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Wednesday, May 15 • 3:00pm - 3:30pm
(Electronic Media) Restoring the Residents: Correcting Fixed and Variable Speed Changes In Video Recordings

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Off-speed video recordings, whether due to VTR defects, tape slippage, poor maintenance, or low battery, present a challenge for proper tape playback. The complexity increases when tape speed varies over time. A rolling image which is not affected by changes in skew, tracking or an external TBC is typically the indicator of a speed problem. Several unique methods for correcting these issues will be presented using examples from the preservation of the pre-EIAJ 1/2" open reel recording of the first known video of The Residents, an American art collective best known for avant-garde music, performance and multimedia works. The techniques discussed can be applied to a variety of early tape formats that use AC line locked synchronous motors, including 1/2" EIAJ and 1" Type A.

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Bill Seery

Director of Preservation Services, The Standby Program
Bill Seery has over 40 years of experience in sound design, editing and mixing for film, video, radio and multimedia as the owner and operator of Mercer Media. For the past 25 years he has been active in the preservation and restoration of time based media including audio and moving... Read More →

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Maurice Schechter

Time Based Media Engineer, DuArt Film and Video
Maurice Schechter was the Chief Engineer at DuArt Restoration in New York for over 20 years. He is widely known as a media preservationist, archivist, television historian. He has also lectured and held workshops on the technology of conservation and preservation of film and video... Read More →

Wednesday May 15, 2019 3:00pm - 3:30pm EDT
Passamaquoddy/Brothertown Rooms Sky Convention Center, Mohegan Sun
  Specialty Session, Electronic Media