Thanks for everyone for such good info and advice on how this works. I
will not attempt this myself and will follow the various leads to find the
right place, including of course the DuArt place in NYC, close to where I
am. The film was made years ago (maybe 1970's) by a university for some
kind of educational project that never got off the ground, and the details
are fuzzy to me. The present owner of the film acquired it from the
school, which I believe gave it to him some time back because they didn't
care about it, and he got a lo-def transfer to DVD made in a town in
Canada, that he says is poor quality, both video and audio (no surprise
there!). The film might actually be of good quality (I don't know yet).
It contains chamber music performances by notable performers. We'll see
if it bears any copyright notices, but I am guessing not since this project
never went forward. I think the film was like a pilot.
That was a good suggestion about finding the audio tape for the soundtrack,
but unfortunately I have no knowledge that such exists. The sound is
probably going to be mono, but of course that doesn't mean it won't sound
On Mon, Apr 1, 2013 at 8:16 PM, Randy A. Riddle <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
> I'll just back up what everyone else is saying - you don't want to
> transfer it by playing it through a projector.
> Film transfers are done in a couple of ways. An older method uses a
> special projector with five blades to account for the differences
> between the frame rates of film and NTSC video used on dvds. More
> recent methods that give you higher resolution scan the film directly
> to digital and preserve the frame rate, so it could be used in its
> original form for high definition streaming or blu-ray.
> If you try to transfer it with a projector, you'll get loss of image
> quality and probably some strobing, since the speed of the projector
> isn't matched to your video camera.