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Offline JayUtah

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Re: "Apollo 11" Documentary
« Reply #45 on: April 04, 2019, 06:15:31 PM »
But if memory serves, the footage I saw in the Doc the "smudge" was on the right of the ship. Maybe they reversed the film.

They did not.  This clip appears in Apollo 11 exactly in the orientation seen in the YouTube link.  Perhaps your recollection is spotty.  No pun intended.
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Re: "Apollo 11" Documentary
« Reply #46 on: April 05, 2019, 08:47:29 AM »
And of course there were photographs as well:


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Re: "Apollo 11" Documentary
« Reply #47 on: April 05, 2019, 12:34:13 PM »
There's no guarantee it will be available digitized for download.  The producers obtained the source footage as the original dupe masters -- i.e., film.  You may have to contact NASA's photo archive contractor to obtain similar footage.
I asked at which resolution the film was scanned, and if it will be avaible. Got the following reply:

"Yes, all of the 65mm Panavision film that was scanned at 8K will be turned back over to the National Archives, to allow other filmmakers the chance to use this material, too. And there may still be more to come from our team... stay tuned."

And 65mm Panavision does indeed have that much resolving power. Especially with cine-quality lenses.
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Re: "Apollo 11" Documentary
« Reply #48 on: April 05, 2019, 04:04:08 PM »
That's exciting.  I don't think Apollo photography has received this much love since Michael Light.
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Re: "Apollo 11" Documentary
« Reply #49 on: May 14, 2019, 10:10:45 PM »
I just discovered that the Apollo 11 documentary is now available on DVD/blu-ray and from streaming services like the Google Play store and iTunes.

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Re: "Apollo 11" Documentary
« Reply #50 on: May 15, 2019, 03:44:19 AM »
Not likely, as the television connection required a lot of effort from the crew and even more effort from the MSFN operators.  Because the MSFN was not permanently configured for television -- they had to lease lines that were ordinarily given over to commercial use -- it was not common to have impromptu transmissions.  Further, the ascent and rendezvous was considered one of the most critical operations of the flight.  It's not a time when people would be mucking about with the television camera.  The Maurer cameras, however, could be mounted in windows and left alone.  For example, the terminal approach phase of the LM, which was depicted in the film, is actually at artificial speed because it was taken at 6 frames per second by the CM DAC mounted in a window.  The filmmakers seems to have converted it at the 24-30 fps rate.  Because if you play it back at natural speed, it's really boring.
I'd love to go back to the moon just so we could all experience it properly, with modern digital cameras and communications. Except for the Hasselblads, none of the Apollo photography holds a candle to what can be easily done today with modern digital cameras, in real time.

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Re: "Apollo 11" Documentary
« Reply #51 on: May 15, 2019, 10:02:36 AM »
Stereo, high frame rate, high resolution.  Stereo is important; much of the contour of the lunar surface is lost in single-lens photography.
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Re: "Apollo 11" Documentary
« Reply #52 on: May 15, 2019, 03:29:38 PM »
Stereo, high frame rate, high resolution.  Stereo is important; much of the contour of the lunar surface is lost in single-lens photography.
Yes. A few stereo photographs of the lunar surface go a long way toward explaining why shadows appear as they do.