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By Jack Norton
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Video of the AnthroCine Predecessor

Hi Everyone,

We put together a video illustrating some of the AnthroCine's design features, revealed through a look back at its predecessor.

We've also added a lot more answers in the FAQ, with more to come.

Thanks for your support on behalf of the entire AFC/AnthroCine team.

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    1. Brogan Zumwalt on September 20, 2012

      It does feel like we're being kept in the dark for some reason or another. I don't feel like this is a pitch you would make to a room full of potential investors. I don't feel like I am being unfair here, I understand the need to protect propitiatory technology, but if this is the level of secrecy you want to maintain, you might want to consider showing the technology behind closed doors to investment groups rather than use Kickstarter.

    2. Todd McMurtrey on September 20, 2012

      Yeah, I'd really love to see more information on the system. Nobody really disputes the need for this, but everyone is skeptical that they can do what they say since they refuse to talk about how they will do it (besides an ambiguous Anthro-doeseverythingandmagicma-Cine). If you want people involved, you have to invite them in, not shut them out.

      Good luck (and I hope it succeeds because I want my exclusive DVDs!), but this really needs a reconsideration on the marketing strategy.

    3. James Bailey
      Superbacker
      on September 20, 2012

      @Brogan Oh I thought I read somewhere that they didn't want to reveal too many details, I must have just assumed patent issues were the reason for saying so little about how their machine can achieve what they set out to do for low cost. Now I'm completely stumped! I think they should plan 2 more launches, the first one will be "10,000 to hire a marketing team to clearly communicate our very important goal to a wider audience" and then the third to actually do this properly...

    4. Brogan Zumwalt on September 20, 2012

      @James
      I doubt there is any fear of someone stealing their idea, Norton has been in this field for 25 years and has filed at least two patents (http://www.google.com/patents/US5912994 & http://www.google.com/patents/US6049628) so I am sure AnthroCine is already patent pending. I personally would like to see a prototype or at least a mock-up drawing.

    5. James Bailey
      Superbacker
      on September 19, 2012

      Great, so I now know the limitations of your old system, and I still don't know very much about the new system and how it has improved. I understand that you are concerned someone might rip you off, but it doesn't take a genius to work out that you are going to perform some kind of HDR by taking 2 or more exposures at different brightnesses or exposure times, just like any >$1000 35mm still frame capture system on the planet from 1995. Is protecting this level of detail worth glossing over what you plan to implement for $300k?

      Also this video (although a lot more polished than your previous videos) shows clear video breakup in the R-G-B flashes (which seems to be from incorrect deinterlacing). How can you make such basic video processing errors if you want 1/3 of a million dollars to create a for-profit restoration business?

      And most critically, since you already had a previous system that would be good enough to show a massive resolution/dynamic range improvement over older scans, would it kill you to show 10 seconds of quality before/after shots?

    6. Brogan Zumwalt on September 19, 2012

      This definitely helps bridge the gap between concept proposal and physical machine in my mind. If you need to relaunch the campaign I think it might help if a video like this on the front page. It would go a long way towards building confidence in the project and your team.