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Primeau Productions begins restoring Napoleon Hill Film Episodes

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Why would the Napoleon Hill Foundation use Primeau Productions to enhance and restore 16 mm film recordings of Napoleon Hill?  Don Green, executive director, chose Primeau Productions to digitize several 16 mm films of Napoleon Hill mostly because of their owners forensic expertise. The same expertise that has driven the growth of sister company Primeau Forensics. Primeau Productions has the ability to forensically and scientifically enhance film and video recordings using forensic technology. They may be the only video production company owned by video forensic experts.

What does it take to restore historical film?

It take several components to restore 50 year old film. The most important is the talent and experience handling film. Next, the hardware and software used to digitize these films is the same that is used in video forensic cases. This process allows Primeau Productions to have the ability and technology to restore these rare films to high definition quality. Primeau Productions began the transfer and restoration of several Napoleon Hill 16MM film episodes back in 2011 from the Master Key to Success video series.

We have built our reputation on creativity and strengthened it with perfection. Over the last 34 years Primeau Productions continues to develop their reputation with integrity and expertise. Our integrity shows by our client list and our expertise comes across in our finished product.

 

 

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Below is an image of the metal container that has helped preserve the film for over 50 years!

Metal containers were used to store film as well as fiber containers. Both were designed to keep the film cool and dry. Acme Film Laboratories used metal containers to store the Master Key to Success films that we transferred and restored. These films were produced by Dick Brown Productions out of Hollywood California. The films were in excellent shape when we received them and had been stored well.

 

 

Film Reel Napoleon Hill 1

Restoration Step One

The first step in restoration is to inspect the film. This is a process that helps determine the type of residue, dirt or lint dust that has accumulated on the surface of the film over the years. Once the nature of the dirt was determined, we used the appropriate cleaning methods to remove this coating that caused the film to look a little out of focus. Once the films were clean, they were clear and like new.

Any type of restoration, film or video, must be cleaned before it can be digitized.

Restoration Step Two

The second step is to look at the sprocket wear. Once the transfer process begins, the sprocket wear causes the film to play back with a shaky picture. We use Adobe After Effects to stabilize the image as part of the restoration process.

This particular series of films were recorded with an optic sound track. In other words, the audio portion of this film is not on a magnetic strip, it is a visually displayed sound configuration that is reproduced or played by using an optic sound reading projector.

16MM film projectors that have optic audio track capability have a single sprocket on the right side of the film and the optic audio track on the left side of the film as seen in the photograph below.

The audio portion is stored on the left side of the film as seen in the photograph below.

Napoleon hill film roll

The optic audio reader uses light to project the audio track to the optic reader built into the 16MM film projector.

Optical Sound Reader

 

We used a High Definition digital video camera to record the film and convert into digital form. The recording is then loaded into our computer for color correction, image restoration and HD formatting so it looks its best when played back. We use the Adobe CS6 suite of software for film restoration because of the quality of the tools in After Effects, Premiere Pro and Photoshop.

Extensive care is extremely important throughout this process because the film is fragile and easily scratched.

Once the film has been restored, a full quality Quicktime file is created, as well as subsequent digital video files for DVD authoring and other ‘to-be-determined’ Internet use.

Primeau Productions believes that the Napoleon Hill video collection will serve a huge purpose for future generations because the lessons taught by Dr. Hill are timeless. Plus, it is wonderful to see Napoleon Hill speaking in person about his studies and lessons learned.

Click here for more information on video enhancement and VHS restoration.

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How To: Get Great Video Footage with a “Tape-In” Method

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

13885876624_51f737675e_nThe traditional method for acquiring video footage is to hire a crew and pay their cost plus expenses. I hope to shed some light on alternative low-to-no cost methods of having your performance videotaped. “The Tape-In” is one of those ideas.

“The Tape-In.”
This method is used most often. Professional speakers and performers can organize an event with several of their colleagues and conduct mini-seminars or performances, invite the public and split the cost of the video crew to get footage. This works for bands too. Organize several good bands in your area and put on an event. Hire a video crew and split the cost with the other bands. You’ll all get professionally shot video at a fraction of the cost.

You might want to charge admission for the tape-in to create higher perceived-value. People see little value in a free performance. Unless, you have already made a name for yourself and the show is at a high-profile location.

Play to a crowd that loves you.
Use a gimmick or hook to get a large audience together for the tape-in. For example, I once knew of a couple of bands that organized a “battle-of-the-bands” event. They printed flyers and distributed them at gigs prior to the event and hired a video crew. Each band had twenty minutes to play, and the audience “voted” by applause. All the bands got great stage footage, and when it came time to vote, they had great footage of dozens of clapping, screaming fans (and the winner had their share of the video costs split between the losing bands).

These showcase events work for comedians as well as other performers. In fact, if your marketing is on-target, the organizer can make money off these events. When I was younger we used to get three bands together on a Saturday night and put on a Hall Party. We charged ten dollars at the door for the event, which included music, beer and one food item. We sold additional food and the bands sold their tapes and T-shirts. We recorded the show and closed when the beer was gone. And we actually made a profit! People had a great time and the bands got to perform, sell products and gain visibility that often turned into future gigs.

Get a little help from friends.
If you are having trouble marketing your “tape-in” event, you could require each participant or performer to bring 5 to 10 people for their admission fee so that there is a sizable audience in the video. It’s a good idea to invite prospects for future business to the tape-in so that you have a better chance to get future bookings.

But don’t limit yourself to these people. In the speaking business, these people are meeting planners and bureaus. In the music and entertainment world these people are booking agents, club owners and record companies. They tend to be more analytical and less enthusiastic about your performance because they have to anticipate what their customers want and will enjoy.

It’s also nice to have your greatest fans and supporters there. These people will help energize your performance. You might even hand pick the audience from your mailing list for a special invitation list and create an “invitation only” event. Then, you need the general public to help make this all affordable and profitable. I recommend the following to market your event:

1. Make flyers and pass them out everywhere (be careful not to litter). Do not put them on auto windshields because people will be annoyed.

2. Create press releases and send them to all of the local media. Newspapers have a “what’s happening” section they need to fill, and radio stations often have a spotlight for local events.

Interested in learning more about professional media services like audio/video? Contact me at 800-647-4281.

This information is taken from my book The Art of Production, which you can purchase from Amazon or you can purchase an e-book version from SmashWords.

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