun Feb 25, 2018 6:11 am

Wow transfer looks good even with the warping - the film we transfer was way filthier

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