• An Open Source Application for Image-Based Digital Reproduction of Optical Film Sound

    Project Director(s):
    Gregory James Wilsbacher
    Author(s):
    Gregory James Wilsbacher
    Date:
    2013
    Group(s):
    Data Rescue
    Subject(s):
    Library and information science
    Item Type:
    White paper
    Institution:
    University of South Carolina Research Foundation
    Tag(s):
    NEH White papers, Research and Development, NEH Preservation and Access
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6HT02
    Abstract:
    The University of South Carolina Moving Image Research Collections (MIRC) is collaborating with research faculty from the University’s Interdisciplinary Mathematics Institute (IMI) to develop an open-source software application to directly reproduce the optical sound tracks of motion picture films from digital scans. We seek $362,125 (of a total $465,905 budget), from the National Endowment for the Humanities over a three-year period to fund our collaboration and take our proven concept through development to deployment as an open-source and freely available application. Unless alternatives to current expensive approaches to digitizing sound films are found, access to most of this important material will effectively end as the commercial sector abandons support for traditional film screening equipment.
    Notes:
    Creating a one-pass system to capture accurately both image and sound in digital scanning. In particular, historians would benefit from the availability of this open-source software tool, since film constitutes a vital primary souce for research on the 20th century.
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    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    2 years ago
    License:
    Attribution-NonCommercial
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