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Re: Corbitt: Rebuttal to Paul Grace's "Electrum" entry
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- From: Rob Lingelbach <rob at alegria.com>
- Date: Tue, 8 Jun 1999 20:13:36 -0500
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The following is Dave Corbitt's response to Paul Grace's recent
posting regarding the Electrum, presented in the interest of 'equal
On 1999-06-08 at 18:40, Dave Corbitt (dfc47 at earthlink.net) wrote:
Your comments about Electrum are viewed by ITK as being innaccurate and
On Saturday 5 June 1999, Paul Grace wrote;
> The Electrum is based on an Ursa Diamond but without the ITK stuff.
> The best way to compare it is to a more modern Ursa Gold.
> Not having the ITK stuff means that it is 100% supported by Cintel.
Dave Corbitt's reply;
If an Electrum is indeed an URSA GOLD in new paint, then it will not have
any ITK gear on it. That portion of your comments are absolutely true.
But, it also means it will not have RGB burn correction for elimination of
run/still errors and elimination of CRT grain artifacts. Without ITK's
"stuff" you would be missing out on technical advances that many post
houses have happily discovered: Without ITK's TWiGi, A to D created noise
artifacts will once again become a distinguishing characteristic of this
"new" machine. This also means the CRT will have a relatively short useful
life due to a lack of an active burn correction system.
Without SCAN'dal, you have the problem of aliasing artifacts. Why not ask
owners of Clearview about tube life relative to a SCAN'dal equipped
It is important to remember that the Diamond URSA was basically a GOLD
with ITK upgrades. These were sold by Cintel and supported by them. The
ITK products were installed in the Cintel factory as the machines were
prepared for delivery. Support of these machines by Cintel was never an
issue. The performance improvements of the Diamond were directly related
to the ITK products installed in the package, not the purple doors and new
stickers. If an Electrum is to be produced with no ITK gear then indeed it
will be just like the Gold, and a regression to noisey images, run /
still level errors, limited CRT life, and aliasing problems.
ITK's "stuff" has been, and will continue to be, developed by a talented
engineering team led by Stuart Hunt, who as a key engineer at Cintel for
17 years developed much of Cintel's "stuff."
Let me mention that ITK have always been involved in improving the
performance of the URSA family of telecines. Y-Front is a major
improvement again in URSA performance for even greater improvements in
signal to noise, great reduction of film surface imperfections (true
diffused sensor technology), and greatly improved colorimetry of the film
analysis. We intend to continue to support any telecine containing our
products and we will also make HD both practical and affordable in an
upgrade path for MK3 or URSA (and beyond) with image quality second to
none. We are still on schedule to Beta test our HD upgrade in late July
'99. And that is one of the great things about owning an URSA (or even a MK3).
Support and Development Engineer
Innovation TK Ltd.
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fax (973) 377-1741
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