Monthly Archives: May 2008

JES Deinterlacer

While trying to work on a project that involved a NTSC to PAL conversion, I came upon an open source piece of software called JES Deinterlacer. Â This is a really helpful tool for some of the projects that we might be working on – as it combines multiple tasks into a single program. Â For example, you can take source video with poor quality, remove some of the noise, pull out jagged frames, and blend the remaining ones while also converting to a wide variety of standards (NTSC, PAL, iPod, AppleTV, iPhone, etc.), all while correcting color issues and finally exporting to a manageable format with a single click. Â Obviously doing some of this is possible within iMovie, and might be easier in such a situation, but in others, JES Deinterlacer might be a great resource. Â There is more than what I have written here, so I would encourage all interested parties to check it out @Â Â

Chronicles of America

This entire semester I’ve been capturing a series of mysterious videos called the “Chronicles of America”. The entire set of videos were black and white silent films about the origins of the New World and the formation of America. The video set is actually a rare collection of films directed and produced by Yale in the early 20th century. The films themselves were an adaptation of a popular text series the Chronicles of America. Yale decided to produce the films as an additional educational resource (Who’s going to watch them now?). Though Yale only produced fifteen of the many episodes included in the text series, the fifteen episodes are some of the esssentials of American history. Given the time period that the films were made its probably wiser if we admire the films for their artistic qualities as opposed to their historical accuracy and objectivity. The films themselves are quite interesting and prove themselves to be enjoyable silent films. In any case, the video set I’ve been capturing is one of the last remaining copies of the original fifteen episodes, making them even more priceless. As soon as all episodes are done they’ll be place onto two brand new DVDs for the Yale Film Studies Center. I’ll even hurry on them so they’re ready just in time for you and date to sit back and enjoy some good ole American history.

Managing Educational Media with Extensis Portfolio 8.1

Recently I’ve been working on a couple of projects using the Extensis Portfolio 8.1 application. The name of the program describes it all. Portfolio 8.1 is a great way to organize your media and files and load them onto a server to be accessed from other locations. Naturally, the nature of the application makes it absolutely fabulous for Art History teachers as well as classes that use a considerable amount of images. Using Portfolio you can catalog your media into different galleries, batch rename your files so that they follow your own unique naming system (instead of that DSC garb), and even insert keywords into the metadata for the file. You can store tons of things on the server and several different people can work on it at once! At last we have a more than practical computer application for educational purposes. Extensis Portfolio 8.1 is the ideal application for those who want to organize their personal media and educational media with the same interface or database instead of using a variety of subpar options.