1. Flesh Tones (2014)


    from Mark R. Hasan / Added

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    Featured in two parts in Camera Test #102: GBC CTC-5X (https://vimeo.com/85678225), Flesh Tones was filmed using a 1976 GBC Vidicon tube video camera. The unit has a worn tube that does not produce strong colours, with red being almost non-existent unless the colours are boosted and corrected. Even after that process, the colour saturation is fairly wan unless the knobs are maxed out using a 1986 Showtime Video Ventures Video Color Processor (model #7070). During filming, the heavily saturated signal was recorded to miniDV and further processed in Adobe Premiere CS5. The sound mix in this version is straight stereo, and was derived from entirely organic sources which were further processed in Sony Sound Forge. Further stills and some making-of info are available at Big Head Amusements: http://bigheadamusements.com/wordpress/?p=1160 - MRH

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    • Camera Test #102 - GBC CTC 5X (2014)


      from Mark R. Hasan / Added

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      This Camera Test is part of an ongoing series showing images captured by vintage video cameras. The GBC CTC-5X (circa 1976) uses a Vidicon tube, and could be used in studio and field surroundings. Its purchase is due to an interest in a brand I'd never heard of - according to LabGuy's World (http://www.labguysworld.com/GBC_CTC-5X.htm), the camera was actually manufactured by Concord Electronics - and the fact it was part of an auction featuring vintage cameras used as props in the biopic jOBS (2013). The Camera Test features narration, stills of the GBC and its lens & power supply, video footage using the functional but flawed GBC, and extracts from "Flesh Tones," a trippy short made with the GBC camera and analogue colour boosting via a 1986 Showtime Video Ventures Color Video Processor (Model 7070). Further stills and some making-of info on both Camera Test #102 and the trippy short are available at Big Head Amusements: http://bigheadamusements.com/wordpress/?p=1160 The full version of Flesh Tones is also available on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/85694025 - MRH

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      • CUZO "Ensalada O.V.N.I." 2014


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        CUZO Ensalada O.V.N.l.

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        • Big Head Amusements Logo (for teaser trailers)


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          First logo for Big Head Amusements intended for teaser trailers for upcoming works. Logo consists of footage shot using JVC GC-3300AU vidicon tube video camera with red saturation, recorded to VHS, dubbed to HD, and matted, tweaked, and layered in Adobe After Effects. Sound mix consists of sounds from thawing ice pack and dry onion skin manipulated in Sound Forge. Yes, really.

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          • Blue Marble Ultrasound [extract]


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            Extract from a work-in-progress ("Blue Marble Ultrasound") filmed using a 1977 JVC GC-3300AU video camera, with some footage recorded straight to VHS and MiniDV, and later processed in Adobe Premiere. The camera has two vidicon tubes - one for colour (red-green-blue), the second for luminance - and both of which are in poor shape, resulting in a soft image with whacked-out colours. The three separately controlled red, blue, and brightness levels can create surreal, 'Martian' colour saturations which, within Premiere, can be transformed into bizarre organic material that pulses, ripples, and breathes. Accompanying the video is an original sound design, downgraded to 2.0 surround sound from a discrete 5.1 mix. Further details on its creation with camera and other gear stills at Big Head Amusements: http://bigheadamusements.com/wordpress/?p=705

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            • Self-Portrait (extract)


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              Extract from a longer piece ("Self-Portrait") filmed using a JVC GX-N5U newvicon video camera with a faulty viewfinder that destabilizes internal sync. Final processing done in Adobe Premiere. Further details at Big Head Amusements: http://bigheadamusements.com/wordpress/?p=659

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              • Feedback Test 001: Blue Plasma


                from Mark R. Hasan / Added

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                This is the first in a series of test samples featuring feedback between analogue tube and old CCD video cameras, at least one vintage mixer, and old prosumer gear, plus some digital fiddling in the end. Test 001, Blue Plasma, is divided into two sections. The first features silent footage from a 1982 JVC GX-77U Vidicon tube camera fed into a Panasonic WJ-MX12 mixer and looped through the mixer's input B to achieve feedback resembling waves of pastel colours. After dumping the DVD of recorded footage to the hard drive, I punched out all colours using Adobe Premiere, except blue to get the free-form blue glow. The second section (also silent) looks the way it does primarily due to the many dying capacitors in a 1991 Sony V-801 Hi8 camcorder, which started to go bad around 2007. The camera's 'issues' are further detailed at Big Head Amusements (see http://bigheadamusements.com/wordpress/?p=475). As it films itself off a monitor, the camera's completely unstable S-VHS output is fed into the Panasonic mixer, looped out into a vintage Showtime Video Ventures Image Enhancer, and using its dials, the degree of feedback is somewhat controlled. The results are sent back into the mixer, where the footage is overlaid and then recorded straight to DVD. Using Premiere, all colours except blue are punched out, and the footage is duplicated, layered, delayed, and a minor filter is applied to created more extreme contortions, although all the flittering and jittering is the result of the Sony camera's bad signal, and the Panasonic mixer's efforts to stabilize it. For more info and images of the gear used for the test, please visit the aforementioned link. Cheers --- MRH

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                • Newvicon Television Tube Camera Test #2


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                  Items Used: -‎‎Panasonic WV-3230 Television Tube Camera -Panasonic VTR -Panasonic Tuner/Timer -EasyCap & EasyCap Viewer for Mac -Mac Book -Edited in Nerovision Xtra

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                  • ‎*Newvicon Television Tube Camera Test*


                    from David Skysong / Added

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                    Items Used: -‎‎Panasonic WV-3230 Television Tube Camera -Panasonic VTR -Panasonic Tuner/Timer -EasyCap & EasyCap Viewer for Mac -Mac Book -Edited in Nerovision Xtra *After 2 years I finally got to power up this early 80s Panasonic (Newvicon) tube camera technology.

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                    • Cadet - Ocean Black (Promotional Video)


                      from Japhy Riddle / Added

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                      Here is a music video for a song off Cadet's first record. We just passed the camera around while we were syncing to a half-speed version of the song. Then we sped the video up to 200% to bring everything back up to regular speed. The video only took a couple hours to set up and complete. Analog video footage processed in Shake. http://www.sandoth.com/japhyriddle/music/cadet/main.htm http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSbv1ikGNf8

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