[Videolib] DVD's 2, etc.

Delin, Peter (delin@zlb.de)
Thu, 23 Sep 2004 19:00:40 +0200

We've just got "PLAYBACK: Preserving Analog Video" made by the Bay Area
Video Coalition in San Francisco
We used it for a meeting on video preservation yesterday. Here in
Germany there is a huge problem to rescue video collections from the
seventies mainly of video artists from that time. The interactive DVD
demonstrates how important cooperation with the artists is in video
restoring. The restoration process is demonstrated as a preservation
case study with the tape The Eternal Frame
http://www.eai.org/eai/tape.jsp?itemID=4109 in cooperation with Doug
Hall and Chip Lord. The DVD contains the complete film before and after
restoration. Very interesting!

Peter Delin
Zentral- und Landesbibliothek Berlin

MileFilms@aol.com schrieb:
> Sorry, I hit the sent message too early.
> The problems:
> Too many films, too little financial incentive to bring them out, too
> many lost materials.
> A lack of organization (especially in master materials and
> coordinating paper relating to the films) and a lack of technical
> knowledge by the distributors.
> Lack of proper storage.
> Definite lack of money.
> No acknowledged technical preservation format for video
> DVD will probably last only five more years and then the next
> technology will have even more problems of conversion.
> It can cost up to $40,000 to preserve a film, re-master that film to
> video, and bring it out on DVD.
> and many, many more problems than can be named in one email.
> Some ideas for solutions:
> Convincing non-profit distribs to apply for grants for this purpose.
> Convincing granting organizations that this should be a priority.
> Having ALA/VLA take nominations from non-profits and indy filmmakers
> for a preservation/distribution award on the condition that the title
> be released within twelve months or the money is to be returned.
> Work with local non-profit distributors and indy filmmakers by sending
> interns and students to help catalog and inspect their material (we
> set up our beloved intern with a job in Paris to do this with a
> well-known feminist filmmaking coop in Paris that's just restarting
> after twenty years to save their films). Make this a prority with
> library studies.
> Make the distributors know that specific titles are needed in better
> formats and/or condition.
> Let the manufacturers know that they must come together and agree upon
> one technical format that can have some archival longevity.
> To learn more about preservation, join the Association of Moving Image
> Archivists (www.amianet.org) to find out what is being done and what
> can be done in the future.
> Dennis Doros
> Milestone Film & Video
> PO Box 128
> Harrington Park, NJ 07640
> Phone: (201) 767-3117
> Fax: (202) 767-3035
> Email: milefilms@aol.com
> Website: http://www.milestonefilms.com