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Film Preservation: Is Digital Possible

The National Film Preservation Foundation has an online booklet of preservation basics. In this it is stated that the implementation of digitization is not a viable form of preservations for film as of this point. Although this pamphlet was written roughly two years ago, technology has changed greatly during that time. Is the new technology good enough for the standards of the National Film Preservation Foundation? It is not within the scope of this paper to determine the answer, but rather to explore the data through which that conclusion can be made. The preservation methods presented in the National Film Preservation Foundation pamphlet serve as a cornerstone for the proceeding information to build upon and extrapolate from.

Film Digitization and Digital Access

The digitization of film, for many, means increased access. Currently a digitized film can be accessed with a computer, despite the availability of many formats. Simply put: with the right software, hardware, and internet access almost any digitized film can be played on a computer. From DVD to Divx, Quicktime to Flash, the potential of access can be limitless – not only does this exemplify the idea of globalization or a decrease in cultural gap, but it allows for smaller companies and nobodies to make and distribute their films and videos internationally. A person, within seconds, can access an obscure Japanese Anime, Korean film, or independent short that is not currently domestically available. The legality of this access is not the focus of this paper, but rather the act of making films digital or digitally making them, as well as the services to find such films.

Video Codecs: A Simple Review

How do you get video onto a DVD or the web? The answer is through “codecs”, a term for the encode/decode process that is necessary to make digital information viewable and manageable (Watkinson, 1995). So when a person wants to show his/her digital Batman fan film, s/he utilizes software that tells the encoder or decoder what to do. A user can only predict the results if they know and understand the features amond a plethora of codecs. This paper only deals with a few of these codecs and mostly focuses on the MPEG standards, because they are the building blocks for a majority of the popular codecs.

Building a Videoblog: A Retrospective Narrative

This paper reviews the steps taken to create and implement a Videoblog. It discusses free places to post and the number of hits for each, using a sample video. In a second phase of the project a video was made about making a videoblog, this showed what not to do through example.

The Ethics of Fair Use

This paper looks to explore the Fair Use Doctrine and similar laws surrounding it; in addition to current fears and reactions to manufacture manipulation of the technology that limits, if not abolishes the right. The copyright law and the Fair Use Act are so complex, that this paper aims to look at them in a very simplified manner in order to clearly communicate main ideas and principles that support the overall theme. The author plans to look at the basic ethics of property to add a context, however brief, for this law and its controversies.

Film Studies Professionals Information Seeking Needs

Film Studies, or Cinema Studies, is claimed to be one of the fastes growing disciplines in the United States. Its scholars cover many different fields and research areas. They study careers, periods, nationalities, movements, genres, making, theory, and many other topics relating to film, video, and other motion picture media. Their diversity makes this field’s research bredth very expansive and therefore requires them to have a great set of research skills. Being scholars, their information seeking needs require a self-focused scope; they need up-to-date, very detailed, scholarly materials from which to derive their own research.

The Columbus Museum of Art RFP

A sample Request for Proposal designed to demonstrate criteria that are important to a digitization project. The RFP outlines a need for both a vendor who can create digital objects under specified requirements and a vendor who can provide an image storage and retrieval system that will fit the needs of The Columbus Museum of Art.

Ohio Urban Orphans and Higher Education

In a recent Yahoo! Answers blog someone posed the question: “What is the number of orphans created from U.S. deaths in Iraq?” The answers were completely ignorant to the presence of orphans in America today. On September 11, 2001 an attack on America created 1,300 orphans. The U.S. Census Bureau’s study on Children’s Living Arrangements best describes the necessity of studying children: “Children occupy an important place in American society. Their welfare is a concern both to parents and to the public at large.” Furthermore, if we, as a society, ignore the needs and presence of children, as those respondents in the Yahoo! blog are doing, then how can they be expected to succeed in life?



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