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Old 01-22-2024, 06:26 AM
 
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i still look at my tapes all the time. i think i have every black exploitation movie ever made
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Old 01-22-2024, 02:07 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, 615' Elevation, Zone 8b - originally from SF Bay Area
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We have a bunch of home video on VHS from when the kids were kids. I could still see them on a small TV with built in player that we kept, intending to convert to DVD at some point. Now it will be convert to flashdrive I suppose, but it will have to wait until I retire next summer and have time. I have seen ads for used VHS players for $20-30 but I can't imagine why anyone would buy them.
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Old 01-28-2024, 01:57 PM
 
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I put in "VHS Player" on eBay and got 19,000+ results. Then I put in "VHS Tape" and got 1,500,000+.

I'm a photographer who only shoots B&W film. Got 260,000+ results for "Film Camera" and 280,000+ for "Black and White Film". If I look at all the camera film that is offered at places like Freestyle Photo, B&H Photo etc, world wide film sales last year seems to be around 35,000,000 rolls, w/ Kodak accounting for around half of it.

These figures are just for roll film. A lot of film is sheet film that can go up to 11"x14". Scanned, that is about 990mb or higher. The most powerful digital camera is a $50,000 Hasselblad of 400mb, but this is from a 100mb sensor that has several layers overlaid. You could put together an 11"x14" film camera for around $3000 and have twice the resolution of the Hasselblad.

These yearly sales figures don't take into account film that is used for movies (yes, they still shoot movies on film). One movie alone may need the equivalent of 2,000-4,000 rolls of 35mm film. Movies are usually edited digitally today, even film made movies, so you need those 2,000-4,000 equivalent rolls of film exposed, developed and scanned. After the film is digitized and edited it is then put BACK on the equivalent of 2,000-4,000 rolls of blank film if it is going to be shown on traditional movie projectors.

Even if scanned film is left in its digitized state it will still retain all the characteristics of film. Higher resolution, more saturated and truer colors, deeper blacks, whiter whites, etc. Everything will just look better, especially people. But it costs a lot of money and you need to know what you're doing, so most studios just shoot digital.

Some of this old technology is still pretty good.

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