Magazine article Journal of Film Preservation

Guide to a Basic Technical Equipment Required by Audio, Film and Television Archives

Magazine article Journal of Film Preservation

Guide to a Basic Technical Equipment Required by Audio, Film and Television Archives

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Guide to a Basic Technical Equipment required by Audio, Film and Television Archives George Boston (Ed.), Milton Keynes 1991. 104 pages. Price: £10 + postage

Audio, film and television recordings are inescapably tied to technology.

The quest for historical accuracy forces the archive engineer to become an impartial observer - more a scientist in a laboratory than an engineer in a production studio. The technical implications of taking a clinical or laboratory approach are enormous. The scope of study for the archive can range from assessment of turn of the century technology to futuristic technologies that may have archival implications in the twenty-second century. This breadth of study places special demands on technical practices and machinery for archival work.

This technical reference book, prepared by the FlAF, fiat, IASA Technical Coordinating Committee, is intended to be a basic tool for the selection of archive equipment and for defining and configuring this equipment to meet the particular needs of AV archives. It is not intended to be a manual about methods of restoration but it will provide information about the technical problems facing AV archives and give advice about the standards of equipment that will be required to play the recordings without damaging them. …

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