What measures are we taking to preserve media? Aug 29, 2021 17:22:11 GMT
Post by forlornjackalope on Aug 29, 2021 17:22:11 GMT
I have a dehumidifier and two air conditioners running 24/7 to keep perfect climate. Whenever I can afford to I buy up people's family home movies, VHS collection, 8mm film, Hi8, and my audio archives for reel to reel. I also scour the internet for unreleased garage bands on cassettes and reel to reel.
For my 8mm and 16mm film I keep them vacuum sealed in a dedicated chest freezer in my basement until I can afford to finish building my 4K res scanning setup. No museum would care about saving these historic footage so it is up to people like us. My films and audio date from around 1930s to 1980s. A mix of home movies, television news LPP prints, lost television shows, unsigned bands, concert bootlegs. My goal is to start in about 2-3 years from now when I save up some Benjamins. When I finish I am willing to take on anyone's major collection free of charge and archive anything for anyone. Sort of like a nonprofit to save home movies and lost material.
All together I have become overwhelmed by 40,000 feet of film, 60 hours of video tape, and 200 hours of audio tape of unreleased material. I have archived zero of it as of yet until I can afford to complete the setup to make this possible. It would simply be too much money to pay someone else to do it for me. I refuse to give them away and have a major company or museum slap a giant watermark across them and charge people to view stock footage. I want to share them to the archive for everyone to use. I'm so glad I found this forum where there are like minded people who care just as much as I do about saving history from around the world. My friends think I'm crazy.
Equipment I have so far...
Panasonic AG7350 (to archive VHS soundtracks (superior to Blue Ray)
Betacam SP 2800 (Usually television commercials and college projects)
Teac V800 (for Hi8 transfers)
BV10 TBC (early model for VHS)
Framemeister (for upscaling videotape material)
MCI JH110 (For my 15IPS speed tapes / heads relapped by JRF Magnetics)
Teac 7030GSL (for my 4 track stereo tapes / heads replaced by JRF Magnetics + new motor bearings)
Kenwood KX-1030 (cassette transfers w/ adjustable azimuth)
Genex GX9048 (for DSD audio capture of music material)
Pace PPS-200 (Desoldering station w/ new gun)
What I need...
Variable speed 8mm, Super8, and 16mm projector
Z CAM E2-S6 (for film capture)
Recapped Panasonic AG1980 (need line TBC)
JBC CA-2QE (Automatic solder feed station)
*Need to recap Pan VCR + MCI JH110
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Damn, dude. You're upstaging all of us over here with all that equipment and content you got there!
Do you check out places like eBay for sold as blank tapes or suspicious film reels? With how you have a good system running, I'm kind of tempted to send you one of my most prized tapes. It might be 98% of a kid's show, but it's packed with peak early 90s material and stuff made and supported by my hometown and our local PBS affiliate. I don't think any of the ads or bumpers have been seen anywhere else in close to 30 years, which makes me feel mega old.