[SIGCIS-Members] CCS Meeting October 21st - Digitising Hollywood — the Development of Digital Recording for Cinema (CIS)

Roger Johnson r.johnson at bbk.ac.uk
Sun Oct 3 08:38:40 PDT 2021

Dear Fellow Members

The next meeting of the Computer Conservation Society for the 2021/22 season is on Thursday 21st October. It will be a hybrid meeting with the lecture being given at the BCS London meeting room with an option for interactive participation via Zoom.

The meeting will start at 2PM with a short AGM and the lecture will begin at 2.30PM. There will be a Zoom “waiting room” in operation. It will not be possible to join the AGM after it has started but there will be an opportunity to join for the talk shortly before 2.30pm. Copies of the AGM papers are available on request from r.johnson at bbk.ac.uk<mailto:r.johnson at bbk.ac.uk> .  As last year, online participants will be able to vote via Zoom.

The Zoom link for the AGM and lecture is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85701761307<https://www.google.com/url?q=https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85701761307&sa=D&source=calendar&usd=2&usg=AOvVaw2CkKXxo0IFL27MHTWwnU9p>

The title of the meeting is Digitising Hollywood — the Development of Digital Recording for Cinema. Our speaker will be Delwyn Holroyd. Delwyn joined the National Museum of Computing in 2009 as a volunteer and leads the 2966 and HDC project teams. He started his career in computing in 1987 with ICL Mainframe Systems at West Gorton. During his time at ICL he worked with the Series 39 SX OCP, VME and Open TP teams. Between 1994 and 2003 he worked for Lightworks Editing Systems, a pioneer in the field of non-linear video editing, and 5D Solutions, creator of innovative PC-based visual effects compositing software. In 2003 he co-founded Codex Digital, a company that provides recording and workflow technology to the media industry. In 2019 Delwyn was awarded an Emmy for his contribution to the film and television industry, with their technology being used on many films including Mary Poppins and Bohemian Rhapsody and the TV series Game of Thrones.

Delwyn writes that the film industry was a relative latecomer to the world of digital cameras. In this talk we’ll discover why the transition took so long, and look at some of the pioneering cameras. We’ll then go on to look at recording technology, which was video tape-based in the early days before transitioning to hard disks and finally to solid state flash memory. We’ll look at some of the technical problems that needed to be solved to create systems that can reliably capture video at very high data rates on location, in all weathers, and when a second take may not be an option. Along the way there will be a few war stories too!

Please pre-register for the event.  To do so, follow this link http://www.computerconservationsociety.org/lectures/current/lecture.htm and click on the “Book” symbol. Please indicate if you intend to participate in person or remotely. Remote participants will be notified of the URL for the Zoom link a few days in advance of the meeting.

Our meetings are open to all free of charge so do pass on this invitation to others who may be interested in this meeting or other CCS activities.

The programme for the 2021/22 season will be found at http://www.computerconservationsociety.org/lectures/current/lecture.htm

Good wishes

Roger Johnson
CCS London Programme Secretary

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