I've been following the " 'Slide-tape show' Software" thread with
interest, especially Tom's comments. What he describes would definitely
I have long thought that another especially helpful piece of software,
and it's applicable hardware interface, would be an online microfilm or
The user would research what they wanted to see, using whatever online
interface the library or institution had available, and then request the
spool(s) needed. A librarian or an able bodied assistant would then pull
the film and load it into the reader. Then control of the reader would
be turned over to the online user and they could browse to their heart's
content. The only snag I can see would be physically changing the spool
or sheet at the library's end.
Some enterprising developer could make steady bucks with a tool such as
On 11/15/2013 1:51 AM, Tom Fine wrote:
> Attention people who know hardware and software developers ...
> Here's the market -- many people now do presentations "talking to
> slides." The only "video" that matters, typically, are the slides.
> Embedded media is sometimes used. Rarely, separate motion-video clips
> are run, but usually off the same computer. In the end, all of this is
> projected through a single house projection system, and the audio of
> the person speaking to their slides goes through a house PA system.
> The place to capture this live as at the house system. A device with a
> pass-through for audio and video is ideal, because then house people
> don't have to hassle with more cables, splitters, etc. The device
> should live between whatever switcher is feeding the projector, and
> between the audio mixer and the PA amplifiers. It should record to
> flash media or a hard drive, and record directly to some common
> web-video standard like MOV or AVI or Flash. Perhaps it can have a
> setting to record full uncompressed HD, but I doubt the switcher or
> projector are working in that mode to begin with.
> This could be accomplished in a little box no bigger than most audio
> flash recorders, or perhaps it could be a box that connects to an iPad
> or iPhone.
> Someone would make some $$$ on this if it were priced cheap and worked
> -- Tom Fine