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Mass Productions Digitizes Audio Reels for Harvard University

Mass Productions recently completed digitizing 100 audio reels for Harvard University for research purposes.    The tapes dated back to the 1950’s, and contained a lot of hum and hiss.     We digitized the Audio Reels to NARA standards of 96Khz, 24 bit archival audio files, and then spent many hours restoring them to remove the noise.     The cleaned up audio was then saved to separate restoration files.     Harvard was very happy with our timely work and excellent results.

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Mass Productions restores a 16mm film for Harvard School Of Public Health

Mass Productions has restored a documentary 16mm film for the Harvard School Of Public Health. The reels of this 1971 film have been all around the world, therefore they are pretty beat up.

The film has severe sprocket hole damage, and the color has turned pink! We repaired the sprockets, and color corrected the image. The film has optical audio, which tends to have lots of pops and ticks, but we removed them!

The result is clean High Definition video files with restored color and audio.     Harvard was very pleased with our results.

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Mass Productions Digitizes Umatic and VHS archive for Framingham State University

Mass Productions is digitizing videotapes for Framingham State University. Over 100 3/4″ Umatic videotapes, VHS, Betacam SP, Digital Betacam, and some 16mm films from 1935!

Many of the Umatic videotapes are sticky and require baking before one final playback to recover the video to QuickTime Digital video files for archiving.

The films are very delicate, and we are scanning them to High Definition video files.

The videos and films contain graduation ceremonies,  sports games, plays, and other important events that have taken place at Framingham State University over the decades.

 

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Mass Productions Digitize 8mm video for Brookwood School

Mass Productions has started yet another large archive project.    This time it’s for the Brookwood School in Manchester Massachusetts.     We will be digitizing about 60 VHS tapes, 300 8mm videotapes, and 500 Mini DV videotapes.      The Brookwood School will store the digitized videos on their RAID server, and will be accessing them with Apple TV in their media lab.

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Mass Productions Digitizes One Inch Type A Videotape

Mass Productions is busy restoring one inch type A video tapes for Cape Cod Community College.    This rare video format came onto the market in 1965 and was replaced a few years later by 1 inch type C video tape.     The videos we are restoring are a graduation Ceremony from 1971.   We first had to clean and bake the tapes before we could play them back one more time to digitize the videos.

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Mass Productions Digitizes Rare 16mm film of JFK at his Inauguration Parade

Mass Productions recently scanned this rare 16mm film to High Definition video for the JFK library.

This film is from his inauguration parade in Washington DC, 1961.

During the film, you can see the Boston Latin School marching band go by, as well as a mock float looking like the PT109.

JFK is clearly very pleased by the float, and he gives a big thumbs up as it goes by.

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Mass Productions completes Saturday Evening Girls Archive for Umass Boston

We restored and digitized the “Saturday Evening Girls” archive for Umass Boston.   Which featured interviews recorded in the 1970’s of the talented ladies in Boston’s north end who made “Paul Revere Pottery”.     The archive consisted of 1/2″ black and white EIAJ video reels, Umatic and VHS videotapes.    Due to their age, all the videotapes were sticky and required baking before transfer.     We also digitized DAT tapes, audio reels, cassettes, and Micro Cassettes.    Umass was very pleased with our archive digitization services.  “My thanks and appreciation for the fantastic job you did for us in digitizing the SEG materials!  Right before the holiday break, our entire staff went through the set, checking the spreadsheet, listening to and watching the footage.  We had a great time, and I was delighted with the overall quality of the digital audio and video.  I was also impressed throughout the process with your professionalism and careful attention to detail in getting the best from tapes.   I look forward to working with you in the future.”Joanne Riley, University Archivist and Curator, University of Massachusetts Boston.

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Mass Productions begins digitizing VHS tapes for Boston Ballet

Mass Productions will start 2015 with digitizing over 700 VHS tapes for the Boston Ballet.    These videotapes are a critical visual reference of past performances.

Using VHS decks with digital time base corrector,  drop out compensator, and video noise reduction,  we will digitize the tapes to QuickTime files.

These files will be used to create Mp4 files optimized to stream on Apple TV boxes at the Boston Ballet Studio.       This will completely eliminate any further wear and tear on the videotapes.

It will also make it much easier for instructors and students to quickly access the performances.

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Mass Productions begins digital archive for Bridgewater State College featuring Robert Frost

Mass Productions begins an archive project for Bridgewater State College. We are digitizing thousands of feet of 16 mm film, as well as audio reels and VHS tapes. This tape is a one of a kind recording of Robert Frost reading his own poetry at the college in 1959!

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Mass Productions completes Oriana Fallaci achive and discovers lost interview of Alfred Hitchcock!

Mass Productions has completed the Oriana Fallaci audio archive for Boston University.

Over 118 audio reels of varying sizes and speeds, as well as 44 very old and fragile cassette tapes.

The tapes contained one of a kind interviews of world leaders, actors, artists, and other famous people.

Just to name a few;  Walt Disney, Walter Cronkite, John Glenn, Dean Martin, The Dali Lama, The Maharishi, Neal Armstrong, Peter O’Toole, Frank Capra, etc.

We discovered an unknown interview of Alfred Hitchcock on the reverse side of a reel containing an interview of artist Diego Rivera!

Nobody knew the interview existed, until a small scrap of paper with “Hitchcock” written on it fell out of the tape box when we opened it.

This lost interview is a fascinating half hour discussion.  Alfred explains how he finances his own movies, so that he has complete artistic control.

We thoroughly enjoyed restoring and preserving these very rare historic recordings, and hope they become available to the public in the future.

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