Category Archives: Video Archive

Preservation for Home Movies

Home movies all too often get relegated to basements where they sit with recordings of made-for-TV movies or other equally-neglected videos. Of course, there are always the semi-annual walks down memory lane where people pull out the documentation of times … Continue reading

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Picklist #3

Some random morsels from the Internet Archive collections: 1. Paul Otlet (pronounced ot-LAY; 1868-1944) is considered the “father” of information science. A Belgian lawyer and visionary, he aspired to create a central repository of all human knowledge. From the 1920s … Continue reading

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New strategy for Internet Archive movies!

We have rebuilt all of our nearly 200,000 videos at the archive! [We finished this Dec 1, 2008] Related cross-blog with OLPC. Here is a table-based chart of which video formats will be “derived” into which formats (we are creating … Continue reading

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Rederiving our movies to Ogg Theora and more!

[reposted and edited with generous consent from John Gilmore] The Internet Archive has a collection of about 185,000 moving images, including many cartoons and full-length movies that have fallen into the public domain.  They offer full downloads in the best … Continue reading

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Fast and reliable way to encode Theora Ogg videos using ffmpeg, libtheora, and liboggz

archive.org has started to make theora derivatives for movie files, where we create an Ogg Theora video format output for each movie file. after trying a bunch of tools over a good corpus of wide-ranging videos, i found a neat … Continue reading

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Picklist #2

In search of unusual items at Archive.org… 1) Anaïs Nin – Winter of Artifice, a collection of three short novels: Stella, Winter of Artifice, The Voice, with engravings by Ian Hugo. Some of the historical data surrounding this book is … Continue reading

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Picklist #1

Miscellaneous picks from the Archive.org site… 1) Classic book: The Duchess of Langeais by Honoré de Balzac This short novel tells a tragic love story, or a duel of personalities, in a style that seems surprisingly modern and with a … Continue reading

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Experimental film, etc.

Lutz Mommartz (MOVING IMAGES) – Over 60 short works by this veteran German experimental filmmaker. Many of the films are without dialogue, but even those with non-subtitled German conversation can be appreciated for their poetic visuals and use of sound. … Continue reading

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Justice League of Public Domain Victorian Characters?

Yeah, it doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue. Alan Moore’s series, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen , affords the readers a Steampunk setting for these fanciful creations of Victorian imagination. The original series, illustrated bye Kevin O’Neill, premiered in 1999 … Continue reading

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MLK – A Hero's Journey

A hero is one who has given him(her)self up to the benefit of another. April 4 marks the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s assassination. Voicing ideas and challenging authority is a path lined with fatal dangers. In an extreme case … Continue reading

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