MWA Nova DUSTER small-gauge film cleaner and inspection deck

MWA Nova meets the need for a simple to use, safe, gentle and relatively low cost film cleaner  and inspection deck for small gauge films.

MWA Niova Duster 8mm/9.5mm film cleaning and inspection system

  • The new Duster features variable cleaning speed using soft, continuously moving Pellon tape on either side of the film.
  • The moving tapes keep a clean, soft surface presented to the film.
  • The dry cleaning method means no chemicals are needed, although wet cleaning can be carefully done.
  • A perfect companion for the flashscanHD or Choice 2K+™
  • Includes splicer platform and foot pedals for inspection direction and speed.


Film Path of MWA Nova Duster

Threading diagram of MWA Nova Duster 8mm/9.5mm film cleaning and inspection system


Duster-Tapes and Path

Pellon tapes on MWA Nova Duster 8mm/9.5mm dry film cleaning syste,


  • Capacity:  360 m (1,200 ft)
  • Adjustable forward cleaning speed using front panel knob.  Film cleaning speed to be determined.
  • Cleaning tape feed speed of 27 cm/min  (10.63 inches/minute)
  • Integrated Deck Light for easy inspection and monitoring of condition, cleaning
  • Super8 Hub adapters included
  • Low power consumption: 50 W at 100 to 240 V, 50/60 Hz)
  • Dimensions: W 22.05” x D 22.05” x H 23.62”      (56cm x D 56cm x H 60cm) (without reels)


Click on this link to download a PDF of the Duster information.

To get more details or to order, click on our Contact Page and let us know how to reach you.

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(530) 301-2931               209 East 12th Street, Marysville, CA 95901

PTR-based benchtop film cleaner

Here’s a chemical-free, benchtop film cleaner from FXSYS


Particle Transfer Roller based film cleaning deviceA chemical-free film cleaning device based on four FXSYS Particle Transfer Rollers: Two 3″ x 35mm and two 1.5″ x 35mm PTRs.

The disc holding the PTRs can be mounted on an L-shaped support bracket that is either attached to a large block of metal, as weight for use as a moveable cleaner on a bench, or fixed in place by bolting or screwing the bracket onto the bench.


FXSYS Four-PTR base with precision 1.5" x 35mm snap-cap hubs.



The cleaning device uses FXSYS precision PTR Hubs to hold the PTR onto the disc.


 Click on this link to learn more about FXSYS PTRs and cleaning film with them.



To get more details or to order, click on our Contact Page and let us know how to reach you.

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(530) 301-2931               209 East 12th Street, Marysville, CA 95901

3/4″ Videotape Splicing Blocks

Here’s an example of a Sony VSK-2 3/4″ Splicing Block (top) and an Editall S-3.75 3/4″ Splicing Block (bottom):

3/4" Videotape Splicing Blocks

Sony VSK-2 (top) and Editall S-3.75 3/4″ Videotape Splicing Block

3/4″ Videotape Splicing Blocks are not particularly common, and don’t seem to be made in the current era.

These were purchased at separate times on ebay in the early to mid 2000s.

We hope this has been helpful and informative.

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(530) 301-2931
Southeast Rep: Rob Mobley
(407) 325-7839               209 East 12th Street, Marysville, CA 95901

ZinParts: Replacement belts and other parts for broadcast, professional and vintage VTRs and VCRs

Zin! VTR Works has parts available for a number of common VCRs, such as these high-quality replacements for Sony 3/4″ Umatic recorders:


ZIN-ZinPart-Z-3-672-737-01-Sony BVU-VO Loading Ring Belt-Replaces Replaces Sony Part 3-672-737-01 on Sony BVU-950,  VO-98xx, 96xx, 50XX, VP-7640, 7240 and others

ZIN-ZinPart-Z-3-672-737-01-Sony BVU-VO Loading Ring Belt-Replaces Sony Part 3-


Replaces Sony Part 3-672-737-01

For Sony BVU-950, 900, 920, VO-98xx, 96xx, 50XX, VP-7640, 7240 and others

$10.00 plus any applicable tax and shipping


ZIN-ZinPart-Z-3-653-387-00-Sony BVU-VO-Cassette Elevator Belt-IMG_9777

Replaces Sony Part 3-672-737-01 Sony BVU-950, VO-98xx, 96xx, 50XX, VP-7640, 7240 and others


Replaces Sony Part 3-653-387-00

For Sony BVU-950, 900, 920,  VO-98xx, 96xx, 50XX, VP-7640, 7240 and others

$10.00 plus any applicable tax and shipping


ZIN-ZinPart-VO-FF-REW-TIRE replaces Sony-VO-Series Fast forward / Rewind tre



For Sony VO-series and VP-series 3/4″ Umatic recorders and players.

$10.00 plus any applicable tax and shipping


ZIN-ZinPart-Z-3-668-785-00, ONE FF/REW BELT Replaces Sony Part 3-668-785-00

ZIN-ZinPart-Z-3-668-785-00, ONE FF/REW BELT Replaces Sony Part 3-668-785-00 for Sony VO Series inc. VO-98xx, 96xx, 50XX, VP-7640, 7240, others


Replaces Sony Part 3-668-785-00

For Sony VO Series including  VO-98xx, 96xx, 50XX, VP-7640, 7240, others

This ROUND belt avoids the twisting problem square belts have over time, becoming twisted, and stressed as a result, which leads to failure.

These round belts from Zin! VTR Works have been installed in heavy-use environments for more than a year with no replacements required.

$10.00 plus any applicable tax and shipping

ZIN-ZinPart-Z 3-718-758-01

ZIN-ZinPart-Z 3-718-758-01-ONE AIR DAMPER  FOR Sony BVU-950, ALSO FITS  VO-98xx, 96xx, 50XX, VP-7640, 7240 and others

ZIN-ZinPart-Z 3-718-758-01-ONE AIR DAMPER FOR Sony BVU-950, ALSO FITS VO-98xx, 96xx, 50XX, VP-7640, 7240 and others

ONE AIR DAMPER  FOR Sony BVU-950, ALSO FITS  VO-98xx, 96xx, 50XX, VP-7640, 7240 and others

ZIN-ZinPart-Z 3-718-758-01-Air Damper-010

The Air Damper improves flutter performance.  Replace missing Air Dampers on your BVU-900, 920 or 950, or add it to units that never had the air damper’s benefits like the Sony VO-98xx, 96xx, 50XX, VP-7640, 7240 and other Sony 3/4″ Umatic VCRs.

Slides on.

$18.00  plus any applicable tax and shipping.

We’ll be adding pictures and more items to this page and shortly, and will have items available for sale through the new Online Moving Image Tools and Technology Store! So, bookmark this page or contact us using the link below and ask to be notified when the MIT&T Store goes on-line.

Zin! VTR Works has recently supplied a brand-new replacement motor for original equipment on an Ampex AVR-3 Quad VTR.

We can supply other parts including Pinch Rollers for various machines.

We’re taking orders now for a new batch of replacement Ampex Quad pinch rollers, made to Ampex specifications including durometer (hardness/softness) of the rubber.

We’re also working on being able to supply replacements for Sony 3/4″ pinch rollers, which are becoming or have become unobtanium from Sony and other distributors.

We need to build up a large order to make this possible, and to do so at a price that works for folks.

Use the Contact Page link below and tell us what machines you need Pinch Rollers for in the “What other product needs do you have?” box.
 How are your Pinch Rollers doing?

Quick Roller Condition test:

If you take your thumbnail and push into the rubber of the roller, it should go in, but when you pull your thumbnail away the indentation should disappear.

If it doesn’t disappear, the rubber is too soft. If you can’t make an indentation, it’s too hard.

How will ZinRollers be different from what else you may find?  Ken advises:

These would be of the proper durometer so that the tape can make a slight depression in the rubber.

That allows the roller to contact the capstan shaft above and below the tape so that the tape is moved by the pinch roller contacting the back side of the tape… rather than the capstan shaft driving the recorded surface of the tape as happens when the roller is too hard.

Correct durometer as noted above helps avoid tape slippage and video errors, increased capstan roller pressure, additional wear on bearings, etc.

These replacement rollers would be ground to final specifications with new bearings installed, so that the results are concentric and the correct diameter so you won’t have issues with flutter or speed.

These rubber rollers stay cleaner longer than replacements made from materials such as polyurethane that may be available.  Ken tried polyurethane rollers in customers machines (in one case, a large duplication facility) and heard complaints that operators were having to stop work to clean the poly rollers about every fourth tape. Not good, especially on cassette-based units.

Ken supplied and installed rubber pinch rollers, which resolved the problem and gave significantly longer times between the need to clean the rollers.

As you may know, Polyurethane is used to make Particle Transfer Rollers (PTRs) used on film transfer equipment to do exactly that… transfer particulate matter like dust off the film and onto the roller. We sell those for use with film scanners.

New video heads or assemblies may be available from some manufacturers. is also an authorized representative for Videomagnetics, which is the world’s last rebuilder of 2″ Quad VTR head assemblies, and supplies refurbished upper drums and scanners for a range of broadcast 1″, 3/4″, Betacam/BetacamSP/Digital Betacam and Panasonic DVCPro recorders.

For more information or to order, click on our Contact Page and let us know how to reach you and what parts you’re specifically interested in.

Contact us for Service, Parts and Consultation on Videotape Recorder Modifications and Videotape Migration Systems.

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FXSYS Particle Transfer Rollers for scanners, processors and bench-based cleaning

fxsys poster is happy to have been named the master distributor for the well-regarded FXSYS Particle Transfer Rollers, (until 2010 made by San Lab Systems)

These specially finished, premium PTRs have been the chosen PTR in post production facilities and with major film scanner manufacturers world-wide.

They are available in two diameters and two widths:  1.5″ and 3″ diameter and 35mm and 70mm widths

“FXSYS PTRs  are made in controlled environment with a Durometer range of 28-34, which is ideal for use with motion picture film,” FXSYS co-founder and former marketing director Ganesh Sankar advised us when became the US distributor in 2010. “Testing confirms that,” he told us.

Controlled  temperature and humidity during manufacture eliminates bubbles, and avoids too hard a surface.

“If too hard, it won’t pick up as much. Too soft, it tends to shred at the ends,” Sankar said. 

Several customers using another brand reported shredding to the FXSYS distributor in the US during conversations in Autumn, 2010.

fxsys Green 1.5" x 35mm PTR

fxsys Green Micromat™ Particle Transfer Roller showing diamond-etched microgrooved surface which has what are like tiny tire treads that pick up and hold particulate matter.

“The FXSYS diamond-etched MicroMat™ Microgrooved PTR’s pick up a noticeably greater amount of particulate matter than plain PTRs from a well known competitor,” Sankar reported.

“The grooves act like tire treads do in mud and snow.”

Testing by SanLab in 2004 verified the observation. A staff chemist ran side by side comparisons, Sankar says.

“The chemist applied a uniform amount of dust to a wide, slightly sticky tape, then did an equal number of rolls over separate parts of the the tape using the Microgrooved MicroMat™ PTR’s and the competing PTR,” Sankar said. 

“By magnifying the surface hundreds of times, the chemist was able to count number of particles in an area of each PTR. The Microgrooved PTRs had noticeably more to count, up to 60% more particles.

Tacky Red™ PTRs have special applications:

fxsys Tacky Red™ PTRs

fxsys Tacky Red™ Particle Transfer Rollers which pick up more particle matter than the slightly harder MicroMat™ PTR

They were designed to meet customers’ requests.

The FXSYS Tacky Red™ PTR has a softer durometer reading between 20-24. The softer, ungrooved tacky surface picks up even more material than the MicroMat™ Microgrooved PTR’s and is usable until its covered with undesirable material.

Not for high-speed use.

January, 2015: FXSYS Announces new MicroMat™ Microgrooved Tacky Red™ PTR available for testing. Contact us for details and to obtain a four-PTR set of 1.5″ x 35mm at reduced cost.  3″ x 35mm are also available.

All FXSYS PTRs are anti-static: Surface resistance has been reduced to where the Micromat™PTR conducts static electricity away from the film to control static buildup during use.

Lifespan of the PTR’s depends on film volume: FXSYS estimates the MicroMat™ PTRs will remove dust, dirt and lint from film for a period of three to four months of constant use, if cleaned properly and regularly.

The Tacky Red™ PTRs can be washed perhaps five times and then need to be replaced.  

FXSYS PTR’s are easy to clean (See instructions below)

Multiple ways to use FXSYS PTRs:

  • Film labs use them in cleaning machines and processors.
  • Archival film restorers use a pair between rewinds to clean film without using a machine.
  • Film transfer houses and in-house facilities use them on their telecines, scanners
  • Theaters and screening rooms use them on projectors during projection
  • Film Inspection Tables can use them during inspection

Users over the years include Technicolor, Deluxe, Ascent Media Group‘s post facilities in New York and Los Angeles, Warner Bros., NBC/UniversalHigh Technology Video/Illuminate and New Wave Entertainment all in Los Angeles, Showperfect, Inc., Moorpark, California, NFL Films, Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, DuArt Film and Video, New York City, The Filmworkers Clubs in Chicago, Dallas and Nashville, NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas, AnalogRetentive, Richmond, Virginia, Alaska Film Archives, Fairbanks, Continental Film and Video, Orlando, Florida, Crawford Communications, Atlanta, Georgia, Chapman University, Orange, California, ImagineIt LLC, Chandler, Arizona, Tailor Made Transfers, Feasterville, Pennsylvania, Mystic Seaport, Mystic, Connecticut, Visible Sprockets, UK and its film scanning and lab customers in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia

Equipment makers MWA Nova, Digital Film Technology (DFT Scanity, Spirit) Digital Vision (GoldenEye including 70mm,) Kinetta and others include FXSYS PTR’s on systems because of the quality.

fxsys PTR colors

FXSYS PTRs can be made in many colors

FXSYS PTR’s are available in many colors, including blue, green, purple (black) yellow and orange, subject to stock on hand or by special order.

• All colors (except Tacky Red™) are identical in function, differing only by their color.

• Many customers use different colors to identify different PTR Sets, use different colors for different film formats or simply have a color preference.

Buffers for Film Cleaning Machines

FXSYS Soft Nap Buffers for film cleaning machines

FXSYS also supplies Lint-Free film cleaning machine buffers. 

These Rotary Application Buffers are used to polish the film after immersion cleaning in machines like RTI’s Lipsner-Smith ultrasonic and San Lab Systems / FXSYS Prista film cleaners.

Dimensions 1.5″ diameter x 2.0 ” wide x 1.5 ” thick (3.81 cm x 5.08cm x 1.27cm)

 • Lint Free • Extra soft nap • Durable

FXSYS Ultra Precision rollers and related bearings for telecine tightwind accessories are also available.

PTR Cleaning Instructions:

Palmolive Dishwashing Detergent for cleaning PTRs

• Put two to four drops of ordinary Palmolive® brand  hand dish-cleaning detergent in a liter of room temperature or cold water.

• Dip or soak the PTRs in the water for a short time.

• Then thoroughly clean the surface by rubbing with your hands and the detergent water. 

• Allow to air-dry in a particle-free environment and use.

FXSYS recommends Palmolive® detergent (Original) like Madge used in the 1960s-70s Palmolive TV commercials.

• Use slightly more detergent if the water is “hard”.

• Do not use dishwasher detergent!

• Do not use hot water as it can cause PTR’s to become very sticky and cause excessive adhesion and potential damage to the film.

• Do not use packaging (packing) or other tapes to clean a PTR! Packaging tape will transfer some of its adhesives to the PTR and cause excessive adhesion of the film to the PTR, to the film and attract dust or dirt where you don’t want it.

• Simply wash the PTR’s and allow them to dry thoroughly before re-installation.

• If cleaned properly, PTR’s should roll off of one another when stuck together. PTR’s that stick together without falling off must be re-washed in cold water and (Palmolive®) detergent.

To get more details or to order, click on our Contact Page and let us know how to reach you.

flashscan8-dot-us logo-Moving Image Tools and Technology-600x200.pngCEO: Ted Langdell
(530) 301-2931               209 East 12th Street, Marysville, CA 95901