Originally posted by ZeroGhost
They where using airbrushes in the 20's. Just look at Art Deco works to see proof.
Yes but on photos? In Photoshop?
In other news....
Posted from email.... next step in the process..
Thank You for the contact information....I will give him a ring tomorrow when I'm back in the office and send him a comprehensive report on what I
envisage with my optical scanning and software image processing technique.
Basically what I do is put the magnetic tape reels onto a slow-moving spindle that moves at a few millimetres per second so as to give enough time for
a 1024 by 1024 pixel RGB 60 fps digital camera attached to a high-quality optical magnifier to scan the tape by STITCHING multiple photos into a large
bitmap that constitutes the frame boundaries of an analog Video waveform. (I can do digitally encoded frames too). That large bitmap is then scanned
using my software using technology similar to Optical Character Recognition (OCR) where I can change the Greyscale/YIQ/YUV/YDbDr scanline information
that is likely to be on the NASA tapes into an uncompressed 720 by 480 pixel RGB video frame or to a super-sampled 1920 by 1080 pixel progressive RGB
HDTV frame that can then be converted to any modern digital video format that I want.
And I estimate the storage of uncompressed video based upon the number of reels strewn about in the McDonalds photos, to be almost one Petabyte (1000
Terabytes) of data, which is NOT a problem for me, it's just a matter of buying enough extra hard drives to hold it all on a more permanent basis.
I've already got almost two petabytes of off-line digital storage so another petabyte ain't gonna hurt me.
The biggest problem is the quality of the original tapes themselves...tape oxide DETERIORATES over time and my biggest worry is it flaking away from
the polyester substrate and the only way to fix that is to BAKE the tape in an oven to harden it and then play it ONLY ONCE through my apparatus in
order to get a clean optical-scan transfer.
I have NO IDEA as to the current condition of the NASA tapes so I can only speculate as to what needs done thus I would need a sample tape to test the
quality of transfer...If the tape itself is good, then the transfer I do will
be equal to the original recording and since I can filter out magnetic tape noise, I might even get close to the quality of the original
If some people, who have speculated that the tapes are DIGITALLY ENCODED, are correct, I can ALSO transfer that using my OPTICAL SCAN method and since
all I need to know is the width, height and greyscale/colour
format of the pixels, I'll be able to convert the probably PCM-based (Pulse Coded Modulation) picture frames into absolute digital clarity. If it's
digital we might be able to get some really AWESOME quality video footage.
Hopefully I can still get a hold of Dennis Wingo to get the ball rolling.
Just so I don't get your hopes up too high, please be aware this might
take a week or more in order to to get replies and talk on the phone.
So don't expect a miracle tomorrow but I will do my best...!!!
You can post this email on ATS or forward to others who are interested
if you want so as to possibly spark some mainstream media interest.
Henry A. Eckstein