Atlas Obscura: Saving the Sounds of the Early 20th Century

Atlas Obscura: Saving the Sounds of the Early 20th Century. “Sound restoration engineer Nicholas Bergh spent two decades designing the revolutionary new machine, known as the Endpoint Audio Labs cylinder playback machine. To date, seven exist around the world, including one purchased by a private collector who has made his vast collection publicly available online. Bergh’s machine, which looks a bit like an old-school phonograph attached to a high-tech computer, uses a laser to read the grooves on a wax cylinder.”

Boing Boing: Neural network restores and colorizes old movies

Boing Boing: Neural network restores and colorizes old movies. “From the excellent “Two Minute Papers” YouTube channel, a discussion of a paper titled ‘DeepRemaster: Temporal Source-Reference Attention Networks for Comprehensive Video Enhancement,’ that demonstrates the results of a neural network that fixes and colorizes aged, blurry, scratchy films.” My husband and I watched this last night. I’m kind of a snob about AI-based colorizing, so that was eh, but the restoration of old/degraded video was absolutely remarkable.

Ubergizmo: This Film From 1896 Was Upscaled To 4K Using AI

Ubergizmo: This Film From 1896 Was Upscaled To 4K Using AI. “You know those police drama shows where they zoom in on a photo or video, and magically it becomes sharper and clearer instead of more pixelated? It looks like that technology is slowly becoming a reality, and more recently it has been demonstrated in a film that was shot back in 1896 that was upscaled to 4K using AI.” The video is included in the article. It is MINDBENDING.

Smithsonian Institution Archives: Stabilizing Lacquer Transcription Discs

Smithsonian Institution Archives: Stabilizing Lacquer Transcription Discs. “Audiovisual preservation is a complicated topic, and one we’ve discussed several times on The Bigger Picture. Often times, digitization is the best course of action to preserve the content on at-risk formats, such as ¼-inch open reel audio tapes, compact audio cassettes, or VHS. However, improved housing can also aid in extending the lifespan of audiovisual media until digitization can occur. In 2018, the Archives was fortunate to receive funding from the Smithsonian’s Collection Care Initiative (CCI) for custom housing enclosures for an at-risk format found within the collections – 16-inch lacquer transcription discs. “