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Compendium of Image Errors in Analogue Video

With a Contribution by Irene Schubiger
Over the past few decades, analogue videotapes have been commonly used as an artistic medium, from single-channel video works to complicated installation pieces. However, even though videotapes are now featured in collections all over the world, many conservators, curators, and other collection caretakers are at a loss when first confronted with the complexities of viewing, cataloguing, and preserving analogue videotapes.
Compendium of Image Errors in Analogue Video sets out to provide guidelines for the condition assessment and preservation of analogue video. Along with an included DVD, the book illustrates in stills and moving images the twenty-eight most common image errors found on videotapes. But the authors have provided more than just an outline of the problems facing video conservators. They also give background information on the historical and technical aspects of analogue video recording, including a chapter on how artists have purposefully experimented with image distortion and manipulation in their own work. An additional glossary fully explains the technical terms used in the book.  

272 pages | 171 color plates, 34 halftones, 1 DVD | 9 x 11 | © 2012

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“Unfortunately, there is no foolproof system for digitization, nor has the terminology for the identification and diagnosis of these errors been standardized. The Compendium of Image Errors in Analogue Video is the first publication to approach the latter in a systematic way. . . . While the descriptions are more than adequate, the authors have thoughtfully included real-life examples on an accompanying DVD. . . . The Compendium is most appropriate for media conservators and preservationists in the process of cataloging, assessing, or digitizing their video holdings. However, it is also an excellent resource for librarians, archivists, curators, and students interested in the technical background of analog media.”


Table of Contents

Combined German/English Edition

Preface and Acknowledgements
      Karoline Beltinger
How to Use this Compendium
      The Authors

A Guide to Viewing and Cataloguing Videocassettes
      Joanna Phillips and Agathe Jarczyk
Data Sheet for Cataloguing Videotapes
      Joanna Phillips and Agathe Jarczyk
Compendium of Image Errors in Analogue Video
      Johannes Gfeller, Joanna Phillips, and Agathe Jarczyk
Basic Principles of Video Technology
      Johannes Gfeller
The Artistic Use of Analogue Image Errors
      Irene Schubiger

Glossary of Video Terminology
      Joanna Phillips and Agathe Jarczyk
Index of Video Sequences and Stills
Further Reading
The Authors

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