Audio Visual/ITV Center
San Francisco State University
San Francisco CA 94132-4200
On Thursday, September 23, 2004, at 10:00 AM, Delin, Peter wrote:
> 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: email@example.com
>> Website: http://www.milestonefilms.com
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