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April « 2009 « Behind the Scenes

Repairing VHS Tapes – Transplanting

April 29th, 2009

Today I received a faulty VHS tape from a client. Ultimately it was to be digitized, but before that was even an option, I had to get the tape to play. After testing on a variety of players, it seemed clear that this was a problem with the physical cassette, not the data on the tape.

A routine transplant was in order. Read the rest of this entry »

Streaming Media Solutions Experts

April 13th, 2009

A rather large FWIW…backstar is focused on large audience, often international webcasting. We have been working with digital media since forever collectively and webcasting LIVE events since 2002. Our independence of any marriage to platform, system or network enables us to use customized arrays of tools and systems for optimal content creation, editing, compression, webcasting and streaming media of all kinds. Read the rest of this entry »

Datamoshing – the beauty of glitch

April 9th, 2009

Datamoshing, as it has been coined by the Providence, RI artist collective Paper Rad (warning, site may induce seizures), refers to a technique of exploiting video compression to create intentional artifacting and distortion. If you’ve ever skipped ahead in a poorly compressed DVD rip and seen the moving outlines of actors ghosted behind the pixels of the scene you were just watching then you know what I’m talking about. Read the rest of this entry »


April 7th, 2009

So today begins as usual, with the typical re-routing of time away from the base building to evangelizing (and perhaps upselling) to a client. Out of respect to her, as well as any one I might mention on my blog, I will not mention her by name until she has a chance to say yes. In any case, she brought in (2) VHS tapes she wanted to convert to DVD. Now while she only imagined the possibility of her content as a disc, I see it much broader. For the last twelve years, I have constantly explored, learned and produced content destined for the web. Whether it is my job or not, I am always mentioning to clients the value of nearly free distribution online. Most people get it, though may not have the website yet to host it, the webmaster available to upload it, yada yada yada. There are many means to route your video online that are both free and easy. Read the rest of this entry »


April 3rd, 2009

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