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Digitizing 100 miles of old 16mm educational films
August 16, 2012 7:00 AM   Subscribe


 
Dang.
posted by Skygazer at 7:06 AM on August 16, 2012


Some Things Weird!
posted by ZenMasterThis at 7:11 AM on August 16, 2012


I love AV Geeks. I attended one of the live shows at the Alamo in Austin sometime around 2000 and have been following 'em off and on since then. Good to see that they're a member of the Mefi Army and I eagerly await a point when I can sit down and watch these.
posted by item at 7:17 AM on August 16, 2012


Awesome stuff
posted by DU at 7:22 AM on August 16, 2012


Thanks for doing this, AV Geeks, and thanks for posting about it.
posted by Rykey at 7:23 AM on August 16, 2012


I must say, this just made my balls drop into my socks.
posted by timsteil at 7:23 AM on August 16, 2012 [1 favorite]


I must say, this just made my balls drop into my socks.

Hey! I was the one that transferred that film. Skip had me help him around the AV Geeks lab when I was jobless in 2008.

I'm glad that this got posted to the Blue.
posted by NoMich at 7:31 AM on August 16, 2012 [2 favorites]


Fun stuff.
posted by cjorgensen at 7:37 AM on August 16, 2012


Ooh... this will be a lot of fun to rummage through.
posted by idest at 7:45 AM on August 16, 2012


So you say they're "public domain 16mm films that anyone can watch, download and/or repurpose for their own projects, free of charge. " That's for sure? Like Prelinger? Do they require any sort of license? Or does YouTube? Any way you look at it, that's amazing. Definitely worth a contribution.
posted by fungible at 8:34 AM on August 16, 2012


This is a great project, thank you for posting it.
Funny enough, I was just going to post an AskMe about what scanners are available for motion picture film of 35mm and 16mm. Not to derail much, but the quality on these things is fantastic, wondering what equipment they use for the digitizing.
posted by CNNInternational at 8:43 AM on August 16, 2012


The films we are posting have been researched to be in the public domain. They are US works where either the copyright has lapsed or there never was a copyright. The films are being transfered with a MWA Nova Flashtransfer16. It's a nice machine that is delicate on film - since some of these films are pretty beat up.. You can help our effort (the more funds that are raised, the more films are shared and you get nifty perks) by contributing here. Or just share with the films with your friends.
posted by avgeeks at 8:48 AM on August 16, 2012 [4 favorites]


Does anyone remember a comedian (it may have been on SNL) who did an impersonation of the way people sounded on these films, by talking while his lips vibrated?

A quick search produced neither video nor reference, but I remember it being very funny.
posted by ericbop at 9:49 AM on August 16, 2012


But is the distinctive clatter of the 16mm feed mechanism being incorporated on the digital soundtrack? My kids hear that when they watch TF2 instructional videos, and as far as I know they've never even seen a real 16mm projector...
posted by randomkeystrike at 9:51 AM on August 16, 2012


I am so excited to look through these. Thank you! Thank you!
posted by Isadorady at 9:58 AM on August 16, 2012


Does anyone remember a comedian (it may have been on SNL) who did an impersonation of the way people sounded on these films, by talking while his lips vibrated?

A quick search produced neither video nor reference, but I remember it being very funny.


The National Lampoon and the Firesign Theatre used to do this.
posted by eoden at 10:05 AM on August 16, 2012


It would be interesting to farm out colorization to Mechanical Turk but I have no idea where the money for that would come from.
posted by crapmatic at 10:14 AM on August 16, 2012


If anyone's in Raleigh, NC tonight, Skip's doing a showing of 40-year-old films about solar energy tonight at the Contemporary Art Museum:

In conjunction with CAM Raleigh's Third Friday series and the Andy Hall—FORM SPECIAL: Solar Projects and Site Collages exhibition, the A/V Geeks present an evening of 16mm classroom films about how the sun and how solar energy can help us with our energy crisis... all from nearly 40 years ago! Remember when the White House had solar panels? What happened to them and the whole solar movement?
posted by mediareport at 6:10 AM on August 17, 2012


Can I just say the "scientists" in this video need to be waterboarded by a baby and a chimp?
posted by Rykey at 7:12 AM on August 17, 2012


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