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Settings on Cinetape


Saul Oliveira
 

Hello:
how do you use the -2/+2 setting on the Cinetape?, what does it exactly do?

Best Regards
Saul Oliveira
First AC 
Spain


jeffrey truong
 

From the manual: It's is a rounding system.
 
Adjusting the Display Resolution (Starting at Version 1.06)
The Display Resolution is the amount of distance rounding-off that is shown on the Cine Tape Measure
display. Reducing the resolution (Increasing the rounding-off) is useful when a more stable display is
desired. The resolution setting is the third item accessed through the Power-up Menu. This setting shows
as “rE x” or “rE –x” where “rE” is the abbreviation for resolution and “x” is the amount of rounding-off. The
displayed minus sign (-) is the graphical representation for plus or minus (+/-). The four resolution settings
are; 1, 2, -1 & -2.
The ‘1’ setting is the normal (maximum) setting and maintains the displayed distance
until the actual (physical) distance change is greater than 1 unit.
The ‘2’ setting maintains the displayed distance until the actual (physical) distance
change is greater than 2 units. Only even numbers are displayed.
The ‘-1’ setting maintains the displayed distance until the actual (physical) distance
change is plus or minus (+/-) 1 unit.
The ‘-2’ setting maintains the displayed distance until the actual (physical) distance
change is plus or minus (+/-) 2 units. Only even numbers are displayed.
To access the display resolution adjustment, unplug the power cable, then plug it back into the Cine Tape
Measure while pushing and holding the Select / Adjust knob. The brightness setting shows initially.
Momentarily push (click) the Select / Adjust knob twice to advance past the close focus adjustment to the
display resolution adjustment. Adjust the resolution to the desired level by turning the Select / Adjust
knob. Then lock the setting into memory and return to normal operation by momentarily pushing (click) the
Select / Adjust knob


Saul Oliveira
 

I remember reading this in the past, never understood the minus values. 

I understood the 1 value: “maintains the displayed distance 
until the distance change is greater than 1 unit”, but I don’t get the -1 setting: “maintains the displayed distance until the distance change is plus or minus (+/-) 1 unit.


jeffrey truong
 

Whilst i havent tested this myself i understood it as:
1=changes when actor moves more than 1 inch. Once they are past the inch they need to move more than one inch backwards for the display to go back. But if they move 0.9 inches the display wont change
-1=shows chenge immediately which means that if they are wavering at 1ft he display will quickly jump between 1' and 1'1 making the display difficult to read from fast change.

I should test this.


Ben Tubb
 

I haven’t used a cinetape in quite some time as I’ve happily swithed to CineRT. But I always kept the setting firmly on -1. It resulted in what felt to me like a quicker refresh rate and a faster display, which I preferred to a slower, stable one.

Thanks,
Benjamin Tubb
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604-908-5219
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chris.applemac@...
 

The manual was always vague on the real use.

Think of it like this, 
At 1, the readout tells us to the inch when an object moves. At 2, the resolution is now only 2 inches.

At a positive value, it will readout constantly even if the object has not changed distance, i.e. it will constantly update 5'5" as it senses. (depending on how you set your sensitivity.)
At the -1 or -2 value, it will not change the readout until there is a definite change in the subject distance, (i.e. movement starts to happen.) I personally do not like this mode as its not very accurate and the display can sometimes seem like it's stuck. I'm used to the jumpy numbers.

TL:DR the minus values are less jumpy on the display and will only change when there's definite movement.