12 January 2014
Continuing to work on the new web site, experimenting with different banner images and organizing more photo galleries. Other minor tweaks to provide captions to photos in galleries. Starting to collect bios and photographs of key members of the Hip Pocket Theatre troupe.
Peggy Bott Kirby has picked up the first batch of digitized videos from Visions Videography over in Arlington. Alan Brown, owner of Visions Videography has a lot of years of experience doing these video transfers and all the necessary equipment, except beta. Bruce and I can't wait to get the digital files in our hands to take a look at their quality. I am especially interested in their size so we can get a better estimate on the amount of digital storage space we'll be needing to hold all of these files.
Eagle Audio called today to let me know they had bought a SuperVHS player on eBay and were heading to FedEx to pick it up. This means they will have the ability to help transfer the approximately 96 SuperVHS tapes we have in the collection. They also have a couple of VHS to DVD players and the ability to transfer the 3/4-inch UMATIC tapes. We'll get together some time next week to do some transfers to see how they turn out.
I spoke with Jerry Hudson and Jeff Ward last week at Eagle Audio Recording. We use them whenever Johnny needs to do a pre-recorded piece for a play. They have actually been associated with the theatre for many years and used to do a lot of recording for Douglas Balentine back in the day. Anyway, I digress, they saw the article in the FW Weekly about Bruce Balentine's Kickstarter project and contacted Johnny Simons to say they wanted to help. Who knew they also did video transfer work? I didn't. Turns out they have a whole studio set aside for just that purpose and they have all of the equipment too. They've offered to do the transfers or allow me to use their equipment and do it myself. So...off I go this week with a couple of tapes I can't do with my equipment to see how it works. Big thumbs up for Eagle Audio Recording (817) 877-4338. 911 South Main St., Fort Worth, TX 76104.
Began working yesterday on a major revision to the Hip Pocket Theatre website. Have been able, over the past two days, to establish all of the major new sections to the site along with a lot of new technologies for the presentation of video clips, etc. Am now implementing a Preservation Blog page where I can keep you all informed of progress in the transfer of the videos, development of the database, etc.