> Why are you using a DSLR? Won't the camera mechanics break eventually?
>> It was important in the first design to show that digitization could be thought of in a "worst-case scenario" instead of the "best-case really expensive only institutions flush with cash can afford it" scenario. Also, this project is inspired by a collection of films I found in Jordan where I used to teach film history. I know that my former students have DSLRs and the design is built to work with materials that are readily available. I am currently testing electronic shutter options which should address this problem.
> What's this collection in Jordan you're talking about?
>> Check out the database I made to track the progress of that project here.
> Are you selling these or offering digitization services?
>> Yes, but not quite yet. First I need some startup capital and I hope to get that with the upcoming Kickstarter that will feature the Kinograph8. That machine will be dedicated to 8mm and Super8 film capture and processing and will be available for sale through the campaign. If successful, I will use the funds to develop a kit of parts for the DIY Kinograph version as well as develop an industrial version that can be packaged with on-site scanning services.
> I want to digitize my family's 8mm home movies. Can Kinograph do that?
>> Yes, it can. However, the size of the machine and setup time it requires doesn't make it ideal for digitizing small batches in your home. Because this is designed to be a solution that will scale easily to meet the needs of larger collections, it might be better to wait for the Kinograph8 machine.
> What will I do with the machine after I'm done scanning my film?
>> If you need help finding someone who could benefit from the use of your machine, we can introduce you to plenty of folks that would put it to good use. If you'd like to hold on to it but have run out of film to scan, you could start a small scanning business! Or, host a community heritage festival and get people to bring their films in for digitizing, then host a film festival with the footage! Or, donate it to a local archive in need.
> Who are you? Where do you work?
> I'm Matthew Epler. I live and work in Brooklyn, NY and when I'm not working on Kinograph, I do other tech-nerd-artist-builder stuff.