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The Case for Super2k

Super2k is a sharper, crisper 2k scan that takes full advantage of the large sensor in our film scanner. Here we look at the difference between two scans: one regular 2k, one Super2k.

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Just how big are those files, anyway?

Wondering how big your 4k scan is going to be? Look no further! Here we break down the data rates on all the common formats (DPX and ProRes) at resolutions higher than HD.

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Historic footage of 1963 Birmingham, AL protests

On May 3, 1963, in Kelly Ingram Park in Birmingham Alabama, Public Safety Commissioner Eugene "Bull" Connor gave the order to use fire hoses and police dogs against protesters marching for civil rights. The disturbing images created that day by photographers and television cameras are credited with galvanizing support for the movement, not just within the United States, but around the world.
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Screening Old Film Prints

Great article on efforts to keep 35mm and 16mm feature film projection alive.

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Move it or Lose it: Storing Digital Media

One of the biggest problems with transferring analog media (such as film) to digital formats, is managing and maintaining the resulting digital files.

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Private company to control US-Gov't produced films

A story we saw over at BoingBoing about how a private company has been given licensing rights to the US Department of Defense's audiovisual library. It's an interesting model for public entities that want to scan film archives, but don't have the budget for it.

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Ingmar Bergman soap commercials

When the Swedish film industry went on strike in 1951, Bergman made commercials for Bris Soap.

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How our scanner handles damaged film

Our film scanner is not only sprocket-free (so it can deal with damaged film more easily), but the digital "pin registration" works even if the sprocket holes are damaged. This is a video we made that shows that in action.

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Lost Forever: The Art of Film Preservation

Lost Forever: The Art of Film Preservation is a 27 minute documentary that covers the history of film preservation, from early nitrate film up to digital media preservation.

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How YouTube handles variable network speeds

Computerphile has uploaded an interesting interview with some folks at YouTube about how video is broken down into chunks, each with different resolutions and compression levels, to better deal with variability in network performance.

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