With Curved Film Plane Patents (Class 352/228)
  • Patent number: 6588904
    Abstract: A system for compensating for film flutter in a motion picture film projector during projection of a motion picture film comprising multiple film image frames is described, the system comprising sensing the position of film image frames in a film gate of the projector relative to the focal plane of the projection lens assembly of the projector as the film image frames are being projected, and correcting the position of the film in the film gate of the projector or the position of the focal plane of the projection lens assembly to reduce the distance between the film image and the focal plane of the projection lens assembly as the film image frames are being projected, wherein the correction of the position of an individual film image frame in the film gate or that of the position of the focal plane of the projection lens assembly during projection of the individual frame image is based on the actual sensed position of the individual film image frame in the film gate, or on the position of a previously project
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2003
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Roger A. Morton, Christopher L. Dumont, Kenneth J. Repich, Alan T. Brewen
  • Patent number: 6032843
    Abstract: A method for transporting a flexible resilient strip longitudinally within a processing station so that a nominally curved lateral cross section of the strip is substantially flattened wherein the strip is advanced along an arcuate path to bend longitudinally and by that bending cause the nominally curved lateral cross section to collapse to a substantially flat lateral cross section without longitudinal tensioning of the strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2000
    Inventor: Albert M. Juergens, III
  • Patent number: 5323206
    Abstract: A chassis for mounting components in a photographic film scanning apparatus cabinet includes a planar base member, and bearing mounts integral with the base member. The mounts sized and configured to hold bearings against which an arcuate wear plate of a gate of the scanning apparatus registers. The gate is configured to move in a pendulum-like manner across the bearings, with an aperture in the planar member for rotatably accommodating a shaft of a drive system for moving the gate in the pendulum-like manner. Mounts integral with the planar base member are provided for holding an optical system of the scanning apparatus. A continuous integral rib is arranged on the rear surface of the planar member is tuned to a higher natural frequency than that of the scanning frequency for vibrationally isolating the planar base member from other components in the cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 21, 1994
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Eric P. Hochreiter, Franklin D. Ehrme, Terrence L. Fisher, Sr.
  • Patent number: 4973150
    Abstract: A rigid cylinder is rotated about its axis of symmetry at a relatively high rate of speed by means of a motor. Around a portion of the circumference of the rotating cylinder is wrapped a flexible imaging medium such as photographic film, to which is applied longitudinal tension through means of a film transport. The film conforms to the curvature of the drum, but is held a small distance above the surface of the cylinder in equilibrium between the aerodynamic forces created by the rotating cylinder and the applied tension of the film transport, thus effecting a compliant surface air bearing. A scanning beam is used to write on the film in the line direction. Longitudinal movement of the film is used to affect scanning in the page direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 27, 1990
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventor: Robert C. Bryant
  • Patent number: 4655566
    Abstract: A film transport mechanism including an aperture assembly through which the film is advanced, the aperture assembly defining a film path of a waveform longer or equal to the fundamental modal waveform of the film. The film path may include bristle like strips for damping film waveforms higher than the first mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1986
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1987
    Inventor: Ernst Heiniger
  • Patent number: 4253749
    Abstract: An improved electronic film transport is disclosed for advancing motion picture film past a light gate in a motion picture projector. The light gate includes a transparent plate which imparts a desired shape to the film and, preferrably, one or more indexing pins which align the film with the plate. A sprocket is driven to advance the film to the light gate, causing a loop to form in the film and the film to move clear of the plate and indexing pins. A second sprocket then is driven to advance the film from the light gate. When the film advances one frame, it is again in contact with the plate and the indexing pin and the newly indexed frame is projected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1979
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1981
    Inventor: Angelo Boudouris
  • Patent number: 4198134
    Abstract: Film cartridge for use in viewing motion picture film having means forming a framework with an index plate with an aperture therein. A continuous length of film having perforations along one edge thereof is carried by the framework. Guide means is provided on the framework for guiding the film over the index plate and past the aperture. Means is provided for advancing the film frame by frame past the aperture. A spool is rotatably mounted on the framework. The spool has a central hub and a film supporting surface extending radially from the hub so that the hub extends away from the surface in a direction generally perpendicular to the surface. The spool has an annular rim spaced from the hub and extending away from the surface and in the same direction as the hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 1977
    Date of Patent: April 15, 1980
    Assignee: Montron Corporation
    Inventors: Werner W. Ciupke, Steven R. Runyan, Hugh P. Sherlock
  • Patent number: 4099869
    Abstract: A printing head assembly for exposing raw stock film with a preprint film in a contact film printer including a dual roller gate assembly. The dual roller gate assembly includes a pair of rollers mounted on a roller frame for engaging the preprint film and raw stock film on opposite sides of the printing aperture for wrapping both the preprint and raw stock film about a segment of the printing sprocket of substantially greater length than the printing aperture. An adjustable biasing spring permits regulation of the tension applied through the rollers to the film runs. The dual roller gate assembly includes a selectively operable retraction device to withdraw the rollers away from the printing sprocket for loading and unloading the film printer. In an alternate embodiment, the dual roller gate assembly is pivotally mounted by an offset shaft which permits pivotal movement of the dual roller gate assembly to provide clearance for loading the film printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1976
    Date of Patent: July 11, 1978
    Assignee: Bell & Howell Company
    Inventor: John W. Lang, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4071294
    Abstract: Photographic apparatus including an aperture plate adapted to cooperate with a pressure plate of a film handling cassette so as to laterally bow an incremental section of photographic film retained within the cassette into a precise location without contacting the usable portion of the emulsion. Additionally, the aperture plate is longitudinally channeled and includes a ramp extending along a portion of one side of the aperture plate channel so as to urge the film strip to its proper location as the film strip is translated traversely of the aperture plate during insertion of the cassette in the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1976
    Date of Patent: January 31, 1978
    Assignee: Polaroid Corporation
    Inventor: Peter A. Scibilia
  • Patent number: 3932033
    Abstract: A composite projector gate, aperture and light dowser assembly for a cinematograph film projector. The film guide surface through the gate area is curved convex towards the light source, film being held to curved marginal guides by flexible bands anchored before the gate, in the direction of film motion. A quick-release anchor is provided to retain the tension springs. The projection aperture comprises a removable plate in front of which, towards the light source, are spaced-apart heat screens with a horizontally-moving light-dowser blade therebetween in a space in which is provided forced air ventilation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 1974
    Date of Patent: January 13, 1976
    Assignee: Westrex Company Limited
    Inventors: Leroy Gordon Osborn, George Hunnam Brownlee