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  Can I Digitize from a Videodisc?
 
Bullet HOW DO I DIGITIZE AN IMAGE FROM THE VIDEODISC TO USE ON A COMPUTER OR CD-ROM?

Bullet IS IT LEGAL FOR ME TO DIGITIZE AN IMAGE FROM THE VIDEODISC AND REUSE IT IN MY SOFTWARE?

 

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HOW DO I DIGITZE AN IMAGE FROM THE VIDEODISC TO USE ON A COMPUTER OR CD-ROM?

Since the output from a videodisc player is an analog video signal, you need a third-party analog video-to-digital capture or frame grab card. There are dozens of manufacturers ranging in price from $500 to $10,000 (US).

Once digitized, a videodisc image exists as 640x480 or 720X486 pixels at 72 pixels per inch (NTSC video standard). There is no greater resolution you can obtain from a videodisc image. Consequently, a captured image will need to be enhanced in order to look its best on computer monitors.

Our experience has shown that resizing an image to 75% or less of its original size creates an "illusion of resolution," thus making it sharper and more pleasing on a computer screen.

Increasing pixel per inch (PPI) resolution does nothing for on-screen presentation, but does have an impact for pre-press and printing. You will also find that color saturation and contrast enhancements can work wonders on the final look of a digitized image.

Some projects are digitizing the content from old videodiscs and compressing the source materials into web-ready JPEGs and digital movie files for playback over the World Wide Web.

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IS IT LEGAL FOR ME TO DIGITZE AN IMAGE FROM THE VIDEODISC AND REUSE IT IN MY SOFTWARE?

Many of our contributors have agreed that their images can be reused for educational, non-commercial purposes within an educational institution. For-profit distribution of someone else's original material is generally denied.

If you own one of our FileMaker Pro Indexes to either the SLICE OF LIFE VII or SLICE OF BRAIN I videodiscs, the descriptions include a special author code that identifies the original contributor (see Slice of Life Contributors for a translation of these codes into names). With these codes you may be able to contact the original contributor in order to obtain permission for special-case digitizing and redistribution of his/her images.

The FileMaker Pro Indexes also contain a permissions field in which you can determine if the original contributor has already indicated to the producers that it is OK to digitize. There are conditions depending on whether your intent is for a non-profit institution's non-profit or free distribution, a non-profit institution's for-profit distribution, or for commercial, for-profit distribution. Contributors have indicated YES, NO, or PERMISSION REQUIRED for each condition.

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